DC Comics, of late, has not been a foment of innovation. But today (I don’t pay an awful lot of attention to comics news) I tripped over a write-up of a new thing they’re doing, run by their brilliant art director Mark Chiarello (also a fine illustrator in his own right): Wednesday Comics.
The publication size is 14 inches wide by 20 inches tall, so it’s big. That’s the front page – so when you open it, it gets 28 inches wide, so it’s an enormous page. So for 12 weeks, that “cover” will be an installment of the Brian Azzarello/Eduardo Risso Batman story. Page 2 will be Sgt. Rock, and so on. So essentially, it’s 12 big-ass pages. Each story takes up one whole page, with no staples. It’ll be just like the Sunday funnies you read as a kid.
As an aside, it’s not just a comic book page that’s been blown up really large – it’s an average of sixteen panels per page.
Twelve weekly issues, twelve one-page stories (either a standalone or an episode of a 12-part serial). The sort of thing that, really, only DC Comics could pull off. I’m delighted to see them setting off a firework like this. Creators involve apparently include Neil Gaiman, Adam & Joe Kubert, Paul Pope, Dave Gibbons, and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.