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I'm the artist on a currently running Kickstarter campaign for the first issue of a comic called Endgame. The comic tells two stories that parallel one another-- a gritty sword and sorcery adventure and a slice of life teenager drama set in the 80s.
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Current Residence: Manila, Philippines Favourite genre of music: Anything lively Favourite style of art: comic Operating System: XP Favourite cartoon character: Gambit Personal Quote: Nothing without love, Never without passion
Over an eighteen-month period, I produced over 300 pages for Zenescope, so I've spent a looooot of time with company. Plus, I'm the type of person who will research things incessantly, so I've read more than my share of their titles-- "for research" of course! I know enough,for example, to dispel notions that Zenescope produces lurid or indecent comics. Beneath the (admittedly cheesecake) covers are stories with rather strong female characters who actually wear pants!
Of course, there are exceptions, but for the most parts, the editorial staff keeps things surprisingly clean.
And yet, the GFT Universe can still surprise me. I recently worked on the 2014 Holiday Special, and found out that Zenescope has a recurring character/storyline that they trot out once a year for these (there have been 4 or 5 Holiday Specials).
These annuals deal with the story arc of Krampus, a demonic, goatlike fairy-tale Bad Santa character (complete with sack!). Like most of Zenescope's properties, he is based on a character in folklore. His appearances so far have been a bit of a gimmick, simply popping up every Christmas to torment Sela and her friends with some villainous plot.
The issue I worked on, written by the capable Ann Toole, changed things up, as Krampus' origin was revealed. This instantly gave him some depth, as it sets him up to have an actual story arc, as he becomes more than just a demonic force, but an actual character with all its trappings and potential.
Of course I have no idea what their plans are, but if they stay the course, imagine that: a character story arc, told in annual installments over the course of years.
Could any other company pull this off? Smaller companies wouldn't have the security or resources to go for it. Obviously, they would have to focus on more important things, like surviving in the cutthroat comic book publishing biz. Any "hit" a small company would have would have to be immediately capitalized on.
A larger company, I feel, simply wouldn't have the patience and vision to execute something like this. With so many other things occupying them throughout the year, editor's would probably be directed to spend their time on regular series', or big events, or more marketable characters.
But Zenescope is in the sweet spot to pursue something like this. They are a stable company, with almost a decade in the business; and still growing. There's no doubt in my mind that there will be a Holiday Special next year, and the year after that. But they aren't pressured to put out particular titles. They have a strong vision, with a small brain trust of people who plot out what direction the line goes, and who communicate enough to keep things unified and clear.
They can experiment with concepts like Krampus, who strike each year, not just in terms of storyline, but also in real, publishing time as well. That's pretty cool.
And uh, go get GFT Holiday Special 2014, on sale now.