This January will bring the release of cartoonist Ted McKeever's love letter to the comic book industry, entitled Pencil Head. From Image Comics/Shadowline Pencil Head explores the whacked-out world of the comic book industry. Readers journey along as witness to protagonist Poodwaddle's trials and tribulations of working, and sustaining, his place in the absurd world of comics, where what happens behind the scenes is far more twisted, and bizarrely hilarious, than anything on the printed page.
McKeever spoke about the book by saying:
"As the old saying goes, write what you know. And after working in the comic book field for the last 30 years… Well, that's exactly what I'm doing in Pencil Head. I've combined personal industry experiences, along with a more bizarrely esoteric subplot, to create a autobiographical stew of behind-the-scenes happenings, mixed with my usual brand of oddities, and weirdness. Enjoy."
This should be an interesting read. It's always nice to be able to peak through the window of how creative things get made. However, as a random side-note, I have to say that I'm obsessed with the pencil man that stands proudly on the cover. Pencil Head #1 (Diamond Code NOV150491) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, December 28th.