ANNOTATIONS FOR “COFFEE AND DREAMS” AND “THE CHASE” FROM “BY FACTORY SMOKE AND ACETYLENE LIGHT”

COFFEE AND DREAMS

The second published Mary story (Digital Webbing #23) the first in color. Ed Dukeshire hated this story, he’s in the minority. The idea sprang almost fully developed while in the shower and I think it shows off the versatility of Mary. Coffee is a slow burn and is a lot more about the internal workings of this universe. The story also introduces two of the trinity, Roswell and Hoax. Loki would’ve been superfluous in this story. J.K. was experimenting with a different style, what he calls his Diego Bernstein; markers (I think) instead of guash. He was doing something similar at the time for Fallen Angel at IDW. A bit quicker in process but no loss in emotional punch or detail.
PG 1
Pn 1 – I don’t think I need to point out the pun of Apollo’s Coffee.
Pn 3 – “It’s not like I could stop you.” The first hint at Mary’s relationship with her trinity, Roswell in particular; she considers it a pain in the ass. She can’t even have a cup o’ joe in peace.
Pn 4 – Mary expands on why it can be a pain in the ass.
Pn 6 – Be careful what you ask for.
PG 2
Pn 1 – “Very Hitchcock…” Mary is referring to the famous Hitchcock lesson about the difference between surprise and suspense; two men sitting at a table talking and a bomb underneath explodes. The audience is surprised. Two men talk at a table and the audience knows there is a bomb underneath is suspense.
I recently discovered an expansion on the Hitchcock lesson by playwright Tom McCormack which dovetails nicely with the rest of the Coffee story :
Once again, imagine a restaurant where there’s is a ticking bomb under the table, and we in the audience know it’s going to go off in fifteen minutes. Now imagine one of the characters knows it as well, but can’t reveal it. With this, the suspense ratchets to another level. Not only are we aware of the impending explosion, we share in the character’s anxiety to get away and the excruciating effort of acting totally unconcerned even as the bomb ticks down. The emotional connection we have to a character for whom this situation is a matter of life or death makes the suspense we feel that much greater.
This isn’t quite what happens in Coffee but it does reflect the added layer of suspense.
Pn 2 – The idea of choice is another recurring theme in Crazy Mary.
Pn 3 – “Like I have a choice.” This falls into the question of choice; it’s not in Mary’s character to allow innocent people to die. Since she has the burden of knowing something is going to happen and her character would reflexively attempt to do something about it, does she really have a choice?
Pn 4 – Roswell plays along, to an extent. This speech does double duty; it reminds Mary of the mechanics of this universe and her place in it and opens the door for the next story and the next Mary GN plot.
Pn 6 – “Three choices… Yes, No and Maybe.” This is the most important trinity in Crazy Mary. This is the biggest recurring theme; the subjective nature of reality, neatly encapsulated in three words.
Note Magritte’s Son of man behind Roswell. Magritte is my favorite artist. Son of man was the template for Roswell in the first place.
Pn 7 – “You know what my choice is.” Is it a choice?
Dali’s Persistence of time can be seen in background, my second favorite artist. Fitting that the surrealists are given a shout out in Mary, don’t ya think?
PG 3
Pn 1 – Making the Roswell/Son of man connection blatant.
Roswell gets in a gentle dig at Mary and drops a clue as to what the prize is at the end.
Pn 2 – Completing the Roswell/Son of man circuit. Mary was originally scripted says “Damn!” I forget if the final cut was intentional or an accident.
Pn 5 – The readers first reveal of a second trinity member, Hoax.
Pn 5-7 The classic Mary P.O.V. set up.
The dude with the baboon jaw freaks me out.
PG 4
Pn 1 – Here comes the hearse.
Pn 3 – If it wasn’t obvious before Hoax was pointing to the fire alarm. The perfect means to clear the coffee shop in seconds, helping Mary in her choice.
Pn 4-7 Hoax is the member of the trinity that most of the bad things happen around; if she pops up death will be involved or at least massive collateral damage
PG 5
Pn 1 – Case in point.
J.K. outdid himself here.
Pn 3 – Silas Blackburn R.I.P.
Pn 4-5 – Originally there was no dialogue for these two panels. Josh felt that we needed to point out that Silas had a crystal in his hand. I felt that it was obvious. Calling back to Roswell’s comment is a bit on the nose but at this point the reader has no idea why a man died for a chunk of rock. And her line tells what the item is without answering any questions.
That is the next story’s job.
CHASE
As I said above Ed Dukeshire hated Coffee and Dreams simply for the fact that it wasn’t like Trail of tears. “It didn’t have enough action” was his reason. Chase was a direct response to that comment; it is nothing BUT action… on the surface. Since I figured that was all Ed cared about I gave him a rip roaring flying car chase through the canyons of Megalopolis. Chase also gave me an opportunity to do yet another type of Mary story where the visual was all action but the reading is a completely different experience (Subjective nature of reality anyone?) a similar but more extreme version of the Trail of tears structure. The original version of this story (which appeared in a digital webbing Mary one-shot called “Trinity”) was illustrated by Fedrico Zumel and was a bit of a mess. My experience in being an editor get discount viagra online was limited and diluted even more because I still got psyched at seeing my words become visuals. Thus I missed a lot of mistakes that Fedrico doubtlessly would’ve fixed if I had said something.
This version, which is completely re-done by William Blankenship (Doublejumpers, NFL Rushzone), debuts here in “By factory smoke…” more on him later.
Josh Finney, my editor, was no stranger to aerial action having done the spellbinding Titanium Rain. He helped shape the re-write and give it a bit more punch and coherency but the story and its objective have remained the same; you learn about Mary’s trinity while watching a dazzling kinetic story long action scene.
PG 1
Pn 1 – A nice big panel filled with Easter eggs. William came up with the idea to put the credits on the billboards and signs.
Yes, I have flying cars in Crazy Mary. What I really dig is each artist’s take on the flying car; William’s looks like back to the future hover conversion, Ryan’s looked more like star wars mini-rigs (google it, if you’ve never seen them) and JK created the feel of a car but also something new. I don’t really have a preference but I think William’s take is perfect for this particular story. If I remember correctly the cars were the toughest part of the illustration, William had never really tackled hardware in such volume before.
PG 2
Pn 1 – Tweek must’ve been watching some western on sync just before this story kicked off.
Pn 2 – Tweek’s lair looks nothing like Epilogue. Holograms are cool things aren’t they?
Glimmer is the defacto narrator for the series. Obviously he is referring to the events of Coffee and Dreams.
You don’t see much of Glimmer’s wardrobe but he rocks a Jerry Cornelius/Gideon Stargrave/Jon Pertwee/60’s British spy look. This is partly because he’s originally a magician showman but it’s also because if I had the guts and a hundred less pounds I’D rock this style too.
Pn 3 – The data crystal from Coffee and dreams; I assumed any self-respecting SF fan knew what a data crystal was in the other story. Turns out that’s not the case. Most writers also recognize the crystal for what it is: a mcguffin.
PG 3
Pn 2 – A lot of interesting billboards hidden in the cityscape. I swear that’s a They Live alien on the left.
“Where we are now” is another recurring line.
Josh added the motion blur on the cars, it really amplifies the sense of speed.
Pn 3 – Street names – 56th no signifigance, Vailo – a tribute to my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh card Maha Vailo, Morrison – Jim or Grant whichever dealer’s choice.
PG 4
Pn 1 – I always yell “Punch it!” in an ironic way.
Pn 2 – What did get scrubbed from this version was all the narration about her Trinity. The visuals and placement in the GN line up rendered it somewhat superfluous
Ident signals on trucks. I think they have something like that for real, if not, soon.
Pn 4 – More than the cars is each artist’s take on Mary’s vision. William’s style is something akin to Tex Avery emulating H.R. Giger on the brown acid laced with DMT. Oddly enough I think he felt more comfortable doing these panels than the straight up car chase material.
“THIS WAY for comFORt and pleaSURE.” Writing that pissed off the autocorrect on my word processor.
PG 5
Pn 1 – “My guess, Mary just had one of her moments.” Good guess Glimmer.
Pn 2 – One of the intangibles but driving forces of Mary is her trinity’s tweaking of cause and effect. Mary needed to choose between left and right, Roswell told her left.
Pn 3 – Meet Loki, a decidedly non-Tom Hiddleston looking imp and the weird third of Mary’s trinity. I mean, he is putting the moves on a hula doll. He also allows Mary to twist cause and effect to her favor and makes a bad pun while doing it…
PG 6
Pn 1 – The hula doll gets tossed…
Pn 2 – We get to do Dr. Stangelove homage…
Pn 3 – It causes Tony to lose his concentration…
Pn 4 – jerking the wheel…
Pn 5 – Almost knocking Dan outta the car. This buys Mary the precious seconds she needs for the events that happen next. Of course she doesn’t know that it’s going to work that way just that her spirit guides are helping her out.
I constantly crack up with Dan calling Tony “Bitch” it’s a funny little detail that adds to the story.
PG 7
Pn 4 – There is no significance to 1988. Seriously, it’s just below 2000. Move along…
PG 8
If I remember correctly Josh gave the tilt to the panels and shifted panels a bit to create a greater sense of energy. I’m sold.
Pn 2 – “The Utopiate” if you haven’t read Josh and Kat’s Utopiates remedy that situation right now www.01publishing.com and order a signed copy.
Pn 4 – About the only place we could put a Blues Brothers shout out.
PG 9
Pn 1 – Looks like those few seconds lost cost Tony and Dan. I’d feel bad for the people on the bus, originally it was one of those shipping trucks with a busted ident signal. It’s late night so there probably wasn’t anybody on the bus anyway.
Pn 4 – Meet Hoax; remember what I said about collateral damage?
“The smell of success” and “Providence” very telling and still not the last play on words in this story.
PG 10
One of the bigger questions that runs through Mary is stated on this page
Pn 2 – For some reason Loki shouting “Yaaahoooo!” and Mary telling him “Shut up!” didn’t’ make the final.
PG11
Pn 3 – “Ok feels pretty subjective right now.” Right on the nose.
Pn 6 – The last and biggest wordplay; The Continential sign becoming “CONTIN” in the same panel that Glimmer tells Mary about getting “Brotherhood of the void” off the data crystal. If you look close you can see sparks making the ellipses “…” right after the “Contin”.

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Annotations for Trail of Tears and Epilogue from “By Factory smoke and acetylene light”

CRAZY MARY
ANNOTATIONS/DIRECTORS COMMENTARY
COVER – Done by my friend J.K. Woodward. J.K. has been instrumental in the look of Mary since almost the beginning. He came up with the idea of Hoax having the black and white stripes for her visual motif. Curiously this was the first time he’s done Loki (the little imp guy).
WHICH WELL KNOWN CRAZY MARY COVER ARTIST PRETTY MUCH CAMEOS ON THE GRAPHIC NOVEL COVER? Find out below.
The title: “By factory smoke and acetylene light” is taken from the Police song Invisible Sun.
INSIDE COVER – Repurposed image from J.K. Digital Webbing issue #23
CREDIT PAGE – Little seen Crazy Mary cartoon version by J.K. Woodward.
FORWARD BY TONY LEE – A dear and gracious friend and a damn spiffy dresser to boot.
DRAGONFLY COVER – Dragonfly’s are Mary’s animal totem (mine too); it can freely move between the dream world and real world. There isn’t a better description of Mary out there. You’ll find plenty recurring Dragonfly based imagery and themes in Mary.
TRAIL OF TEARS
Not the first Crazy Mary story I ever wrote (third actually) but this is where it all begins. Turn the way back machine to SDCC 2002 and I’m eating from a bucket of meat with friends and friends of friends. At that table eating tri tip is a punky looking guy by the name of James Woodward. First look would put us worlds apart but we quickly discover a common ground of sardonic humor and Bowie fandom. I give him a copy of the trail of tears script, which had been languishing for a year or so, and forgot about the whole incident in a fruitful attempt to blur the night with booze.
Imagine my surprise when about two months later I get page 1 of Trail of Tears in my e-mail. J.K’s work was in greyscale because we were going to take it to Digital Webbing an anthology book that was B&W. JK built the work for the future, though with the lush scales. That future was realized for the graphic novel when Josh Finney colored the story. The pallet Josh uses builds off of JK’s work; muted but enhancing. Personally I find it absolutely breathtaking.

PG 1
The first page I aimed for a cinematic trick; a dolly back going from a tight to a wide. J.K. absolutely killed it!
Pn 1 – Tight on eyes rain rolling down, or tears? Visually this creates a connection to the child and teddy bear long before we see the silver thread. As sappy as it might sound, yes, the teddy bear is crying for the little girl too. Sounds cornball on paper but visually you can’t argue with the effect.
Pn 2-5 – The rest of the dolly back/wide shot; the sense of isolation and loneliness surrounded by people is palpable.
Pn 6 – Our nice wide reveal and introduction of Mary. Who is this woman that found a lonely abandoned teddy bear in the bustling mob? This whole page works so well as an intro to both the story and Mary. It grabs and reels in. Still one of my favorite pages, ever.
PG 2
Pn 1-4 – One of the things I learned early on was bridging the visual gab to Mary’s abilities. I have to usually burn a panel or two setting up her P.O.V. At least in the early stories, figuring that when things became more established I could shortcut. That being said these panels are not wasted space. You can see the wheels turning in Mary’s head and Glimmer’s narration feeds info about the world. Both converge in
Pn 5 – Mary’s P.O.V. This was, according to JK, the panel that convinced him to do the project specifically the giant mosquito piercing the guy’s neck. I script these panels something like They Live on a DMT/Acid trip. Every artist I’ve worked with digs and/or fears these panels because except for specific plot points they got free reign but have to go weird. JK’s more personal work dovetails perfectly with that requirement.
PG 3
Pn 1 – Another visual insight; Mary is the only one going in that direction against a sea of indifferent umbrellas. I had this in an old screenplay I wrote. It worked so well metaphorically I nicked it for Mary.
Pn 4-5 – The Jumbotron clues us as to what Mary is after. Glimmer’s narration on Pn 4 mentions Col. Tarus. I have yet to do a full story with him even though he’s an important part of Mary’s world. Further I have worked a lot of totem symbolism into Mary; try googling bull totem sometime.
PG 4
Would you believe there was about two months in-between writing pg 3 and 4? I wasn’t sure where to go after the quest started; was the child across the city? Should there be more obstacles between Mary and the place the kidnappers were holding the child? Finally I realized I was overthinking it and just had Mary go down an alley leading to the kidnapper’s hideout.
Pn 3-5 Another visual set-up for Mary’s P.O.V. by now just about anybody would understand what this weird shit is about, at least on a visual level. I do dig using these normal view/P.O.V. panels.
PG 5
Pn 1-8 Trying to build tension. A lot of subtle work on J.K.’s part.
Pn 9 – I always loved this shot.
PG 6
This was a miscue, I blame myself; either I was too heavy handed with what I was going for or didn’t properly explain it. I meant to have a straight-on shot of Mary landing on the other side of the fence and the tears and other background elements added up to dragonfly wings on Mary’s back. That being said it’s a great panel on its own although the dramatic emphasis seems to be misplaced.
PG 7
Pn 1-4 – A nice build-up of tension in these panels. The action of the story morphs a bit. I was demonstrating the versatility in the world I created. Glimmer’s narration has been dramatically intersecting with the action while still informing.
Pn 5 – Note the dragonfly images on the window sill.
PG 8
Pn 1-3 A stealth takedown. I think I was playing Syphon Filter and Tenshu a lot when I wrote the script. I loved the sneaking and quite takedown. Also pallet-wise a great example of Josh’s work between these panels and Pn 4-6.
PG 9
Pn 1 – Awesome tense panel, note little dragonfly motif in the window order viagra online jams.
Pn 6 – The tide is turning, the sun is breaking through the clouds. It’s no accident it’s at the exact moment Mary saves the kidnapper from falling to his death.
PG 10
Pn 1-3 Perhaps you’ve seen the Mythbusters ep about using guns akimbo? Sure, two guns at once looks cool in every action movie, comic book and video game ever made, but it’s almost impossible to actually HIT anything in real life. These three panels might depict the only working use for two guns at once.
Pn 4 – Note she holsters one of the guns.
Pn 6 – Room number 1023. You’ll see a lot of 23 and multiples of 5 pop up in Crazy Mary.
PG 11
Pn 2 – The guy in the fedora hat always makes me think of Art Carney (Norton from the Honeymooners), even the look.
Pn 3 – Oops, she has two guns. Ok, I’m not immune either.
Pn 4 – Non-Norton guy smashing through door headfirst, sunlight pouring through. A little lense flare to sell it (Note years before J.J. Abrhams over did that trick in the Star Trek reboot).
PG 12
Teddy bear and little girl reunited. The rain is gone and the sun streams through. On paper that metaphor seemed a tad heavy but J.K. and (later) Josh sell it perfectly.
As a follow up note; that damn teddy bear has been a recurring visual anchor of almost every pin-up and artist interpretation done of Mary. It’s interesting how small (what you think are throwaway) bits connect with the readers and outside creative folk. As far as I’m concerned it can stay a lynchpin of the Mary mythology as long as I’m writing the book.

EPILOGUE
It’s odd to me that a two page epilogue that was written nearly ten years after Mary was first published serves as the reader’s introduction to the core characters. But perhaps it makes more sense than at first look; I’ve have lived many years with these characters so a little two page character study simply WORKS better than it would several years ago. At least in a fine tuned way; these characters pretty much sprung forth whole but the banter has the weight of years. Tweek and Glimmer’s bickering has evolved. Originally Glimmer was mostly puzzled and slightly irritated by Tweek. Glimmer’s quippy antagonistic attitude towards Tweek is his way of coping with a tech weirdo that takes a drug that gives him a different personality every time they meet. Tweek’s Johnny Rotten-esq persona is the closest thing to a default personality he has and also has the most caustic relationship with Glimmer. Mary’s coffee addiction is something that kinda developed over the years too.

PG 1
The years working as a pro in comics have sharpened J.K.’s considerable talent to a ginsu edge this page is a hell of a lot more dynamic in the layout than I could’ve come-up with.
Pn 1 – Mary delivering the kidnapped child from Trail of tears back to her parents. There was a lot of “If you can fit this in…” stuff in these script pages, just the pop up window to “find freelancers in your area” could be squeezed in.
The little girl’s last name is Forestburg. They are friends of mine and do have a girl, so I guess the kidnapped girl’s first name is Lola.
Pn 2 – This was another panel that had a lot of stuff there was no room for including one bit which I nicked from Paul Cornell’s work on Dark X-Men because it was so a clever, I couldn’t resist. Here is the excerpt from my script:
Each character has a caption over their head:
TWEEK – TWISTING INFO SYSTEMS – Zenyatta Mondatta.
MARY – SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY – Ghost in the machine.
GLIMMER – WOULD BE FREELANCER AND PLAYBOY – Outlandos d’Amour.
The Police, as noted in the title of the Graphic Novel, are one of two house bands for Crazy Mary.
Note Glimmer’s playing card.
This is Tweek’s first appearance, for all of you. Originally he was modeled after Liam Lynch of Sifil and Ollie fame. I met Liam while I was working on Babylon 5. This version of Tweek bears more than a passing resemblance to Mr. J.K. Woodward (cue shrieking tween girls).
Pn 4 – Glimmer’s playing cards project holograms. In a shelved 4 issue story Glimmer uses his holo-playing cards to escape from a gang of killers. This gives him at least fifty four (two jokers) different tricks to pull out at any given time. In a weird bit of synchronicity (great Police album BTW) two different times I was in the middle of writing scenes where Glimmer used one of his cards I found playing card lying on the ground.
PG 2
Pn 2 – The idea of running DC power through a cup of two week old coffee is hysterical to me. That it’s just part of Tweek’s shambles of a living/working space is even funnier.
Pn 3 – Sigma waves don’t exist. I’ve extrapolated from the known brain waves. Sigma waves also get play in the last story “Deal”. A connection between coffee and Mary’s halucinations?
Sync, by the way, is a party drug Tweek is exceedingly fond of. More will be learned in future stories but essentially it “blank slates” your personality and you can input stimulus (via TV, music, books, whatever) to craft a new, temporary personality. One catch is that the new personality is subject to the user’s interpretation of the stimulus. An example would be taking Sync and listening to Kanye West; you would then imprint the public traits that resonate most with your subconscious, like being a pompous egomaniacal douchbag, but not automatically be able to imitate his (admittedly amazing but increasingly strange) flow. Sync is part of the “Subjective nature of reality” theme that drives Crazy Mary as a whole. It also gives me an excuse to have Tweek dress as Roy Rodgers one story and Abraham Lincoln the next.
Pn 4 – It’s not the fact that Tweek has been running electricity through the coffee for two weeks, or even that the coffee is two weeks old. It’s the fact that the coffee is decaf that is the final straw for Mary. She heads off to Apollo’s coffee (not originally a recurring set but it keeps popping up) and right into the next story “Coffee and Dreams”.
Pn 5 – The Cyberchurch – worth noting for future reference.

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Crazy Mary Sold out on Amazon in the first week!

At last! The Crazy Mary Graphic Novel is now available on Amazon.com!! Not only that, Mary SOLD OUT on Amazon.com in less than a get viagra avoid prescription week. So, if you want your copy of Crazy Mary, hurry over to Amazon and order your copy for the next shipment ASAP!.

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Help J.K. Woodward and his Wife in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Crazy Mary artist J.K. Woodward lost his home and everything he ownes in Hurricane Sandy this week. Please help support him and his wife during this tough time.

Listen to JK tell his story on his podcast, the Happy Hour

Donations: xanax medication JK has a PayPal acct. at jkwoodward1205@gmail.com

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Purchase Art Prints for $15 each: http://www.jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/2012/11/hurricane-relief-prints.html

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Michael Colbert gets some “Comic Book Therapy” over Crazy Mary

Thorverine at Comic Book Therapy did an extensive interview with Crazy Mary creator, Michael Colbert today. Not only do they discuss Mary, but they also Semenax talk about the Shambling Heat Kickstarter and Mike's latest Kindle exclusive, Car Comercials have the Best Music. You can check it out at ComicBookTherapy.com

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Kickstarting Crazy Mary with Comic Geek Speak!

Just 18 days left to go for the Crazy Mary Kickstarter and we have a new interview. The guys at the Comic Geek Speak podcast took the time to speak with Michael Colbert, J.K. Woodward, and William Blankenship about Crazy Mary!

You can listen to the interview right here or on the Geek Speak website.

 As how does cialis work well, we have more preview pages uploaded. “Deal” illustrated by William Blankenship is now available in the in the navagation bar of this site! This now makes over 20 pages of Crazy Mary graphic novel available for free! Check them out. If you like what you see, pre-order your copy through Kickstarter for only $20.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Creators on Doctor Who Support Crazy Mary.

It was announced last week that Doctor Who writer Tony Lee (IDW) will be penning the forward for Michael Colbert’s upcoming graphic novel Crazy Mary. “Tony has been a huge supporter of Crazy Mary since the early DWP days and a good friend to boot.” says Colbert.  “I’m thrilled that he’s writing the forward.”
This news comes on the heels of artist J.K. Woodward (Marvel, IDW, Archaia) offering an original page from the IDW miniseries Doctor Who/Star Trek (May, 2012) to one lucky backer who supports the Crazy
Mary Kickstarter effort.  “Almost 10 years ago I contributed to the creation of a Crazy Mary short,” says Woodward “I’ve always held out hope of coming back to Crazy Mary. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see
it returning and to be a part of VigRX Plus its creation.”
Crazy Mary follows a cyberneticly-enhanced mercenary who has hallucinations of a world nobody else can see. She also has spirit guides who give her clues along her journey. Crazy Mary was originally seen in the pages of Digitally Webbing Presents in 2006 as a series of short stories and was never completed.

The Crazy Mary Kickstarter was created by Colbert to raise the funds necessary to finish the remaining stories and compile the complete arch into one graphic novel. William Blankenship (Double Jumpers) , Ryan Sergeant and Josh Finney (Titanium Rain, Utopiates) will be contributing to the final Crazy Mary book as well as never before seen sequentials  by J.K. Woodward.
The campaign will run till May 14th with the completed book (if all goes well) proposed to hit shelves in August.

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Three Week Kickstarter Update!

Greetings programs!

  It is time for another rock ‘em sock ‘em update for the famed Crazy Mary kickstarter campaign!  I’ll start this update with a question – What does a writer for Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Mystery Science Theatre 3000’s Crow T. Robot and Action Labs Comics all have in common?  The answer, they all support Crazy Mary!

  First off ,  I have somehow swindled two amazing talents into doing the forward and afterward to the Graphic Novel “By Factory Smoke and Acetelyne Light”.  The talented, funny and always smartly dressed Tony Lee will be waxing poetic about Crazy Mary. If you know great comics you know Tony Lee; best known for writing “Doctor Who” for IDW and the #1 New York Times bestseller adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies”.  And let’s not forget his original work – Danger Academy, Midnight Kiss and Hope Falls (soon to be a feature film). In truth I didn’t have to flatter or beg; Tony has been a huge supporter of Crazy Mary since the early DWP days and a good friend to boot.  I’m thrilled that he’s writing the forward.

  The afterward is being written by a man who is well known and highly respected in literary circles and especially SF and fantasy.  His name is Lou Anders – the Hugo Award winning editorial director of Pyr Books, as well as the WFC award nominated editor of many critically-acclaimed anthologies.  If you know great SF/Fantasy you’ve probably heard the name Lou Anders.  Lou has been a close friend for going on fifteen years.  We first met when he was covering Babylon 5 for titan magazine and bonded over fringe science, cult films and Doctor Who.  He also got me a gig at Babylon 5 magazine which led to a regular column.  In many ways viagra sale he is a mentor and many more ways my Science Fiction-everything guru.  Lou is, by far, one of the most fascinating people I have ever met.

  Next!   Big thanks to Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot himself) of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 fame for pledging to Crazy Mary.  Bill Corbett is also making his Kickstarter debut with his graphic novel “Super-Powered Revenge Christmas”.

 Also Dave Dwonch creative director of Action Labs Comics and writer of the hot new comic series “Doublejumpers” featuring artwork by Crazy Mary’s own William Blankmanship. Fans may also know him from the webcomic Spacetime Condominium which is being collected into a graphic novel.  I met Dave at Wondercon a few weeks ago and since we both are enthusiastic members of the William Blankenship fan club it was good times.  Other well-known folk like popular TV blogger Michelle Carlbert and adult film star Kelly Shibari are on board, re-tweeting and helping.

In other news, these last two weeks saw J.K. Woodward and I hitting the podcast trail.  We had a great talk with Amber Luv on “Amber Unmasked”.  We tackled topics like the future of comic distribution, JK’s upcoming Doctor Who/STNG crossover gig and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf.  J.K. had a great chat with Comics Attack and I am doing an interview with Cammy’s Comic Corner this week.  Check them all out!

Thanks again to all of you who have made a pledge.  Without you, Crazy Mary wouldn’t be a reality.  And with several big incentives still out there for you kind reader still on the fence, you still have a chance to snag some great original art, shot glasses and autographed copies of the GN. 

What are you waiting for?  Be part of Crazy Mary!

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Nearly 20% raised in one week!

First of all thank you everyone for following and/or contributing to the Crazy Mary Kickstarter project.  With your help we’ve raised nearly 20% of our goal in only one week!

It’s a huge thrill to see names like Steve Niles, Chris Roberson and Rick Remender re-tweeting and contributing to the project as well as Jimmy Palmiotti and Shaun
Granger showing an interest.

And we’ve only just started.

Next up are several podcast interviews, including Cammy’s Comic Corner and Amber Love.  The casts will feature me, JK Woodward and Josh Finney talking about Crazy Mary and 01 Publishing.  JK and I always feed off of each other well; I usually manage to drag out the hidden geek in him and he usually spurs me to drink heavily.  Hopefully, thanks to modern technology and every iota of organizational skills I can muster, the entire Crazy Mary team will do a group interview.

Of course the team has a lot of other projects in the pipeline aside
from Crazy Mary. J.K. Woodward is on the razor’s edge of breaking through to a new level by illustrating the Doctor Who/Star Trek the Next Generation crossover Assimilation 2  (written by Scott, David Tipoton and Tony Lee) which drops hgh improves sprinting speed in May from IDW.  And our artist William Blankenship has Double Jumpers (written by Dave Dwonch) coming out from Action Labs comics in March.  Both books have immense buzz and should make big names out of both of these talented artists.

Artist Ryan Sargent is no slouch either: Handling the big new story “Waiting to Explode”  at the center of this Crazy Mary graphic novel, Ryan has brought his crisp, kinetic style to new heights and is a perfect match for both the tense action and challenging philosophical elements of this exciting story.

01 Publishing, Mary’s home, is also on the rise with a completely revamped collection of their first hit Utopiates (now available on Amazon) and it is utterly gorgeous!  This cyber/bio-punk epic advances the genre ahead a quantum leap. 

And after that? The much anticipated collaboration between myself, Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy: the alt-history mind blower World War Kaiju. It all starts here with this Kickstarter project and your support.  A year from now everyone who contributed can say “I was with them from the start!” and those who didn’t will pretend they were.  But YOU will have your name in the credits page to prove it!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1164327580/crazy-mary-graphic-novel?ref=live

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PRESS RELEASE: THE BOOK THAT LAUNCHED J.K. WOODWARD’S CAREER TO BECOME AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL VIA KICKSTARTER.

Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2012) Who is Crazy Mary?  Crazy Mary is a freelancer, a cyber-enhanced bad-ass for hire, living and working the mean streets of tomorrow’s New York. What sets Mary apart from the
average hired gun are her visions.  She sees an eerie haunting world that exists over top the one we know.  This shadow world speaks to her, haunts her, and is ultimately guiding Mary toward…well, it’s best not to tell yet.

Mary is also the character that launched artist J.K. Woodward’s career. “Almost 10 years ago I contributed to the creation of a Crazy Mary short,” says Woodward. Called Trail of Tears, this Crazy Mary story found its way into the hands of Peter David, who immediately sought Woodward as an illustrator for his hit series Fallen Angel. Since that time Woodward has gone on to do sequential and cover work for Boom!, Marvel, IDW, Top Cow, and Archaia.  ”Through it all,” he says, “I’ve always held out hope of coming back to Crazy Mary. I couldn’t be more thrilled Cialis to see it returning and to be a part of its creation.”

Now thanks to the Kickstarter revolution Mary is making a comeback. Author Michael Colbert is nearing the completion of his graphic novel, By Factory Smoke & Acetylene Light, which compiles all of Mary’s past adventures along with 52 pages of all new material.  If all goes according to schedule the book should hit shelves in August of this year.

The Crazy Mary Kickstarter campaign will be running until May 14. Colbert needs to raise at least $8000 to make his graphic novel a reality.  Incentives include:

* Signed copies of the book, shot glasses, and exclusive art prints.

* An exclusive Crazy Mary art book which includes work by J.K.
Woodward, Josh Finney (Titanium Rain, Catwoman), William Blankmanship
(Double Jumpers), Gianis Milogiannis (Old City Blues), and Ryan
Sargent.

* Commissioned character sketches by J.K. Woodward, William Blankmanship, and Ryan Sargent.

* Original page art from the graphic novel by J.K. Woodward, William Blankmanship, and Ryan Sargent.

Find out more at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1164327580/crazy-mary-graphic-novel

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