Another addition to our stellar line-up of Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Editions is the second instalment of Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s Eisner-nominated Demo. This trade-paperback collects all six issues of the hugely popular second series, complete with an amazing Gosh! Exclusive Cloonan-illustrated bookplate to make you want it even more.
The original influential indie series was made up of twelve isolated stories all revolving around the lives of young people: their relationships, emotions and lives. Wood had intended to focus on characters with supernatural powers, but this side of things wasn’t as heavily present as it is in this second series: “These stories have a lot more of a supernatural flair than anything else,” he said, in an interview with Comicbook Resources. “It’s not so much superpowers, it’s supernatural.”
Demo Volume 2 #1 sees a woman haunted by a recurring premonition, but you won’t see any Volume 1 characters recur in this series. “They’re all original. That’s actually a line I don’t think I’ll ever really cross. I feel like that really undermines the integrity of not only the actual concept of Demo, but also the integrity of the old stories,” says Wood.
“I was a big fan of the first 12-issue series and looked forward to the six-issue Vertigo second volume ever since it was rumoured/announced, and it didn’t disappoint. This volume has been more minimalist in its writing, allowing Becky Cloonan’s gorgeous art to take centre stage. Each issue has been like a short film or prose poem, a work of allusions and demands that the reader meet the work partway.”
– Comicbook Resources
Since the indie days of self-published Demo, Wood has gone on to write DMZ, Local, Northlanders, The New York Four and several other notable notables. Cloonan has worked with the likes of Steven T. Seagle on American Virgin, and Gosh! favourite Brazilian twins Gabriel B and Fbio Moon on the gripping tale of urban horror PIXU: The Mark of Evil. We even had her in the shop for a signing for a signing last year with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie of Phonogram. Over at Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks with Cloonan in a podcast about Demo, Pixu, and her first foray into manga with East Coast Rising.
We’ll have a strictly limited 200 copies of the Demo Volume 2 TP Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition signed and numbered by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan for the standard cover price of £13.50. If you’d like to reserve a copy or arrange a mail order (postage rates below) just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. While you’re at it, we’ve also got a very limited number of McCloonan jam prints left, which she and McKelvie produced just for their Gosh! signing. I’d snap ‘em both up before they go the way of the disastrously delicious dodo.
Australia/New Zealand: £7.50
(We’re well aware that people do live in places other than the ones I’ve listed so just send us an email and we’ll give you a postage quote of your very own.)
On Sale March 23, 2011