Between two project orders Marvel with gossamer nostalgia, JM DeMatteis reinterested in original creation. In the wake of The Girl in the Baypublished by Berger Booksthe star screenwriter is packing his bags at Spellbound Comics. The structure, founded by the producer David Baldya series regular Hulu and FXwill soon host a curious quadripartite project in crowdfunding, which DeMatteis chose to baptize the “FromMultiverse” in keeping with the famous double capital letter of his surname.
Clarification: the four series in question are not published immediately but will follow a key voting principle, similar to the operation “Steel Cage” of Ahoy Comics or contest Round Robin of DC. Follow the leader.
Enter the DeMultiverse
In a deliberately pragmatic approach, David Baldy presents the financing plan for this vast project in all honesty: Spellbound Comics does not currently have the means to finance the publication of four mini-series in five or six issues. Or not simultaneously, with four creative teams to be remunerated around the writings of DeMatteis. Hence the need to go through a campaign Kickstarter30 days, which will start in October 2022.
The publisher outlines the often opaque crowdfunding process and the costs of making such titles in a cleverly written missive that avoids the usual marketing and advertising gibberish – if those details interest you and you don’t don’t be afraid of English, you will find in source link the presentation of the FromMultiversefollowed by explanations of Baldy. We appreciate the sincerity of the approach, especially when the man assumes not to advance on the deadlines for sending and printing (enough to set an example for other companies). For now, the publication horizon is set for the spring 2023 period.
In the hard, here is what the four projects in question will look like, noting that if the name “FromMultiverse“implies a kind of invisible link between each of the series, these have been thought of as independent plots from each other.
- First, a series of superheroes called Anyman and illustrated by the artist David Baldeonwith whom DeMatteis had collaborated again recently on the series Ben Reilly: Spider-Man. The screenplay follows a contemporary superman, with the promise of an unexpected twist.
- Next, Godsendwith Matthew Dow Smith (Jupiter’s Legacy: Requiem) at drawings. Again, a superhero title focused on a mysterious creature whose origin is undefined – it could be an alien, a god or a man transformed into an all-powerful creature . The screenwriter evokes the comics of Jack Kirbymovies Matrix and the novels of Philip K. Dick as the main source of inspiration.
- Then, Layla in the Lands of Afterwith Shawn McManus (Sandman) at drawings. This time, an adventure for young and old in a marvelous world which should represent the afterlife, in which a lost young girl will travel. JH Williams III will provide variant coverage for the first issue.
- And finally, wisdomwith the artist Tom Mandrake (JLA: Destiny), a supernatural and darker adventure in the old wild west.
Still in early stages of development, the miniseries in question don’t have any further details to release at this time – the FromMultiverse rests only on a note of intent at the moment, and on the enthusiasm to see JM DeMatteis unfold on a salvo of new independent creations.
Spellbound Comics will therefore begin by publishing all of the #1 issues of these four series, before taking stock of the rest. Readers who have purchased these first four issues, or directly the TPB edition planned to follow and which will bring together the debut of each of the titles of the FromMultiverse (with various bonuses: prefaces written by JM DeMatteis on the genesis and the research, the character designs by the different artists, certain boards or certain boxes which were not retained, some notes on the creation process, etc.) will then be able to vote, and decide on the continuation of the operations .
The purpose of the vote? Decide which of the four series will be published first. Here again, the screenwriter explains that the other projects will be proposed, but later, in accordance with the editorial capacities (and the finances) of Spellbound Comics.
“The success of the initial Kickstarter campaign will not be enough, it would not be economically feasible for my small start-up publisher to validate four series of four to six issues immediately (or else, they would have to be published at the speed a snail). A decision must therefore be made! And since I myself have never been afraid of making a difficult choice, I have decided to force YOU to make this choice for me!”
The release ends with “you buy, you read, you vote, and we make.” Promise of a relatively playful contest, which had already benefited the series of Round Robin (some of which had been published later, precisely, following this indirect promotion campaign). The bet may seem risky at first, assuming that Spellbound Comics is counting on the success of the project which will finally be chosen by the readership to be entitled to a full publication – it is not certain that this one will cover enough of its costs to move on to the following ones, and the secondary objectives of the crowdfunding will have to be achieved to ensure that the publisher has a solid back over the long term. To minimize the risks.
It now remains to set a starting date for the campaign Kickstarter and to follow in detail what will be proposed or presented for the first projects of the FromMultiverse. Case to follow.