Dematteis justice league, amazing spiderman and mike cavallaro the life and times of. The last project he mentioned was abadazad, which started as a comic he could read with his daughter. Dematteis on the end of abadazad, new novel series. This june hyperion books for children is publishing the first two volumes of abadazad, the superb fantasy series by j. Dematteis s 2009 graphic novel, the life and times of savior 28, was called one of the finest superhero stories of the decade by newsarama. Not many comic creators can say theyve worked on series starring such iconic characters as batman, spiderman, and wonder woman. After disney acquired abadazad, along with the rest of crossgens intellectual property, the story was reborn in june 2006 in a unique hybrid format. Abadazad, our allages comic book series that nearly drowned in the tsunami that was the crossgen collapse, had been miraculously. I read this book immediately after reading the first in the series the road to. Dematteis answers questions about katie, the lead character in his new book abadazad. It began as a fantasy comic book series about a petulant teenage girl. Abadazad was coowned by dematteis, ploog, and crossgen but in the stories the historical author is franklin o. Moonshadow is a 19851987 limited series written and created by j. Still grieving five years after the mysterious disappearance of beloved little brother matt, she finds herself transported from brooklyn to the land of abadazad, the distinctly ozlike setting of a supposedly fictional.
Dematteiswas a professional musician and rock music journalist before entering the comic book field, where he worked on such flagship marvel and dc characters as superman, spiderman, batman, silver surfer, and the justice league. At the time i was fairly immersed in the marvel and dc comic book. Dematteis and mike ploog, abadazad was a victim of the crossgen collapse. Oct 12, 2015 i, vampire nook comic with zoom view by mark j. The weirding spoke to author and comic book creator, j. But the deeper i got into abadazad, the more i fell in love with it. In 2008, dematteis became editorinchief of ardden entertainment, guiding the launch of a new flash gordon comic book series. You can leaf through two of the titles and examine special pages and illustrations with an online magnifying glass. The notion of doing kidfriendly comics, at least for a mainstream audience, was looking more and more hopeless. Jm dematteis on the end of abadazad, new novel series cbr.
Film is very much sequential and youve worked in both television and movies. Dematteis and illustrator mike ploog are the creators of a. While he enjoys both types of writing, dematteis says, theres tremendous joy to be found playing in previouslyestablished fantasy universes, but nothing beats building new. The first book in this series, the road to inconceivable, opens with kate trying to come to terms with the disappearance of her little brother, matty. Dematteis as a form of catharsis over the series cancellation. In addition to his work on spiderman, superman, batman, and many other pop culture icons, he is the author of an acclaimed autobiographical graphic novel, brooklyn dreams, as well as the abadazad series for young readers.
You are currently browsing the category archive for the comic category. M dematteis is a comic book writer famous for many things, including the classic kravens last hunt storyline. Dematteis and illustrator mike ploog are the creators of a series of graphic novels called abadazad. The nook book ebook of the i, vampire nook comic with zoom view by mark j. Imaginalis, a young adult novel written by series writer j. Dematteis, planetary brigade is a two issue miniseries with a series of artists on different chapters, including hero squared artist joe abraham, blue beetle artist cynthia martin, comic book legends eduardo barretto. Abadazad is the place where sorrow has no home, where time has no meaning, where joy lives forever.
The book, mostly illustrated by watercolors, goes back and forth between two plots. The comic was published by crossgen, which was bought out by disney, who published a few childrens books based on the comic. May 30, 2006 elder brother tells me that this series, which started as comic books, originated because he wanted to do something that young kate could read. The abducted brother of 14yearold kate has been missing for five years.
Expanded from a wellreceived comic into a hybrid textandgraphicnovel format, this first of a planned four episodes introduces sullenbutsensitive teen diarist kate jameson. Dematteis comes on board to help out regular writer dan didio. Dematteis and mike cavallaro travel with impossible. Michael ploog while looking for her missing brother matt in the world of abadazad, kate needs all the help she can get, especially when she encounters the lanky man, a heartless individual who wants to steal. In the puppet, the professor and the prophet, kate teams up with more strange characters to continue her quest to rescue her brother matt from the evil lanky man. Abadazad, our allages comic book series that nearly drowned in the tsunami that was the crossgen collapse, had been miraculously resurrected as a childrens book series, thanks to the benevolent spirit of walt disney and the brilliant efforts of hyperion books for children vicepresidenteditorin. Mike ploog has created art for a wide variety of comics, books, and movies. So, view our 2,000 comics or other abadazad comics.
Going sane, august 2008 paperback the puppet, the professor, and the prophet, march 2007 abadazad book 3 hardcover abadazad. Dematteis talks cowriting phantom stranger with didio. One of the most creative, beautiful, and regrettable victims of the crossgen implosion was j. M dematteis is a comic book writer famous for many things, including the classic is a comic book writer famous for many things, including the classic.
The comic was inspired by the cat stevens song of the same name. Hes mean and heartless and he wants to steal childrens dreams. Assisting mainly on dialogue, dematteis joins the book with. Jul 02, 2007 a groundbreaking mix of fiction and fullcolour comic strip that follows a headstrong girls journey into the bizarre fictional world of abadazad to rescue her younger brother. M dematteis is a comic book writer famous for many things, including the classic kravens last hunt storyline that ran on all the spiderman titles of those days. Image comics and desperado publishing are proud to reunite the creative team from the popular series abadazad in this original fantasy destined to become an instan. Dematteis and mike cavallaro travel with impossible, incorporated june 21st, 2018 6.
Entertainment weekly abadazad contains all the elements for a comic book classic. One of the most famous spiderman stories of alltime, dematteis working with artists mike zeck and bob mcleod tells the story of kraven the hunter, who has become so depressed over his failure to defeat spiderman finally comes up with one final extremely twisted plan to truly and utterly defeat his spidernemesis. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. Dematteis, who also writes for television and film, lives with his family in upstate new york. Sep 22, 2006 the new abadazad book series stays true to the original vision of the writerartist team, d. Abadazad began life as a crossgen comic book before morphing into a threebook series published by disneys hyperion books for children. While looking for her missing brother matt in the world of abadazad, kate needs all. He is perhaps best known for the intensely personal visions of moonshadow and brooklyn dreams, as well as with cowriter keith giffen the superhero comedy of justice league. He began drawing at a young age, and was accepted into the school of the visual arts. Dematteis is one of my favorite comic book writers, a man able to bring both humour and. Dematteis got on the phone with us to explain how imaginalis has its roots in his previous childrens graphic novelbook series, abadazad, moving from comics to prose, how the magic of. Dematteis has also written creator owned works for marvels epic and dc comics vertigo.
Years were passing and the comic book landscape was changing rapidly, skewing ever older. Dematteis and ploog essentially started over and incorporated the work they had already done for crossgen into the new prose comic hybrid format. Elder brother tells me that this series, which started as comic books, originated because the author wanted to do something that his young daughter could read. Dematteis and mike ploog that its based on, is part comic book, part enchanted diary. Dematteis has worked on all three, along with comics starring green lantern, justice league, and a rebooted version of the scooby doo gang. A while after that it was revealed that disneyhyperion had cancelled the series, and further that they werent even going to release the completed third book in north america, but did release it in the uk.
One of those very rare fantasy works that can enchant preteen kids and 40year old fanboys. The books concern a modernday girl who discovers a 19th century novel and the. He wanted lando calrissian to accept cody sunnchildes pacifist views but lucasfilm overruled him and had the ending. He is perhaps best known for the intensely personal visions of moonshadow and brooklyn dreams, as well as with cowriter keith giffen the superhero comedy of justice league and hero squared. John marc dematteis is best known for writing the justice league international, the deaths of harry osborn and may parker who actually was an actress hired by norman osborn and kravens last hunt. Dematteis has worked in the comic book business for more than 30 years, writing the adventures of such marvel and dc icons as spiderman, superman, batman, and captain america. The books concern a modernday girl who discovers a. Jm dematteis is aflutter about new project with mike ploog in. Augusta wind blows dematteis and gogtzilas to idw cbr. Kates narration and the comic parts of the book flow smoothly in and out of each other. Mike plooghas created art for a wide variety of comics, books, and movies. A groundbreaking mix of fiction and fullcolour comic strip that follows a headstrong girls journey into the bizarre fictional world of abadazad to rescue her younger brother.
Abadazad is the mystical land in a fictional beloved series of centuryold childrens books. If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author. Abadazad 3 the puppet, the professor and the prophet. Born and raised in brooklyn, new york, eisner award winner j. Hes currently in talks with disney to finish up the series in some way. Oct 31, 2012 although hes written many wellknown superhero comics, dematteis resume also contains a number of fantasy books, including abadazad, moonshadow and stardust kid. John marc dematteis born december 15, 1953 is a comic book writer, usually credited under the name j. The road to inconceivable, june 2006 book 1 paperback.
When their publisher closed shop, disney bought the series over. There are a lot of people getting into comics as a steppingstone to film work. Dematteis has been working in the comic business for nearly 30. Kate needs all the help she can get when she encounters the lanky man. Written by wizard magazine favorite annhilation and 52 creator keith giffen and the creator of moonshadow and abadazad j. Fans of oldschool childrens fantasy from authors such as l. Theres probably no project in my career that im more emotionally connected to than abadazad, dematteis said. Dematteis lives in upstate new york with his family. Dematteiss earliest aspirations were to be a rock musician and comic book artist.
They have entertained readers since the time of the great batman, batman batman is one of the most popular and important characters created for comic books. Six comics whose creators would bring them back via. As many of you know, the first two books in the abadazad seriesthe. Six comics whose creators would bring them back via kickstarter. But then she finds out that matt is trapped in the world of abadazad. Crossgen, 2004 full color comic book jdv add to cart. I wish everyone i havent seen in thirty years could come up with such a great concept. Barr has written in every one of the first four incarnations of star trek.
Comic books, comic books are an essential representation of twentiethcentury american popular culture. In may of 2006, mike ploog and i were in washington, d. The dreams of cody sunnchilde under the pseudonym wally lombego due to changes made by lucasfilm to his original plot. Abadazad is reborn as a high quality and beautifullyillustrated childrens book. The idea was pulsing through my blood, my bones, my soul. Abadazad began life as a crossgen comic book before morphing into a three book series published by disneys hyperion books for children. Dematteis, author of moonshadow, abadazad, and more. It was later released as a trade paperback currently entitled the compleat moonshadow. Jm dematteis is aflutter about new project with mike ploog. Its a good example of how the two medium can complement each other. Dematteiss 2009 graphic novel, the life and times of savior 28, was called one of the finest superhero stories of the decade by newsarama. Via email, we spoke to abadazad cocreator and series writer j.
A tale is a fourissue comic book limited series first published by marvel comics under its epic imprint in 1988 and later rereleased by dc under its vertigo imprint in 1996. The puppet, the professor and the prophet was released in the united kingdom in 2007. He got his start in comic books at dc comics in the late 1970s. Dematteis and drawn by mike ploog, with color by nick bell. His most famous personal works include moonshadow and brooklyn dreams. Feb 12, 2011 i remember the first time i heard about abadazad. Milne, susan cooper and all the great childrens literature that has nurtured my soul. Great format, going between the old original books, kates enchanted diary and the world of abadazad. Dematteis was a professional musician and rock music journalist before entering the comic. Dematteis and mike ploog that was one of the best things crossgen ever released.261 85 1582 51 171 1571 609 348 451 455 1593 1386 738 430 280 1424 575 1103 163 535 503 1377 553 365 819 154 135 1578 222 271 410 555 327 1193 394 436 1471