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.