I’ve been keeping this particular
news under wraps for the last few weeks, while we ironed out the specifics, but now that it’s finally April 1st, I can announce that I’ve been offered (and have happily accepted) a job editing a new line of comics for DC called “The Hare Line”.
I hope the whole thing isn’t an elaborate joke about me being bald. But I’ve looked at the contracts and it seems legit.
It’s a line of comics for kids that feature FUNNY ANIMALS as the lead characters, in an attempt to get readers into comics at the age of five or six, when they tend to be wary of stories about actual human beings.
As a lifelong DC fanatic who has spent much of his freelance career there, and a huge fan of some of their more prominent funny animal characters, I think this is going to be my most fun gig in years. I’ve been given quite a bit of free reign to create new characters and revive old ones, and I’m looking for strong ideas as I settle into the job. It’s more than just a chance to launch new DC titles, this is a chance to shape young minds, and teach life lessons in each title. Perhaps making a gay friendly rabbit book, or a comic that teaches vegetarianism as a legitimate lifestyle choice.
As I said, I’m looking for input from regular readers of this blog to help me choose who I should go with for the first wave of books. I’m leaning towards a line-up featuring HOPPY THE SIMPLY MARVELOUS BUNNY, CAPTAIN CARROT, SUPER-RABBIT: The TOLERATING FRIEND, and some sort of Bat-Hare title, but I haven’t “found” it yet.
Oh, and I’ll spend a couple of dollars suing THUNDER BUNNY out of existence. I know it hasn’t been published in years, but it skirted so close to the trademarks on HOPPY, THE MARVEL BUNNY, that I’ve wanted to put it to THUNDER BUNNY creator, Martin Greim since I first saw the title back in the Eighties.
Can’t wait to get started…I’ll keep you posted as we settle on the first wave of titles! I certainly hope this editor-ship lasts longer than just the 1st of April.