I’m Not Writing Birds of Prey After All

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on things happening here so there was no confusion when the DC April 2013 solicitations went public.

DC has decided to go in a different direction with Birds of Prey and it’s been decided that I won’t be the writer on board the series after all.

Obviously I’m disappointed, but I also know this isn’t any kind of personal judgement about me, it’s a business and creative decision that came late in the process. I’ve been working in and around the comic industry for the past ten years and know it can be a wild ride. This is still a step forward for my career, just not as big of one as I’d hoped.

I want to thank the DC editorial staff who worked with me over the past few months as we developed stories, characters and plot lines: Mike Marts, Rachel Gluckstern and Rickey Purdin. I want to give a special thank you to Bobbie Chase for asking me to pitch on Birds of Prey and championing my approach. I knew I was a bit of a dark horse going into the race and she gave me a chance to show what I could do.

Thank you also to the writers who helped make me feel a part of the DC creative family: Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Justin Jordan, Gail Simone, James Tynion IV and Charles Soule.

Even though this didn’t work out the way I planned, I feel fortunate I was able to put my best foot forward. I’m hopeful about other writing opportunities to come in 2013 and am optimistic about comics as a whole.

Thank you for your support and encouragement. It means everything and keeps me plugging away looking to the next goal.


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  1. I’m sorry things didn’t work out. On the brighter side, more time for your own stuff, right?

  2. Thier loss, honky. Hopefully they come to thier senses and put you on something soon.

  3. it’s a bitter notice, indeed. But, I’m hope that things will turn on your way again.

  4. That’s a shame. I had intended on adding that book due solely to your involvement. I won’t be now.

  5. I too was planning on jumping on BoP, for the first time in a long DC-reading tenure, just because you were on it. You have a lot of fans, no matter where you end up writing!

  6. Well, I hope there’s another chance soon. Best regards and good luck!

  7. That sucks, I was so looking forward to all you had planned, all the stuff you told me on twitter got me wanting for Birds again. I hope you get something else to work on from DC, but I am really sad that I will not get to see your ideas come to life. I am sorry and I wish you the best! I will now be picking up Skullkickers just so I can read something by you.

  8. So sorry to hear that, Jim. You’re a true pro and you handled the news posted here professionally and with class. I’ll be saving my BOP bucks and be spending them on whatever new stuff you have cookin.’

  9. We got your back Jim! You the man. All class.

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  11. That does suck, but you handled that with real grace. As my mom would say, “That is not the job life wanted you to have. A better one is coming for you to replace that one.”

  12. I’m sorry to hear this, I was curious about you approach and wanted to chec it out, but who’s writing issue #18?
    Your name was already in the March Solicitations

  13. I’m very angry now. I’ll delete my BoP #18 pre-order tomorrow.
    Hope your best in this 2013!

  14. Too bad about BoP, but you handled it with a ton of grace and were very cool about it. I hope that all your work with the editors and writers and DC give you another opportunity to show your stuff there sometimes soon. There will be more opportunities!

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