John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk
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Marvel have recently come up with an interesting idea for their new Epic comics - basically, they're looking for new talent to write/draw the comics. There's an article discussing the plan here.

Anyway, the point is that I'm now seriously thinking about sending in a submission for this (as a writer). It's a pitch for a new Nova series, but I won't go into details here, since I don't want to get scooped. I've put together a couple of pages of preliminary notes, although I'm nowhere near a 22 page script yet. One thing I will need to do is research this thing thoroughly, i.e. read a copy of all the comics where the character has appeared. On the plus side, my comic purchases should then be tax-deductable :) But it is interesting to think about this from a writer perspective rather than a fan perspective. For instance, there have been some recent developments in Angel season 4 which ignore an episode from season 1, which irritates me. However, when I'm now faced with the task of making sure that I don't contradict anything that's been previously established, it's quite daunting. I'm also aware that I need to appeal to existing fans of Nova/The New Warriors, without making it inaccessible for new readers. Mind you, from browsing around fanfic, it would eliminate a lot of the dross if more writers were willing to make this kind of effort. E.g. I'm not going to write a "Mary-Sue" story! (Nova is sitting in his spaceship, when he sees a flash of light, and a man appears. "Who are you?" says Nova, "I'm John Kirk, and I was just sitting at home reading, and now I'm here" ...)
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