A Closed Door Opens Another for J.M. DEMATTEIS & IMAGINALIS
By Zack Smith
What happens when your favorite series get canceled? One little girl is about to find out.
J.M. DeMatteis has amassed one of the most diverse resumes in comics writing, going from all types of superhero stories to some of the earliest “Mature Readers” books at Marvel and DC to works for all ages. His stories, from the hijinx of Justice League International with Keith Giffen to the psychological drama of “Kraven’s Last Hunt” in the Spider-Man books are still influencing superhero stories today, and works such as Moonshadow helped pave the way for Vertigo.
Now, DeMatteis is making a splash in the world of children’s literature with his new novel, Imaginalis, which goes on sale June 29. Mehera Beatrice Crosby loves the Imaginalis series of books – but when the final book in the series is canceled, she discovers her friends from the story are trapped in a limbo called “Nolandia.” Unless she can help, the fictional world and all who dwell in it will be destroyed. You can read the first six chapters of the book here (link: http: //browseinside.harpercollinschildrens.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061732867&pg=1).
DeMatteis got on the phone with us to explain how Imaginalis has its roots in his previous children’s graphic novel/book series, Abadazad, moving from comics to prose, how the magic of everyday life is like pudding, and the potential for future stories in both this world and in Abadazad.