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What is Project Breakthrough?
« on: 09:55:06 PM 10/09/11 »
The Essentials

"Breakthrough" will be an anthology engineered by yours truly and featuring the work of up-and-coming talent... most likely all from Digital Webbing's forums

1.) If Creators work together, this will be a  Super-Human "Shared Universe".
- 1a.) The entire anthology takes place in a single universe, like Marvel or DC's titles.
- 1b.) UNLESS you take a "pass" and choose not to be part of the overall world.

2.) Breakthrough will be presented to the world as a digital anthology, collecting all of the tales in one book.

3.) Breakthrough will hopefully be printed in "real life" in four 32-page issues.
- 3a.) That means four stories per issue, 16 stories total.
- 3b.) This probably will be affected by whether or not the project generates interest.
- 3c.) If we're super-lucky, the issues could be collected in a TPB later on.
- 3d.) Please note there would be a strict 8 page limit for stories.

4.) Please observe "common sense" guidelines. No porn, no outright gore, no profanity, etc. Assume this project is on par with any given "Big Two" title you'd pick up and lend do your nephew to get him hooked on comics.

5.) No serial stories. This is a book of one-shot tales, ideally to get readers interested in a new shared universe.

6.) Origins can be referenced, but this should not be a book full of origin stories.

Huh?!

"Breakthrough is a group of stories featuring different characters in a new comics universe."

Print Costs

The costs I'm looking for right now would be $2,400 - $2,500 for 2,000 copies. These are full color, 32 page issues. That means 32 pages for sequentials, and inside front, inside back, and back cover most likely for intro and credits, a sales pitch for the next issue, and maybe a pin-up for the back cover featuring a group action shot of that issue's characters. (All just in the air at this point.)



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Re: What is Project Breakthrough?
« Reply #1 on: 11:25:30 PM 10/09/11 »
I want to play in the shared universe.
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Re: What is Project Breakthrough?
« Reply #2 on: 08:54:29 AM 10/11/11 »
Here's a question?

How will you decide who gets to work on what project?

I have more questions... but I'll save those for later.  ;)
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Re: What is Project Breakthrough?
« Reply #3 on: 02:48:39 PM 10/11/11 »
Basically, I want to bring on one or two other folks for a "submissions process" of sorts.

Personally, I'd love to just say: "If you want to write/draw comics, join in!!" but realistically there will have to be some sort of filter in place. Launching a project of this type is not the time to be a moosh, but rather to just make sure the best possible comics are produced.

I have some ideas on who I'd like to ask to go through prospective contributors/contributions.
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Re: What is Project Breakthrough?
« Reply #4 on: 12:33:01 PM 11/05/14 »
I've been thinking a lot about this project lately and I truly feel it could be successful albeit in a different form than it was way back when.

I was reading an article by Steven Forbes on the Superhero Universe, he had a number of great points, but this is the one I'd like to start with:

"If you really want to know your characters, break down their powers as scientifically as you can. Look at what Kirkman did for Invincible. He modeled a handbook after the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, which is much better to my mind in breaking down powers than DC’s Who’s Who and their Secret Files & Origins.

This is probably the most enjoyable, labor intensive part of setting up a superhero universe. You get to play with and tweak your characters to your heart’s content, before ever putting them through their paces in a comic. [Just remember: five villains to every hero.]  It’s also pretty easy. Generally, you’re dealing with science, and scientific rules are easy to adhere to, as well as to break if you’ve got a scientific enough reason for it. You can go quantum with things, or skirt the metaphysical/paranormal with things like telepathy. Easy. Just understand how your science works."

There will be a wide number of steps after this, but this can be the starting point.

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Re: What is Project Breakthrough?
« Reply #5 on: 01:26:48 PM 11/05/14 »
Unfortunately this entire project broke apart at the point most of these things do. None of the illustrators involved produced more than one or two pages, after which they fell out of contact. I replaced people a few times, but it just happened again.

Since this was intended for Kickstarter and not up-front payment, I don't think anyone will ever follow through on this.
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Re: What is Project Breakthrough?
« Reply #6 on: 09:57:54 PM 11/05/14 »
I can understand that, but that said I'm personally not that worried about an art team. I've been working with an artist and letterer, that are very reliable, for years now. We actually just relaunched a webcomic, and if you are curious about their work you can check it out here: http://eyehandvoice.webcomic.ws/

Do they work for free? Not at all, but I'd be willing to put down money to at very least get out a solid pitch to bring this project to glorious life after a serious overhaul so that when it was put on Kickstarter everyone would be behind it. 

I love this project, and I'd really love Project Breakthrough 2.0 to become a reality. I'd love your help or at least your blessing, but the bottom line is it is your Project and if you want it shuttered I understand.

Sincerely,
James L. Sarandis