Walking Dead is apparently becoming the “go to” book for previews, as this week’s issue #31 will feature a preview of Joe Casey and Charlie Adlard’s Rock Bottom, which will be published by AiT/PlanetLar a week later.
“Just like Marvel and Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and hit the moon first ‘for all mankind,’” said Larry Young, AiT/Planet/Lar publisher, “AiT and Joe Casey and Charlie Adlard go second like Apollo 12’s Pete Conrad and Al Bean and get to have none of the pressure and all of the fun. I guess that makes Kirkman NASA. Or the government. I don’t know; I haven’t thought this analogy all the way through. The point is, we’re all having a blast. It was a friggin’ joy working the logistics out with Robert, because he just doesn’t love his comics; he loves all comics. And how do you not respond to that kind of enthusiasm?”
Joe Casey adds: “Years ago, when Charlie embarked on the artistic odyssey that is Rock Bottom, I told him he should find some wildly successful black & white zombie book to draw… that way, when *our* book was ready to go, we could run a preview in the back of an issue. Funny how Kirkman played right into our hands …”
Rock Bottom is the tale of an L.A. musician who wakes up one day to discover he’s turning to stone. It’s due in stores Sept. 27.