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A podcast about about comic books and sci-fi in comic book form, hosted by characters from The Comicverse.
A podcast about about comic books and sci-fi in comic book form, hosted by characters from The Comicverse.
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To see the latest Comicverse page, check out the Comicverse Blog.

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BIANCA: When Steve proposed the idea of doing a Comicverse strip I was all for it! It’s been really fun to have them react to things I love like Star Trek, and modern comics and movie controversies. We’ve also have fun having special callers weigh in, who are friends and fellow comics creators as Lekrus! Plus, aren’t Steve’s chibi-esque versions of the crew so darn’d cute?

STEVE: I wanted to do a new Comicverse strip that was more in line with the original idea for the series---a weekly strip dealing with the latest comic book developments that everyone was talking about, one that could potentially appear in the websites and/or newsletters of comic book shops. It was Bianca's idea to make it a podcast, which is the perfect venue for talk about nerd culture.

In a phone call with Dave Sim, he gave me the idea to try a new approach, and I eventually found out that he was working on Cerebus in Hell? at the same time, which uses similar methods. The technique I came up with after our conversation is sort of like Colorforms for Photoshop. If you're not familiar with Colorforms, a Google image search should enlighten you.

The background is the setting, and you place your character overlays on top of it to stage your scenes. I've been creating a number of facial expressions and body poses for use in any situation. I've been posting examples of these and am talking about the process on my Patreon page.

 

 In Comicverse: Subspace Chatter #1, the Comicverse characters take a break from their comedic sci-fi adventures to do a nerd culture podcast, transmitted straight from the comic book shop on the Final Frontier. They review old sci-fi shows like Space: 1999 and Star Trek: The Next Generation, tackle the latest comic book controversies (such as Captain America working for Hydra, the woman-only screening of the Wonder Woman movie, and Doctor Who being cast as a woman), and satirize indy comics (such as Max Ink's Blink and Cerebus In Hell). 60 pages.

Excerpt from a 13-page parody of Cerebus In Hell. I couldn't resist a play on Cerebus' name in the bottom panel!
Excerpt from a 13-page parody of Cerebus In Hell. I couldn't resist a play on Cerebus' name in the bottom panel!

 

 

(SWAG1) Comicverse Swag!  Comicverse Fridge Magnet and 2 Comicverse stickers.
(SWAG1) Comicverse Swag! Comicverse Fridge Magnet and 2 Comicverse stickers.

 

(COM2) Comicverse in 2017
(COM2) Comicverse in 2017

 

(COM3) The Alpha and the Omega: 158 Pages Total!
(COM3) The Alpha and the Omega: 158 Pages Total!

 

(COM4) Complete Comicverse Set: 316 Pages Total!!!
(COM4) Complete Comicverse Set: 316 Pages Total!!!

 

(SK1) Darth Vader Sketch Cover. Seen here is a sketch cover from the Rabbit Hell campaign, using Rabbit Hell characters in place of Star Wars characters.
(SK1) Darth Vader Sketch Cover. Seen here is a sketch cover from the Rabbit Hell campaign, using Rabbit Hell characters in place of Star Wars characters.

 

(COM0) "Barclay Day" Special Mini-Comic, free with ANY comic book puchase (free PDF with any digital purchase), OR available on its own as a reward.
(COM0) "Barclay Day" Special Mini-Comic, free with ANY comic book puchase (free PDF with any digital purchase), OR available on its own as a reward.

 

The Subspace Chatter creators with Lieutenant Barclay himself, Dwight Schultz, holding a copy of the brand-new Comicverse "Barclay Day" Special!
The Subspace Chatter creators with Lieutenant Barclay himself, Dwight Schultz, holding a copy of the brand-new Comicverse "Barclay Day" Special!

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Risks and challenges

Steve has toiled away at a day job for nearly 30 years now, eking out a living to support his work in comics. He has eschewed the notion of working for a big company like Marvel or DC ("You should work for Disney" is a common refrain when someone finds out one is a cartoonist) because he prefers to work on creator-owned projects. He had some small success distributing his work in the direct market from 1997-2008, but had to stop due to declining sales. He never stopped creating, though, and the reaction to The Comicverse has been so encouraging that he's been more productive than ever.

In 2011, the company that Steve works his day job at filed for bankruptcy. Four years later, it shut its doors for good. Steve was lucky enough that his particular pusiness location was bought by another company, and it looked like things would be O.K. However, the new company has steadily been slashing its emplyee's hours for the past 2 years, to the point in which Steve has been working the least amount of hours per week in his 28-year career. While that allows him more time to be creative, it also means that he is more dependent than ever on donations from his Patreon patrons and his Kickstarter supporters.

Steve and Bianca love the Comicverse project with all their hearts and are putting their resources and all their free time into it. Their ultimate goal is to eventually take it to a mainstream audience and have it widely distributed through Diamond Comics, either through a publisher or by self-publishing it. Kickstarter has been a vital aid in helping us accomplish this. We would not have been able to have come as far as we have without our backers; our Kickstarter backers have been with us since the first issue, and their support has been the life blood of this project. Thanks to all for your past and ongoing support!

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    (COM0) "Barclay Day" Special Mini-Comic

    A preview of the main story for the second issue of Subspace Chatter in which Ying becomes caught in a cosmic mystery that somehow revolves around Star Trek's Lieutenant Barclay.

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    (COM3) The Alpha and the Omega

    Celebrating 20 years of Awakening Comics! The first two issues of Awakening Comics and the latest two, Comicverse #5 and Comicverse: Subspace Chatter #1. All feature retro covers hearkening back to the giant-sized DC comics of the 1970's.

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    A sketch cover (Marvel's Darth Vader #1) with a recreation of a Star Wars comic book cover of your choice featuring Comicverse characters dressed up as the Star Wars characters. If you increase your pledge by $20, I will do another one on the back cover. Ships insured.

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    (COM5) Humongous Awakening Comics Set

    All 6 issues of Awakening Comics, 2 issues of Awakening Masterpieces, Chemistry One-Shot, All 5 Comicverse comics and its 2 spinoff books, All 4 issues of Everwinds, All 5 Sparky comics, Rabbit Hell #1 and 2, Runner's Paradox, and the Chemistry and Paradox Soundtrshariack CDs. That's 28 comics and 2 CDs!

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