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22nd Apr 2014, 12:01 AM Well...

Hope you enjoyed the first color issue...I wish I'd done them all this way, now. I don't want to get too fancy, either, with the colors--I'm going for the old-school look, but I DO want it to be visually appealing. Stay tuned, it will only get better. Next issue is one I've long looked forward to...the beginning of  the five-part 'The Five Corners Of The World' (five corners because a world such as this would have a few places a world like ours would not). As a kid I always wondered why superheroes never really took advantage of the perks that came with being a super being. Spider Man's girlfriend dies, okay, big deal. Use Reed Richards' time machine and un-do it. Have Doc Strange cast some resurrection spell. Have Miles Warren clone h--err, wait. You get my point, superheroes are on a different level than the so-called Normal Man. They have access to tech and things like magic and the spirit world...there's a chance a superhero could un-do the death of a girlfriend, and dead girlfriends are a staple of the superhero genre (you might notice all the tropes and idioms I'm working into The Ill, things like Twinkee ads, cosmic reality-altering mega events, best friends turned opposite-themed villains). This arc will take us on a tour of Earth Designate-Eleven, and each issue will feature a 'team up' guest star as Inferno goes on an epic quest to revive Millie. First stop is the afterlife, with the Phantom Hitchhiker...and a look into the true nature of 'Heaven/Hell', what souls really are, and Mankind's good/evil nature, even before birth and after death. I don't want to just hit you with big fights and super bad-guy schemes, I want to spark a few thoughts, as well. Inferno's trip into The Hereafter will open up a few things in this world...and set the tone for the supernatural corner of this universe of mine.

See you back, hopefully, in 30 days, as our journey begins (as reality begins to crumble, but that's a story for another day, a Perfect Day, even).

-M

21st Mar 2014, 2:37 AM And so, we meet again...

I'll get it out of the way now--I've been under the weather for a week, and this has delayed production on The Ill # 12. It WILL be uploaded before the end of April, guaranteed, maybe by April 15th, even, but be aware. In the meantime, so other cool projects within a project coming up--The Ill # 0 will be full-color, TWO Titanic Tales! The first story will detail the historical importance of the Promethean Torch in Universe Designate-Eleven, and introduce us to yet another childhood creation of mine, strongly influenced by Howard E. Smith and Dungeon and Dragons. Her name is Iron Wuulf, and she plays important roles in both the past AND future of these heroes and their world. The second story will more than likely involve our good friend Zed as he runs down the history of this universe, beginning to end.

Further down the line will be my take on the 'What If' comics I loved from Marvel long ago (original series). In our case, we will ask the question, 'Suppose...The Second Inferno Had Lived?' How different might things be if Paul Bishop had never died? Would the Great Purge have still happened? And what about his relationship with John, his son?

I look forward to getting these things done, as well as holding your attention with the monthly issues of The Ill. Next issue is coming along NICELY and is action-packed...just another stop on the journey we make towards The Ill # 18. (Yes, this is a 31-issue series, but issue #18 is going to be something horribly special.)

 

-M

26th Feb 2014, 4:12 AM ...Forgot to mention...

...issue #12 is the first anniversary of The Ill, and what fun it shall be! We will learn a bit more history, meet a number of guest stars, major heroes of Universe Designate-Eleven! Big fights, Mister Frigid (what?), and PHAEDRA AND THE TEEN CIPHER!!!

 

And it's as free as the birds that roam the sky.

 

-M

26th Feb 2014, 3:58 AM The Ill # 10! YEAH!!!

It's good to see this thing come together, to actually be doing it and getting great feedback. It makes it worthwhile. I could probably advertise a bit more, and I will...but in the meantime I am dedicated to giving you readers something new to look forward to each month, and hopefully gain even more readers. I remember the things I loved about reading Swamp Thing, Spider Man, The Avengers, The Authority...the characters, the settings, their conflicts. I want to capture that magic--literaly--and infuse The Ill with it. And it IS magic--the stories have been told, all the words used before, but it's all in how its applied by the creator. Spells are being woven, and not just by Jinn or the late Blackheart Man.

Coming up: Next issue we get Phaedra's origin and the identity of the third survivor of Tass-Vatai. We see a city broken, devastated. We learn something new about the Naked Weapon. We learn of young Kid Flame's favorite adventure, and we spend time with the cold, dead, stiffening corpse of Millie De Vries (but she is oblivious to us). And the final page will be fun and set us up for the inevitable future.

Hope to see you back, and maybe bring a friend or two who wants something new and fun to read, they might like it...hopefully YOU'LL like what's in store.

 

-M

27th Jan 2014, 3:14 AM Changes and improvements...

I thank all of you who have commented, your words are encouraging! I LOVE that you're enjoying the story, in spite of some of the somewhat iffy art.  The truth is I hate drawing, and it shows--I rushed through the first few issues. My apologies. As I've gotten deeper in, I've taken my time more but there is still room for vast improvement--and you will see this in the coming months, especially in the next arc, 'The Five Corners Of The World' (issues 13-17). This arc will take on us on a tour of the world--a world of superheroes, the supernatural, and super-science. I will have to draw some STRANGE things, as we visit some interesting locations, and I want it to look awesome. I promise to have each issue uploaded the 15th of every month, so I don't see myself getting off-schedule. Just expect to be a bit more satisfied with the look of the book in the months to come.

Again, thanks for enjoying the book and expressing it. Sorry there was no Inferno at all this issue, but you'll get a good dose of him next month, along with our favorite German fighter-clone...and we'll get a look at some of the other villains who plague the Ill world (and an in-depth look at them in The Ill #16, as we visit The Dregs, the gritty area of Freemantle that is home to Oneman)!

Stay fresh, people.

 

-M