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“Boots, or no boots?”
“Boots, or no boots?”
That’s the question I woke up to this fine Monday morning. It came straight from the LED screen of one of our ace artisans Mike del Mundo.
He and our other resident visual mastermind Mike Huddleston are working on some designs for the Vallar family for the upcoming Vallars series premiering in the next few weeks.
And like all artists looking for ANY reason to stop drawing for a few minutes, he built himself a question with two right answers!
So, my first thought was, of course, “MORE DRAWING! LESS E-MAILING” because I am not a very fun guy…
…but my second thought was that this is the perfect thing to bring to you folks, a bit of backstage detritus. It got us all talking about classic comic characters with those swashbuckling boots best worn by George Perez’s original Deathstroke design.
So the question is which would you choose: Boots or no Boots!
I can tell you opinion is EXTREMELY divided at the 3W3MHQ! The question is: can we even survive this?
Okay, you got Qs; I got As! Let’s get to ‘em.
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MARCUS BITAR writes:
Are you planning on showing us some of the spreadsheet templates, Slack activity, and/or summit mechanics? From a process standpoint, of course, no spoilers. I just think it would be very interesting to see some more of the sausage-making, especially on how to organize the flow of creative ideas flowing around.
Marcus, I like this idea a lot. It’s been a few years since I was editing full time, so I’ve been getting my seas legs back while trying out new ways of project tracking and even a couple of project management apps that weren’t available to me at other companies. So there may be some things that process junkies would find interesting.
The “Boots” controversy above is a good idea of the kind of things that we throw around on Slack, but next week I will also try and show you how I’ve been tracking the innards of our Sourcebook.
(You have to promise me not to brag that you have some better technique. I just got this job, and I don’t intend to lose it to some random guy on Substack!!)
CHRIS CRAVEN writes:
I pay monthly rather than annually. Will there be a way to get the sourcebook at some point? Sorry if this has been asked/answered before.
No need to apologize. It’s a great question.
The short answer is: yes, you will be able to order the book as a monthly subscriber.
However, it will not be free (minus shipping) as it is to annual subscribers. And it will not be the beautiful Hardcover that our Founders are receiving.
We will provide a discount for the book and other assorted monthly subscribers, but the details are still being worked out.
As a monthly subscriber, you will also be able to get a digital version of the book featuring all the elements that your support has helped build.
Gonna do a two-in-one here.
Last week, in response to subscriber SeanW, I asked all of you for suggestions for some recommended current comics series, and, boy, did you deliver.
Here’s just a sampling of what you suggested:
From Thomas Galloway: Human Target, Saga. A Nice House On The Lake. Radio Apocalypse. Animal Castle, Newburn, Seven Secrets, Crimson Cage, What's The Furthest Place From Here?, Deadly Class.
Deemonie cracked us all up with these: The Nice House On the Lake, The Me You Love In the Dark, Something Is Killing the Children, What's the Furthest Place From Here?, Where Did I Leave My %$#!&@ Keys!?, The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, When Did This New Trend of Comicbook Titles Being Run-On Sentences Begin? (But, yeah, all those comics are pretty good!)
David Harper allegedly says: Kaijumax is one of my favorite comics ever and concludes soon, so let me use this thread to say, for the one-millionth time: everyone should read Kaijumax.
Jon Auerbach suggests: Monstress, Batman: The Knight, Devil's Reign, Clear, Hulk.
So there ya go, 3W3Mers. Proof that there’s a ton of good stuff out there. And right here!
Bits of business:
Check out this little piece of visual dynamite from Langdon Foss from an upcoming story called Sisterhood:
WHAT’RE YA READING?
I’ve been knee-deep re-reading Miracleman for the first time since AOL was a happening thing. Going between the original Warrior/Eclipse stories and the Marvel reprints (which look great).
While the story is certainly of its time, it’s certainly worth reading if you’ve ever wondered how we got to where we are in comics. It’s a wild ride where you can feel the sheer artistry just pushing to escape the gravity of business and financial warfare.
That’s it for this week.
Keep your eyes peeled for a couple more announcements headed your way in the next few days. As well as the color version of our Mining story from a while back.
In the meantime, stay frosty and leave your questions below!