“Walking Dead” is one of the reasons there’s so much excitement surrounding the delectable "Chew" series, which is drawn by Lafayette’s own Rob Guillory. There’s currently bidding on ebay that has the first issue of "Dead" exceeding $1,200 (the #1 has already sold for more than that in recent months), due largely to the popularity of the AMC television spinoff. It originally had a retail price of $2.95 in October 2003.
Some are asking in the neighborhood of $500 for the debut issue of "Chew." You can argue that the price is inflated ("Chew" retailed at $2.99 when released in June 2009), but the buzz is there. Like "Dead," the series is published by Image and is set to hit the small screen presumably in the near future. Issue #26 comes out next month and the run will end with #60.
What does all of this mean for Guillory? What does it mean for the cable series Showtime is planning?
In a recent interview with BleedingCool.com, Guillory tipped his hat a bit. For starters, he said he’ll continue to collaborate with “Chew” writer John Layman:
"We are going to do something. Layman and I have decided that we are going to stick together. The relationship is so low maintenance, he does his thing and I do mine. We work well together and we like each other. I think we will continue to do creator owned and some animation stuff too. He’s starting to branch out to do animation and has done some scripts and I have some connections in that industry as well. So cartoons and other stuff including more comics in the future as a team."
They do work well together, and they have a pair of Eisner awards to prove it. As for the Showtime deal, it has been a long, grueling process for fans. It was announced more than a year ago, and it doesn’t sound like the project is any closer to shooting, according to the interview. Here’s what Guillory said:
"We had one script, and now we’re doing another script. Our writer is an awesome up and coming guy. He buys every issue when it comes out and his sense of humor is totally in line with ours. Everyone involved with it is passionate about it, so we’re not worried about rushing it. We just want it to be right."
As for what kind of comics Guillory might pick up himself on Wednesdays, check out the following, and then make plans to visit And Comics Too or Acadiana Comics and Collectibles. You might even bump into Guillory (but not for much longer; he’ll be signing autographs and taking commissions over the weekend at Denver’s ComicFest). Here’s the last blurb, a sneak peek into what might be on Guillory’s pull list:
"I read a lot of 'Green Lantern.' Old school 'X-men' by Claremont and Byrne. 'Death of Phoenix.' They had a lot of toy orientated comics. 'Master of the Universe' comics stuck out the most."
Now. Seriously. Go spend money at a local shop.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
Thursday’s explosion aboard an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is now under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The 59-41 Senate vote was one shy short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.
Spot bonuses to employees who go above and beyond on projects one of several reasons national mag calls BR-based biz bank a cool place to work.
The Director Search Committee interviewed the five men still in the running via video last week and is set to trim the field this week.
Telecom’s decision to halt deployment to more than 100 cities while it awaits net-neutrality rules appears to be little more than a temper tantrum.
Environmental (and political) junkies got a double fix when The Lens hosted a discussion between its environmental writer and the lead attorney in the levee board suit.
Follow The IND to hear Lens environmental reporter Bob Marshall's interview with Gladstone Jones, the lead attorney in the lawsuit against the oil and gas companies for coastal damages.
The $35B deal leaves the burning question about what it will mean for the thousands of these two service giants' local employees.
Broussard & David set up shop at the corner of Jefferson and Vermilion.
in light of falling oil prices, Forbes asks, “Will there be more?”
Lake Charles lets Acadiana companies in on the action as our neighbor to the west prepares for unprecedented growth.
A new study analyzes the state of the Lake Charles region and the impact 19 industrial projects will have on residents.
A U.S. magistrate judge calls “garbage” on behavior of attorneys for Progressive Waste Solutions.
The Lafayette food truck scene is slowing down but not stopping.
Lake-area financial institutions seeing green.