Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Living Legends 20 Notes (now with a contest!)

It’s hard to believe I am already up to the twentieth chapter.

For the first time in the book, I establish a group of potential spin-off characters. While the Next Gen will be appearing for the rest of the current story arc of Living Legends, I actually designed the team (in a slightly different form) as an entirely separate concept. As I fleshed out Dominique’s experiments and their results, I realized I could dove-tail the origins together quite nicely. A few name changes to tie them in with some really obscure Golden Age character names and voila! Yeah for syncronicity.

I didn’t forget about Purge. We will have more with the killer very soon.

We have an important moment in the progression of our first volume right here. The Atoman and Black Owl relationship is one I have built up over the last dozen chapters and I promise you that it is far from over yet.

Can you say team-up? I think you can. We will have a lot more with Fear-Lass and Ace the Amazing Boy in the first of three chapters next month! Yes, I did say three chapters! We have a special Christmas story coming up, and I am not going to delay that until after the holiday! So be ready for a triple dose of Living Legends next month.

Now for the contest of the day: can you tell me which nineties movie partially inspired the six young heroes that make up Buster’s Next Gen and their personalities? A first name or two may even have been lifted. I may just have a piece of Metahuman Press swag for whomever guesses correctly....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Super-Powered Web: First Wave, First Look

I am comfortably sitting just above my goal for today, so I thought I would take some time out to look at one of the most exciting projects coming down the comic pipeline next year. DC has decided to revive several pulp concepts in a shared universe (presumably one of the DC 52) and it looks gorgeous. The story actually debuts tomorrow with Batman / Doc Savage by Brian Azzarello (the perfect writer for this project) and Phil Noto. Then some time next year it continues with The First Wave by Azzarello and artist Rags Morales. The project seems to have an interesting combination of pulp characters and powerless DC heroes. Check out the amazing Rags preview images below (and be sure to click on them to see them full size and more easily read Azzarello’s commentary on each).

All images courtesy The Source.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Quick Nanowrimo Update

My National Novel Writing Month entry is coming along swimmingly. I have finished over a quarter of my word count a day ahead of schedule. I have actually slowed over the last couple days while not at work, so the “write it overnights between calls” system I have in place is coming along magnificently.

To help anyone interested to chart my progress, I decided to add a handy word counter over their to the right of this. It will be up until the end of the month so you can follow along!

Enough procrastinating for me, back to work!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Out For Vengeance 7 Notes

Just a note: I am coming right along on Nanowrimo. I am at 8,400 words already, which puts me more than a day ahead so far! Wooo, me!

As for this chapter of Out For Vengeance, I think it came off really well. It does a great job of really building the mystery of who this Robert Benton may or may not be while also moving along his hunt for his identity.

Amanda will be popping up quite a bit in future chapters, as will several of the other support characters that have came and gone in the first few chapters. But Vengeance has a one track mind at this point, and we need to cover his quest before we can move on to the broader question of just what the hell is happening in New Salem.