Wednesday, March 5, 2008

An Introduction and Update

The Life of Reilly was a 35 part column written by myself and former Editor/Writer, Glenn Greenberg. A number of different websites hosted the column, beginning with Comic Book Galaxy and more recently, New Comic Reviews. In an effort to keep the original archives intact, I've relocated the entire column to this area.

There are no bells or whistles. Just me and Glenn and a few special guests along the way. The 35 chapters below are copied from the original files, complete with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

If you haven't heard yet, I'm in the process of updating those old columns (fixing those darn spelling mistakes) and adding even more content with the goal of turning it all into a book. A book that will be a complete look behind the scenes at one of the most controversial comic stories of all time.

Mark Bagley, Tom Brevoort, Bob Budiansky, Gerry Conway, JM DeMatteis, Todd Dezago, Eric Fein, Terry Kavanagh, Howard Mackie, and Fabian Nicieza are a few of the key players in this storyline that have come on board to help me produce the definitive version of The Life of Reilly.

You can find out the latest updates on the book at The Haven blog where every week or two I post 'The Hype of Reilly', a behind the scenes look at the road to getting the book put out.

Check it out and watch the adventure continue to unfold.


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I'm incredibly excited about this idea as well. I've loved Life of Reilly since it's creation, and to own a book of it would be a great joy. Not only would it give the unknowing a great look at the creation and passing of a great character, but perhaps also create some knowledge as to just how hard comic creatives can fight to try and create a great story, even when all hope is gone. Looking at your track record, I have total faith the book will be a success. Long live the Spider clone!

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I just wanted to drop by and say that I loved reading this. I'm greatly looking forward to the book as well.

Andrew Goletz said...

I should be updating the site soon. Thanks to everyone who've commented or emailed me. All of the main work is done and I'm in the process of editing the thing now. Target date of early 2010 right now which isn't as far away as I'd like to think....

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