Well, we're two weeks after the release of Issue #1 and the response has been overwhelming.
|The box is almost empty. You guys did that.|
Evan's got inks done for Issue #2's preview pages for the release party. Speaking of, it's gonna be:
When: Saturday, March 30th, 8-11pm
Where: Project Gallery
1553 N. Caheunga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
We're gonna have drinks there...I think? I don't know. The things I KNOW we'll have there are issues of #1, and preview inks for Issue #2 up for your viewing pleasure. We'll be there after a day at WonderCon so good times and reverie for all!
So, what I wanna do is take the time to thank EVERYONE we know whose supported us in this endeavour. Evan probably has some add-ons and I'll let him do that, but this is what I've got so far:
Our Families- Donna, Pat, Ken, Sue, Yoly, Hugo, Grandma, Grandma, Grammy, Mimi, Megan, Pauli, Karla, Julia, Andy, Jack, Larry, Julie and every ounce of extended family whose cared for us, given us food, lent us a hand, or told us we weren't crazy.
Our Friends- Ben, Carolyn (Cara), Joey, Janelle, Louis, Luis, Matt (several, actually), Brett, Frank, Cynthia, Kelly, Kevin (Kian), Molly, James, Miles, Justin, Neil, Jon, Nicole, Andy, Chris, Scott, Geof, Jake, Rob, Casey, Kaleigh, Ryan, Diana, Dusty, Erica, LindsEy, Matt, Kyle, Noah, Melody, Zach, Simon, Julia, Joe, Manny, Wes, Sam, Aaron, Veronica, Tim, Ben, Liz, James, Craig, Jen, Matt, David, Lauren, Jeff, Zach, Whitney, Ward, Thomas, Tanya, Steve, Stefan, Stacey, Preston, Shanna, Gina, Megan, Darrell, Sarah, Ed(gar), Ryan, Nick, Mario, Kristiana, Michael, Kelly (again...several), Julie, LindsAy, Jason, Jeramey, Joe, Kevin, Hector, Gayle, Billy, Chad, Chris, Chris...that's close...there will be more later. Unsure. If I missed you, consider yourself thanked. I, We, Love you.
Now some personal thanks, things I gotta say to some people in particular:
To the graduating class of Aurora High School 2005- You have no idea how much you've helped me. Thanks in advance, because by the end, you might hate me.
Mr. Norton- You are still one of the best teachers I've ever had. I wish I had better ways to honor you than a comic book cameo, and you have students who have gone on to do WAYYYY better things...but you had a huge impact on me as a kid and this is all I got, so thanks for everything.
Neil Kendricks- You're the only writing teacher I've ever had that didn't massacre story for sake of format. Thanks for letting me do whatever the hell it is I do, and telling me to keep going, because quite frankly, if I hadn't taken your screenwriting workshop class after failing to get into the film program my first try...I probably wouldn't be doing what I do now. The world needs, no, REQUIRES more teachers like you, sir.
The Kubert School- I was never a student, but Evan was. Thanks for requiring Evan to draw someone's else's script. Probably the best idea I ever had.
Aurora High School (Aurora, OH)- Thanks for the geography of boredom! It means I have to write better stories. In truth, the experience I had my 8 years of living in Aurora, and my four years at AHS have pretty much shaped everything that "Youth" is about...save for superpowers.
Ryan Schumaker- I can't wait for everyone to realize you're Jim. Thanks for helping us with this.
Louis Kastelic- You're not as tall or lurpy as ours...but the name is with you in mind. I hope you like being in comic books. You're a great guy. Thanks for being that and I hope you like what happens in "Youth".
Guys and Girls who were dicks to me in high school and now are going to wind up in this comic book- God, I bet you wish you had been shitty to a physicist now, right?! Kidding...water under the bridge. Sorry for being a dick too! It would be hilarious if I was vindictive like that.
Jeph Loeb- Thank god for you including that alternate scene. I'd have been lost without it.
Robert Kirkman- Thanks for writing "Invincible" and making me not afraid to write extraordinary stories into ordinary life. It's continually great, and I hope you don't mind us aspiring to be like you.
Batman- You aren't real. But you're the reason Evan and I get along so well.
Griffey- Besides Evan, you are the only creative partnership I've trusted over the last year. You're a great writer, an even better friend, and soon, you'll have to deal with the same rules I do! We write movies together and that's something important in the coming months, years...you know. Thanks for not being a jealous mormon wife with "Youth" and letting this "Big Love" continue. "The Garden" is next...and it's going to be awesome fun.
Lastly, and more important than almost anyone above though (and yeah...this is gonna get pretty sappy, so...I don't care, live with it.)
My Wife/Best Friend/Girlfriend/Fellow Writer/Evan's Best Friend/Inspiration for most women I write, Andrea- NONE OF THIS would have happened if you hadn't had class that day and made me meet up with Ben and Evan even though I am fully terrified of strangers who know people I know, which is why I can confidently say that any success I have in my life is a direct result of knowing and being with you. You're an amazing human being, and there's no one I trust, love or turn to more. You're just a good person, and that is all I could ever ask of someone I'm spending the rest of my time with. Thanks for letting me sulk, piss and moan, bitch about movies, bitch about writing, and be poor as hell. It will all come back to you in the form of shoes (That's what you want, right?) Truly blessed. You introduced me to one of my best friends, and someone I'll work with forever. Reading over this, it feels trite. My words still fail me.
That's about all I've got. I'm sure we've missed people...we'll get to you, trust me. Thank yous are never complete.
Thank you for everything. Keep buying Issue #1. We've got a lot in store for you.