There's still a long way to go - we need to letter the last issue, color the 3 issues that Gary Lister provided art on, and then put the whole thing together - but this is a big step towards completing an arc of the series.
|Prologue issue - art by Agustin Calcagno|
So what next?
After the above work is completed, I'll be adding the series to Comixology (where the prologue is already up) as three stand alone issues.
|Issue one - art by Gary Lister|
Then I'll be looking to run a Kickstarter to do a small print run of the series in a collected edition.
As mentioned before, the books size will be 6x9. The campaign will be a similar paired down one as the Black Wraith one was, offering the book in digital and print editions, some sketch editions, maybe some original art work.
|Issue two - art by Gary Lister|
I've been thinking a lot about the size of MPS print runs. There is a part of me which wants to keep the whole thing simple, manageable, and limited to a single print run of 1 or 2 thousand at most. If I ever sell out of a book (how ever long that takes) maybe I'll consider doing a second print, but the books will be available in perpetuity on Comixology, so I'm less inclined to do that - storage and management of books is a hassle, and I'm pretty sure I won't be selling out of anything too soon given how few conventions I actually attend.
6x9 is a good size - prices will be around $10-15 a piece, depending on page count, etc. The plan is to start with an amount on Kickstarter that will cover a print run in soft cover of 1,000 books. If I push past that amount, I'll look at 2k, then hardcover.
With the other books we're working on:
Hero Code - art on issue 5 has began (about 6 pages are complete). This 5th issue will need lettering, and issues 4 and 5 color for the first arc to be finished.
Department O - issue 3 to be done
Black Wraith Life of Crime one shot - chapters three and four to be done.
That's plenty to keep me busy for now, and some time for us to think about what comes next for MPS.