FLASHPOINT is an epic storyline and a huge undertaking. How did you become involved in the project? How long has it been in the works?
As I was wrapping up the Batman "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" 2-parter that I did with Neil, I had asked Dan Didio if he had anything in mind for my next project. I had told him that I really wanted to do a Flash project someday. Flashpoint was in its infancy (there wasn't even a title at that point), and there were really no details at all, except that Dan did say (with this gigantic smile on his face) that he had a huge Flash project on the horizon and I could do it if I were interested. At that time, I didn't know the storyline or even who was writing it, but I said yes right away. I really trust Dan's instincts.
It's funny…Geoff and I have always said that we wanted to work on a project together at some point before this ever happened. I had no idea he was involved with it, and I think when Dan offered it to me, Geoff didn't know I was going to be involved with it either. I flipped when I heard he was the writer!
We started working on character designs late last spring and it took a good few months to get those going. There were a lot of characters to redesign and we had to coordinate them with DC Direct and all the people involved with that. Sounds simple with re-designing, but it's not. There's a lot of thought, sketches, ideas and themes tossed back in forth with everyone involved. You don't just push a button and out comes a redesign.
What is it like working with Geoff Johns?
He's an awesome collaborator. We bounce thoughts back and forth not only when the scripts come through but also with the art. I send Geoff every pencil page I draw looking for feed back from not only him, but Eddie Berganza, Adam Schlagman and Rex Ogle. It`s the way I love to work. Everyone is in communication and involved.
I also gotta say that Geoff's scripts are intensely thought out but are open just enough so that I don't feel cramped. They're a pleasure to work from and things just flow. I've mentioned to him that his pacing is incredible. He's got a great handle on that. I don't think this will be our first and last project together.
Who is your favorite character to draw?
I can't pick one! The toughest re-design was Cyborg, and what we had finally came up with I was very happy with, especially when I saw the sculpt for the toy. He's a lot of fun to draw! Batman, as always, is a blast but I'm handling him a bit different than I did when I drew him when I worked with Grant. Of course, The Flash is iconic and a blast too!
One of the fun parts about re-design is that you get to make the character the way you want while keeping them in the parameters for the story. I love drawing knights, armor, and helmets. That was a perfect fit for me and Flashpoint Wonder Woman.
And wait till you see Superman…
What's the biggest challenge on working on a big project like Flashpoint?
The scope and magnitude of this project is pretty intimidating! I've done a few huge projects in my career, but this one is like drawing and creating a blockbuster movie epic. It' really expands your horizons and thought process as to how far you can run with something if that makes any sense.
How hard has it been not talking about the series for the past year?
As a lot of people know, I teach and work at my father's art school where I have an office and studio. Everytime I go into class or walk down the halls, I get peppered with questions from students about Flashpoint! I just look at them and laugh and either say I can't answer or just make something up to get a reaction. Then say I was only kidding! It's been a lot of fun! Usually I tell them to go read the Sources' Flashpoint Fridays cause they're not going to get anything out of me!
Do you like to play questions?
Do you know the rules?
Will I answer your questions about FLASHPOINT?
Isn't that why you're here?
Whatever *did* happen to the World's Greatest Heroes?
Was Cyborg created to be their leader?
Who will the Resistance summon?
When do six become one?
These are all good questions. Here's the thing: if everything you know will change in a Flash—and it will—then there are a lot of questions to be answered. Really interesting questions.
So it's our good fortune that in the weeks and months to come, writer Geoff Johns, artist Andy Kubert and editor Eddie Berganza will all be making guest appearances to answer questions about FLASHPOINT, right here on THE SOURCE, as part of FLASHPOINT FRIDAY. Many of the answers will lead to new questions and that's part of the fun.
Consider this an official open call for questions for you, the fans. Post your questions in the comments thread of this post, tweet them (#Flashpoint) or post them on the wall of the DC Nation Facebook page or the wall of the Flash Facebook page.
Be specific, but not too specific.
We'll be answering at least five of the very best questions here on THE SOURCE in advance of issue 1.
The DC offices are closing early today and are closed Monday so this will be the last post on THE SOURCE til Tuesday morning when the offices re-open. With luck, as this post goes live, I'll be flying out of the country for an international, off the grid vacation. But in my absence, we have lots of great stuff in store for next week on the Source and Graphic Content, including next week’s FLASHPOINT FRIDAY.
Do you have a question to ask?
What is the FLASHPOINT? Is there a moment where everything in the DC Universe as we know changes?
When you open up the first issue, you'll enter an entirely new world that will be both familiar and new. Flash will learn what the universe would be like if the world's greatest super-heroes never became the world's greatest super-heroes. When, how and why everything changes and what that means to the future of the DC Universe will be answered in the series. Oh, and Andy Kubert has done an absolutely unbelievable job on the book. Wait until you see what's happened to Aquaman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
We've seen the blackboard in the pages of TIME MASTERS 6. Ok, we'll bite. Who or what is S!H!A!Z!A!M!?
You'll find out what S!H!A!Z!A!M! is in the very first issue of Flashpoint. What we didn't want to do with this series was the expected. You won't just see the DC Universe shaken up, you'll see characters you've never met who've come into existence because of the historical damage done to the past. From Element Woman to Blackout to the Outsider to the Resistance. In a strange way, these new characters include S!H!A!Z!A!M! It may be the most radical change when it comes to the core DC Universe, but not quite...
Fans want clues about FLASHPOINT. What storylines might they want to revisit for an informed idea as to where we are headed?
Honestly, none. The Flash series and The Flash: Rebirth give you the foundation for Barry today, but even then Flashpoint #1 will tell you everything you need to know. You'll meet the world and characters as you enter the story. But if you want to get really into it and meet some characters that are going to be making appearances you could pull out that copy of Batman: Year One, remind yourself who Steve Trevor is, check out Peter Milligan's amazing run on Shade the Changing Man, prepare for Green Lantern Abin Sur's return and make sure to pick up Dan Jurgens triumphant return to Booster Gold in May! Booster Gold is the only monthly book that ties into Flashpoint for obvious reasons and it's great to see Dan back on it!
The Javits Center in New York City was bustling this week with some of the coolest and most unusual collectible action figures and statues at TOY FAIR.
Among them, DC Direct displayed some the newest and most dynamic superhero statues. I saw Wonder Woman in her new costume, the DCU Online MMO figures, FLASHPOINT figures from the art of Andy Kubert, Harley Quinn from the new ARKHAM CITY series, the latest BATMAN BLACK and WHITE from the art of Cliff Chiang and, of course, the GREEN LANTERN statues and movie replicas.
Here’s a look at how things looked in the booth. Don’t you want a room filled with these?
We’re wrapping up today’s special Thursday edition of Flashpoint Friday, live from ComicsPRO.
Remember the rings? Those BLACKEST NIGHT rings?
Well, my colleagues in Sales & Marketing are on stage right now announcing special FLASHPOINT edition Flash rings will be available at comic book shops this June, with the release of FLASHPOINT #2.
To coincide with the release of FLASHPOINT mini series, DC Comics will also be creating exclusive buttons, featuring the reimagined superhero logos of FLASHPOINT. So far only nine of the logos have been unveiled, but there will be buttons corresponding to each of the FLASHPOINT mini series. The buttons will only be available at comic book stores and will not be one of our (many) cool convention giveaways. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to score one of the Citizen Cold buttons.
OK, that’s enough for today.
FLASHPOINT FRIDAY resumes in its usual time slot, Friday, February 18th, live from Panama.
See you then.
Solicitations for our May books break Monday, which means we can provide another big peek behind the curtain: the solicitation for FLASHPOINT issue 1.
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:25 Variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ
Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash!
Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is a Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it? It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of the Outsider, the Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces.
It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!
Welcome to FLASHPOINT!
On sale MAY 11 = 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US = Rated T
The five issues of the core FLASHPOINT series are oversized, 40 page books priced at $3.99 each, while the other mini series and the one shots will be priced at $2.99.
A lot of planning has gone into place to make sure that this series delivers on all of it’s earth shattering potential. It is a project as ambitious in scope and execution as anything I’ve been a part of in my six years at DC Comics.
It bears repeating: Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash!
This is Texas in February? Hmmm, that’s funny, I thought Bob Wayne said it was going to be warm here.
So what brings me—and THE SOURCE—to Texas, as another winter storm descends across the country? A number of DC Comics folks are attending the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting to talk to our partners in the Direct Market about our big plans for 2011. We’ll be making some news throughout the day, so keep checking the Source today for updates and announcements from the meeting, including special ComicsPRO editions of FLASHPOINT FRIDAY, renamed, well, FLASHPOINT THURSDAY.
Writer/artist Dan Jurgens will return to the character he made a fan-favorite in BOOSTER GOLD #44, which'll serve as a lead-in to the much-anticipated Flashpoint event.
See Rip Hunter's blackboard at the end of TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT #6? Then you know Booster's got his work cut out for him! Check out the cover to Jurgens' first issue below, chock full of Flashpoint clues.
Check out the interview with Dan Jurgens about Booster Gold and Time Masters over at Newsarama.
BOOSTER GOLD #44 is on sale in May.