Friday, September 10, 2010

Jason Aaron Begins New Column at CBR

Press release:


With a roster of celebrated columnists that’s included Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, Gail Simone and many more, Comic Book Resources is proud to announce the debut of the latest addition to its prestigious editorial legacy: WHERE THE HELL AM I?, a provocative new weekly column by Jason Aaron.

Five years ago, Aaron was working a dead-end job and only dreaming of writing comics. Today he is an uncommonly prolific and acclaimed author, scripting memorable runs on such Marvel Comics titles as “Wolverine: Weapon X,” “PunisherMAX” and “Ghost Rider,” as well as his acclaimed Vertigo series, “Scalped,” which is hailed consistently among the best ongoing comic book series produced today.

It is that intense level of proliferation and rapid rise to prominence that was the inspiration behind Aaron’s WHERE THE HELL AM I? “I want this column to be a frank, no-bullshit look at what I’ve gone through to get to where I’m at and what I think about where I’m headed,” Aaron said. “I’ll talk about how I broke into comics; the full story, not just the bits I usually mention in interviews, but the ugly, embarrassing stuff too -- especially the ugly, embarrassing stuff. I’ll talk to other creators on the cusp of breaking in. I’ll talk to editors and some of my friends in the industry and see where their heads are at. And I’ll talk about what my job is like, the day-to-day nitty-gritty of it, struggling to balance a family life with a workload of six books a month. That’s where the hell I am. And that’s what I want to talk about.”

CBR has a rich history of giving a platform to comics creators just on the cusp of industry superstardom, and Executive Producer Jonah Weiland sees Jason Aaron as an auspicious continuation of that tradition. "I’m extremely excited that Jason has agreed to join CBR’s staff of columnists,” Weiland said. “Jason’s one of the rising stars in comics, bringing a fresh perspective not just with his writing, but with his outlook on this industry. He’s an important asset and addition to CBR.”

Make no mistake, WHERE THE HELL AM I? is no simple guide to “breaking in” to the comic book business. “I certainly don’t presume to know all the answers. I’m just saying this is what I did, these are the things I did right, these are the mistakes I made, these are the things I maybe wish I had done and this is what I think about where I’ve ended up,” Aaron said. “I just want to lay it all out and CBR has been gracious enough to offer me a platform from which to rant and rave like the crazy-eyed, shaggy-bearded redneck street-preacher I secretly am. I can’t wait.”

WHERE THE HELL AM I? is available exclusively every Wednesday afternoon on Comic Book Resources.

The first edition of WHERE THE HELL AM I? can be read here.

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