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In the interest of full disclosure: Jemith Jennaci was indeed inspired by Anna Nicole Smith. Inspiration aside, this is not about to turn into a commentary on celebrity culture or on reality television (both of which I generally despise). My brain just went in a weird direction as I was putting together this scene.

(That said, I did have a crush on her, early in her career, when it was all Playboy and Marilyn Monroe. That had long since faded away by the time I briefly met her, toward the end of her life.)

The name “Jennaci” is inspired by a friend’s D&D character, although we’ve never gamed together, and I whipped up “Jemith” solely for the alliteration.

(Not that you need to know all of this at the moment. She’s really just a blip on the radar right now.)

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If, By Chance, You Want More Work by Justin…

Most of you should know that Hunter Black isn’t the only writing I do. I’ve trumpeted my work here in the past, but I’ve been rather quiet on the self-promotion front of late. Today, I want to tell you guys about an anthology, Space Goat Presents, Vol. 1, and the stories within that I wrote. Maybe, perhaps, you will be moved to go out and get them. (Well, not “go out”…the only traveling required is from webpage to webpage.)

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The Family Secret is a story about being a single mom with some low-level superpowers, and a pair of children that are immensely more powerful. I’m not a huge fan of the elevator pitch, but imagine The Incredibles crossed with something like Rosanne. The art is by Eder Messias, who I think channels Dale Keown, while still managing to capture small emotional moments. I’m really proud of this, and I’m hoping to do more of it. (And I might get the chance…watch this space for more info as I get it.) Plus, I got Kirby Krackle in there, because I love comics.

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Over My Dead Body is what happens when I get angry about the huge success of Twilight. I can do teen romance set against the backdrop of classic monsters, too…and mine won’t make me want to rip my own eyeballs out. Vampires and werewolves have been done to death, especially in this context, so I decided to tackle Frankenstein. Over My Dead Body has been a labor of love for me for a LONG time, and when I got the chance to get an OMDB story into print, I jumped at it. I LOVE what Alan Quah did here, art-wise. He combines Bernie Wrightson and Gene Colan to come up with something all his own that is just perfect for the kind of horror that this is.

Both stories are edited by Darren Vincenzo, who used to edit for DC (which is kind of surreal), and more importantly both stories are lettered by our very own Jacob Bascle. I don’t exaggerate when I say that I try to get Jacob in on everything I work on. (Like a turd, I’ve forgotten the names of both colorists, and I’ve cut off my access to social media, which I need to find out. I’ll put them into an update later.)

You can get a hardbound copy of the Anthology at the link above, which I’ll put here as well. The anthology is only 20 bucks for 120 pages, and the other stories are pretty damned good, too. Tomorrow, you’ll be able to purchase OMDB as a digital download for the Kindle (Presumably on Amazon? The details are not yet fully clear to me, so watch for that update), and that will be only $0.99. A Family Secret digital download is forthcoming.

I hope you all will check it out, I’m very proud of what we’ve put together!

 

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You know, when I wrote this page, I foolishly imagined that we were gonna be treated to a very Sordon-like imagine of Hunter as a ghost. I was not in any way imagining what we got. (I should know better by now.)

Anyway, I’m getting ready to go to San Diego. I plan to pester a few people into hiring me, catch up with a few friends, and maybe find the missing piece for a project I’m working on. Speaking of which, that project needs a little of my attention right now, so this will be blessedly short.

As always, let us know what you think!

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Today’s page was one of those moments that I love as a writer. It wasn’t something that we planned ahead of time, this isn’t in my notes at all. This is the magic that remains in scripting, even when you have all of your story beats planned out.

I never get into TOO many specifics when I plot story. I let character decide how the beats will go on a large scale, I plot out a story, and then I script. And in scripting, I return to character to determine how scenes are going to play out. Every once in a blue moon, this backs me into a corner, when I come to the realization that character developments on the meta level aren’t the same as they are in the scene. But that’s rare.

Hunter’s a hard ass, and he WAS a pro. He’d never spill on a client, not willingly. How would the greatest necromancer who ever lived get him to talk? (Heh heh heh.)

I’m also pleased by this because I feel like it set up a real page-turning moment. I’m every bit as happy now as I was miserable a week ago when I felt like I was dragging my feet. Ah, the many mixed blessings of writing comics.

So…what do you think of the death of Hunter Black? Did Will make it sing or what?

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You know, I wish I’d had it together enough to plan the LAST page as 350. For some reason, 350 feels like a big milestone to me, and I really liked the last page a lot. Still, this is our first time seeing Zezem the Cruel as he actually is in the comic, and that’s not nothing.

Am I the only one who sees Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Although Khan only wishes he had that sweet belt-buckle/codpiece.

Admit it…Zezem the Cruel is SWEET. ADMIT IT!!!

 

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I love our splash pages. Will’s work is always at its best when it has room to breathe. I try to squeeze splash pages in every so often, and I have to be careful that I don’t overdo them, or they’ll become passé.

Also, we’ve never actually shown The Guarantee in action, although we do have that aftermath shot of Spacepope Henton IV, but that’s not quite the same. The Guarantee is one of the those things that readers seem to remember, which is fun, because we don’t reference it that often in the comic itself.

Also, what’s up with the guys in cloaks and breastplates? In the script, I literally describe the other people in the room as “unimportant.” The fact that they’re in a uniform piques my interest, however. You’re probably gonna see these outfits again, for exactly that reason.

Anyway, my apologies for the wait! I hope this shot is worth it…I sure think so!

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