No Comics Out!
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Questions and ohgodtheseanswersareverylong.
After the rush of last week, I've got no comics out this week. Hence I may keep this one leaning short. Primarily, I spent Saturday morning answering asks, and did a couple of quite long responses which are worth sharing here, I think. As always, if you have anything, do lob it in the ask box. If it's something meaty, it's more likely to end up here.
(I gather everything together, and see this is still over 3000 words. Brevity remains an unknown country.)
The reason why I was taking Saturday slow was that I was drinking on Friday night. This may not surprise you. However, the difference is that I wasn't drinking any other time. Gilliams castle has been pretty painfully self medicating, and we'd realised we had drunk every night since the election for two weeks. So we're basically just stopping drinking at home and ideally during the week, which is for the best.
But I was out on Friday, at a book launch, for Antony Johnston and Steven Perkin's THE COLDEST WINTER, the sequel to the THE COLDEST CITY (the book which the forthcoming Charlize Theron starring film is based on.) It looks like this.
Yes, there's a quote from me on it, but don't hold that against it.
Antony has an odd position in my own personal journey into comics. He was the one comics writer I knew before getting into the field. When I wrote my first five page story back in 2001, I mailed it to him and asked his opinion. Basically “Is this worth finding an artist for?” He said yes, and the rest is history. If he said “No, give up, go home” you could have all been sparred.
In last week's rush, there was one comic I forgot to mention being out. It was this...
The reprint of The Wicked + the Divine 1831. It remains one of the best reviewed things I was involved with this year, which was a relief. I'm in the process of pulling together the final ideas for the second special, which I'll be writing in January. We have an artist lined up, and I'm deeply excited to be writing an enormous double page spread involving far too many people for them.
It's the final spiral towards Christmas. Which means that it's a process of deciding what I want to tie off before the new year, and provisional plans for what to do in the next. Jamie, Katie and I are chewing over something we've wanted to do for a while, which we'll love to do, not least a chance to get some exercise once a month.
And then there's the work.
I've just finished a second draft of a big Aphra story for next year. What next? Ideally, I want to get a first draft of WicDiv 27 and 28 written, which I've been writing in parallel over the last week. Actual comic script pages that actually look like comic script pages have only started emerging yesterday, though in the process I appear to have written most of the dialogue from the major scenes in the next arc too. The other 100% essential thing is to do the next issue of Uber: Invasion, which should be issue 8, but since we're working so far ahead, I'm considering skipping to 9 and then going back to 8. 8 is a standalone, so needs a certain aesthetic purity that I may not be in the mood for. There's also a polish on that unannounced one-off work for hire thing I'm doing, which hopefully should be quite quick. As it's such an icon, I was expecting to have to do some heavy rewriting from my rough draft, but it seems I mostly got away with it. Phew.
(Uber: Invasion, Aphra and WicDiv 24 all seemed to go down really well last week, which was a relief and/or gratifying. Thanks for everyone's kind words.)
That takes me up to Christmas, and Christmas to new year is dead time in the industry. I've usually used it to work on a new project, or something weird and personal. WicDiv #1 was tied off over Christmas 2013. Ludocrats #1 was pulled together over Christmas 2014. WicDiv #18 was Christmas 2015, which led to me writing all the rest of Rising Action in January, plus a bunch of other stuff. Also, I sent all those scripts to the relevant artists at 12:00 on January 1st, which is me at my most ritualistic.
(More news on Ludocrats soon, btw.)
This year... well, I don't think it's going to be a full script, but it may be something else. Perhaps the first pass on a world bible for SPANGLY NEW PROJECT? That's be a good way to end this year.
In terms of minor projects I suspect people mostly don't know about, how about COMMUNITY STUDY GROUP?
Basically my friends and I did a discussion podcast about the second season of Community (i.e. the best season.) It was silly and relaxing, and done for no other reason that to get together with creative chums and talk nonsense.
As I always say, I have a face for radio and a voice for prose, but everyone else is great, so if you're looking for some casual podcasting listening, go nose. It's a completed project, so you can dive into our world of Mean Girls Robocop and Trampoline Racist.
Steve Sanders' has just released a chapbook of his long-running Symbiosis project. It's to fund the final leg of the project, and I think it's an excellent thing to support. It's basically a World book – a mash up of art, world design and the rest, with a creative commons licence (i.e. an encouragement for you to use it). Steve is an amazing artist, and his run on S.W.O.R.D. with me was one of my fondest memories of Marvel. I've always said at the time, that his approach to machinery gives the impression that he actually has a huge secret basement full of the real things. As such, him doing a book like this is beyond perfect.
The Chapbook is a pay what you want system. Do the click thing. Do it now.
Anyway – some questions to finish off? I think so.
Thank you for not killing Aphra. Thank you a lot. I can't wait for her series to start, but I was wondering if she'll be interacting with many recurring women or female coded characters? Not that I don't love her 'team' tho
Thank you. I hope you like it.
Less than you’d think.
Right – that's enough. Back to trying to work out exactly how on Earth these gods are going to fuck up this month. Speak soon.
Thanks for reading.