Sequart, having failed to learn their lesson after hiring me to pen an essay for inclusion in their forthcoming collection New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, has taken complete leave of their senses and asked me to contribute another essay for an all-new book. Instead of the Final Frontier, this new tome’s focus will be something a bit closer to home. Damn you, Sequart. Damn you to Hell.
Edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato, The Sacred Scrolls will take a deep dive into the various iterations of Planet of the Apes comics; everything from the Gold Key adaptation of Beneath the Planet of the Apes right up through the most current storylines from BOOM! Studios. The whole thing is being anchored by a forward from Doug Moench, who fans of Apes comics of old will recognize as one of the writers who contributed so many memorable stories to Marvel’s old black and white Planet of the Apes comic magazines from the 1970s.
The book will contain essays by Samuel Agro, Joseph F. Berenato, Stephen R. Bissette, Joe Bongiorno, Joseph Dilworth Jr., Dan Greenfield, Ed Gross, Rich Handley, Zaki Hasan, Terry Hoknes, Doug Moench, John Roche, Lou Tambone, and the bonehead owner/operator of this here blog right here. Patricio Carbajal will be providing cover art, as he did for New Life and New Civilizations.
As for me? My essay will take a look at the various instances of time travel and how it introduces different “fish out of water” situations across the centuries comprising the circular “Planet of the Apes timeline,” and also how different takes on the premise have introduced inconsistencies and other nitpicky things we fanboys and girls love to discuss.
Yep. It’s about to get all nerdy up in here.
So far as I know, there’s no publication date set for the collection, but based on when essays are due to Rich and Joe, I suspect The Sacred Scrolls will be out either in the spring or summer of 2015, around a year or so after New Worlds and New Civilizations goes live. More info (including cover art!) will be posted as it becomes available.
Thanks to Rich and Joe, as well as the crew at Sequart, for inviting me back to play.