Okay, so I got back from the San Diego Comic-Con a few days ago, and I really wanted to share some of my experiences and thoughts, before they are lost in the jumbled mess of my mind. Let me start by saying that I’ve been going to SDCC since 1998, and in that time there are only two years I’ve missed. Some years have been great, and other have been not-so-great. This year was one of the best years for Comic-Con — especially considering where my life is at on a personal level (which I won’t bore you with). Professional things are going well, but because of a series of non-disclosure agreements, I can’t talk about what I’m working on (nor could I talk about these various projects at the con itself).
Writer Karl Bollers and comics veteran Rick Leonardi introduce a new twist to the classic Sherlock Holmes mythology with Watson and Holmes Volume 1: A Study in Black — the first volume in the series that casts Holmes and Watson as African Americans in Harlem, published by New Paradigam Studios.
Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson’s emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined.
PREVIEWS editor Marty Grosser got a chance to talk with New Paradigm Studios’ Founder and President Brandon Perlow, along with writer Karl Bollers, about Watson and Holmes, the inspiration for their new take on the classic characters, and the state of diversity in comics today.
(Full disclosure: the Diamond Bookshelf used to be my old stomping grounds as I managed/edited it from 2004-07. Many thanks to Marty for letting us republish the interview here!)