AWAKENING TIMES Volume 14, Number 2

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AWAKENING TIMES
Volume 14, Number 2
Fall 2014
AwakenCmx@aol.com
http://www.awakeningcomics.com

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CONTENTS: COMICVERSE UNDER FIRE!-A new Kickstarter fundraiser for The Comicverse #4, Comicverse receives and seeks more reader art, Ying does interviews at Philly Zine Fest, Awakening Comics exhibits at Locust Moon Comics Festival, The Comicverse now available at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COMICVERSE UNDER FIRE!

Everyone’s favorite comic shop in space is destroyed by aliens! Will Ying the dragon and his friends escape this dire predicament?

Written by Bianca Alu-Marr and drawn by Steve Peters, The Comicverse is a sci-fi romantic comedy about a comic book shop on a space station. It is run by a young man named Rei and a teenage dragon called Ying, whom Rei rescued from an asteroid and has no memory of his past. They both have a crush on Aki, a pilot who sometimes visits the shop. In our previous issue, Rei went on a date with Aki behind Ying’s back, but Ying eventually found out and was heartbroken.

Our latest installment, The Comicverse #4, is our most ambitious so far. It features a story called “Cargo Hold“, which is 64 pages long, by far the longest piece we have written for the series. In it, the space station is attacked and destroyed by marauding aliens! The residents of the station manage to get out in escape pods and find themselves adrift in space.

Eventually, they are picked up in a military peacekeeping ship and placed in their cargo hold, hence the title of the story. Ying and the others make the best of a scary situation, trying to bring comfort and lightheartedness to the other refugees.

The main idea for the plot was suggested by Steve; it was inspired by issue #51 of the legendary independent comic Cerebus, and its story which was called “Exodus“. By the time Dave Sim published that issue, he had been saying for quite a while that some of the characters in Cerebus were so easy to write for that he could throw them in a closet and the story would “write itself”. When he finally drew that issue, he put the characters together in the cargo hold of a trading ship.

The Comicverse #4 is a tour de force because Steve’s idea was not just to throw a few characters together in a tight space, but ALL of the characters from the space station who have appeared in the series so far, and see how they bounce off of and react to each other.

Bianca says: “This gave me so much creative freedom as a writer, and the story flowed and transformed on its own, within the framework of Steve’s plot ideas. My writing tends to have no boundaries, and the creativity is flowing everywhere. On my own, I don’t always end up finishing my stories because of this. However, with Steve’s clear vision and ability to help me with endings, we make a great team. “Cargo Hold” is one of the best examples of that dynamic.

“I love to see how all of the main and secondary characters are growing and becoming more layered and complex as time goes on. It’s their personalities that inform what they say and do, which allows me to help them sound natural and dynamic! I was also so excited to have them in a huge ship flying around in true sci-fi-style peril. It is our longest story to date, and I’m so happy to have this be our fourth issue!”


COMICVERSE: UNDER FIRE Kickstarter

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We’ve received some Comicverse reader art that we posted on the Comicverse Facebook page. We’d love to get some more; when we have enough we’ll put them in a future issue of the comic. Just send them to AwakenCmx@aol.com.

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Bianca exhibited at the Philly Zine Fest on November 8, 2014, and Ying the dragon was also in attendance interviewing some of the exhibitors. This was our first time doing interviews with Ying and we really loved how they came out, so we’ll probably do more in the future. Read Bianca’s report on the show and see Ying’s interviews on the Comicverse blog.

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Awakening Comics was an exhibitor at the Locust Moon Comics Fest in Philadelphia on October 25, 2014. Steve made one of his walkabout videos to give a sense of what it’s like to be at the show, this time following Ying around as he says hello to friends and makes humorous comments. Read Bianca’s report on the show and see Ying’s walkabout on the Comicverse blog.

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Steve and Bianca made a trip to Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey. The manager of the store and star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, Walt Flanagan, was there, and he liked the cut of The Comicverse’s gib and offered to sell copies of the comic there at the store. You can see photos of our visit at the Comicverse Facebook page.

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Steve: “I’ve been receiving steady support from my Patreon patrons. Thanks to them, I’ve been working on some new music. I’ve been planning an epic piece for nearly a year, but have barely done a thing. I promised my Patreon supporters I’d give them a section of music every month as I write them. Turns out it’s a good motivational tool; I might never finish the piece otherwise! As part of one of the rewards tiers, I’ve also been sharing songs from my archives that have never been released. Again, I’m very glad I’ve been motivated to do so by my patrons—all this music is stored in an outdated format, and desperately needed to be converted to mp3 format before it’s lost forever. It’s fascinating and inspiring to rediscover this music that I haven’t listened to in years. I’m amazed to hear how driven and enthusiastic I was back in my 20’s, and it’s helped returned some of that drive and energy to me.

“Also, on November 13th, I did Google hangout for Patreon patron Mucha Smooches; we were joined by Max Ink. Mucha watched and asked questions as I worked on this page drawn by Philly Comix Jam, cleaning it up digitally and adding the gray tones. That was great fun, and I’d love to do more Hangouts with patrons.”

Become a patron here. Donations are as low as $1 a month.

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Steve Peters
http://www.awakeningcomics.com

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