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30th Jul 2014, 2:55 AM Hello, Friend...

Yeah, so, there's a LOT of stuff I want to cram into the next few months, before issue #18...and a few new things I'd like to try. For example--the story surrounding The Ill #0 will be told in three parts, and not in consecutive order. Next issue, #15 (featuring Siren, Queen Prexa and a few other guests) will basically be 'Part 2' of that 3-part arc, while The Ill #0 (soon) will be part one...the third and final part of the story is The Ill #24, a solo story featuring Director Skarrd of Ark-Tech. And the entire point of this little 3-parter tucked within the main storyline?

I've always been fascinated with 'world-building', with creating universes. The Marvel Universe is one of the richest, most colorful places ever conceived, and I hold a special place in my heart for the DCU. I love the world Alan Moore has pulled together with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I marvel at the way Neil Gaiman effortlessly made Morpheus a part of the DCU (the first arc of the series is pure genius). Long story short, creating universes is fun, and they should be carefully constructed, intricately woven together. This one--Universe Designate-11--is, in ways you might not have realized yet. A world like theirs is a Special world, just as a world with a Spongebob Squarepants or a Jason Bourne would be. Next issue is the 'second' part of the story of this world...the air they breathe, the thoughts they think, the lives they lead.

Stay tuned, more fun stuff coming up, if you enjoy what you've been reading so far. Oneman! the return of folks like Mindboggke and Mike From Seattle!  A scene I'm debating writing that may or may not be appropriate for a comic book! Thanks for reading, it's fun writing this stuff!

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17th Jul 2014, 2:58 AM A Quick Note...

I notice a sudden increase in readers, and I welcome and thank you all. I hope to keep you entertained, if you're into weird cosmic super hero goodness with a touch of realness splashed in. I'm getting The Ill #0 ready...and things in upcoming issues will lead up to that special story of Inferno's adventure 'in the days before days were numbered'. Thor has Mjolnr, Captain America has his shield, Green Lantern has his ring...and Inferno has the Promethean Torch. The Ill #0 will get into just how important that torch is. We'll get a few more details on the SECRET origin of the Inferno legacy...all of this has a purpose, and I hope you get a kick out of reading it. Comment, PLEASE, and tell me what you like/don't like!

The future's open wide...

 

-M

18th Jun 2014, 11:53 PM Thanks, all.

I'll keep this brief--I hope you're enjoying The Ill #13. I looked forward to this issue a long time, writing the Phantom Hitchhiker and bringing Xolotl ('Zo-Lah-Tul') back (he was another chilhood creation  {or approximation of Aztec mythology}). These issues will lead up to #18--aBIG issue--and will take us on a tour of the Earth of Universe Designate-11. Next issue The Club will try to make their way to the distant future to seek help from Cipher 99. There will be special guests, there will be secrets revealed if one reads between the lines and pays attention...we'll also learn, finally, of The Perfect Day and a younf lady named Marisol Morales. We may even get a couple new 'Who's Who' pages, as well.

 

Thanks again for reading...and hello to any new readers, you are appreciated.

 

 

-M

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