Trevor Von Eeden, ComicMix Resolve Conflict
Writer / artist Trevor Von Eeden and graphic novel
producer ComicMix LLC have resolved their differences and are completing work
on The Original Johnson, the
biography of controversial African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson,
an international celebrity whose career and behavior became the pivotal point
in early 20th century race relations.
The concerns that separated the sides were not directly
related to Von Eeden’ story or art, nor over financial or rights issues. They
were of a technical and procedural nature, but were nonetheless important to
Work is once again underway on The Original Johnson and new material will be posted weekly at www.comicmix.com
as soon as there is a sufficient backlog. The story has been entirely written and
penciled and has been approximately one-third inked. Color artist George
Freeman has resumed his efforts on the series.
The first volume of the printed version of the 240 page
graphic novel will be released through IDW Publishing later this year.
nothing but the highest praise for Trevor as a storyteller and as an artist,
and I think The Original Johnson is
the crowning achievement in his distinguished career,” ComicMix editor-in-chief
Mike Gold stated. “Trevor and I go back to his days on Black Lightning at the
very start of his career, and I am personally very happy we have resolved our
outstanding issues so that we can all get back to doing what we do best: make
real ass-kicking comic books.”
Von Eeden noted, “Part of the appeal to working with Mike
and ComicMix is that they’re letting me tell the story of Jack Johnson my own
way – the way this important story needs to be told. I’ve been working on The Original Johnson for over 12 years,
doing an intense amount of research and honing my artistic skills. So it’s
great to see that the book will finally reach its fruition.”
Both Von Eeden and ComicMix would like to thank in
appreciation Thomas Kjellberg, of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman in New York
City, for his assistance in mediating this matter.