(originally written Feb 12, 2013)
Fifteen years ago TODAY, Image Comics released Channel Zero #1. I was working at a dot com job and bought a copy for myself at the now-defunct Cosmic Comics on 23rd St. Warren Ellis emailed me to say he liked it (kicking off a long friendship and the long start of him helping me throughout my career). I didn’t own a computer so the above cover was cranked out in the computer lab at the college I had already graduated from. It got about 5000 orders. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.
1998 seems like a very long time ago, but fifteen years feels quick… it feels as though I’ve been doing this so much longer than that.
So thanks to Jim Valentino at Image, who was the one who “discovered” me, thanks to everyone at Image, AIT, and Dark Horse who have kept this book in print, thanks to Warren Ellis who kept me motivated, and to everyone who bought it, in any edition throughout the years.