Did anyone else go to Emerald City ComiCon (ECCC) last weekend?
I spent time hanging out with the Dark Horse gang. They are a great bunch of people. I don't have too much new Conan news to report. (Except the Brian Wood news, which I already knew)
Here's a few things.
1. Apparently you have me to thank for Hour of the Dragon. All of my calls at the end of Pheonix on the Sword reviews for a 12-issue Hour of the Dragon put the seed in Dark Horse's head. I was surprised about that. They said "Hey man, this is your series. You demanded it!" Made me happy!
2. RESS editor Patrick Thorpe is a Howard fan who knows his stuff. Great guy. I talked to him for awhile, and he has a full library of Howard in his head.
3. By contract, they have to publish an issue of Conan every month. If they don't, they can lose the license. This probably accounts for some of the "less than stellar" Conan issues over the years. Sometimes they just have to put something out.
4. I think everyone realizes that publishing Conan means striking a balance between being respectful to Howard, and still publishing a commercially viable property. They try to do the best they can, but it isn't always easy. They know some people are unhappy with Wood's Conan--especially because it is QOTBC which people have been looking forward to for years--but the series has been a hit and they are happy with it.
That's about it. Nothing too exciting, no big secrets. The Con was a lot of fun, and I recommend anyone going up and chatting with the Dark Horse gang if you have a chance.