The hardcover is scheduled to come out in August of 2009, shortly before the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and will be printed in a four-color process, enabling me to retain the color tinting style I’ve been using so far.
Pantheon will follow the hardcover with a trade paperback. I envision the book to be in the 200-page range, and it will include new material that won’t be in the web version of A.D. (A.D. is currently winding down on the web: I plan on releasing three more chapters before it wraps up online.) We’re also hoping to donate part of the proceeds from the book to grassroots relief organizations in New Orleans.
I’m still sort of in shock about the news, as I couldn’t have dreamed of a better publisher for this project. I’m thrilled that the stories of Denise, Hamid, Leo & Michelle, The Doctor, and Kevin will be exposed to a larger audience; and I’m overwhelmed about being published by the same folks who publish Speigelman, Clowes, Ware, Satrapi, Katchor, Burns, and Simmonds.
And Chip Kidd will be designing the cover! Holy Moley!…
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Here’s ICv2’s piece on the news: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/12535.html
And here’s where
mentions it on “The Beat”: http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/2008/05/09/more-reality-comics-from-hill-and-wang/