Beau Tidwell and I go way back to when we both used to worked in the newsroom at the New York Times. Under the pressure of deadlines and breaking news, we’d often sneak in conversations about comics. Beau had read SENTINELS and been very kind with his comments about my work. He would actually ask me questions about the story and he even knew the characters. Between friends and co-workers, that was pretty rare and it was definitely appreciated.
So, when it was announced that Beau’s first comic story for DC Comics would be printed in the Superman 80 Page Giant, I was very happy for him! It not often a writer can break into the business and have their first published work be for one of the big two companies. It was pretty freaking great!
Before we started working on the second SENTINELS Anthology, I knew I wanted Beau to be involved, but couldn’t decide which character he should write! Ultimately, I chose to have him write Flare’s story. Flare was originally one of the villains who fought the SENTINELS and then reformed and joined the team. At the end of the series, it was shown that she had married fellow member, Crusher, and they now had two children. This ended up being perfect for Beau who had recently become a father. Juggling parenthood and a career is something he knows a lot about and his story for Flare shows just that. Teaming him up with artist, Gavin Michelli, was also a perfect match and it’s a weird coincidence that they both now live in Louisiana!
Beau recently switched things up a bit and moved from reporting news to being part of the political world. But he’s still writing and recently finished posting the final installment of the first novel he ever wrote, Vanity Project, for free online. Please check it out at http://vanityprojectonline.tumblr.com/ and follow Beau’s tweets @NewNolaDad