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5th Dec 2014, 4:49 AM And so it ends...

Yes, I realize there are a few loose ends to tie up--who has stolen the Coda Crystal, for example? What of Millie's apparent feelings for Dr. James Dale, the Daybreaker? Don't worry--next issue may bring death and destruction upon the universe, but we will get to those little details, one way or another. This IS, after all, a 33-issue series, so SOMETHING must be coming after The Ill #0 (which will be uploaded in place of The Ill #19, so we will have a flashback month before we jump back into things. 

Look for a TON of guest-stars next issue as the superhuman community--of two eras--fights to save the fabric of reality! Look for surprise deaths, and a super-surprise guest star near the issue's end! Plus, a bit more on Zed--just WHAT is he up to?

 

All will be revealed (mostly) next issue, the end of Act 1, the end of everything we have come to know about The Club and the world in which they live. It'll be a comic book written expressly for the comic book lover. I hope you guys dig it, and thanks to the new subscribers and readers, silent though you are...hopefully something will grab you enough to get a comment out of you. In the meantime...see you in 30 days, give or take, and Happy Xmas to all! 2015 is looming, and it will be a fun year for The Ill!

-M

31st Oct 2014, 1:01 AM The Ill #16!

Hey, I hope you all enjoyed this issue, I was waiting a long time to get to this one, and I'm mostly pleased with how it turned out. I've been really wanting to expand Inferno's rogue's gallery, and we will definitely see folks like Foolish Girl and Vampiro again at some point. Even Shadow-Master will show up again in the future--maybe not necessarily in this series, but in what comes after. More on that at a later date.

 

Behind the scenes stuff: in their original incarnations both Oneman and Foolish Girl were teammates on a team called 'Cipher 7' (as you can see, I kept the name) and Foolish Girl was a hero. I never really did any serious pages of that concept aside from sketches and action scenes but I always saw Foolish Girl as a fun character, and she didn't let me down this issue. The line about her time as a member of a rock band came out of nowhere as I was writing that page (the dialogue comes to me as I'm typing it onto the finished pages of art, I don't write it down). It's like these characters write themselves sometimes.

 

Next issue...welll, I can't say too much without spoiling, but we're going to wrap up 'The Five Corners of the World' with a bang. This entire arc has been (a) a tour of the world, (b) an homage to the era of 'Team-Up' comics, and (c) the wrap up of the journey we've been on since issue #1. Next issue wraps it up, and then #18 will shut off the lights, lock the place up, and put a 'Condemned' sign on the dying lawn. 

 

Thanks for reading, you honor me by devoting even a minute of your time to my work. Thanks to you all, and stick with me--if you like what you've read so far, honestly, we haven't really started cooking yet.

 

-M

6th Sep 2014, 1:59 AM Umm, Clarification...

Just to be clear, The Ill #0 is the prequel to THIS story, the Atlantis story I presume you just read in The Ill #15.

Alllllllllllrighty, then.

 

-M

6th Sep 2014, 1:54 AM Ahoy...

So, yeah...what I wanted to do with this issue was give a little backstory on Atlantis and its role in the world, along with its hatred for humanity. This issue also sets up Siren for her future (and no, she won't be alone the next time we see her). She'll be a part of the next arc, starting with The Ill #19, but...well, I'll just let you see for yourself. 

The Ill #0 will be the prequel to this story, and we will finally learn about Inferno's adventure 'in the days before days were numbered' with the female barbarian Morr-Gann (and a few special guests). I should warn you--after the events of The Ill #18 we will have a 'Zero Month', which is when The Ill #0 fits in, then the month after we will pick up with The Ill #19. The arc--the name of which I can't reveal without spoiling things--will run from The Ill #19 thru #22 (the '0' issue has nothing at all to do with the catastrophic events of #18, it's a flashback issue). *whew*...just to make all that clear.

I debated starting over with a new #1 after the '0' issue, as the story would pretty much call for that, and hell, that's what 'real' comic books do. I should also add that originally this issue was to have a totally different story involving Inferno going to a place mentioned a few times in past issues, Antipodes, in search of a magic item. Plans changed long ago, and Antipodes became an entirely different thing altogether. There's a cover for the issue that would have been, I might post it as 'cutting room floor crap' in the future.

Hope you find this issue terrifically groovy. Next issue is the Oneman issue, in which we will learn a good deal about him (I've already told you his origin and shown him unmasked but I did it the sneaky way). We will see the beginnings of an Inferno unlike anything that has come before. And we will party with a shitload of supervillains, all gathered to discuss the end of the universe as we know it.

Thanks for reading.

 

-M

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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -M