Transmetropolitan is my favourite comic book series of all time. It was my first experience with a story which got me emotionally involved, and was my first journey in collecting: even though I was looking for out-of-print trade paperbacks, I found them, dammit.
When I heard that someone was putting together a Transmet art book to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, I had to check it out.
After some Googling, I eventually found out that this project was indeed real. A $79 donation the project’s Kickstarter page got me a Limited Edition Hardcover (when it goes to print) with a signed bookplate: I’d say that was a pretty good deal.
After tweeting about my donation, Mike McLarty, one of the book’s editors, got in touch with me. He passed along the image to the right, which might be one of the many that goes to print. Much of the art to be featured is from McLarty’s personal collection, drawn by artists and other fans of the series.
Obviously, the characters of Transmetropolitan still belong to creators Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. McLarty is just a fan with an extreme passion for the story; he threw me a couple messages explaining how he came to be involved with the project, which you can read below.
I am a fan with a personal sketch/commission collection of all-Transmet art. I shared these images with Darick in person at SDCC 09. He was humbled and a little weirded out by seeing so many different artists giving life to his creation. Physical design for Jerusalem is all Darick [Robertson.] I arranged for a commission and he kicked ASS.
This led to further correspondence for Emerald City 2010 commission. I told him I wanted to do a full analysis of the world of Transmetropolitan. He was receptive to talking. I arranged an interview for my visit interview is extensive & is posted at heroescorner.com, under ‘articles.’ I got to talking with Darick’s PA, Susan, and she suggested using my personal art collection as a catalyst for a book.
She suggested the charitable angle and she started the machine rolling. I’m the original impetus for the book. Just a fan who got a chance to set a real dream in motion. I couldn’t be more proud than to have my name associated with the greatest comic series in the history of sequential art.
Darick is a great guy and I’ve always been impressed with how he treats his fans. I’ve corresponded with Warren and met him in San Diego a few years ago. Nice man, I respect him immensely.
Bottom line: you never know what’s possible if you’re too afraid to ASK.
[Ed’s note: this was taken from a series of Twitter DM’s. Edited for clarity]
Matt Demers writes about comics for Dork Shelf, and wants more journalism of attachment, dammit! If you liked this article, you can follow him on Twitter.