WonderCon is easily within the top 175 comic conventions of the year, so it's no surprise that industry professionals sometimes get a little carried away with the festivities and end up drinking a little bit more than they can handle, and according to our sources, no one parties harder than mustachioed DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio. It's this volatile combination that has the executive trying to piece together the events of one wild evening of which he has almost no recollection.
"The last thing I remember was signing copies of Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger for some fans at the convention, when IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall came over to tell me that a bunch of my guys were doing body shots off a life-size statue of Giullem March's Catwoman," Didio told The Outhouse in a candid Monday morning interview. "I knew there could be trouble, because the anatomy-defying curvature of Catwoman's spine, designed to show both her entire chest and entire butt to the 'camera,' can hold at least five times the volume of alcohol as a traditional body shot. So I know I meant to go over there with Chris and make sure things didn't get out of hand."
"But the next thing I remember," Didio explained, "I woke up alone in Ryall's office, passed out at his desk. And there was this press release for a new X-Files: Year Zero comic. I thought: oh fuck - what did I do??"
According to Didio, he cannot recall a single a detail of what took place between when he left his table at the convention and when he woke up in Ryall's office, but one thing is perfectly clear: "My wife is going to be really pissed when she finds out I got wasted and started rebooting other companies' comics again."
According to the press release, X-Files: Year Zero will be a five issue miniseries detailing the "case that started it all" for Agents Mulder and Scully, a sure sign of Didio's continuity-rearranging handiwork. Karl Kesel will write the series with Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott splitting art duties. The book will feature variant covers by Robert Hack and Francesco Francavilla in addition to a regular cover by Carlos Valenzuela. "At least they're not in 3D," said a relieved Didio when learning about the variants. "They're not in 3D, right?"
At press time, an embarrassed Didio was seen trying to quietly sneak out the back door of IDW's offices, doing the walk of shame back to DC's headquarters while wearing another publisher's baseball cap to shield his shiny head from the sun.
Here's the press release:
MULDER & SCULLY UNCOVER THE PAST INTHE X-FILES: YEAR ZERO
The Case That Started It All Debuts At IDW!
San Diego, CA (April 20, 2014) – In its first year at IDW, The X-Files Season 10 has pitted FBI special agents Mulder and Scully against monsters, cults, conspiracies, and more, and now the duo will unravel a mystery that dates back to the very beginning of “the X-Files.” The brand-new five-issue miniseries, The X-Files: Year Zero, debuts this July with an original tale suited for both X-Files diehards and mystery fans alike!
In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as “Mr. Xero” directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as “X-Files,” which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar “Mr. Zero” in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases.
The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel (FF, Superboy) makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) and Greg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack (Doctor Who) and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla for the first installment.
“The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we’re proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s,” says editor Denton J. Tipton. “I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes and Doggett.”
“I’ve always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows— what I like to think of as ‘UFO Noir.’” said Kesel from an undisclosed location. “Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors— Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio— well, the truth is it’s all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn’t it?”
With an upcoming board game from IDW Games, the ongoing Season 10 series, and now this new adventure into the past, IDW is the essential stop for fans of The X-Files! Stay up to date at facebook.com/idwpublishing!