Well, wow. It has been a weekend.
First, about ten days early, this little guy decided to pop into the world:
He is my son Milo Gregory, and he is quite assuredly the most awesome child that has ever been born. Many people say that when they have their child, and I understand it’s a normal psychological thing to do, to think your son is better than all other sons. The only problem I have with that theory is that all other sons are inferior to mine, empirically. I mean, sweet hell, look at that boy.
He is a May the Fourth STAR WARS baby, which, if you know me, is insanely cool. I am a Star Wars fan from way back, even the prequels, yes, bite me. I don’t even care. Milo won’t either. Mofo gave the lady preeclampsia just to come out that day, where his due date was the thirteenth. We Star Wars nerds don’t screw around.
Now, that said, I have been remiss. I have not, on this page, promoted the Lady Sabre Kickstarter, and that Kickstarter, which has already gotten going, is, as they say, a WORTHY CAUSE.
Why? Because it’s independent art by professional creators in a world where corporate characters have far too much influence. Because it’s a sign, if we fund it, that we don’t want spinebreakers or CONSEQUENCES THAT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, or, more importantly, good work to pass from this world.
I was unsurprised to see that Greg and Rick’s work funded the first day, as it is amazing material. All the same, you should get over there and buy the book anyway, if you haven’t, and buy another for friends if you can, for multiple reasons.
1) It’s good.
2) It sends a clear message that independent art is sustainable and a worthy cause.
3) It supports an amazing set of artists.
4) Above and beyond goal helps the work continue in innumerable ways.
5) It gives me hope.
6) Just because.
7) See 1-6.
Now I am off to spend time with my boy, who makes the most awesome cry. It’s like a movie critic. Not too loud, not too whiney, more like my own reaction to an average movie. “EhhhhhhHHHHH?”
Seriously, you guys, he’s amazing.
Okay! Assuming that all goes well, and the Kickstarter people approve my project, I have tentative plans for the Year Two trade paperback, and I’m going to post them here so you guys can react, give suggestions, and let me know if you want to help so we can make this a success! And believe me, I’ll need all of you guys to step up to make this work, so I’ll be calling in all the favors I can.
First off are the tiers and the pricing. The book will be approximately 200 pages, and will have an original eight page backup story introducing a new team of Charlenes doing battle across space and time, laying groundwork for a major plot in Year Four. There will also be Director’s Cut style PDFS available, featuring the thumbnails, original scripts, and final pages in high detail.
Ergo, here are the packages I’m thinking of presenting:
You have our thanks, and you get your name in the back of Year Two.
PDF Director’s Cut of Year One or Year Two.
PDF Director’s Cut of Year One and Year Two.
Year One or Year Two in print, along with the PDF Director’s Cut of whichever volume you’re purchasing.
$50 (limited to 50)
Alternate cover for Year Two, along with PDF Director’s Cuts of both Year One and Year Two.
Year One and Year Two in print, with PDF Director’s Cuts.
Appear in Cura, Year One and Year Two in print, both PDF Director’s Cuts.
Friends and family package. Five copies of either trade at a deep discount to give to family and friends, along with a PDF Director’s Cut for each volume, and a future appearance in Cura.
Ultimate friends and family package. Five copies of each trade at a deep discount to give to family and friends, along with a PDF Director’s Cut for each volume, and a future appearance in Cura.
EVERYONE who donates will have their name in the back of the book, and every paper order will get postcards exclusive to this Kickstarter.
SHIPPING IS INCLUDED. Thus the extra few bucks in the cost of the trade. EDIT: International shipping will be available as well, but will raise the price a bit. I will keep you all in the loop on this.
I am seeking to raise $5,000.00.
A preemptive response to a question: No, I couldn’t get the translocators done in time. They’re proving way too tricky, though I am working on them, perhaps for Year Three.
STRETCH: I’m not really big on hiding the stretch goals to make you bribe your way to figuring out my ideas… I have three major stretch goals currently. I want to increase the quality of the paper and offer tee shirts, which will probably happen at about the six thousand dollar mark, and I want to offer a hardback version of the first two books, which will likely happen (depending on who orders what) at about the 7,500 mark. It is my hope to throw in extra freebies and whatnot. EDIT: The better paper would apply to all orders once reached.
Five thousand seems like a lot of money, and I’m nervous to ask for it. A lot of it comes (as does the delay) because of multiple factors that have made getting this volume out tough. Paper cost is way up. Kickstarter and Amazon take a chunk of what is brought in. I thought about going lower, but I figured it would be better to be ambitious while trusting in you folks to fund independent art.
Please let me know what you think. If all goes well, I will submit this next week and it will possibly go live the week following.
Just a note that a book I mentioned and endorsed here a few back, Frost, is about to come out. April 10th. I’ve already pre-ordered number one, and read the zero issue (FOR FREE, folks), and I gotta say, I’m excited. I started reading early, and one of the first things I dove into was the Executioner, and a lot of the hard war and espionage paperbacks they had in the bin at Goodwill. The essay in the zero issue about the evolution of this hero archetype alone is worth five bucks, and get this… the first issue of this series is a BUCK. You got that in your couch, kid, so GO AND BUY IT. Pre-Order, because that helps a series out a lot. Don’t take my word for it. Read the zero issue story and see if you aren’t hooked.
On the Kickstarter front, I am preparing to execute, once I get a few more printing bids. It’s looking like (alas) the ever-elusive translocator will not be ready for this one, but we will have something rather awesome… an eight page backup by Dex featuring the debut of an all-new Cura team that will begin factoring into the story in the future. It’s a corker so far, Dex is really knocking it out. I’ll have previews soon.
There will be a digital “author’s cut” file available, featuring commentary and the original script, along with Dex’s rough in thumbnails. It’s a big ole file, and it’s quite neat to look at and reflect on what we’ve done so far. I think you folks will love it. I am also planning tentatively on having a tee shirt exclusive to the Kickstarter that you can all vote on. The only thing I have to narrow down are the little things that you’d want as perks. I have a number of ideas, but if you have any preferences or wish lists, please let me know in the comments.
At long last, I can tell you guys about a project I’m involved with for Image Comics!
Outlaw Territory Volume Three is a western anthology put together by Michael Woods. If you’ve read the last two, they feature wonderful stories from a bygone era, tales of woe, tales of humor, tales of historical import, but most of all, they’re short, they’re sweet, and they’re a great read.
I have two stories in the anthology, one called West of Eden, and the other Tolliver’s Folly. It was my honor and pleasure to work with James Reekie on art for West of Eden, and for Tolliver’s Folly, Dustin D’Arnault did the art, and Thomas Mauer did the letters. The book will be $24.99, and has 296 pages. It will be solicited in the next Previews, and comes out June 19th. Don’t worry, I’ll post more here about the where and why and how of the thing.
I can’t reveal any of the story without giving away spoilers, which is a no-no, but I think it’s okay to say that West of Eden is a serious story, and Tolliver is more of a comedy. Here are a few sample pages, for your perusal!
West of Eden: