This week sees the debut of Effigy, a new Vertigo title from Grayson/Revival scribe Tim Seeley and Madame Xanadu artist Marley Zarcone. The series follows Chondra Jackson, a woman who, as a child, starred in a beloved kids' sci-fi/mystery TV show, and now lives a quiet life as a police officer in small-town Ohio – until she gets pulled into a mystery involving ritual sacrifices, a shadowy celebrity-worshipping cult, and pieces of her past coming back to haunt her.
To mark the launch of the book, we spoke with Seeley about his work process, his inspirations, and how the world of celebrities and comics intersect.
As Vertigo's two currently longest-running series head to a close -- Bill Willingham's Fables and Mike Carey and Peter Gross's The Unwritten -- the DC imprint is doubtless looking for new series with long-term potential to run alongside FBP, Astro City, and American Vampire.
At New York Comic-Con on Friday the publisher announced two titles that might fit the bill, both from DC writers making their Vertigo debut. Grayson writer Tim Seeley will team with former Madame Xanadu artist Marley Zarcone on Effigy, while once and future Secret Six author Gail Simone and former 2000 AD artist Jonathan Davis-Hunt are the team behind Clean Room.
April O'Neil has had a few careers across various Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continuities, but in IDW's new comicverse helmed by co-creator Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz, the redhead is a college student studying biology and interning at Baxter Stockman's Stockgen Laboratories...
Marley Zarcone has collaborated with the likes of Matt Wagner on Madame Xanadu at Vertigo and talent percolator of 2010 Nick Spencer on his indie book Forgetless. That's no accident, either, because she's got a spunky look about her artwork that resembles the clean, slightly manga-ish approach of Brandon Graham and gently uses that cleanliness to sneak in dump-trucks full of detail...
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