I'm willing to bet most of you have heard this news--Jeff Krelitz, the producer of Peter Panzerfaust and Red Brick Road, has picked up the option on Hoax Hunters with the intent of turning it into a movie. Suffice to say, this is an incredibly exciting development. The news broke last Thursday, and it has been a roller coaster since. Steve and I were slammed at C2E2 this past weekend, doing better business than we ever had at a con, fielding questions (casting, directors, etc), and receiving so many kind words, which we appreciate. It's going to be a fun couple months as this moves forward, and we look forward to sharing news as we get it.
So what does this mean for the book? Well, I can't say for sure, not yet. Hopefully good things. Hopefully great things.
Because, as many people know, Hoax Hunters has struggled with sales.
There's no getting around that fact. It's been a challenging few months
for Steve and I--exhausting and stressful. It hasn't been easy watching
the reviews get better and better with each passing issue while sales
continue to slide down and down despite our very best efforts. Our backs
have been against the wall, we've been pushed to a point where many
other creators would've called it quits already and moved on.
But Steve and I are invested in this thing, all the way.
many of you are as well. I can't tell you how much the tweets and
messages and facebook shares, the support of retailers and journalists,
means to us. Hearing that Hoax Hunters is someone's favorite comic,
among the myriad other choices out there, has helped ward off many
nights where I'd lie awake, frustrated beyond repair, desperately trying
to conjure a way to keep this book going.
arc, which begins in August (we have the second trade in May, the annual
in June, then July off--more on why later this week), is some of the
best Hoax Hunters story I've written, that Steve and I have crafted. So
much of what happens comes to a head, it's emotional, surprising, and
really dark. And the ending for this arc, which marks the end of season
one, is going to be killer.
Does the movie news
validate our struggle? Well, yes and no. It's certainly beyond both
Steve's and my dreams that this is even happening. It's incredible, and
we are both grateful and aware of how lucky we are. But, ultimately, the
book is what matters most. It's what we control; it's the story that
we're telling, on our terms; it's where this all started over two years
ago, as a small backup in Tim Seeley's (the generous and kind and
amazing Tim Seeley) Hack/Slash. We want to keep the series going for a
long time, and whatever helps us in doing so is more than we can ask
To those who have been with us from the start,
thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. We wouldn't have made it this
far without you, and I can't wait for you to see what's in store in the
coming months. And anyone new to the Hoax Hunters world, welcome. Things
are about to get really good.