Marvel-ous and DC-liscious.

It’s a new year, Anthasians. Times are a-changing.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I apologize to our fans for that. What a crazy end to 2013. All that aside, we’re on to bigger and better things.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve all got some fantastic and ambitious goals for this coming year. One of mine was that I would not buy a pack of cigarettes for an entire year. I quit smoking a few months ago, and yes, I’ve slipped up a few times, but setting this goal for myself has made me feel healthier and vigorous. However, as is the norm when someone gives up a long time addiction, they need to replace it with something else.

I chose comic books.

When I was much younger, I collected comic books like my life depended on it. I knew everything that was happening in both the DC and the Marvel Universes (Marvel was always my favorite of the two,) and would explain those goings-on to anyone who would listen.

So one week, I went with Jon, our colorist, to House of Secrets in Burbank, and picked up my first group of titles in about a decade. And I was not disappointed.

It’s been a while since I got back into collecting and reading monthly books, but it would be a shame if I didn’t let you know what titles I am enjoying immensely.

  • Green Arrow – By far my favorite title right now. “But Logan,” I hear you ask, “Aren’t you a self-proclaimed Marvel Boy?” Yes. I am. But Green Arrow is just so damn good! Written by the legendary Jeff Lemire, who is also writing another one of my favorite titles, Trillium (where he writes and illustrates, and is published by Vertigo,) and the brilliant Essex County, he is the latest of writers to take over the title. I’ve gone back to get the back issues, and let me tell you, this book needed Lemire. With him at the helm of writing, and the groundbreaking Andrea Sorrentino doing the art and the covers, it’s like eating a chocolate covered strawberry while getting a foot massage. This is a book you need to be reading
  • Superior Spiderman – Spiderman has been my favorite hero ever since I was able to define the word. In this particular arc, Otto Octavius has put his mind inside of Peter Parker’s body and has taken over the helm of Spiderman. Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage (Gage, by the way, wrote the latest issue of Flash, which was sooo much fun,) this book takes the idea of responsibility and looks at it through as lens of what it means when responsibility is forced, and when hubris and an ego-maniacal understanding of the world jades real world relationships.
  • Nova – Yet another fantastic Marvel book. This title is pure, one hundred percent, unadulterated fun. Following a young teen named Sam who has to balance high school, taking care of his sister and single mother, and being part of an intergalactic police force, the titular character learns slowly what it means to be a hero to both the universe and his family. Written by the great Gerry Duggan and penciled by Paco Medina, this title is exactly what would happen if all of your childhood fantasies of being a superhero came true, terrible mistakes, naivete, and all.

Those are the three I’m recommending this week. Next week, I’ll write about a few more. Look forward to me talking about how perfect and untouchable Brian Michael Bendis is.

See you soon, Anthasians.

The Ties That Bind

Hello, fellow Anthasians!

I thought I’d pop in and say hello, and mention again that a new page of the comic is up on the site. I think it looks pretty damn cool.

We’re finally heading into the beginnings of our great tale. A tale that will be rife with danger, full of laughter, and built on camaraderie. The bonds that you’ll see forming in the comic to come is intrinsically and proportionally tied to the bonds shared by all of the players as well.

For those who are joining us since the fundraising campaign or didn’t see the video, which you could take a moment to watch by clicking on this bit of text here, this entire series is based around a role-playing game that I play with a group of some of my closest friends.

Years and years ago, in a mythical land called Lincoln, Nebraska, Joe, our friend Ben and I created the world of Anthasa. A world with a rich history that had seen both times of peace and prosperity along with years of war and bloodshed. We spent months talking about how this world worked, the races who inhabited it, the building of great cities and the falling of empires. We brought life to the gods who ruled this planet, and in a way, were those gods themselves. (And yes, we even named them after us.) The oldest brother was Jorlu, the god of light and benevolence. Logatz, the second brother, was the god of chaos, always unruly and always unpredictable. And then there was Benti, the god of darkness, whose subtle manipulation was among one of his greatest traits and made him a fearsome adversary.

After the world, Anthasa, was finished being developed, we began our first foray into the our adventures there. This first adventure we played took place during the Third Age of Anthasa. We were all in University at the time, and I have to say, looking back at my life all those years ago, those weekly, Sunday night gaming sessions were the highlight of my time there. It became our tradition. A way to start the week among friends that we dreaded to miss if something in the real world happened to come up and couldn’t be avoided. Joe ran the game, and we played out the lives of our motley crew. Olden Tumble, an centuries old, human chaos sorcerer who lived his life by the flip of a coin. Habrek Howlingbeard, a dwarven shaman who adventured with Olden in their twenties, who grew old and communicated with the nature around him with the help of his two spirit bears. Loki, a young Serendari assassin who was tasked to steal a powerful old book and then changed his allegiance to help fight for the world’s greatest good. Semelie, a young Shifter woman in tune with the turning of the world who, with her penchant for magic, worked to find Anthasa’s balance. Osiris, Semelie’s brother, a protective and fiercely loyal fighter who dreamed of living in the skies. And Sven, (yes, there was anther Sven) an old, drunken barbarian with delusions of grandeur and the blade of an axe to meet anyone who questioned his strength. Every Sunday, we spent hours in a world we created, forging friendships within and without our game. At the end of our world-spanning campaign, we had stopped the corrupted sorcerer, Falrendis, fought in a mighty war started by Serendar who created the fearsome Warborne in an effort to wipe magic from the planet, and killed the Goddess Anthasa herself to stop her from tearing existence asunder. Those times are very close to my heart. I even cried at the last game session before moving to Los Angeles, Cried like a little baby. It was hard to give up such an important part of my life like that, especially the friendships I had forged. Luckily, as it turned out, most of them ended up packing up and moving to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. I had my friends, the game, and our own little world back. Even still, almost six years later, we get together every Sunday night to be part of something great. Something we’ve all created. Something we all love.

With every new page that gets posted, with every blog post, with every line and letter and splash of color, I’m thankful that we can share this world with you. This world that we’ve loved and been living in for so long. As we work on the comic, we’re also going to be working to allow other players, groups of fast friends who enjoy sitting around together, maybe even every Sunday from eight to midnight, to build their own adventures in our world. The more the merrier, right? Updates on that will be coming later, and sooner if there’s a large enough interest from you guys for us to develop the world, the races, and the history into a system for you to enjoy. So get those dice out and get ready to roll. Ha. See what I did there?

And if today’s post got you curious about Anthasa’s past, be sure to leave your two cents in the comment section below. I’ll answer any and all questions about our world and their people that you like, granted that I’m not giving out any spoilers. None of us want that.

Keep your eyes peeled, my fellow Anthasians. There’s more on the horizon.

-L

Of Things to Come

Hello, Anthasians!

Hope you’re all doing well this Labor Day. Now, before I get onto the bulk of the things I’m going to be covering on the blog today, let me just say how excited I am to see the cover for the first issue up on the website. I had quite the thrill when I saw it, in full color, with our names blazing a trail at the bottom of the cover. It was a moment of awe. And knowing that the map is coming in a couple of days adds even more to that excitement. I know I’ve kind of covered that before, but seriously. It’s awesome.

Now on to the things that are coming to the site and Anthasa at large. As all of you know, especially you lovely folk who donated to our indiegogo fundraiser, we’ve got some promises that we need to start making good on.

The dedicated Thank You page should be going up soon, hopefully no later than this coming Wednesday. There, the world will be able to see the numerous names of some extremely kind individuals. We’ll also begin delivering on the digital rewards to those individuals who donated enough to receive them. Of course, the rewards that require us to print posters will take a little bit more time, especially when it comes to printing the first issue, as that won’t be ready until those pages are finished. But worry not. We’ll do our very best to contact you about all of that soon.

Also, we’re looking to add a Merch page up on the website. We thought it’d be cool to provide some shirts and mugs and the like with the Anthasa logo on it, along with some of the different characters. As of now, I’m looking into different websites that would provide us with that service, and brainstorming some ideas on what sort of merch we’d like to be able to offer you guys.

And that’s where you guys come in. What kind of merch would catch your eye? Shirts, coffee mugs, hoodies, shower curtains? Also, what kind of designs or characters would you like to see on some of the merch? Let us know what sounds cool in the comments, and we’ll see what we can whip up for you.

That’s it for now, guys. Thanks for dropping by. And remember to come back Wednesday for our regular, weekly update.

Up, up, and away.

xo

Exciting Times

Anthasians, I’ve got to say, I’ve got a lot to be excited about this week.

First of all, next week we’re going to be starting Issue One of the comic. We’ve been waiting to get to this point for a long time, and we’ve been working our tails off to get there. Seriously. Neither Joe, Jon, or I have tails anymore. They’re just gone. As if they were never there.

Anyway, to finally be heading into the main story is amazing to me. And there’s a lot of content there. The first issue is going to be about twenty pages. And we’re going to have a map! And let me tell you, the map that Joe is working on is incredibly detailed and it looks fantastic. Besides, what sort or self-respecting fantasy series wouldn’t have a fancy map come right after the cover? Also, on a side note, having a map attached to something I’m writing is kind of something I’ve wanted since I was in middle school. Checking that goal off the checklist is, yep, you guessed it.

Exciting.

On top of that, I am now able to write and work on a computer that works, and doesn’t power down eight times in one hour due to overheating. Those of you who watched our fundraiser video will remember that one of the ways we were going to use our funds was to purchase a computer that allowed me to do my job because the one I was working with was on its last leg. And it had a limp. And it was caught in a forest. At night. In a blizzard. And walking uphill both ways.

So now I’ve got my new system and getting all the do-dads installed and trying to make friends with the machine. She’s going to make doing my job worlds easier. And to me, that is, all together now, Anthasians.

Exciting.

So expect more blogging from me, now that I can be on my computer for more than ten minutes at a time. Speaking of the blog, the other day we had our first comment on one of our posts! It was such a good feeling to know someone was reading our blog and checking out our comic. And for them to take the time to actually leave a reply made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Exciting.

But, as it turns out, it was just a spam robot that left us a link that probably linked to something smarmy and, you know, internet weird. So learning that was a bit less exciting, but, either way, the initial email letting us know we had a comment made me feel great. And no one can take that away from me. Not even a free offer for a year of male enhancement pills.

For those of you who come by and read the blogs and the comic, thank you. And stick around. Next week, things are going to get

Exciting.

The Final Countdown

Good afternoon, Anthasians.

Earlier today, Joe posted Europe’s video for “The Final Countdown” on Anthasa’s facebook page, mentioning that it described exactly how he was feeling about the day. And I completely agree with him.

We’re down to the very last hours of the indiegogo fundraiser, and as they dwindle, we’re feeling a lot of last minute love from our faithful followers. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. It means a lot to us here.

That being said, we’re still a ways away from reaching our goal. We’re about two-thirds of the way there, and getting this far is amazing. In these last hours, however, we could use any help we can get. Whether it’s a few bucks or reposting the hell out of the link, we appreciate everything you guys are doing for us. So let’s make sure we get as close to our goal as possible. Head to the indiegogo page and check out what’s new and tell your friends and family.

Now onto other news. The boys and I are hard at work on getting more of the comic done. Joe’s got a really great rough of the fourth page of the first issue, and is huddled over his tablet, polishing the panels and getting it ready for its eventual release. I’m working on the rest of the script for the first issue and then moving along onto the next nine we have planned. And Jon is hard at work coloring Ground’s story.

Wait. What?

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That’s all you’re getting for now, Anthasians, but keep your eyes open for more colors in the future.

That about wraps it up for now. Like I’ve said before, head over to Anthasa’s indiegogo page. Spread the love and let’s see if we can make our goal. And keep checking back every Wednesday for new pages of the comic. And remember, if you have any questions about the world, or are curious about the different facets of Anthasa, let me know in the comments section and I’ll do a history lesson to answer those for you.

Thanks again for everything, guys. And if I knew any of the lyrics to “Final Countdown,” I would be clever and post some sort of topical, Anthasa-themed spin on it. But I don’t. Damn.

Keep checking back, and we’ll see you soon Anthasians.

Welcome, Welcome

Hey, everyone! How are we doing today?

So, as you are bound to see, this is my first blog post. As with anything, starting is always the most difficult thing to do when it comes to something like this. Even now, I’m sitting here next to Joe and Jon who are hard at work, and it’s taken me about five minutes to get this far. And I’m the writer. 

Let me start off by saying thank you. A deep, genuine, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has joined us on this adventure so far. I’m gobsmacked that all of you have been so incredible, supportive, and constructive to us. So, from you to me, thank you.

Also, let me also do a quick shout out to everyone over on Reddit. I’ll admit, however, I have no idea how that place works. It’s beyond me currently, but Joe has promised to teach me how to internet. Anyway, you guys and gals have been really great these last few days with your support, your interest, and your criticisms. And, seriously, thank you for that.

Now, one of the things I’m going to do on this here bloggie-wog is something I’m going to call “Logan’s Complete Guide to Anthasa,” or something suitably pretentious along those lines. I’m open for suggestions in the comments section that Joe has promised me that we have.

As you read from Joe’s previous post, I’m not going to sit around and explain what’s going on in the comic. What I’ll do are posts about the world, its history, and its lore. It’s not essential to enjoy the comic, but since this is based on a very long and involved pen-and-paper role playing game, there is bound to be some interesting back stories and supplemental materials. Also, it’ll all be things based in the past. No need to worry about spoilers.

This is where you guys can come in. Let me know what you’re curious about in the comments. Have a question about crystal technology? Hit me with it, and I’ll give you a rundown. Wondering how the government in the Gnomish city of Gizmorian is different than the governing parliament and king in Aman’Dala? I’d be more than happy to explain. Have a passing fancy about what happened during the Third Age Wars? We can talk about that, too.

That about wraps it up for now, Anthasians. Come back to visit soon, and head over to our indiegogo page to watch our videos, see some more cool artwork, and, if you can, donate to the cause. We’re ten days away from the end of our fundraiser with a lot of ground left to cover.

Thanks again for dropping by. I’ll head out now, before I start going full Mr. Rogers on everyone and start singing while I don a lovely warm sweater.

xo