Monday, July 04, 2011

Ask Me Anything #11

Even though the first Monday of July falls on a holiday, I'm still fielding questions to be answered throughout the month. Whether you want to know something about Xombi, Static Shock, or some entirely different project I've worked on, what I think about a particular book, movie, person or type of food, or anything else that crosses your mind, here is your opportunity.

Head down to the comment section and post your question. I'll either post my answer in the comment section as well, or answer it in a special post all its own sometime later in the month.

Please take the time to view the previous questions so that we don't wind up with a lot of repetition. You can see the previous questions by visiting Ask Me Anything  #1#2 ,  #3#4#5#6 , #7 , #8#9 and #10.  Answers not found following the questions can be found in the archives section for each associated month.

Now ask away.


Johnny Bacardi said...

Apologies if this has been asked before, and at this stage of the game it really doesn't matter anyway...but when I was reading the original Xombi run this past week it occurred to me to ask if you had ever considered having David Kim and co. meet the Kadmons. So...have you?

Anonymous said...

if all goes well with DC. Will we see a Catholic Girl centric issue?! Do you see the attention your current series is getting giving way to a Xombi trade of Omnibus for the original run?

John Rozum said...

Johnny B - Midnight, Mass. was originally planned as a spin-off from Xombi. Julia and Adam are mentioned by name in I think issue #19, and David and Rabbi Sinnowitz were on their way to see them in the completed but never published Xombi Hanukkah Special, before they wound up on a bit of a detour.

The chances of them ever meeting now are pretty much nonexistent, and I don't know that Adam and Julia would really fit in Xombi any better than say, Batman. Their two types of stories are sufficiently different that they don't overlap all that well now.

In an ideal world both Xombi and Midnight, Mass. would keep going until I was done with them, and then I'd have an outlet for most of the stories i want to tell.

John Rozum said...

Anonymous - If DC should decide to continue with Xombi at some point in the future, there would definitely be storylines which would focus on the other characters, with, or without the presence of David Kim.

At Milestone, Dwayne McDuffie and I had talked seriously about a possible Catholic Girl mini-series or one shot, and I worked out a plot for it as well as a pretty nifty back-up feature to run throughout the mini-series.

I also have a mini-series worked out for the origin story of Rabbi Sinnowitz which may be even stranger than the stuff that's been in the current run of Xombi. This I really hope to do some day. It's action packed and crazy. The nuns have nothing on him.

I'd love to see the entire run of Xombi collected as a series of trade paperbacks (it would take take 5 to do it - including the current series and the previously unpublished Xombi Chanukkah special) or as a gigantic leg crushing Omnibus edition. I don't know how much interest DC has in doing this since they haven't exactly rushed to capitalize on interest by announcing any trade collections of the original run. I'm told a tpb collection of the current series is planned for next Spring which seems pretty far away when people will have forgotten about Xombi, so I don't know if that's even real.

I suggest sending the powers that be at DC a snail mail letter letting them knw of your interest in seeing collected editions of the series and interest in seeing the ongoing series return to a monthly schedule. That's how the current series came to be, so it could be an effective means of bringing it back again.

DC would have to be blind not to have seen the critical reception Xombi has been receiving, not to mention the continuous complaints that it's not part of the September relaunch. It could be they don't care since it isn't written by one of their big guns, nor does it include Batman or Green Lantern.

Johnny Bacardi said...

I've been reading the original series lately, and I haven't made it to #19 if I'd waited, well, I guess I would have asked that question differently!


John Rozum said...

No problem, JB. Now you'll know to keep an eye out for it. There are also some other tidbits in that last arc that tie in to the current run.

I hope you've been enjoying the original series.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for that thorough and honest answer, Mr. Rozum. It's a shame that DC doesn't support it's more artistically and critically acclaimed titles like yours like they once did. It's a shame that the big two have chosen to put 99% of their resources into overexposed characters. Sales be damned you and Frazer are telling superb stories. Nothing like your book's existed at DC since the days of the proto-Vertigo titles. I've been writing to DC and will continue to do so until I hear some word on your title getting the trade treatment and more importantly a post relaunch spot!!! I've got a pretty solid following on so I'll try to rally the troops to arms!!! And I'd be all over a Catholic Girl/Rabbi Sinnowitz mini!!!

John Rozum said...

Thank you, Floyd. I've dipped into some of the boards where Xombi's been discussed, but, unfortunately don't really have the time to register and respond at each community.

Please, feel free to direct people here with any questions, or concerns with anything I'm involved in.