In the annals of “very safe predictions” the idea that the first collection of SAGAis going to sell very well is right up there. The book—collecting the first six issues of the science fiction drama by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples—isn’t out until October 23rd, but it’s certain to get a whole new audience for the book. Not that it’s been lacking an audience: the first issue already has already sold over 70,000 copies in various printings. And a low $9.99 price tag makes the barrier to entry pretty low.
[Although one of the best selling comics authors of the past decade, Brian K. Vaughan keeps a low profile—you won’t find him writing in his blog or posting previews on his social media platform of choice. He also tends to take big breaks from the comics format to concentrate on his high profile film and TV work. But that was until this week’s debut issue of SAGA came out. Already creating buzz and selling out, the collaboration with Fiona Staples is one of a several prominent new comics this year featuring creators moving from the Big Two to the creator-owned experience. And Vaughan has been making the interview and show rounds because that’s how you sell comics in this day and age.
He might not even need it. The early reviews are stunningly positive. This interview was conducted a few months ago, just as the book was being solicited, and since we hadn’t talked in a while, it was a chance to catch up on a few other matters, as you’ll see.]