Leaving Stormwatch and Going to Coode Street

I feel I should say something about stopping writing Stormwatch after #6, but there's not actually a lot to be said. It was my own choice, I wasn't sacked. It's not like there's chaos as a result: the first six issues set up a format for the title, and one of the reasons I chose that point to leave (quite a while back, this hasn't happened suddenly) was so a new writer can start with a solid foundation. Editor Pat McCallum has been a great custodian of long term plans for the series, and he remains in place, so everything will go forward as it was meant to. If you're enjoying the series so far, you should feel able to keep buying it, because the underlying structure will remain. And I'm excited about the reaction to the end of the first arc. So it's not one of those titles where a creator leaves and everything goes crazy, this was done carefully by all concerned. I'm still on Demon Knights, and will carry on liaising with the Stormwatch team about the links between the two titles, and I'm looking forward to Saucer Country starting in the Spring. I'm also looking forward to seeing what first Paul Jenkins and then my long-term replacement bring to Stormwatch. In short: don't panic and please keep buying it.

Putting another hat on now: I was delighted to appear in the latest episode (#79) of one of my favourite podcasts, the The Coode Street Podcast where critics and editors Gary Wolfe and Jon Strahan have a fascinating weekly conversation about all matters SF. I pop in and burble uselessly in the face of their erudition. You can also find it on iTunes.

It's been a week in which I attended Kim Newman's (nine hour long and charming every moment of it) annual freelancers' lunch, the Extraordinary General Meeting of the British Fantasy Society (consensus achieved, new committee and voting system in place, a feeling of great joy and togetherness), and the UK comickers' traditional curry night (oh my aching head), and delivered the final draft of the novel and an issue of Demon Knights. Phew! The Twelve Blogs of Christmas starts on December 13th, and I'm looking forward to writing for the blog audience for that long stretch. For some reason, it feels like I have more energy this year, but let's see how I'm doing on Christmas Eve! Cheerio!

16 Response to "Leaving Stormwatch and Going to Coode Street"

  • Anonymous Says:

    Do you happen to know who's taking your place?


  • Chris Striker Says:

    I'm sad to see you leaving the title, its been fun reading the break neck pace of the current four issues and was hoping to see you flesh out some of the characters more in later issues.


  • Martin Gray Says:

    I'm sad you're going, Paul, but you've gotten things off to a cracking start. Stormwatch number four was very nicely structured, and thoroughly entertaining.

    I just don't get all the online hysterics about creative team changes, it's not like DC promised every team would be sticking around. It's interesting to see a line evolving ... and being able to find favourite creators elsewhere sweetens any blow. Best for Saucer Country.


  • DeAndre Robinson Says:

    I've enjoyed your run so far and I wish you would've stuck around a bit longer. At least for 15 issues and an annual! I'll still keep reading.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, all. I'm hoping for fifteen issues and an annual at least with Demon Knights!


  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Sorry to see you leave it, but will likely keep reading on regardless. There's still Demon Knights, which have been getting into a fair bit.


  • RunIago Says:

    How long before we now see the following story somewhere on the web?

    "Demon Knights Cancelled After Issue 15! Paul Cornell Furious! New 52 a Sinking Ship! Dan Didio Can't Pour [Water] Out Of A Boot With Instructions On The Heel!"

    :-) Personally, I hope that Demon Knights (with Mr Cornell at the helm) lasts much much longer.


  • Kandou Erik Says:

    I originally was just planning on reading Demon Knights (I like Jack Kirby's the Demon). But I gave Stormwatch a try - and it simply blew me away. This punchy quick-paced team of arrogant protectors seemed to fulfill every notion I ever had about what a Wildstorm comic should be like. (I never ready much of Wildstorm. I only ever read the first 7 or so issues of Stormwatch: Post Human Division).

    It quite frankly made me regret not having read Wildstorm books all these years. "God of Cities" is officially my favorite super power now!

    Anyway - it's really ended up making me like Stormwatch better than Demon Knights.

    I can't say I'm happy about this. After only 6 issues - let go or not, this was a really big blow to my enthusiasm for both titles.

    I'll be giving Stormwatch and Demon Knights more time - but with my pull list desperate to drop books; this just wasn't a good time for this to happen. I need dependable books on my pull list - the lead writer dropping off after 6 issues screams otherwise.

    I hope I'm wrong, though. Maybe this will turn out for the best. And I don't mean to be sour towards you about it either -- it was just such a shock, I'm still reeling from it. Stormwatch, from issue #1, really defined the new 52 for me.


  • Kandou Erik Says:

    I originally was just planning on reading Demon Knights (I like Jack Kirby's the Demon). But I gave Stormwatch a try - and it simply blew me away. This punchy quick-paced team of arrogant protectors seemed to fulfill every notion I ever had about what a Wildstorm comic should be like. (I never ready much of Wildstorm. I only ever read the first 7 or so issues of Stormwatch: Post Human Division).

    It quite frankly made me regret not having read Wildstorm books all these years. "God of Cities" is officially my favorite super power now!

    Anyway - it's really ended up making me like Stormwatch better than Demon Knights.

    I can't say I'm happy about this. After only 6 issues - let go or not, this was a really big blow to my enthusiasm for both titles.

    I'll be giving Stormwatch and Demon Knights more time - but with my pull list desperate to drop books; this just wasn't a good time for this to happen. I need dependable books on my pull list - the lead writer dropping off after 6 issues screams otherwise.

    I hope I'm wrong, though. Maybe this will turn out for the best. And I don't mean to be sour towards you about it either -- it was just such a shock, I'm still reeling from it. Stormwatch, from issue #1, really defined the new 52 for me.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, Ian and Run. Kan: what can I say? What you like should remain in place.


  • Steve Says:

    Paul, good to hear that you're sticking on Demon Knights for a while longer, as I'm loving what you're doing with it.

    I'm sad to see you off Stormwatch, but at the same time I'm very much looking forward to Saucer Country.


  • Chris Messenger Says:

    Hm. I suppose I should forward my request (that when/if Jack Hawksmoor communicates with London that the city be represented by Brutus Of Troy) to whoever writes Stormwatch after you, then?

    It'll be a shame to see you go.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, you two. And indeed, that's for the next writer. Cheers.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    And Chris, I'll just add that, about that, you should read my novel next October!


  • Miguel Says:

    I'm very sorry to see you go. Writers just change books too quickly these days. Don't you miss the time when writers stayed on a book for a decade?

    Good luck with Saucer Country; I'm anxious about it.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thank you. I would like, one day, to stay on a title for decades. It's something I've always emulated.