Timothy Truman to take over writing "Conan the Barbarian" ongoing series

Thu, December 8th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Arune Singh, Staff Writer

Official Press Release

Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce that after a short stint with

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola writing the monthly Conan series, Timothy

Truman takes over as the regular writer on the series, as of issue #33.

Current Conan writer Kurt Busiek has decided to amicably move on from

the title to pursue other ventures after an award-winning run of over

two years on the title.

Mignola's short run on the title came about when editor Scott Allie was

seeking out Busiek's replacement. Mignola suggested a bizarre and

haunting adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "The Hall of the Dead"-as

well as encouraging Dark Horse to hire Truman as the permanent

replacement.

"Truman really has the same sensibilities as Howard," commented

Mignola. "His stuff has that gritty, tough, action-adventure feel, but

he also knows the bigger-than-life pulp-era monster stuff that comes

from the old-fashioned supernatural literature. You can tell he learned

that from reading writers like Howard as opposed to from reading

superheroes."

Busiek agrees. "I'm absolutely thrilled that Dark Horse got Tim Truman

for Conan," said the former Conan scribe. "And I'm not just saying that

because I suggested him. I've been a fan of Tim's work since he did

Scout, way back in the Pleistocene Era, and I think he's terrific at

rough heroics in a brutal, corrupt, decadent world, which suits Conan

beautifully. Heck, if it had been a choice between Tim and me, back

when Dark Horse started the series, I'd have picked Tim."

Cary Nord will continue as the artist for the series. "It was great to

work with a writer of Kurt's caliber", enthused Nord. "It gave me an

amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business. I

look forward to working with Tim Truman. I guarantee we'll keep up the

excitement and intensity in the next chapter of Conan's life."

"Being asked to write Conan was a real surprise-quite literally, the

fulfillment of a childhood dream," commented Tim Truman. "Conan is one

of the very few characters that I've ever been fannish about. I'm an

unrepentant, unreconstructed Robert E. Howard fanboy and have been

since I was twelve years old. Howard's Conan marked every important

character that I've ever done-Grimjack, Scout, Hawkman, Jonah Hex."

Regarding his plans for the series Truman commented, "I want to

maintain the level of wonderful literacy and humanity that Kurt Busiek

brought to the character and series, while adding my own naturally

darker and more intense spin on things. I want to keep the humanity and

character interactions, while at the same time injecting even more of

Howard's poetic, dime-novel darkness into the mix. Luckily, we're

entering a phase of Conan's career, chronologically, where it will fit

really well."

After Mignola's chilling adaptation of "The Hall of the Dead," Truman

and Nord pick up plot threads laid out by Busiek, Mignola, and Howard

himself, building up to one of Howard's most famous tales, "Rogues in

the House."

Award winning Ex Machina artist Tony Harris will be the exclusive cover

artist on the regular monthly beginning January 2006.

Check darkhorse.com and the Conan zone for more information from editor

Scott Allie on what's in store for the Conan books in 2006.

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