To follow up page 5′s gruesomeness, we have something stupidly adorable. For you cynics out there: while yes a stuffed animal will not actually cure you of your ailments, I dare you to claim they don’t make you feel better.
Yesterday’s page had quite an impact with you guys! Comments we received about Black Hole Bill’s behavior were very colorful. “He was the bottom of the barrel, but now he’s below the barrel” and something along the lines of “he’s just a scum-sucking void of humanity” were among two of my favorites. We were delighted to receive such reactions because 1) getting a reaction is one of the great joys of making a comic and 2) it really drove the point home that Black Hole Bill is absolutely and truly a villain. Not a scoundrel. Not an anti-hero. He’s a bad guy.
I love bad guys. I don’t mean that I find them more interesting or fun to write than heroes. I mean I love the purpose a good old-fashioned “bad guy” serves. No tragic background. No sympathetic goals. Just a bad person. The best heroes are defined by their villains, and the worse acts of villainy committed the more heroic it is to try to prevent or undo them. Danica, who is known to get attached to robots and name inanimate objects, would have been horrified to see what Black Hole Bill did to his loyal steed. And she’s already pretty mad at him!
I feel that the misunderstood villain with the tragic and/or sympathetic past is very popular nowadays to the point where it’s assumed that every antagonist is a sympathetic character deep down, and that old-fashioned “bad guys” are all one-dimensional characters. Old-fashioned bad guys are admittedly simpler to write, but simple does not mean stupid. Emperor Palpatine is my favorite old-fashioned bad guy. His motivations were not complex, and his reasons for manipulating and murdering his way to the top were not sympathetic. He was ambitious, lusted for power, and pure evil, and that simplicity just worked in classic Star Wars.
Sometimes you just need a selfish asshole to be your villain, and making things more complicated than that would just muck things up.
Lots of things to mention today, so let’s jump right into it.
Thanks to the success of the Star Powered Kickstarter, we’ve been able to fund a limited hardcover run of Star Power and the Ninth Wormhole after all! Backers of the campaign were given the opportunity to upgrade their pledge, and those who have been waiting to see us (or discover us) on the convention circuit will have the chance to buy them from us in person. We don’t know how many we’ll be able to carry with us, since hardcovers are heavy, but we’ll bring along as many as possible. Both softcover and hardcover will be available online as well. More information on all this as details are solidified.
Speaking of big, heavy books, the second Dominic Deegan Omnibus will likely be going up for pre-order next week! Last year the pre-order window was only a month long, but this year the window will be two months. So from November through December, you’ll have the chance to pre-order the second omnibus, which will contain every remaining story in the comic’s eleven year run. It’s going to be a big book, and there will be an intriguing pre-order incentive in addition to a lower price. I’ll be making announcements for this everywhere and often, but keep your ears and eyes open next week.
Now that business is out of the way, here are some other snippets of things that are going on in the life of yours truly:
- Halloween is this week! My favorite holiday!
- Devin Townsend’s new album(s) are released today! A DTP follow-up and a sequel to Ziltoid the Omniscient! I can’t wait to get my hands on these.
- A Skeletor-themed baby shower was thrown for us this past weekend. This actually happened in my life. Pretty awesome.
- The only comic books that bring me any joy these days are Atomic Robo, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Red Sonja (written by Gail Simone), and Saga. I highly recommend these titles. I will likely be reading the new Squirrel Girl comics when that series begins, too. It will likely be joyous because Squirrel Girl is amazing.
- By the end of this week, I’m probably going to be a homeowner. Wowzers. Cross your fingers that no bureaucratic surprises pop up, because those are not amazing.