8FOLD/META: YOU can help write JOLT CITY # 19!
pwerdna at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 12:44:17 PST 2010
On Feb 11, 11:35 am, Tom Russell <milos_par... at yahoo.com> wrote:
> HEY, TOM, WHAT ARE ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH A SHARED UNIVERSE?
The difficulty of balancing changes to the overall status quo with the
challenges of continuity and the status quo of each individual title?
> One of the problems with a shared universe is that other characters in
> that universe often have to arbitrarily act like dicks in order to not
> upstage the hero of a given title or story.
Oh, that too.
> You know what I'm talking
> about: Batman's fighting Cthulhu for the fate of not just Gotham City
> but the world, if not the universe, a threat that could ably be met by
> the combined forces of the Justice League, but it's up to Batman alone
> because we're reading DETECTIVE COMICS.
I want to read this now.
> Problems that are nearly
> insurmountable for the Green Knight barely require effort for
> Darkhorse to solve. (Which is kinda the point of Darkhorse, and kinda
> the point of having him in Jolt City-- to make Martin feel
And to provide more opportunities for Silver Age-y "You, the hero,
suck!" covers. (Love 'em.)
> I'm looking for short vingettes (5-15 lines at max) in which a hero of
> your own creation is approached via phone by Darkhorse to help the
> Green Knight. Said hero turns him down. To make it interesting,
> however, I *don't* want to do the "I'd love to help, but I'm fighting
> to save the universe from this other threat" schtick. What I'd like
> is for the heroes to actually act like, well, dicks.
> Really anything you can think of that doesn't cross the line into anti-
> superhero cynicism. Maybe they don't like the anti-social Green
> Knight. Maybe they're hesistant to get involved with the crime-ridden
> metropolis in decline (think of it as asking someone to come and save
> Detroit). Maybe tonight's his/her special night with their fella/
> lady, or perhaps they're even in mid-coitus. Perhaps they're
> forthright about it, or perhaps they try to weasel their way out
> ("Sure, I'd love to... but I've got this thing, you know, and...")
Hmmmm. So what are the limits of reasonableness here? After all, the
more reasonable, the less dickish.
> PRE- OR POST-CRISIS?
> Which crisis?
> YOU KNOW WHICH CRISIS. DON'T BE DIFFICULT.
> Just, look-- really, really powerful, no one else like 'em on earth,
> out of everyone's league, basically-- which could very well be another
> reason why your hero doesn't want to get involved. Several Evil
> Supermen on what appears to be an unstoppable rampage of murder and
Eesh. Speaking of reasonableness...
> WHAT ABOUT THE RIGHTS-TYPE STUFF?
> You would retain all rights to your character, and if you'd like to
> flesh them out in an Eightfold title of their own, hey, that's cool
> and the gang. (And if you'd like to use one of my throwaway-idea
> characters, be my guest.) All that I ask is that if this portion of
> Jolt City finds itself published in what Saxon endearingly called
> "deadtree format", that I get to publish your contributions as part of
> the story (you will, of course, be credited within the book for both
> your character and contribution).
Cool cool! No problems there.
> MIGHT I ADD THAT I LIKE YOUR NEW HAIRCUT?
> Thanks! I'll tell my wife. And let me say that that's a fetching tie
> and/or skirt you have there, sir or madam!
Thanks, it's gingham!
> AW, THANKS. SO, WHEN DO YOU NEED THIS BY?
> The sooner the better, frankly. Maybe a week or two from now? One
> vingette per person-- so we have enough room for everyone who wants to
> get involved to do so without slowing down the story's momentum (such
> as it is).
Hmmmmmm. 5-15 lines, you say? Shouldn't be too hard, tho I'll need
to pop this cosmic story off the stack first...
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, hmmmm
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