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"Deo, Caselli, Walker, Schitti, Yu have completely saved me many, many times. They were working out of order, from partial scripts, page after page without dialogue, never complaining, total pros… My point is this: Any of Avengers that you loved, that was THEM. Any of it that you hated, that was all ME." - Jonathan Hickman

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Newsarama: You launch with a 60-page first issue -- that's a rarity in this day and age! What made you want to launch the story this way, and how long do you see the story running ultimately?

Jonathan Hickman: "Well, in addition to changing the method of how we're working, one of the ”'new rules” for both myself and my friends that I collaborate with is to not feel constrained by page counts this year.

Personally, I'm just so sick of writing everything in 20-page chunks. And, while I could be wrong, I think the market will accept a book with variable pricing that's $3.50 for 20-29 pages, and $3.99 for 30 pages and over.

Now, the first issue of The Dying and the Dead is the extreme version of that – 60 pages for $4.50 – and we won't – and can't – do that every month, but it does represent a hell of a deal at a buck-fifty per 20 pages.

As for how long it's running? Not sure, that really depends on Ryan's pacing, but it does end.
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With the release of the second issue of The Dying and Dead coming tomorrow, let’s take a look at the first issue that was released back in January 2015 (two months between this and the next issue). Well actually, we’ll just look at a little bit of it.

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Ryan Bodenheim
Colorist: Michael Garland

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"Some people don't believe in magic, but if you have children then you know it's real." - Jonathan Hickman

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"I hope someone gets fired for this SECRET WARS nonsense, and I hope that someone is me." - Jonathan Hickman

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'[Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Parallels"] came out 22 years ago and I still remember how blown away I was by it. Influence is obvious.' - Jonathan Hickman

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"Last year was the first year in twenty years I didn't reread all six of Frank Herbert's Dunes." - Jonathan Hickman

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"I have a tendency to grab onto a theme and work it a bunch of ways before moving on to something else. There might be other small things I've done playing with the idea of 'endings or death,' but the three projects I've mainly been working on for the last couple years all play with the same idea."

"Avengers is about death on an oppressive and epic scale, East of West is about a literal, mythic Death, and The Dying and The Dead is about one man’s personal crusade to either escape or overcome it." - Jonathan Hickman

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"Before being at Marvel, I hadn't done any long format work and I'm discovering now that I have a really odd rhythm to my work. If writing serialized monthly superhero fiction is conflict, then it seems that most books are either trench warfare or some acrobatic, high-paced dogfight, it feels like I'm doing some sort of asymmetrical battle as both the insurgents and the nation-state. Okay, I'm sure that sounds like gibberish, but that's as clear as it gets in here." - Jonathan Hickman

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"I'm not really emotionally attached to the stuff I write, even the indy, creator-owned work. When I create a story, I get it out of my system and move on..." - Jonathan Hickman

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"In any story, characters… plot… these things are primary and must be done well for a book to be considered successful, but I think that the stories that are really, really special have themes that resonate." - Jonathan Hickman

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"I think it's okay for the Marvel Universe to have a functional family. I'm doubly okay with me writing that, and even more okay with it being the Fantastic Four." - Jonathan Hickman

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'I was looking at my outlines last night and it appears I've done a terrible thing. I've done a bad job, you might say, in that you actually find out some of the answers to some of the biggest mysteries that are out there hanging in "New Avengers" in "Avengers" issues. And some of the big mysteries in "Avengers" are answered in future "New Avengers" issues. Because as the stories get intertwined you find out that the solutions are actually on the other side. So people are going to miss stuff if they're not reading both books. I'm not obviously asking them to read both, but I did in fact screw them if they're not.' - Jonathan Hickman

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