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Wolverine & Nightcrawler listen to TAL from my story with Mike Allred in Nation X #1

A fusion of so many things I love.

When I wrote my script for last fall’s X-Men anthology NATION X, the conceit was watching two of my favorite mutants on a road trip: Wolverine & Nightcrawler.

When it came to depicting the feel of a great trek like that, I peppered in some things that make me love the long highways: roadside oddities, deeply candid conversations, and something great to listen to.  So I went with THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

Just thinking about the show (a series of rich audio documentaries and essays) provokes a very specific emotional response for me.   It seemed like a perfect short-hand.

Plus – I’m always happy to offer a shout-out to something I love, in hopes that a couple more people will turn on its wonderfulness.

But to my thrill, I ended up hearing from the staff of the show (who were equally psyched to have such a cool fan…in Wolverine).

All of that leads us to this.   This American Life collaborated with Marvel to print up a limited edition poster of the panel – available through the show’s website.

I practically $#!+ my pants.

The only thing that could make this team-up any better (for my money, at least)  is the fact that the story’s art was done by the fantastic MIKE ALLRED.  I’ve said it before – but it was a dream come true to have him illustrate one of my scripts.  He has been my #1 favorite comic artist (and a great writer, too) since I first read the Dark Horse run of his most famous creation, MADMAN.*

There are only 2,000 copies of this poster available.  I know that may sound like a lot – but not when you consider how awesome the mash-up of elements vs. how many people like awesomeness.

So do yourself (or a nerd you love) a favor and pick it up while you can.  If you’re on the fence, TAL made a handy Venn Diagram to get you off …the fence.

 

A Venn Diagram of who would kill for this poster

A handy Venn Diagram of this poster's target audience...and of my psyche

*Seriously – if you haven’t read it, go buy a copy now. Though the first mini-series is great, the tone really shifted afterward.   So I recommend starting with either the second 3-part story originally published through Tundra, or his initial Dark Horse run.  Both have been re-collected in trades that are still available.

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This is a literal dream-come-true, and the second thing in my life to make me feel like a Make-A-Wish kid.*   My favorite comic book creator, Mike Allred, illustrated my most recent story for Marvel Comics.   Allred created, wrote, and illustrated Madman comics and plenty other awesome titles over the last few decades.

The book is Nation X #1 – a collection of four 8-page stories featuring various X-Men characters.    Mine features Nightcrawler and Wolverine on a roadtrip!  And MIKE ALLRED!!!

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=1542&page=20

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=1542&page=21

The other stories are by great people as well!

MIKE ALLRED!!!

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