A good week to be Devin Arscott
Like last night’s Doritos Locos Tacos Extreme Combo … I am back!
First off, if you haven’t done it go let your voice be heard on the greatest debate of our time:
Second, if you haven’t done it yet, go read last week’s all-new 3W/3M comic THE JOB with art by Kristian Donaldson:
Thirdly…it’s trivia time! Can you name this huge-headed, third-tier comics editor dressed like a 90s-era, Extreme Comics version of Tweety Bird??
Photo by Gerry Duggan (who really could have been a pal and Photoshopped that chin.)
For more of Gerry’s work check out his newsletter:
Something different this week. Our questions this week are all going to come from a single subscriber who asked some great ones in the comments of last week’s 3Q3A. Take it away, Devin Arscott!
Are ashcans limited to the Founders or will they be available for annual subscribers as well?
The exclusive Deluxe Ashcan is part of our FOUNDERS level package. Will there be other versions of the ashcan down the road? We’re not ready to say. But this will be the first and rarest version, sure to be a collector’s item.
As 3W3M continues to grow over time, what are the odds of more unknown creatives such as writers and artists being brought into the fold?
As a writer/editor myself, I admire a lot of you working on this project - especially both Stephen and Jonathan; I figure I shoot my shot and put it into the universe about doing something as cool as this amongst the lot of you.
Be honest. You just want my job, don’t you? I SEE YOU!!! Did Chip put you up to this? He hates me.
For as far as we can see into the future, the 3W3M team will stay as-is. As our universe world grows over the next few years though, who knows?
It’s awesome to hear about your comic ambitions, though, so I’d recommend using the resources available here at Substack –and other places around the internet—to start honing your craft and getting your work in front of people. There’s a lot of content out there right now, but there’s also a HUGE appetite for content across all media.
One thing I recommend to anyone who asks is Molly Knox Ostertag’s “graphic novel class” she ran on Substack
It’s one of the most instructive, practical guides to what we do I’ve ever seen and I’m grateful she put it together.
What are some of your favorite comics from the past 20 years? Do you have any specific creators you follow?
I follow as many creators as I can, but there’s no way I can keep up with everything. I have a job and kids! Plus I have to finish Horizon Forbidden West!! That thing is a monster!
As for my favorites, I’m going to keep books I edited or assisted on out of this because all of those are actually tied for “Greatest”*.
*(Yes, even you MARVEL APES!) )**
**(Yes, even you KEITH GIFFEN RUN ON SUICIDE SQUAD!)
If you just want some “awesome comics I like” from the past 20 years, here is a quick list off the top-of-me-head:
THE IMPENDING BLINDNESS OF BILLIE SCOT
Y, THE LAST MAN
DEADPOOL (by Duggan!)
THOR (Jane Foster)
THE GOOD ASIAN
Sixteen great books! That’s hardly complete, but it’s a decent place to start.
Bits of business:
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I was hoping to avoid talking about this, but it’s really impossible at this point.
The most controversial moment of the week was one we all saw live on our screens. It haunted many of you and has made our society rethink what it means to be alive in 2022.
That moment was, of course, when I declared the St. Louis Cardinals the Official Baseball team of 3W3M.
We all saw it. We know what happened. There is no need for an investigation.
Ultimately after this tough week, I‘ve been asked by my fellow 3W3Mers to apologize. A result I can understand. I mean, I know how I would react if the offical team chosen had been, say, the Cinsinatti Reds*, or god forbid, the New York Mets.
*I know that’s spelled wrong, but there is no known way to spell that city correctly.
However, after consulting with my wife, an ice-cold Busch beer, and Jon Hamm I have decided against it and will stand by my words. Let the consequences come.
You may not like the St. Louis Cardinals…but they like you.
That’s it. We will be back here tomorrow with an all-new comic called SISTERHOOD by Langdon Foss and Michael Garland. It’s creepy AF!
Thanks for answering my questions, Stephen! Really had fun being the only person to ask questions and get yet another spotlight haha! I looking forward to tomorrow’s comic and more Q&A’s.
As a newly minted Founder (“Who made Steve Gutenberg A STAR!?”) when will these monthly meetings be?