Has Tom Scioli quit comics? That's what his Twitter followers are wondering. Scioli, whose past work includes Godland and American Barbarian, has had difficulty finding a publisher for his latest work, Satan's Soldier and Mystery Object. Scioli's been publishing both comics on his website, and he's begun submitting both series to publishers, only to be met with rejection by at least a few publishers. Things reached a fever pitch this evening, when Scioli suddenly announced that he was quitting comics and deleted his Twitter account a few moments later.
So why does this matter? Well, Scioli's not exactly an unknown quantity. He's a Xeric Grant winner, his work has been nominated for Eisners, and his art is deliberately reminiscent of Jack Kirby's. This also isn't the first time he's approached publishers to collect his webcomics. American Barbarian was published at his website before being collected in a gorgeous hardcover by Adhouse. His work's also damn good, especially if you're a fan of trippy comics that are simultaneously call back to the Silver Age of Comics while remaining on the cutting edge of comtemporary alternative comics.
Now, I don't know much about the comic industry and small press stuff, but I do know that Tom Scioli's stuff is fantastic stuff. And hopefully this will all blow over, and we'll have more gorgeous Tom Scioli hardcovers gracing our shelves soon. In the meantime, if you haven't read Scioli's work before, check out his website, where both Satan's Soldier and Mystery Object are currently hosted in their entirety. If you're a publisher and you haven't sent him a contract yet, make the man an offer or we'll make a cruel and petty website devoted to mocking you on a daily basis. We've done it before and we're not afraid to do it again.