Gratitude for Vault

The last 18 months have been some of the most exciting of my creative career. Vault was my first mini-series at a publisher and I have been a hive of anxiety and nerves from the day I was told it would be released into the wild with Storm King Productions. This is a big deal to me. The opportunity to tell Vault has been near perfect and there are a lot of people to thank. That’s what this is, a thank you to the people who have made this such a fulfilling experience. With all of the negative shit in the world (in particular all the drama in comics) it seems apt to throw out some positive vibes.

I’m going to get long-winded here. There’s some serious butt-kissing coming. Sorry, not sorry.

You’re the goal, right? You, the folks who took a chance on a book, are the one of the primary reasons these stories are created. I think it’s every writer’s hope that someone will read the story they write and get it, enjoy it, and maybe even love it. That’s not to say everyone who read Vault thought it was great, but I’ve received more than a few responses through social media, email, and even face-to-face conversations from people who seem to truly enjoy the book. It means the world to me that you’ve had a good time with Vault. Every kind comment validates the work we creative types do, and those types of caring, thankful messages are not the majority of responses one typically sees/hears (more often than not it is the disgruntled who are the loudest). Thank you.

Not everyone who supported the book read it. I know of a couple people who are waiting on the trade paperback (no judgment), but have consistently shared news of the book through social media, encouraging others to buy it and give it a try. And then there are those who read the book and shouted about it in support whenever possible. To all of you who helped spread the good Vault word, thank you.

Surprisingly, the majority of the reviews Vault have received have been positive. I say “surprisingly” because, like many writers, I expect everyone to hate everything I write. Not everyone who reviewed it loved it, but everyone who reviewed took the time to review it – that, in and of itself, is a reason to be thankful. To the people who did read it and enjoyed it: thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to review our indie title when the truth is that reviewing bigger books from bigger publishers with bigger names is what probably pays your bills. Hell, even if you spent the time you could have been writing about the latest Marvel or DC event to write about how much you hate Vault, thank you. I respect that time and I am ever grateful for yours.

This is not my book – it belongs to all of those who worked on it.

Andres Esparza, my friend, you’re amazing. I’m very thankful I got the chance to work with you before one of the big two snatched you up and made you unaffordable. Your art is incredible. Your attention to detail is unmatched. You, sir, are a master of your craft and your work speaks for itself. I am so glad we got to make Vault together.

Sergio Martinez, “lighting director” extraordinaire. Nothing Andres or I do would be worth the paper it’s printed on without your keen eye and talent. You took my writing and Andres’s art and fleshed out a world more realized than I could have imagined. Thank you, sir.

Janice fucking Chiang. Your resume is among the most intimidating I have ever seen in the comics world. You’ve done it all and I’m not sure the script I worked on deserved your level of talent, but I’m so very grateful we got you. Letterers are among the most under-appreciated talents in the industry and your work only emphasizes that argument. You’re a goddamn genius.

Special shouts out to Nick Percival, Cat Staggs, and Tim Bradstreet for blessing this book with their covers. And Shannon Forrey on the book design. Gorgeous work, all.

Sandy, of course, is a phenomenal editor, but I’ve got more to say about her…

John & Sandy
Sandy King and John Carpenter. I mean, holy shit, you guys.

I’ve done more than a few interviews and gushed every time about how cool it is to work with you two, but I’m not sure I’ve ever said thank you. I’m not sure I can thank either of you enough. Not only did I get to work with two people who have shaped the fiber of my storytelling being, but I was able to learn from them, spend time with them, and am now blessed to call them friends. My respect for you both has only deepened and I beyond grateful for the time we’ve spent together. I know both of you have heard this before from your innumerable fans, but let me add my voice to the chorus: Y’all are the best.

My thanks here extend to everyone at the Storm King Productions family who has helped guide me through production, shows, and signings, and allowed me to tap into their wisdom (I’m looking at you, Sean, Ross, and Lys).

That’s it. I’m done kissing ass and praising the people who have made Vault such a richly rewarding experience.

Here’s to many more stories enjoyed together.