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Gen13’s Creative Team Invite YOU to a…ROAD TRIP

by Drew Geraci

It’s that time of year again.

Summer’s fast approaching, late seasonal snows and cancelled TV shows have melted away. Summer means school breaks! Ice Cream with chocolate chip cookie dough! Big Budget movies! Comic conventions! Chillin’ poolside while reading comics! And…Road Trips!

The Gen13 creative crew invite you to join them on one particular Road Trip, which promises to be a wild ride for our GenActive kids on the lam! Along the way, they’ll have a smackdown with Midnighter, Swift and Apollo of The Authority, visit the super-hero retirement town of Tranquility and even meet…the Authori-teens!

This issue is not only an excellent point to “Jump On” (as in, “move the cooler and scoot over in the Jeep”) but the creative contents of this issue of Gen13 has literally travelled thousands of miles around the continent of North America to reach it’s final destination, your comic shop, on May 9!

In keeping with the “Road Trip” theme of this new story arc, we’d like to share with you how a typical Gen13 comic makes an international tour that could give Ozzfest a run for it’s money this summer!

Writer Gail Simone comes up with a torrential brainstorm in Oregon amongst tremendous trees and everflowing coffee. Once she sculpts a story, it’s electronically transported to…

Grunge (scratching himself inappropriately): You chicks are, like, hot!

Editor Ben Abernathy in La Jolla, where the weather is perfect all year ’round (AND he gets to hang with Jim Lee!).

To: Gail Simone

From: Ben Abernathy

Sent: Asap

Subject: Perfect! It’s another home run, Gail!

I don’t know why I bother to read your scripts anymore! You rule!


Ben reads the script then gives his blessings before sending it electronically to…

Penciller Carlo Barberi in festive Mexico City, Mexico. Carlo draws stunning landscapes and lovely ladies and sends the art to…


Inker Drew Geraci in “10-minutes-from-the-beach” Florida. Drew trac-uh, lovingly renders Carlo’s pencils with his so-versitile-it’s-deadly #104 quill. Once Drew’s done fussing over it, he scans the inked pages to…


Colorist Carrie Strachan in La Jolla (and avoiding Ben whever possible!), where the weather is still perfect. She paints the line art in photoshop with practiced pinache while…


Letterer Phil Balsman from New York City thoughtfully threads Gail’s words throughout the page, giving voice to guest-stars The Authority!


Bring your sunblock and watch out for flying debris!


Er… I love Gail, and I’m sure a road trip story will be fun (it always is), but why is this posted here? It seems really out of place with CSBG, although I’m all for keeping quality books from getting cancelled.

This feels awefully lot like a plug.

Darn right it’s a plug, because I’m pleased as punch about being part of the Gen13 book, and both Brian and Jonah were kind enough to allow me to submit this info.

This book’s not being cancelled. Not by a long shot. I’m just inviting you to check it out, and I thought it might be interesting to tell readers how a typical comic travels around North America (and sometimes…beyond!)

Any questions, feel free to contact me at drewg1@mindspring.com


I’ll check this out.

Because “The Authori-teens” sounds too good to pass up.

How soon ’til they appear?


Best of luck to you, but this kind of promotion here seems really… out of place. I appreciate what you are trying to do here in regards to making sure that the book doesn’t get axed (I’ve read the sales figures… yeah…), but I’m also concerned about CSBG eventually becoming buried in stuff like this.

Looking forward to the trades though.


I understand your cynicism-I can definately relate! but if the promotion seems “out of place”, I had contacted Brian about this plug and both he and Jonah decided to place it here. Brian liked my approach of mentioning the various locations of all the creative folk tying in with chapter one of Gail’s Road Trip storyline.

I was hoping you’d like it too, but I know one can’t hit a bullseye every time.

And to repeat: Ben and Gail have plans for Gen13 going well into next year, so we’re not going away.


Hey, Drew–
I actually lettered this issue–NOT Phil Balsman. Just thought you should know…

Sorry, Pat, I was given dated info when I wrote and submitted this. By the time I got the comps of #8 it was already too late!

Love what you did, by the wsy…

Hey, Pat, just tell me where you live, and I’ll edit you in. :)

Hey, Brian–
I live in NYC, home of DC Comics and large subway rats that sometimes carry away small babies. :)

I’m an artist and would absolutely love to become a comic book artist. I just wanted to know if anyone would like to check out my art at “www.patrickolsen.deviantart.com?” I think I’m okay as an artist, but want to hear some feed back from an actual comic book artist themselves. Thanks!

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