Sunday, May 17, 2009

5 Quick Questions with Jay Faerber

Jay Faerber is a writer and comic book creator.

Faerber got his start writing comic books at Marvel and DC Comics in the late 1990s, where he worked on such series as THE TITANS, NEW WARRIORS, GENERATION X, and others.

In 2001, he launched his first creator-owned series, NOBLE CAUSES, which has gone on to garner much critical acclaim.

Since then, Faerber has carved out a niche for himself as a creator of independent comic books such as DODGE'S BULLETS, FIREBIRDS, VENTURE, and the upcoming DYNAMO 5. Faerber currently writes the series NOBLE CAUSES and DYNAMO 5, as well as the mini-series GEMINI. One day, hopes to find (or should that be "make"?) the time to write a mystery novel.

He agreed to answer 5 Quick Questions

1) What would you say is your greatest achievement in comics?

That would probably be Noble Causes, an independent, creator-owned super-hero series that ran for over 8 years in a market that's not particularly receptive to super-heroes not published by Marvel or DC.

2) Who was your favorite writer or artist that you worked with & why?

There's no way to answer this question without offending all the people I don't name. It's like asking who your favorite sibling is. So I'll just say that I've been ridiculously fortunate in my career to work with a lot of great artists. Sure, there have been some I didn't particularly gel with. But those guys have been the exception, not the rule.

3) What character you have never worked .., would you like to do & why?

I can't manage to shake the desire to do something with Marvel's Alpha Flight. That's the first series I collected from the very first issue, so maybe it's simply a sentimental favorite. But I really think there's a lot of life left in the original Alphans.

4) Who are your influences?

In comics, it's guys like Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman & George Perez, Mike Grell, and John Ostrander. I'm also really influenced by novelists like Robert P. Parker, Robert Crais, and Lee Child, and by screenwriters like David E. Kelley, Stephen J. Cannell, Aaron Sorkin, and Joss Whedon.

5) What hero or villain would you like to change if you could and why?

I don't think there are any heroes or villains I'd like to change. There may be some I think have been taken too far away from their original concept, and should be changed BACK (like Alpha Flight!). But I can't think of any I'd like to simply change.

Check out Jay's website at

Catch Dynamo 5 written by Jay and published by Image Comics.

And look for the upcoming Lilandra and Crystal digital comics from Marvel, at

Read More


Top Cow Comics has released their August 2009 solicits.


The Darkness/Pitt #1 Paul Jenkins/Dale Keown/Stjepan Sejic $2.99
Berserker #3 Rick Loverd/Jeremy Haun/Dale Keown $2.99
Berserker #1 Signed Ed Rick Loverd/Jeremy Haun/Dale Keown $19.99
Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #2 Mark Waid/Kenneth Rocafort/Stjepan Sejic $2.99
Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1 Signed Ed Mark Waid/Kenneth Rocafort/Mike Choi $19.99
The Darkness #79 Phil Hester/Jorge Lucas/Whilce Portacio $2.99
Witchblade #129 Ron Marz/Stjepan Sejic $2.99
Witchblade #126 Calgary Expo Var Cvr Ron Marz/Stjepan Sejic/Laurie B $10.00
Cyblade TPB Joshua Hale Fialkov/Rick Mays/Lee Ferguson $14.99

The Darkness/Pitt #1 (of 3)
(W) Paul Jenkins
(A) Dale Keown
(Cov) Keown, Stjepan Sejic

Dale Keown’s classic hero Pitt makes his return to comics! What else do you need to know?
When Tim and Pitt’s mission to track down those infected by an alien virus brings them to Jackie’s stomping ground in New York, they are invariably drawn together. Both attract the unwanted attention of the Federal Government and mayhem ensues!
The crossover reunites The Darkness writer Paul Jenkins (Captain America, Mythos) and Pitt creator Dale Keown (Hulk: The End) and features two covers by series artist Keown and a variant cover by Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade).

Cover A – Dale Keown
Cover B – Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 limited series

Expected Ship Date – August 26th, 2009

Berserker #3
(W) Rick Loverd
(A) Jeremy Haun
(Cov) Dale Keown, Jeremy Haun

The bone-crushing new series produced by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and DiVide Pictures continues this month!
Farris realizes he has traded one war for another and refuses to fight the other Berserkers. Meanwhile Aaron must flee from the cops and other Berserkers.
Featuring variant covers by series artist Jeremy Haun (Battle for the Cowl: Arkham) and Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt).

Cover A – Dale Keown
Cover B – Jeremy Haun

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – September 2nd, 2009

Recommended for Mature Readers

Berserker#1 Signed Edition
(W) Rick Loverd
(A) Jeremy Haun
(Cov) Haun, Dale Keown

Get this limited edition signed by writer Rick Loverd and artist Jeremy Haun and producer Milo Ventimiglia. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $19.99 Signed Edition

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #2 (of 5)
(W) Mark Waid
(A) Kenneth Rocafort
(Cov) Rocafort, Stjepan Sejic

First blood has been drawn and the action heats up in Part 2 of Top Cow’s biggest summer event to date!
After a surprise strike by a team of Hunter-Killers on Cyberforce’s headquarters, members of both teams have been bloodied. When Ellis arrives with a surprising revelation, the two teams must decide if they can trust each other enough to take out a common foe?
The team of writer and Hunter-Killer co-creator Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage) bring you a crossover with consequences. Featuring a cover by series artist Rocafort as well as a variant cover by Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade).

Cover A – Kenneth Rocafort
Cover B – Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 limited series

Expected Ship Date – August 19th, 2009

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1 Signed Edition
(W) Mark Waid
(A) Kenneth Rocafort
(Cov) Rocafort, Stjepan Sejic

Get this limited edition signed by writer Mark Waid and artist Kenneth Rocafort. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $19.99 Signed Edition

The Darkness #79
(W) Phil Hester
(A) Jorge Lucas
(Cov) Lucas, Whilce Portacio

Jorge Lucas returns for a special issue of The Darkness.
Jackie Estacado, bearer of The Darkness, is through with being someone else’s bag man and assembles a special team of thieves, smugglers, and murderers for one purpose – to take down The Sovereign.

Cover A – Jorge Lucas
Cover B – Whilce Portacio

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – August 5th, 2009

Recommended for Mature Readers

Witchblade #129
“War of the Witchblades” Part 4 (of 6)
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic
(Cov) Sejic, John Tyler Christopher

The penultimate chapter of the “War of the Witchblades” story arc!
Every war must have a victor. The Balance must be restored. With the lines drawn firmly in the sand and both Sara Pezzini and Dani Baptiste carrying wounds from their battle, the stakes have never been this high.
Featuring a cover by regular artist Sejic and a variant cover by newcomer John Tyler Christopher!

Cover A – Stjepan Sejic
Cover B – John Tyler Christopher

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – August 12th, 2009

Witchblade #126 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Variant Cover
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic
(Cov) Laurie B!

Don’t miss your chance to get this unique cute take on Sara and Dani’s epic struggle previously available only at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo! Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 Convention Exclusive

Cyblade: Agent of Cyberdata Trade Paperback
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A) Rick Mays, Lee Ferguson, & Afua Richardson
(Cov) Rick Mays

With Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer in full swing, go back and discover the secret origins of the Cyberforce member known as Cyblade! Dominique Thiebaut lives two lives, one as a seemingly normal teen and another as deadly assassin for the Cyberdata Corporation. When Cyberdata’s control over Dominique through her “brain box” fails, she must struggle to break free from the sinister corporation.
Collects Cyblade #1-#4 plus Cyblade Pilot Season, a cover gallery featuring Rick Mays, Kenneth Rocafort, Stjepan Sejic and plenty of bonus materials.

Full Color 176 pages $14.99 trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – August 26th, 2009

Read More