A few friends raised their eyebrows at the news of my exclusive, and yeah, for me it’s probably a bit unexpected. But all the work I have lined up is creator-owned: DMZ, NORTHLANDERS, and that unannounced graphic novel I mentioned once or twice before. I’d be doing these exact same projects regardless of the exclusive; the exclusive just gives me some security and comfort, something that’s been sadly lacking in my career these past ten years. I’ve been tough on myself all this time, struggling to build myself up, taking the long, slow route of indie, creator-owned projects, and to be completely honest, I feel like I deserve a couple years when I can relax, stop stressing about order numbers, stressing about tiny royalty checks, stressing about always pitching new books, worrying about burning out… and just focus on the work itself.
DC’s been fantastic to me, always going out of their way to accomodate me, and putting trust and faith in me and my ideas in a way that no one else ever has, and I’m more than happy to continue to work with them. Will I do any DC stuff, and work-for-hire? Maybe, if the right thing came along. I’m not obligated to, and as a general rule, if given the choice, I’ll always go creator-owned.
LOCAL will finish as planned, and the Top Shelf book will still happen, since the script for that is complete.