[DISPATCH] Appearances & Answers
Meet Jonathan Hickman & Steve Epting in person next month, and we spoke with [THE COMPETITION] Round 2 winners.
Welcome back to a brand new installment of the [DISPATCH], a weekly direct report from us to you, with news, recaps, exclusive content and more.
We’ll get into some new info shortly, but we wanted to take a moment to remind you that today is the FINAL DAY to get our biggest discount ever – 20 PERCENT OFF all new Annual Subscriptions. Paid subscribers will receive a complimentary copy of the [MAPS] Graphic Novel Sourcebook (shipping not included), access to subscriber-exclusive comics like ACADEMY, and a whole lot more.
We’re gearing up for some major announcements next month, and we want to make sure as many of you get to experience everything we have planned as possible. If you haven’t already, this is your last chance for this special offer:
Now, on with the show…
If you’ve been waiting all year for your chance to see members of 3 Worlds / 3 Moons in person, you’re in luck. Jonathan Hickman, ACADEMY artist Steve Epting, and MINING I and II artist Stephen Green will all be in attendance at Heroes Con 2023 from June 16-18, 2023. The show is always a fan-favorite, and features a murderer’s row of top tier comics talent including former Live Draw guest Skottie Young and many, many more.
After a long hiatus, we’re excited to host a new [WORLDS WORTH WATCHING] this Saturday, June 3.
We’ll reveal the movie and all other details later this week, but it’s going to be a fun time.
Earlier this month we revealed the winners of the second round of [THE COMPETITION], the first 3W/3M writing contest featuring stories from you – the members of our community. Following feedback from Jonathan on their outlines, the winning writers are currently hard at work on script pages to convince us that their story deserves to win, be drawn and produced, and become an official part of the universe.
In the meantime, we also decided to ask the writers some questions to help you get to know them each a little better. We’re sharing just a few answers below, and we’ll have everyone’s responses for you tomorrow in a larger post.
3W/3M: What is your background as a writer/creator? Do you have any work our community can check out right now?
Y. Lu: My parents tell me that when I was really little – we’re talking pre-kindergarten here – I’d wrangle whoever I could into being a captive audience and tell them stories. I’d even do it in Mandarin to people who didn’t speak the language, apparently either too young to know or too young to care that the listeners couldn’t understand me. Now, I have no memory of this whatsoever, but I guess it shows that those particular cogs have always been grinding, in some fashion. I’ve written stuff for myself over the years, but nothing released publicly.
Where did the idea for your 3W/3M story come from and why is it important to you/why did you want to tell it?
Reed Beebe: There must be dissent. Beneath the adventures and intrigues, the 3W/3M mythos features a static society dominated by corrupt elites; denizens are doomed by rigid conventions that benefit no one — including the nervously insecure elites, whose positions are institutionally constrained and transitory. In this seemingly unalterable social order, how might art — outlined briefly in [SYSTEMS] –allow creative critiques of this dim status quo, given the dangers of dissent? That question (along with my admiration of 1920s Mexican muralism) inspired my story.
Which of our Three Worlds and Three Moons would you like to live on, and why?
Ramsey Ess: Look. I’d absolutely love to say Akva and talk about all the seafaring adventures I’d get into but I know I’m getting hit by a boom and falling overboard on day one.
Advanced technology? City-sized libraries? Robes, stoles, and Nehru collars? I’ve gotta be an Ordo boy.
Definitely come back tomorrow to hear from everyone. We had a great time hearing from each of them.
And With that, let’s check out the week that was…
[COMICS] It’s always exciting when we can deliver new comics and announce new collaborators, and we did both last week!
We unveiled two more artists who will be contributing stories to our second Graphic Novel Sourcebook, [MAPS]. We’re thrilled to be working with both James Stokoe and Caitlin Yarsky, and you can check out work from both of them, plus a tease from Ming Doyle’s upcoming story in the post.
We also released a new episode of THE VALLARS, our first ongoing series about a young Tajo Vallar, along with his parents and sister. The Original Adventuring Family’s story is brought to you every week by artist Jason Howard and colorist Frank Martin.
[SERIAL] Steve Epting was at it again, drawing and coloring another thrilling installment of ACADEMY, our ongoing weekly Sunday series. When Syg talks, we listen. And we have Rus Wooton to thank for how great it looks when he does.
[EMPORIA] Last week we began shipping the limited [FOUNDATIONS] Prestige Lenticular Editions, and now we are starting to send out the 11” x 17” prints from Mike Huddleston and Mike del Mundo. Thank you as always for your patience, and we’ve got some exciting EMPORIA news for everyone as soon as fulfillment is all caught up. Stay tuned!