lastditch asked: Hey Brandon, saw you were reblogging a bunch of Hugo Pratt stuff and just recently saw IDW is bringing all of the Corto Maltese stuff over soon under some new imprint. Is this something to be excited about, or is this something that's likely to be messed up somewhere along the way? I generally like the stuff that IDW puts out, but their usual comics about transformers and stuff (not that I don't dig them) are in a hugely different vein it seems.
I had an email back and forth with the guy putting the IDW Corto books together — I’d written them asking that instead of the heavily reworked cover they solicited (top) to instead use one of the many Hugo Pratt paintings(like the lower one). In the end we kind of agreed to disagree but I appreciated that they were so willing to respond to me just emailing out of nowhere telling them how to do their jobs.
I still reallly don’t like the cover but it’s the interiors that matter and I’m happy to see more Pratt translated over here. It’s 140 page book for $30 which I don’t think is ideal. I think ideally they’d put the 1st one out at like $10 like Image often does with new trades. I feel like the work is strong and will hook people once they get into it.
I do have some warm feelings about them using the old Eclipse comics logo for Euro comics— I dunno what that’s about though.
Bill Sienkiewicz: Corto Maltese commission (2013)
Tampa Comic Con poster by Julian Totino Tedesco