So... a while back I reached out to a bunch of colleagues to discuss the possibility of working together on a brand new project as a collective. This is the first time in the 13+ years I've been living in Virginia that I've actually gone out of my way to collaborate with local artists. Now you may be asking yourself why now? Why after 13+ years is he finally reaching out to other comic book creators in the are? Well, I did this for a variety of reasons:
1. I (like many comic book artists) tend to keep to myself and I'm trying to change that. Being a comic book artist is a lonely endeavor, you spend hours upon hours working on your books, you tend to become a hermit; especially if you do most of the work yourself. But in order to build community you need to socialize, create a network for yourself; at least that's what I'm hoping for.
2. I've been meaning to work on a project with brand new characters and add it to the Public Domain. I know for a fact that thousands of artists would love to work on a project and be allowed to use Batman, Superman or Spider-Man but obviously can't. I also know there's thousands of characters in the Public Domain that can be used by anyone, although there's no way to know for certain which characters you can use on your own projects and how; even though they're in the Public Domain.
So I thought to myself, why not come up with a new legend, a new story and new characters and allow anyone to use them? I reached out to my colleagues and to my surprise a few of them really liked the idea... so we went to work. We came up with a main character, a main villain, supporting cast and a fun concept that will allow for any artist to jump in at any time and not be jarring. I can't give you all the details at this moment but as soon as we have something more concrete we'll let you know, just know that we already started drawing pages, so this is coming sooner rather than later.
3. Why add it to the Public Domain? Simple, I want these characters to live on forever, I want people years from now to be able to use our characters and come up with their own adventures; I want these characters to live on through the minds of generations to come. I love the idea of creating these brand new characters whose stories will be written for years to come. Maybe they'll be set in a parallel universe, maybe on a different planet; but all part of the same legend. And lastly, it isn't all about money for me. If it comes great, but money doesn't drive me; creating a legacy that will live on through the ages does. I'm sure my colleagues feel the same way I do.
From the minds of C.L.Zeno, Manuel A. Carmona and Brian Lacy comes...
THE AVANDRUS THEORY!!!!