Fables’ Bill Willingham and frequent comics blogger Glen Weldon were among 24 writers selected for the Amtrak Residency Program, which allows writers to get creative while soothed by the clickety-clack of the railroad track as they traverse this great nation of ours. More than 16,000 writers applied for the residency, which grants the recipients free space on the rails to work on whatever they wish.

Willingham’s future projects include a novel, and Weldon’s book on Batman and Nerd Culture is coming next year.



  1. Wow, that’s pretty damn cool. Congrats to them.

    I would LOVE to be part of this in the future. I just might apply for this and see what my chances are. I still have my rail-based character that I created at Image. 16000 writers? That’s some serious competition.

  2. If it was a high speed rail, that’s fine, those things are silky smooth.

    But American rail lines? I shudder. So does the train.

  3. So is Bill Willingham writing a sequel to Atlas Shrugged?

    :) Kidding. His politics and his writing are both better than Ayn Rand’s (the writing especially).

    And I’m mostly just jealous … I would’ve quit my day job to do this, except for the fact that my writing and art couldn’t possibly support me afterwards.

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