It is that time of the year again for Calgary fans. It was almost a year ago that Calgary Expo dazzled all of us with their amazing X-Files reunion. This year they are back again and with new X-Files alumni. The expo starts today but don't worry if you can't make it, XFN has been officially accredited and we will be reporting to you every step of the way. This expo will take place over the weekend, April 24-27th in Calgary, AB at the BMO Centre. Our very own Jeremy Schoff will be on the floor reporting to you live.
IDW is announcing a five-issue miniseries that will take us to the origins of The X-Files!
Straight from IDW, Year Zero will be presenting us with the people and the events that set in motion that the X-Files were established as a division within the FBI.
According to IDW, "the multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel (FF, Superboy) makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) and Greg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10â€™s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack (Doctor Who) and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla for the first installment."
Likewise, Kesel talks to IDW on their release article about how it feels to be writing a new series based in such iconic storylines: "We've always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows. What I like to think of as "UFO Noir," said Kesel from an undisclosed location. "Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors” Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio, ”well, the truth is it's all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn't it?"
We're surely excited with all the work that IDW has been doing for the franchise and very intrigued by this new event. Stay tuned for more updates as they come!
We've been waiting for The X-Files Annual 2014 #1 with bated breath since it was first announced, and me, even more so than usual because of the people involved which are some of my favorites in the world of writing. Having had the experience with Spotnitz' Wildstrom comics and Rotter's previously published works (The Human Bobby, Duck Duck Wally), I have to admit to having great expectations for this issue.