Preparing for Launch

Exciting times here at Comics 101 HQ these days, gentle readers. In fact, so much so that I’m going to break from the usual goings-on around these parts and talk about two new projects that are very near and dear to my heart, that have been in the works for months and months, and that I can finally talk about publicly:

Back in the TARDIS

It’s no exaggeration to say that STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION SQUARED has been the high point of my writing career so far, both creatively and commercially. Not only has it gained me a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List, but it did something even cooler in my mind: it gave me the opportunity to write my next project: DOCTOR WHO: PRISONERS OF TIME.


In celebration of DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary in 2013, IDW will be publishing PRISONERS OF TIME, a 12-issue maxiseries written by me and my co-writer David Tipton, which will feature all eleven Doctors in all-new adventures! As is my wont, I’m going to be keeping mum on the details so as not to spoil anything, but I can say that getting the chance to write for all of the Doctors is an amazing thrill and honor, one that I never expected to have.


Where could one buy this comic, I hear you ask? Well, that brings us to Announcement the Second…


Here’s the thing.

I love comics.

I have, as long as I can remember, loved comics. My earliest memories of this life are both watching the Adam West BATMAN on TV and reading issues of SPIDEY SUPER STORIES. There has never been a time in my life when comics weren’t a significant part of it.

I’ve been very fortunate in the last few years to have increasingly made comic books a large part of my professional life as well as my personal life, whether it was as a critic, as a historian, as a writer or as an editor. The final piece falls into place next week, as we take our sister site BLASTOFF and bring it into the real world with the opening of our first BLASTOFF retail location in North Hollywood, California.

It’s a different kind of comic-book shop, one that reflects the kind of store my partner Jud Meyers and I have always wanted to see: one that celebrates comics as literature, as history, as art. A shop steeped in nostalgia, yet still introducing the newest and the most exciting to readers. A place where you can find the most astounding assortment of vintage Golden and Silver Age comics alongside beautiful pieces of original comic and animation art, where the greatest, most influential graphic novels are always found, next to a big stack of comics suitable for kids of all ages.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got about writing was to write the kind of stories you’d want to read. Accordingly, Jud and I have built the comic shop we’ve always wanted to go to.

So starting next Saturday, November 10, if you’re in Southern California, stop by 5118 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, and let us help you find some great comics.

Scott Tipton looks forward to welcoming folks to Blastoff NoHo. If you’ve got questions about comics, send them here.

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