Moderated by Karen Berger, the Vertigo Visions panel was a very passive one. We were shown covers for some upcoming titles and encouraged to buy them...or not. It's really up to us. It would be super nice if we did though.
The big announcement from the panel was that Vertigo would begin publishing their titles digitally on the same day and date, just as DC Comics has done with their superhero line beginning with their recent reboot. This will be an eventual rollout for Vertigo. The first digital issues will be chosen as jumping on points for new readers.
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds was on hand hand to discuss his new comic, Voodoo Child. It takes place in New Orleans, which is apparently the most haunted city in the U.S., and follows Dominique Laveau, the heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans. She's suspected of killing the previous queen which has upset the balance between our world and that of the supernatural.
Also announced was a new title written by Paul Cornell called Saucer Country. Due out in February, the comic is illustrated by Ryan Kelly and is described as the West Wing meets X-Files. It follows Arcadia Alvarado, the governor of New Mexico, who is allegedly abducted by aliens on the eve of her announcement to run for president. It's unclear whether this actually happened though and that's where the conspiracy angle comes in.
Fans of John Constantine outside of DC's super hero universe can rejoice as there's a Hellblazer Annual scheduled to be released before the end of the year. Peter Milligan will be writing a story that takes Constantine back to his hometown of Liverpool to investigate some mysterious murders. Simon Bisley is on art.
The first volume of The Annotated Sandman will be released early next year. There are four total volumes planned, all done by professional annotator Leslie S. Klinger. He goes page by page through the series noting every character and action. The volume is about 700 pages and will retail for $50. It's in black and white and goes through the first 20 issues of the series.
American Vampire by Scott Synder is about to hit the 1950s. The author plans to stick around in this decade for a bit as it's one he is very interested in. We'll be introduced to a new character named Travis Cart with issue #22. He drives a hot rod and wears a set of wooden vampire teeth that he uses to tear the throats out of any bloodsuckers he takes down. This new arc is framed by a big car race.
That's about it for the Vertigo panel from the horror perspective. There was a big emphasis on price point for the majority of the panel, constantly pointing out how much each issue would cost like it was some sort of weird justification. Just write good stories, folks and people will buy the comics.
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