Wednesday, February 29, 2012


HUGE apologies to everyone for taking so long to get the results to the online order raffle (for the first 50 people that ordered Foster #2 Convention Edition from my Dog Year store). Watch the super-exciting clip above to see if you won!

Also... another MORE HUGER apology that I haven't been able to ship out any online orders yet. I did a bunch of order-sketches while at Image Expo, this past weekend, but I'm slammed with Flash #7 deadlines. I'll be shipping them out in batches over the next 5-6 days. I promise!

Thanks for not hating me! Unless you do hate me, in which case, you don't get that last thanks.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


This is what it looks like...

FLYING HIGH (seriously)

This is my first official blog post at 20,000 feet. The wonders of technology have allowed me to type this on the interweb while hurtling through the air at over 500mph. How did we ever live before wireless internet? I'm pretty sure that in the next 10 years I will be saying "How did we ever live without the ability to jack our brains directly into the intergalactic wide web?"

Technology is awesome.

Anyway, back to the point... I'm on my way to my New York to partake of this experience we call Comic Con (the east coast version). I don't have a booth at this thing, but you may be able to find me loitering around the DC Booth or at artist alley. I also have a few signings at the DC booth and a panel. Here are the deets (can I say "deets" instead of details?)...


FRIDAY October 14th
4-5 PM @ THE DC BOOTH (with Francis Manapul)

SATURDAY October 15th

SUNDAY October 16th
3-4 PM @ THE DC BOOTH (with Francis Manapul)


SATURDAY October 15th
12-1 PM - ROOM 1A10

Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Captain Atom), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific).

So those are my OFFICIAL PLANS for the weekend. Short of that, if you are related to me by blood, are an old friend, a new friend, want to give me gifts, want to hire me to write your comic books, want to buy me a drink, want to be my friend, or just want to say hi, you can send me a TWEET @BrianBooch or send me a FACEBOOK message and I will do my best to catch up with you.

But if you want to verbally berate me or cause me physical, emotional or spiritual harm... I would prefer if you didn't message me.

And just so we are clear... I DO accept gifts. And I WILL write your comic books for money.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It's been almost a week since Flash #1 came out, and I'm still trying to catch my breath. It's been an amazing time filled with flattery, pride, satisfaction, validation... and even a wee bit of vindication. I almost can't believe how overwhelmingly positive the response has been to our book. I say almost, because Francis and I put SO much work into the darn thing that I knew in my heart that it was something to be proud of.

Yeah, we've gotten a handful of so-so and stinker reviews, but for every one of those we got 8-10 super positive ones (which is fitting for this super professional blogger). And it seemed like every one was more flattering than the next. And even more importantly, most of the reviewers REALLY got what we were going for.

They noticed many of the layers we put into the story. Some subtle, some fairly obvious... but they noticed. I think my favorite excerpt was in Newsarama's "Best Shots" review where David Pepose picked up on the subtle difference with our treatment of Barry's mother, Nora.

"Whereas recent depictions of the character have made Barry seem like a sad sack, always talking about his dead mother, Manapul and Buccellato make Barry's mom a bit more of an inspiration, a bit more of a foundation for metaphor than an emotional anchor around all of our necks."

Now I personally enjoyed the previous run of FLASH, and the character arc that Geoff Johns painstakingly laid out for Barry. This foundation is what Francis and I were able to build OUR story upon AND have it not be weighed down by unresolved backstory. When Nora tells Barry to "keep moving forward, even if the path isn't lit", she is really telling ALL of us to forge ahead (albeit, for our own reasons). And by all, I mean Barry, Flash fans, and even Francis & myself. I don't claim that this is the most clever piece of writing on earth -- it is fairly literal -- but I am nonetheless REALLY proud of the end narration that Francis and I wrote.

Anyway, I have to get back to working on Flash #6... but I just wanted to take a few moments to share my thoughts and THANK THE WORLD (or at least our small corner of it) for embracing our take on Barry Allen. It feels pretty effin great.

And for anyone that hasn't weighed in with their opinion on Flash #1, the invitation to leave your comments is still open.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Yeah, it's early... but like Francis said to me last night on twitter, "(It) feels like Christmas morning to me! I hope I don't get coal in my stockings."

CBR and COMICVINE have already posted their reviews of Flash #1...

...where's yours?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


...that my Flash journey officially begins. Am I excited about it?

Uhm... YEAH! I can't wait.

For Francis and I, it's been a pretty long road since we started this adventure... and to FINALLY see it come out is an amazing feeling that is beyond my ability to describe.

The initial reaction to the announcement that we would be taking over writing duties was met with something less than confidence. The reasons for this are obvious and one hundred percent fair. But that just made us more determined to prove ourselves as writers. And as he and I chugged along, sweating, working our asses off, doing interviews, talking to people, and putting together the book, we started to build up a good head of steam.

In the last month or so, things have REALLY taken off!

The book pre-sold over 100,000 copies... After the launch of JLA #1, the orders jumped quite a bit higher than that... Many professionals and peers read the book and weighed in with OVERWHELMINGLY positive reviews. A couple of BIGWIGS @ DC even confided in us that Flash #1 was their favorite of the New52. The worm has started to turn. The covers. The preview art. The interviews. The convention exposure. All good stuff. I can't wait.

And now here we are, on the eve of the book's release...

Starting tomorrow, the books will hit the shelves... and anxious fans will hopefully start buying those 100K copies. The reviews will start appearing on the web... Fans will head to the forums to weigh in with their opinions. Some will offer glowing praise... others will find fault with ever word and/or image. The Flash experts will deconstruct our story and offer their analysis. Starting tomorrow, things are going to change for me.

I'm going to acquire passionate new fans... AND passionate new haters. And you know what? I can't wait.

Francis and I are already knee deep in issue #4. We're here and we are crafting stories that we are insanely proud of. We're working SO hard, we're SO exhausted... and we're SO having the time of our lives.

And starting tomorrow, EVERYONE gets to see what we have done.

I can't wait.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

LISTEN TO ME... about the Flash (and say "Uhm" a lot) in this handy little podcast interview that I did with the good folks at Modern Myth Media.

I had a lot of fun doing the interview. I hope you all like it... in spite of my excessive "uhming" and the fact that I carry on for about forty minutes. Man, I'm long-winded!