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Mine, All Mine

My author’s copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing Superheroes and Villains Illustrated finally showed up yesterday. It’s the first time I’ve held a printed copy of the book in my hands, and it looks great. Yair Herrera did a wonderful job bringing everything I wrote to life.

On a personal level, the best part about the book is that I own all of the characters in it. Most of the writing I do is for tie-in novels, computer games, or book packagers, and while I can’t complain about the contracts, I don’t own very much of that writing. In this case, I negotiated a deal that gave me the underlying rights to all of the characters in the book. After all, what would IDW do with them?

Now, of course, the trick is figuring out what I should do with them. Seems a shame to let an entire book’s worth of superpowered characters lie fallow. Hmmm.

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  1. Though on a scale of 1 to 10, you rate “Awesome,” this was going to be one of the rare Forbeck products I passed on. But knowing that you own all the rights to the characters has changed my mind, just to see who they are and to imagine the stories that might be told.

  2. Though on a scale of 1 to 10, you rate “Awesome,” this was going to be one of the rare Forbeck products I passed on. But knowing that you own all the rights to the characters has changed my mind, just to see who they are and to imagine the stories that might be told.

  3. I’m going to take the bait here and consider that “After all, what would IDW do with them?” is a hint to a potential forthcoming comic book series?

    Or am I reading too much into this?

    Cheers,

    David

  4. I’m going to take the bait here and consider that “After all, what would IDW do with them?” is a hint to a potential forthcoming comic book series?

    Or am I reading too much into this?

    Cheers,

    David

  5. Thanks, Christian! I don’t expect everybody to buy every one of my products. I work in many diverse fields, after all. But I always appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Thanks, Christian! I don’t expect everybody to buy every one of my products. I work in many diverse fields, after all. But I always appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. You’re reading too much into it, David, although that occurred to me too as I wrote it. IDW doesn’t really do superhero books, though, and the book packaging and comics departments are very distinct from each other. Still, it’s possible.

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    You’re reading too much into it, David, although that occurred to me too as I wrote it. IDW doesn’t really do superhero books, though, and the book packaging and comics departments are very distinct from each other. Still, it’s possible.

  9. The graphics in Risus look like Kirby compared to my ability with a pencil, but I am
    1) a product-addict (I tried tom come up with some sort of family-friendly term for one who migt sell themselves for money or product, but could not) for new univereses of superheroes
    2) a Forbeck super-fan.

    Consider it wish-listed.

    And if there is an IDW series… pull-listed.

    -barak, in this age of NBCs Heroes, a BNW super-fan.

  10. The graphics in Risus look like Kirby compared to my ability with a pencil, but I am
    1) a product-addict (I tried tom come up with some sort of family-friendly term for one who migt sell themselves for money or product, but could not) for new univereses of superheroes
    2) a Forbeck super-fan.

    Consider it wish-listed.

    And if there is an IDW series… pull-listed.

    -barak, in this age of NBCs Heroes, a BNW super-fan.

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