Next Men

Looking Back At The Great Comics Works of John Byrne
John Byrne is a controversial figure in comics, all the more so as he's moved to disavow his work with mainstream publishers, yet his legacy within the industry is undeniable, and his contributions to iconic franchise properties and to early creator-owned independent work are worthy of celebration. Born on this day in 1950, John Byrne moved from England to Canada at the age of eight, and it was here that he first encountered American superhero comics. He enrolled in --- but dropped out of --- the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, and began contributing to Roger Stern and Bob Layton’s Contemporary Pictoral Literature. Their character Rog-2000 was spotted by Charlton Comics, and the team began contributing back-up stories in the pages of E-Man.
John Byrne’s Next Men: How The Comic Looks after a 15 Year Hiatus
The hiatus: an unfortunate necessity in the world of creator-owned comics. Health issues, scheduling issues, burnout, needing to do work that actually pays once in a while... All frequent reasons for extended breaks in production that drive big pointy knives deep into the comic reader's very soul, which as we all know is made out of nougat ...