Off Panel #397: 1337 Speak with James Tynion IV
Writer James Tynion IV joins the show to talk about launching his new Image series, W0rldtr33, in the current industry environment. Tynion discusses hitting final order cutoff, the collector market, cultivating hits, W0rldtr33’s origins, its 90s aesthetic, the importance of a title’s vibe, the key to a good first issue, its visuals, why it ended up at Image, learning from projects, publishing at Dark Horse, how publishers differ, creating your own cash flow, setting up his future, and more.
You can find Tynion on Twitter and Instagram and his work in W0rldtr33, Something is Killing the Children, Nightmare Country, Department of Truth, and more.
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