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Collecting the first five chapters of the Lady Sabre steampunk-adventure webcomic by Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett.
Collecting the first five chapters of the Lady Sabre steampunk-adventure webcomic by Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett.
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Hours Instead of Days Update

Very strange thing to wake up today and see that the countdown has switched over from days to hours. Very strange to think back that it's been almost 30 days now, and they have blurred past. When all is said and done, I imagine I'll be writing up a long post over at Lady Sabre, trying to untangle and describe this particular adventure.

But we're not done yet. Not by a longshot.

So, This Happened.

Yesterday, Eric was answering questions in the comments section, and he posted the following:

The answer to Laura is the relevant bit.

To which I said:

Now, I know full-well that reaching 150K is more than a little crazy. And none of us, not myself, not Rick, and clearly not Eric, think that's going to happen.

But this morning, I got an email from Eric where he said, "Well, I sat down and figured out how to play the song last night, just in case." No word on where he intends to get the costume. 

We live in hope ;)

Me and My Big Mouth

One of the by-products of this campaign has been a lot of interest from various quarters. I've done a lot of yammering on and on about Lady Sabre, the Kickstarter, and - it seems almost tangentially - my other work. 

In no particular order:

I was on 11 O'Clock Comics with Chris Neseman and David Price a few nights ago. It's a long conversation. I talk a lot.

Casey Gilly and I had a lovely conversation that she's transcribed and posted at Comic Book Resources (CBR). The conversation turns, as it so often seems to do with me these days, to issues surrounding the portrayal of women in genre, and the inadequacy and frustrations I feel when "strong female characters" gets mentioned.

Then there was this conversation with nom-de-plume Royal Nonesuch at Outhouser's Entertainment. And while we're over at the Outhouse, you can find a link to a conversation with Eric Ratcliffe from an episode of the Why I Love Comics podcast we did back in January.

And then there's this interview, just published this past week, with Michael Lark and myself discussing our upcoming series LAZARUS, published by Image Comics, with Matt Santori-Griffith over at Comicosity. But you probably already knew about that.

Finally, there's this:

This was recorded about a week and a half or so into the Kickstarter campaign, if I remember - and I'm having a hard time keeping track of these things, you might imagine - and was a terrific conversation with "DJ Granpa" for his show, DJ Granpa's Crib, about the nature of Kickstarter and more. I'm just one of the many guests on the show, and you can find the actual episode here

Someone You Should Be Reading by the Name of Mills.

Christopher Mills is the author of... way too many things to list, but in the realm of webcomics, he's got two that we'd like to direct to your attention.

The first, Perils on Planet X, is written by Chris and drawn by Gene Gonzales. It's sci-fi adventure-slash-romance, smart, and fun, and comes complete with requisite princess. But Chris describes it much better than I can, and in his description, you can see the depth of not only his passion for the medium and the source material, but also just how darn smart he is.

"Perils on Planet X is unapologetically a planetary romance. It is not a reinvention, reimagining or deconstruction of the genre. Nor is it strictly pastiche, although there’s definitely aspects of that in there. It follows firmly in the literary footsteps of authors I greatly admire and enjoy: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Otis Adelbert Kline, Leigh Brackett, Lin Carter, Michael Moorcock, Gardner Fox, and the stargods know how many others. If Perils differs significantly in any respect, it’s only because it has been written and drawn in the 21st Century instead of the 20th, and it cannot help but reflect that."

I am a fan of smart. Most people are. Eric actually did a write-up on Perils over at Lady Sabre. Amongst the many praises he heaped upon the Mills and Gonzales team, he had this to say:

"Mills’ love of the planetary romance genre shows through as regularly as his mastery of it. The clarity and form of Gonzales’ artwork falls somewhere between the adventure comics artists of the 30s whose works like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon are undeniably an influence on this effort, and Scott McCloud’s Zot, one of the great unsung sci-fi comics of the last century. Action sweeps across every page, and each has a fantastic balance of questions answered and questions asked. Plus there’s a red-headed pirate queen, and you know we have a special place in our heart for ladies of that ilk."

Which is one heck of an endorsement, and one with which I am in total agreement.

Then there's this:

You may recognize the artist. In the interests of full-disclosure, yes, that's our own Rick Burchett working with Chris on this noir-series, Gravedigger. It's hard-boiled, it's mean, it's sharp enough you can cut yourself reading it, and it is, for the record, NSFW.

Eric also did a review of the webcomic at Lady S, and once again, pretty much nailed everything I was thinking:

"In any other story, Digger would be the villain — a cold-hearted sum’bitch who pulls no punches — but through the first-person, boiled-harder-than-stone narration, we’re invited inside to live out our tough-guy fantasies vicariously as Digger charges violently through a series of double and triple crosses with his eyes fixed on the ends that best serve him."

Here's a bit of a sample:

One of the things I love about Mills' work is how effortlessly he shifts from genre to genre, and how he maintains both his reverence and his critical eye. That's not an easy thing to do. Trust me, I know.

So, if you're looking for a little light Sunday reading, here you go.

The Final Days 

Tomorrow (Monday) we'll be putting up at least one more of the pin-up tiers, and maybe - just maybe - scouring the archives for some other goodies. I don't know where we're going to end on this, but please, if you've a moment and the inclination, consider boosting our signal yet again. We're all-in now, looking for the big finish!

Hold fast!

Greg

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