Closing the Book on 'The Black Tower'
I'm very proud of the hard work that I, my co-writer, Jeff Mariotte, and illustrator/colorist, Donald Jackson, put into this project, which has been a labour of love for me since I started working on the project back in 1996. First conceived as a series of adult novels, it later evolved into a TV series concept before I finally settled on the format that my writing skills seem best suited for: a webcomic/graphic novel series.
Throughout every phase of The Black Tower's metamorphosis I had dozens of supporters who eagerly anticipated the project's debut, whether it was in bookstores, on TV or the Internet. Most surprising to me was receiving emails from some pretty big names in the entertainment industry. Folks who write for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville, Supernatural, Lost, Heroes, Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, The Collector, Blood Ties...all of them asking to write scripts for The Black Tower, should I ever manage to sell the TV rights.
Also surprising to me was getting emails from some equally impressive names in the comics industry asking to contribute to the webcomic/graphic novel series. That's how Jeff Mariotte came on board the project – and I am profoundly grateful for his guidance and friendship as I stumbled my way into an unexpected career as a graphic novelist.
Hugs and blessings to the thousands of you, from Japan to Chile and everywhere in between, who have supported my efforts to turn The Black Tower into an outrageously successful transmedia project dedicated to social, environmental and animal welfare causes. Although I fell far short of that mark – mostly because I launched the project at the beginning of the economic crash of 2008 and couldn’t secure the advertising dollars I needed to stay afloat – the fan mail, and support from my industry peers, keeps coming. That means a lot to me and I thank you all very much!