Blue Yonder Updates The most recent updates from Blue Yonder Latest Comic: Blue YONDER CHAPTER 3: PAGE 25 en-us Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:31:06 GMT News Where is Blue Yonder? So I can't stand it anymore. I have to post something about Blue Yonder, even if it is just to talk about Blue Yonder's status. So here it goes.<br /> <br /> First of all, Blue Yonder is not dead. I'm really not sure what Blue Yonder is, but I am sure dead is not the word. The truth is, Blue Yonder, as a webcomic, has taken a financial, creative and personal toll. Don't get me wrong: I've loved every minute of it. But I still have to recognize the financial price of commissioning an artist and paying for a website alongside writing a story every week when I could be focusing on other projects. While Blue Yonder has open a few doors for me, it hasn't completely broken even either. <br /> <br /> We're at the crossroads, now more than ever. I can't go into all the specifics, but there's some big changes coming down the pipeline, and neither Luke nor myself know how they are going to shake out. One change I can mention is that in a few months, Luke will be a father (how did we get so old?). Suffice to say, we have a lot on our plate.<br /> <br /> This isn't to say we've completely stopped writing. Instead, we are just using the time to work on other projects. Right now, I'm revising the second draft of a mythical murder mystery. Luke is currently in the planning stages of a Western science fiction that's unlike anything I've ever seen on the screen or on the page. We're keeping busy.<br /> <br /> Here is what <span style="font-style: italic">is</span> happening on Blue Yonder. We are prepping it for a Comixology release, so you'll be able to rediscover Jared Davenport's journey with Comixology's patented Guided View. There will also be a brand new cover from Diego Diaz plus concept art and scripts. <br /> <br /> Right now we are making sure the pages meet Comixology's submission standards. That means putting every page into the proper format. That also means correcting all those spelling errors our gracious audience pointed out. We're really close to getting the pages finished. After that, it's just a matter of getting the cover, the credit's page and the logo done. And then it's four to six weeks to get through Comixology's submission process. So fingers crossed, Blue Yonder will be out on Comixology in the next two to three months.<br /> <br /> What happens after we've released all of Blue Yonder so far on Comixology? I really wish I knew. I can only promise one thing: Blue Yonder will continue. There's more of the story to tell. I'm not sure when exactly Blue Yonder will continue. I'm not really sure how Blue Yonder will continue. I'm don't even know what form it will take - but Blue Yonder will be back! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:18:17 GMT News "Arrow" Shows Why Barry Allen is Awesome I finally got around to watching the last episode of &quot;Arrow&quot;, which serves as a sort of backdoor pilot for &quot;The Flash&quot; TV series, and its main character, Barry Allen. Though I've always liked the Flash, I was never a big fan of Barry Allen. I always liked reading and watching the adventures of his successors, grown-up sidekick Wally West, who is currently all but non-existent in the DC Universe. But &quot;The Scientist&quot; doesn't just show why Barry Allen will be a good Flash - it shows why Allen is a great character. <br /> <br /> This happens a lot among pop culture - and especially among comic book fans. We all have our favorites. The problem is we expect everyone else to share our favorites too, and we often don't do a very good job explaining why such characters are our favorites in the first place. We just expect everyone to immediately understand why X is the best Green Lantern, the best Doctor, the best James Bond, the best Top Gear co-host (it's James May by the way). <br /> <br /> But as with a lot of things, &quot;Arrow&quot; starts small. The episode takes place before Barry Allen has become the Flash (I suspect the particle accelerator we keep hearing abut in the background will have something to do with that). Thus, Allen is a perpetually late and occasionally awkward (assistant) CSI, who helps Oliver Queen and company investigate a bizarre break-in at Queen Consolidated. The episode handles superpowers in a similar subtle manner. Based in a hyper-realistic setting (think Nolan's &quot;Batman Begins&quot;), we only see the super-strong Cyrus Gold (who I hope turns into Solomon Grundy). Everything else is hinted at in dialogue, ranging from the bizarre murder of Allen's mother by something - or someone - in a blur, or Oliver's own experiences with a super-serum years ago. <br /> <br /> The only problem I had with the episode itself was the lack of interaction between Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. The two end up becoming good friends in the comic books, but the two have very little actual dialogue, aside from Oliver making cracks about Allen's age. Granted, Allen does look young, but it makes for a visual contrast, between the fresh-faced Allen and the hardened Queen. <br /> <br /> I remain a Wally West fan, and this episode did little to change my opinion on the Best Fastest Man Alive. But it did do one thing - it showed me what people see in Barry Allen, and that's something not many comics have done in the four years since Barry Allen returned (long story). While Wally embodies the humorous side of the flash, Barry has more humble origins, and while the two are opposites, I can appreciate them both. I love forward to seeing what CW does with a Flash series (as long as they fit in Wally West somehow . . . )<br /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">(That's it for this rant. Check out a new Blue Yonder this Wednesday!)</span> <br /> <br /> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:26:01 GMT Comic Blue YONDER CHAPTER 3: PAGE 25 Added 3 Years Ago<br /><a href=""><img src="" /></a> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 01:39:26 GMT News Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Mission Impossible I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few episodes of &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;. I will admit the show is slowly getting better with each episode. However, the show still faces an uphill battle - one that doesn't involve who is writing it, but rather, who is watching it. If &quot;Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; wants to stay on the air, it has to tread the line between not one, not two, but <span style="font-style: italic">three</span> different fan bases.<br /> <br /> The largest fan base is the most obvious: fans of Marvel's &quot;The Avengers&quot;, and by extension, it's cinematic universe. &quot;Agents&quot; has recently catered to this crowd two weeks ago with an episode tying very loosely into &quot;Thor: The Dark Age&quot; and delving into Asgardian lore. The team has contended with a virus contracted from artifacts left over from the Battle of New York seen in &quot;Avengers&quot; as well as superpower cocktail containing the Extremis virus seen in the pilot. While these shout-outs are cool, they are just that - shout-outs to the original movies - and they just don't further the story or enrich our view of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that much.<br /> <br /> The second fan base is also fairly obvious: current fans of the comic books which inspired &quot;The Avengers&quot;. We saw a nod to this fan base in the episode &quot;The Hub&quot;, which features Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand, a pivotal character in several &quot;Avengers&quot; titles. The inclusion of Hand was actually successful in the episode, as it shows a darker, more bureaucratic and protocol-driven side of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, while these characters make a interesting addition to the mix every once and while, you have to ask the question . . . just how many viewers are going to know who Victoria Hand is? <br /> <br /> The final fan base is also the least obvious. Likely to be from an older demographics, these are the fans of the original Nick Fury comics which first launched S.H.I.E.L.D. into the Marvel vernacular. Almost fifty years ago, Nick Fury didn't look like Samuel L. Jackson (as cool as that is) and was instead the main character of James Steranko's stylized spy comic, which put James Bond, The Man From UNCLE and G.I. Joe into a blender and came out with something infinitely cooler than all of these. That said, both Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have changed a lot in the forty-eight years since their debut, having taken a bigger role in superhero stories since then. We see the biggest nod to this era with &quot;Lola&quot;, Coulson's flying car in the pilot. The problem is, it's one of the only nods we see to this era, and many fans are disappointed they haven't seen mainstay characters like Contessa and Quartermain yet. <br /> <br /> When you get right down to it, you can't please everybody. But one of the reason &quot;Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; is struggling to find its footing is the large range of expectations for the properties. I really want the show, with its current cast and writers, to succeed, but the show needs to find its voice and stick with it. It may cater to one or more of these fan bases, but I suspect ratings will only continue to drop if &quot;Agents&quot; tries to please everyone. <br /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">(That's it for this rant. Check out a new Blue Yonder next week.)</span> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:31:13 GMT Comic blue YONDER CHAPTER 3: PAGE 24 Added 3 Years Ago<br /><a href=""><img src="" /></a> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:59:29 GMT News Nanowrimo Update: Victory! Well, stick a fork in me, I'm done - with Nanowrimo that is. After watching &quot;The Day of the Doctor&quot; Saturday night I took advantage of the creative energy, rushed home, and cranked out the last few hundred words or so. I've uploaded an <a href="">excerpt</a> of &quot;Fantasy vs. Football&quot; on the Nanowrimo wesbite.<br /> <br /> This was an interesting writing experience. I realized very quickly I didn't know nearly enough about football to be writing on the subject, and I didn't know quite enough about table-top gaming (despite experiencing more of the latter than football). Despite this handicap, I did the best thing I knew I could do ... I ran with it. <br /> <br /> This was the first Nanowrimo I wrote purely and completely for fun. And once I got past the factual inaccuracies mentioned above, it was a great deal of fun. I'm still not completely sure what I'll do with &quot;Fantasy vs. Football&quot;. I had intended to re-write it as a comic book, but midway through the story I realized it might make a good middle-grade level book, and in the final chapters I thought it might make a good YA novel. For now, I'll just let it sit - getting a healthy amount of distance from a novel is the first stepping to getting perspective.<br /> <br /> There is one thing I've learned for doing Nanowrimo three times, but it will probably get me trouble. So here it is. I don't believe one month is long enough time to develop a novel. Don't get me wrong - you can certainly write a novel in a month, but you can't necessarily develop a novel in one month, at least not fully. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try - quite the opposite - you should use it as an opportunity to try as many new things as you can. But people intent on using this as an opportunity to write the next Great American novel or magnum opus fantasy epic should understand the results will be unpredictable. I suppose if you knew everything that happens and everything your characters were going to say and you do, you could write it in a month but (and this might be the discovery writer in me talking) . . . where's the fun in that?<br /> <br /> So if you're planning to do Nanowrimo next year . . . or you're struggling to get it done this year . . . have fun. Experiment. Figure out what works and what doesn't. You might not to get a better novel out of the process.<br /> <br /> But you will become a better writer from the experience.<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">(That's it for this rant. Check out a new Blue Yonder this week!)</span> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:27:12 GMT Comic blue YONDER CHAPTER 3: PAGE 23 Added 3 Years Ago<br /><a href=""><img src="" /></a> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 03:05:24 GMT News Nanowrimo Update: Research Smesarch Well, we're more than halfway through National Novel Writing Month, and I have thirty thousand words. I've written so far ahead I took the last two days off and I'm still en route to finish by November 30th. Suffice to say things are going well, at least in terms of deadline.<br /> <br /> I've also come to terms with the fact that this project is, more or less, written just for fun. I spoke to a couple of friends over the weekend who asked about the novel I finished in September. I told them I'm still working on it, but I think they were a little confused why I was already working on a second, completely different, novel. Here's the one thing I've learned about my writing process: I am unable to <span style="font-style: italic">not</span> write. I have ideas swimming through my head at every hour of the night, even when I sleep. So when I take a break from a project, I really need to focus on another project if I'm going to have any kind of viable break from the first project. So as weird as it sounds to take a break from one novel by writing another, that's just what works for me.<br /> <br /> Since this is project is written mostly for fun, I will admit I haven't done a great deal of research on it. And herein lies the problem - while I know more than a little on geek culture, I know next-to-nothing on football (despite watching a little of it over the weekend). So I figured what better form of research is there than the Internet. No I'm not talking about Google. I'm not talking about Wikipedia. I'm talking about YOU.<br /> <br /> Here are some factual walls I've hit in the course of my narrative:<br /> <br /> 1) At a key point of my story, two football players launch into a fistfight on the middle of the field. The refs are called into break them up. What such an infraction be called, and what would the penalty be for the instigator's team?<br /> <br /> 2) This one is tougher. I need the jersey number of Chicago Bears who used to be quite good (preferably in the late 80's or early 90's), but since then the jersey number has gone to a less talented player. I have absolutely no idea how jersey numbers are determined in football.<br /> <br /> 3) And last but not least, I have a geek question. I have played table-top games a couple times, but I've never completely grasped the game mechanics (it's all that math!) At one point, a character draws powers from dice throws. In a game like &quot;Dungeons and Dragons&quot; or &quot;Pathfinders&quot;, what are some of the dice rolls used to determine an action's success or failure? I have the ever-popular &quot;dexterity roll&quot; and &quot;strength roll&quot;, but what else is there? <br /> <br /> I'm hoping to really break into my novel this week, and quite possibly, get a headstart on wrapping it up for next week before Thanksgiving and the holiday rush starts to mount at work!<br /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">(That's it for this rant. Check out a new Blue Yonder next week.)</span> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:27:20 GMT News All-dead and mostly-dead: The Reason for Life after Death in Comics Here's how it usually starts: the Interwebs start to crack under rumors of a big event in That Comic Everyone Reads. And then . . . Holy Toledo! Super-Captain-Does-Stuff-Man makes the ultimate sacrifice! The media loves this stuff, so One of the Big Two Publishers leaks the news of Super-Captain-Does-Stuff-Man's historic demise. That Wednesday, comic book stores are packed with newsreaders looking to buy the historic comic which, if preserved, might one day be worth enough to put their kid through college (it won't). And then, six months to a year later, the Interwebs begin to break once more with news that - Holy Cleveland! Super-Captain-Does-Stuff-Man isn't dead after all . . . and the whole cycle begins anew.<br /> <br /> This is the type of horse-and-pony show comic book fans are quickly becoming tired of. It's been pointed out that death had lost thy sting in comics a long time ago. After all, dead should mean death in comics . . . and in other words . . . permanent, right? <br /> <br /> The truth isn't quite so clear-cut.<br /> <br /> What all comic book fans, whether one or ninety-two, need to remember is that comic books are inherently bigger than their age group. Superman has been around for seventy-five years. The Avengers forty-nine. Wolverine thirty-nine. The impact of these comic book characters exceed just one generation. They transcend many generations, as recognizable figures to both children and adults. <br /> <br /> Every generation, new readers re-discover these characters and want them to become part of their reading experience. It is extremely short-sighted to assume the whims of one comic book writer or editor will determine the fate of a character created thirty or forty years before. That's because these comic book characters aren't just heroes - ultimately, they are archetypes.<br /> <br /> The Wasp is a more recent example. The character died three years ago at the height of Marvel's &quot;Secret Invasion&quot; event, but came back a few months ago. I believe a key part of her resurgence was how well her character was handled on the &quot;Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes&quot; cartoon on Disney XD, introducing her character to a new generation of fans (though the upcoming &quot;Ant-Man&quot; probably didn't hurt either).<br /> <br /> You want another character who rightfully didn't rest in peace? Look no further than Oliver Queen. The character originally died in &quot;Green Arrow #101&quot; way back in 1995. The CW drama about the DC character is more popular than ever as it enters into its second second, but its doubtful it would have happened if the character had stayed dead.<br /> <br /> This doesn't let comic book publishers off the hook completely. Comic book publishers (especially The Big Two - Marvel and DC) need to stop using &quot;death's revolving door&quot; as a tactic to cover up bad sales, or worse, bad writing. If a character dies, he or she needs to stay dead for the foreseeable future - not six months, not a year, not even two years. After all, that's what made Oliver Queen's eventual resurrection on the pages Kevin Smith's &quot;Quiver&quot; so enjoyable, as Ollie's blustery reaction to how much things had changed since he'd be gone laced the work with a compelling conflict.<br /> <br /> Comic books are all about heroes overcoming overwhelming odds, and what is more overwhelming than death itself? But ultimately, there needs to be a compromise between watering down a character's loss and losing valuable readership. If this keeps up, even Thanos may want to seek a divorce from death.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">(That's it for this rant. Check out a new Blue Yonder next week.)</span><br /> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:01:14 GMT Comic Blue YONDER CHAPTER 3: PAGE 22 Added 3 Years Ago<br /><a href=""><img src="" /></a> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:15:54 GMT