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Will the COVID-19 pandemic feature?

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I'm in two minds whether I'd like it or not, but when we are all practically in lockdown due to the pandemic, and given the proximity of the Hellblazer universe to our own, wouldn't it be odd if it didn't get written in somehow?

It could be very fruitful, but do you think it'd be appropriate?

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How far out are comics written? About two months?

It would probably depend on how quickly things change as to how appropriate it would be.

Things are changing so quickly within 24 hours anymore, so it’d be hard to know what things could be like two months from now.

It might be best to do a story after this is over, looking back at events.

If comics still exist, that is.

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Lou makes a good point: as gathering places for those with non traditional tastes in entertainment (whatever the condescending twats behind Big Bang Theory think) comic shops may well be hit hard by this "social isolation" (remember when social exclusion was supposed to be a bad thing?) stuff.

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I'm not sure if DC would be willing to allow their writers to write about Coronavirus while it's an ongoing issue in the real world, even with the new Hellblazer being apart of the mature-rated Black Label now. Higher-ups might find it too topical a topic to touch, similar to school shootings in regards to the Shoot issue.

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If there ever is a functioning society again, however long from now that may be, it would be a fun story to show John losing his mind being trapped in his flat...maybe unable to find cigs too.

In fact, a short story published somewhere soon wouldn’t be a bad idea. Nothing too upsetting. Just John dealing with this shite. Throw in some references to the idiotic toilet paper hoarding. Maybe him using the Conservative tabloids to wipe his arse.

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