Look what just slid down the chimney! WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #1 is in comic stores everywhere today and available on all digital platforms. WRAITH expands on the world and ideas to be found in NOS4A2... which leads to a logical question: do you need to read the novel to enjoy the comic? No. Neither do you need to read the comic to enjoy the novel. Fans of one will (I hope) find a lot to explore in the other, but each is its own work.
By the same token: there are no NOS4A2 spoilers in WRAITH, and no WRAITH spoilers in NOS4A2. One will inform the experience of reading the other, but will not ruin it. Least not if I've done my job right.
I should add that WRAITH is not a 5-issue miniseries as has been widely reported. I expanded it to 7; it turned out I had a lot more to say about Charlie Manx and the nightmarish playground of Christmasland then I originally anticipated. WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND is also 3 stories for the price of one... a standalone prologue, a standalone epilogue, and a five-issue adventure packed in the middle. My collaborator on this one is artist Charles Paul Wilson iii (Stuff of Legends) and I am so proud and delighted with the work he's done here. CPiii does work that reminds me of what John Landis once said about Texas Chainsaw Massacre: "other movies were about psychopaths, but Chainsaw seemed like a movie made by a psychopath."
I hope you'll come along for another ride in the Wraith with me. I promise me'n CPiii will do everything in our power to make each chapter like a perfect little Christmas present!
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This is as good a place as any to mention that NOS4A2 (NOS4R2 in the British Isles and Commonwealth nations) is available in trade paperback, pretty much everywhere, pretty much now, with festive holiday covers! Just in time for all your yuletide gift-giving fun! After all... nothing tells someone what you really think of them like giving them an all-expense paid trip to Christmasland.
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There's a crazy story goin' around that I'm working on a reinvention of 80s TV horror fav. Tales from the Darkside for the CW, along with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. The craziest part of the story is it's true. The only thing I'd add to the Deadline article is that "reinvention" is the proper verb, and that what we're doing honors the original show, but isn't quite the same thing; comparisons to Tales from the Crypt and Twilight Zone are also prolly not quite accurate. Hopefully it'll be good and everyone will have fun with it. We still have a ways to go on this one, but if there's interesting news, I'll post about it.