Friday, September 16, 2022


As you can probably tell by now, I'm incredibly excited about my first Kickstarter campaign—coming in early October, courtesy of Spellbound Comics. We'll be launching four first issues—brought to life by four outstanding artists (Shawn McManus, Tom Mandrake, Matthew Dow Smith, and David Baldeon)—each one different in tone, genre, and style.

*Layla in the Lands of After




Welcome to the DeMultiverse! Hope you join us for this amazing ride across time, space, and imagination!

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  1. Well, I'm intrigued, especially with LAYLA. Afterlife stories can be interesting (THE GOOD PLACE was my favourite recent TV series, and in contention for favourite ever) and I'm sure you have a different take on it. Plus Shawn McManus, that's pretty cool.

    Want to say that I do appreciate the artist's being acknowledged up front as full co-creators, and all the books being creator owned by both you and the respective artists. Seems a lot of new publishers popping up are doing movie pitches disguised as comics, fully owned by the company with work-for-hire creators. That doesn't feel like the case here.

    I'm curious if, since it'll be a while before three of the books get a second chapter, you've tried to tell a reasonably complete story in each, or you're very much made them first chapters to amp up the anticipation of the continuation, whenever it might be?

  2. My philosophy is, even if it's a story I've been carrying around for decades, it doesn't come alive till the artist enters the picture. They give the world in my head visual life so, yes, they're full co-creators. If it's a hit, let's all share in the bounty.

    These are very much "pilot" stories, the object being to hook you and leave you wanting more. (Our hope is to continue all four, one way or another!) That said, even if they don't feel complete in the way you say, I hope they feel satisfying...if you know what I mean!

  3. Sounds like a good philosophy on co-creation. While I'm sure there are some legitimate cases in collaborative comics where only the writer or only the artist is the creator, that should be far more the exception than it is. Pia Guerra talks about Brian Vaughan insisting she be credited as co-creator on Y THE LAST MAN even though quite a bit development work was done before she was brought on, which increased my respect for him immeasurably.