In this week’s episode of Off Panel, editor Will Dennis joins the show to talk his role in comics, specifically on the upcoming anthology comic, Where We Live. Dennis discusses the role of an editor, what drives the projects he takes on, the importance of trust, Will Dennis books, the Vertigo brand, Scalped, Vertigo’s incredible run of cover artists, what he’s doing on Where We Live, how working in comics changes your relationship with them, how the project has come together, the unexpected help on the book, balancing the creator lineup, the project’s importance, Vertigo’s place in comics today, and more.
You can find Dennis’ work in comics like Gideon Falls, Descender, Moonshine, and the upcoming anthology comic, Where We Live, which arrives on May 30th, with all proceeds going to the victims of the October 1 Las Vegas shooting. Contributors to Where We Live include J.H. Williams III, Mike and Laura Allred, Neil Gaiman, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cliff Chiang, Geof Darrow, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jamie McKelvie, and more. You can find Where We Live on Twitter.
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Header image is from the cover of Where We Live by J.H. Williams III. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.