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Frequently Asked Questions
Things You Might Want To Know

Books

• How long will WASTELAND run for? Will there be a proper ending?

WASTELAND is planned to run for 60 issues. By the end of the book, the mysteries will be solved and your questions answered. The last story arc has been plotted for years.

• Will there be any more WASTELAND after that? Any spinoff series?

It's certainly possible, but there are currently no plans to do so.

• How come the WASTELAND collections are missing some issues?

They're not, we just collect them differently.

The “interlude” issues are a way to give the series artist a break (We don't use separate pencillers/inkers/toners on WASTELAND; the artist does all of that themselves, every issue). Each interlude issue features a guest artist, and tells a standalone story from elsewhere (and often elsewhen) in the world of WASTELAND. We therefore decided to collect these issues separately, in their own anthology-style paperbacks (such as Book 05, “Tales of the Uninvited”). If you're reading WASTELAND in hardcovers, you'll find the interlude stories at the back of those volumes, after the main story.

Writing

• Can I send you my script/idea/pitch/concept/unpublished comic to read?

NO. I am not legally permitted to look at such things, and if you email them to me I will delete them immediately without reading them. There are complicated legal issues around reading unpublished material, and in our increasingly litigious world it's a risk I can't take.

If, on the other hand, you have something published (even self-published) that you want me to read, that's fine. Just find me at a convention and hand it over.

• Can you send me one of your scripts?

I can do better than that — download one for yourself.

• Can you send me one of your pitches?

No, sorry. And honestly, it probably wouldn't be much use to you. I tend to write overly long and detailed pitches, and different editors will have different preferences for types and styles of pitch anyway. If you want to see what a pitch looks like because you're submitting to an editor, the best thing you can do is ask that editor for a sample of one they consider to be ideal.

• What's your writing process?

There's a very detailed overview of my process in the Articles section.

• What writing software do you use?

Scrivener, Final Draft and Aeon Timeline, all on a Mac. For links to these programs and template downloads, visit the Setup and Sample Scripts pages.

If you want to see exactly how I use Scrivener to write comics, go here.

Signings & Appearances

• What can I bring for you to sign?

Anything at all (that I've worked on!) It doesn't matter which store I'm in, which publisher's booth I'm sitting at, or whatever. If I'm there to sign things, that's what I'll do. You can bring anything you like.

• Even videogames?

Yes, even videogames. You wouldn't believe how many DEAD SPACE case inlays I've signed over the years, for example.

• Do you charge for signatures?

No. I do really appreciate it when you buy a book, though.

• I've got a lot of stuff for you to sign. Like, a lot.

That's fine; I don't have a maximum item limit, or restriction. That said, if you bring lots of stuff and there’s a long line behind you, I may ask you to split your pile in half and get back in line for the second half. I think that's fair.

Misc

• That's not really how you spell your name, is it? That's a typo at the top of the page, right?

“Antony”, with no 'h', is my birth name and the correct spelling. It's really not that unusual, especially in England, and I am constantly bemused by people who think I misspell my own name. I am even more bewildered by people who link to this site with the correct URL, but spell my name wrong in the text of the very same link.

• Where can I read that 'Writing with GTD' blog post? Search won't find it!

It's not a blog post. To read Getting Things Written, the article Merlin Mann called “A thoughtful, complete, and coherent GTD-based workflow [and] an excellent read”, visit the Articles section.

• How about that band Antony & the Johnsons? Have you heard of them? How funny is that?!

Le sigh.

Last updated October 2014