My Faith in Frankie will be re-released under the Vertigo Resurrected line in November!
My road with Vertigo: on the behest of David Mazzuchelli, I sent my portfolio in to DC Vertigo near the end of my last year at RISD. They came back with a script for a pencil test, for a new story they had. I didn’t do a very good job of it, still much to raw for a proper series. That series was of course Fables, a most unfortunate boat to miss :p
Still, they came back with an offer of a mini-series written by the great Mike Carey, My Faith in Frankie, and it was exciting and scary at the same time – my first proper comic project, and there were endless scenes I couldn’t figure out how I would ever be able to pull off. (As it turned out they had to bring in Marc Hempel to rescue my dodgy inking :p)
The single issues got good reception, but maybe not the numbers that they might have, and when the time came for a trade edition, Vertigo decided to try for a black and white manga-sized book. It made no sense to me at the time (well lower costs aside), and the book was finally printed much darker then intended due to gamma levels not being set right during the colour-to-grayscale conversion. The book did go on to be sort of a prototype for the DC Minx series I think.
A colour edition was released in Spain by Norma, but that was printed on glossy paper, and the colours turned out a bit garish as a result. (The old paper-stock-effects-colour issue which affected Wonderland in the reverse.)
So it’s exciting to see a colour trade in english after all this time.
Vertigo never calls anymore though, I have no idea why :p
Here’s some old sketches of some of the MFIF characters in any case 🙂