Sunday, January 17, 2010

Q & Ages 25 & Up #13: January 2010

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Welcome to another Ages 25 & Up Q&A session, the FIRST of 2010! Resident quizmaster Monkeywrench recurited some of the comic's loyal readers from and together they will get their questions answered. I couldn't keep them waiting as I really enjoyed these questions. Here goes!

Question #1 - Monkeywrench asks:
What can we expect in 2010? Can you share some thoughts on some of your plans for the 1st quarter?

1337W422102 answers:
I don't want to say much due to potential spoilers, but I will say this: the list in the final panel of File #72 is accurate. Those are all things I'd like to do this year. We will see new characters, we will see familiar ones, and we will have crossovers. There will also be some "different" stuff, so be ready for the occasional experimental strip now and then!

Question #2 - Monkeywrench asks:
In File #71 we saw the first appearance of Helix and there was 2 of them! Will the Helix twins get a introductory story?

1337W422102 answers:
Strictly speaking, that final panel was more of a fanservice than anything. I mean, a lot of the characters haven't been introduced yet, and others show up more than once! And don't get me started on the Combat/Robot Heroes!

But to answer your question in a way that's pretty much avoiding it, we might see more of the Double Helix. Maybe. Stay tuned to find out!

Question #3 - FlyingFigg asks:

How do you keep track of your upcoming storylines? Do you have it all written down on paper or do you make it up as you go? For example: on a multi-part comic, is it all scripted before you start or do you figure it out when you get there? Also how closely does the finished product compare to your initial ideas? Does it tend to vary away drastically or is it fairly close to what you intended? I’ve done some dios in the past and even though I had everything written down I found myself making revisions right up to the completion. I’m curious as how you do it.

1337W422102 answers:
I have crap written down everywhere: notepads on my desk, notes scribbled onto my calendar, emails I sent to myself from school when I got an idea, and various .txt files on two computers.

What I do is, once I come up with an idea, I try to develop it a bit. Is it do-able? Do I have the figures to make it work? How long would it last? Would it be funny? Once I've fleshed it out a bit, I start to think of other elements: would it be a single-issue, or span a few? I'll begin thinking of dialogue. At any time during any of these processes, I'll write down/type up a few notes.

That being said, I'm also constantly changing stuff. What I come up with in my head isn't always what ends up being posted - different characters are used, dialogue changes, etc. When doing multi-part stories, not every issue is written when I start. I normally have the story divided up into parts (issues) in my head. Then I write each part as I need to. Also, sometimes due to time limits, what I've written as one issue gets split into two. That's why a lot of the comics from the Captain America story were real short.

Not everything I come up with gets used. I've been fleshing out arcs in my head for months which don't get anywhere.

Question #4 - G.I.Eddie asks:
Have you ever thought of giving the Numbers character at least a small cameo in every comic? Ya know, like how Stan Lee does in all his movies.

1337W422102 answers:
You mean like a "Greetings, True Believers!"-type greeting as seen in the '90s Marvel cartoons? I hadn't considered that. And if I did, it wouldn't be every comic. I'd probably get tired of seeing myself. Maybe if I looked like Stan Lee, I could pull that off!

Question #5 - G.I.Eddie:
Have you ever considered sponsors in your comics? Maybe subtle product placements.

1337W422102 answers:
If someone's serious about giving me money to plug their product and/or service, I'd probably be down for that (as long as it was kept within reason). A tongue-in-cheek infomercial comic could be funny, too.

Question #6 - G.I.Eddie asks:
Have you seen the trailer for the new The A-Team? If so, what are your thoughts on them producing a movie that stays very true to the source material?

1337W422102 answers:
Holy crap, I didn't know they released a trailer yet! I'll have to check that out.

I'm all about staying true to the source material. If you're not going to, there's no point of bearing the name of whatever it is you're pretending to re-create. With that in mind, I'm real excited for the upcoming Kick-Ass movie. If you haven't read the comics, stop reading this now and get to a comic shop.

Question #7 - G.I.Eddie asks:
Do chicks dig your work, your comics? Not just members, but maybe girls who know nothing about Joe.

1337W422102 answers:
I honestly have no idea. Besides for the occasional member, I don't know of any ladies who read this.

Question #8 - TU482 asks:
I think you should make an arc out of “Rip Cord's revenge on the Wayans.” You could make it “noir-ish” if you're so inclined, or just a straight up bloody “Rambo 1 vs. many" battle. What do you think?

1337W422102 asks:
I don't have any Wayans brothers figures I won't get any of them. Rippy will just have to settle for a 25th Anniversary body for the time being.

That being said, I AM planning a film-noir Joe story which will be dark and serious. Writing it is hard but damn, it is fun! I really want to get started on it, but I'm still writing it and thinking about the sets. When the current arc is done, though, maybe I'll bring on the noir.

The rain came down like angels' tears, each drop a lament for long-forgotten sins.
As long as there were sinners in this town, the rain would fall.
The pavement was always wet. The puddles reflected the city's dark heart.
It rained in Springfield. It rained every night.

I have a feeling the Photoshop desaturation tool and rain effects will come in VERY handy.

Question #9 - TU482 asks:
Will we be seeing a team-up/battle between Cap and the Americans and the Canadians? I know we only have Wolverine and Guardian so far but it’s something I think would be great. Keep up the good work and thanks for the laughs.

1337W422102 answers:
Thanks! And don't forget, we have Deadpool, too!

I'm not planning anything like that just yet, though. In the A25Universe, the Cap is roommates with Union Jack and Guardian. They probably just assume he went to get groceries, or something.

Question #10 - Sparhawk asks:
When will there be a full on Cobra/Joe bar fight? You can’t have a successful strip without a bar fight.

1337W422102 answers:
I've been meaning to do something like this for a long, long time now, but I'd have to build an entire Joe-scale bar set with tables, chairs, the bar itself, shelves of drinks, etc. I'll have to get around to it one day.

That's it for now! Thanks to everyone for taking part in this month's session! Report back on Saturday for a new comic. See you then!

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