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    Dan Shotz & Cody DeMatteis Talk About Jericho Season 3!

    There’s has been such a huge groundswell of interest in Jericho Season 3: Civil War, the upcoming comics series from Devil’s Due Publishing, that when TFAW.com got a chance to interview part of the creative team, we jumped at the chance! As you may already know, Jericho Season 3: Civil War is the official continuation of the much-loved Jericho CBS television show starring Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, and Ashley Scott.

    From the very beginning, Jericho has had dedicated, active fans–so much so that they convinced CBS to bring the canceled show back for a second season! Now Jericho’s beloved Rangers are back for a third season in comic book form. Read on to learn more!

    TFAW.com: We are here with show writer/producer Dan Shotz and series editor Cody DeMatteis–thanks for taking the time to answer some questions, guys!

    Dan Shotz: Our pleasure . . . we are so thrilled that Jericho Season 3: Civil War is finally here. We love seeing the Jericho story continue in comic book form, and we have a feeling the fans will be very pleased with what we’ve put out. The whole Jericho team from the show is involved in the creation of this comic book series and we are having a blast working with Devil’s Due Publishing to give the fans something truly special.

    TFAW.com: Jericho was much loved by fans–so much so that they were able to bring it back to CBS for a second season after cancellation. What made you decide to bring it back as a comic?

    DS: This has always been about the fans. They are so passionate and have inspired us to keep the story going. They made history when they brought the show back for a second season and we, the writers and producers of the series, wanted to continue the story for them in different ways. This story is very close to our hearts and we feel like we have so much more to tell.

    TFAW.com: Where does Jericho Season 3 pick up, storywise? Of course, this series has “Civil War” right in the title. Can you tell us about that?

    DS: We left Season 2 with a Civil War looming between the East and the West. And now we have the opportunity to show it. The first group of books will deal with the Civil War on the verge of breaking out and the repercussions of living in a potential war zone. Jake and Hawkins will be directly involved with the outcome of the war itself, while the Jericho citizens will be fighting a resistance from within the new Allied States.

    TFAW.com: Dan, what was it like adapting Jericho from television to comics? Were there any particular challenges?

    DS: As the writers of the first issue, Robert Levine and I found it very freeing. The comic book form allows us to go big without restrictions. When you are working on a TV series, we are limited by budget and time concerns. When you want a tank to arrive on set, it costs serious money. With a great artist, we can fill a base with a dozen tanks free of charge.

    TFAW.com: Cody, were you a fan of Jericho before you started editing the comics? What things do you keep in mind to make sure the comics have the same “feel” of the series?

    Cody DeMatties: I had been a fan of the series, right up until the cancellation. Given that the cliffhanger we were left with I was more than excited to be involved with this project. There are plenty of factors to making sure that the comic retains the same overall feel of the original show, but Dan has been a massive help in guiding the voice of the comic. He’s the one that ensures when fans pick up a copy of Jericho #1, they’re going to be more than satisfied.

    TFAW.com: How well do you think this comic has recreated the characters and world of the TV series? For fans, will this be like getting a “real” Season 3?

    CDe: As Dan noted earlier, with the comics, fans are going to be getting a bigger story. The scope of the Jericho world isn’t tied to budget anymore . . . the sky is the limit for where this can go. I feel that people are going to find the same dynamic, character-driven stories they’ve come to expect from Jericho, but with the freedom of the comics medium allowing for the exploration of aspects not possible on screen.

    TFAW.com: How would you describe this comic to readers who’ve never seen the show?

    DS: Jericho is a story about a world turned upside down by a coordinated terrorist attack that wiped out 23 American cities. As America is slowly trying to rebuild itself, the country we once knew is now split into different factions and they are each vying for control. But at the heart of the story, Jericho is about the citizens of a small town, who are making a difference on a grand scale. They are fighting back for what is true and right and will risk their lives to save their home.

    TFAW.com: How did you choose the artist, Alejandro Giralbo? In the preview pages I’ve seen, it looks like he’s captured the likenesses of the actors really well.

    CDe: I connected with Alejandro through Nutopia Agency. We got samples from a variety of artists, but he really nailed the feel we were going for with an added sense of realism. He’s a very talented guy . . . I feel we’ll be seeing more from him in the future.

    TFAW.com: Are there going to be any relationship developments in Jericho Season 3, or is this mostly an action tale?

    DS: When the writers of the series got together to break the story, we made sure that the book would feel like the show. While the show had high-quality action set pieces, it also had rich characters with strong emotional beats. We didn’t want to lose that multi-layered texture of the Jericho story. I think we found a good mix of exciting adventure with the deeply personal.

    TFAW.com: Are there any surprises in store for fans that you can reveal?

    DS: We have so many juicy pieces of candy in there for the fans. Don’t want to reveal too much. But I will say that all of the Jericho characters, the fan-favorites, make their way into the book.

    TFAW.com: Jericho has such a committed, passionate fanbase–why do you think they relate to the show so strongly?

    DS: While the show started with an enormous premise, a post-apocalyptic devastation, it’s connected with audiences because of the individual characters who were forced to realize who they were under the most extreme circumstances. The “what if?” scenario can be very powerful and emotional when you try to see yourself in that position. That concept is where this whole ride began . . . to create a community of citizens that would face adversity on every level and continue to survive. This idea continues to inspire us.

    TFAW.com: After this six-issue miniseries has ended, are more story arcs planned?

    CDe: We are in the process of discussing what is up next for DDP & Jericho . . . a few exciting ideas being passed around. We should have details soon. We want to keep telling stories in the Jericho universe as long as the fans will allow!

    TFAW.com: Thanks again for you time–I’m looking forward to reading the comic!

    Dan and Cody: Thank you very much.

    Jericho Season 3: Civil War premieres today–make sure to pick up issue #1 now and pre-order issues #2-4 right now!

    What do you think of the latest comic book adaptations of television series? Which others would you like to see? Post now or forever hold your peace!

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    Exclusive Eight-Page Preview for Jericho Season 3!

    Millions of dedicated fans were disappointed when CBS’s Jericho was canceled after its second season. The show, starring Skeet Ulrich and Lennie James, centered on the town of Jericho, Kansas, and its struggle to survive after a nuclear attack left the people isolated and afraid.

    The show was actually canceled in its first season, but revived after an unprecedented campaign by fans to bring it back for a second season. With this type of grassroots support, it’s probably no surprise that Jericho is returning again as a comic book series: Jericho Season 3: Civil War, written by Dan Shotz with art by Robert Levine.

    The little show that could is back November 25, and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at Jericho Season 3: Civil War issue #1! Devil’s Due Publishing has provided us with eight pages of artwork–no color or dialogue–that shows Jake and Hawkins right in the thick of things as the United States teeters on the brink of a second Civil War!

    It’s looking pretty good thus far! The artwork has captured the likenesses of the actors without looking awkward or out of place in a comic book, and it seems like there’s plenty of action to be had. Plus, there are three different covers to choose from, including a photo cover featuring Skeet Ulrich and Lennie James!

    So what did you think? Are you looking forward to seeing Jericho Season 3: Civil War for yourself? Post your comments below!

    UPDATE! IDW Publishing is continuing this amazing tale with Jericho Season 4. Love Jericho? Start a subscription now!


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    Devil’s Due Publishing and Josh Blaylock Support the CBLDF!

    Excellent! The latest participants in our SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction initiative are Devil’s Due Publishing and Josh Blaylock!

    Like several other companies and creators, Devil’s Due Publishing and Josh Blaylock will help raise money for the CBLDF, which supports the First Amendment rights of the comics community–and everyone else, too! Every creator who takes part in this effort will be donating an original piece of art to the CBLDF’s auction, which takes place at SDCC ’09 on July 25th, 7 p.m., at the San Diego Convention Center.

    In addition, TFAW will be printing exclusive autograph cards for each participating creator that will be available only at SDCC ’09. These cards are free, but limited in quantity, so you’ll want to rush to the creator’s booths and secure yours. TFAW will also have some representatives on the floor with autograph cards, so make sure and keep your eyes open.

    We’re thrilled to have Devil’s Due Publishing onboard, but you don’t have to be a comics publisher or creator to help in the effort to save comics for tomorrow. Every individual who stands up and supports the fight for First Amendment rights plays a crucial role. Visit the CBLDF and learn how you can help!



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    Tim Seeley Supports the CBLDF at San Diego Comic-Con!

    Artist and writer Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Barack the Barbarian, Halloween, and Loaded Bible) is the latest addition to our SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event!

    Censorship doesn’t just hurt comics fans–it’s bad for everyone. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 to defend Michael Correa, a comic shop manager who was charged with distributing obscenity. In the 23 years since then, the CBLDF has worked tirelessly all over the nation to defend our First Amendment rights. We want to thank Tim Seeley and all of the great publishers and creators who have contributed to this event.

    If you’re headed to SDCC this year, make sure to check out the booths of the participating publishers and creators to get your hands on these exclusive, limited-edition autograph cards! TFAW will also be distributing them–look for our devastatingly attractive faces! Then, you can bid on the original artwork July 25th, 7 p.m., at the San Diego Convention Center.



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