Saturday, July 31, 2010

ww manga blah blah...

nothing really new... as i mentioned ad nauseum, i sent a ww manga pitch to dc. don't get excited (or horrified, depending on your point of view), it will certainly never happen. but i got it out of my system. like i said, old news... i just thought i'd take up some space by posting the actual pitch (minus a few redactions, some are done to keep plot stuff secret, some are just because i am easily amused).

what is left mostly concerns the format and character treatment and other theoretically non-plot stuff that i think is very important to a project like this. dc just mentioned (not for the first time) that their kids comics are "loss leaders" that never turn a profit. since i doubt very much that every single one of those comics is bad, i think the format and venue need to looked into.
anyway, in all its "glory":




ps: did a bunch of other art while in the "pitch" mood that didn't make it into the pitch, here's one:

26 comments:

martyisnothere said...

Wow, its great to see something like this. I like the idea, too. A manga that girls can get into like naruto, but that doesn't have localization hiccups. You've sold me on the idea. If only that mattered.

Mark Kardwell said...

MMm, hope you strike lucky. Maybe DC's editorial is feeling a little braver these days; maybe they'll see how successful Marvel is at putting out numerous interpretations of a character, even if just to give them lots of tie-in material to sell whenever the inevitable movie comes out.

Larry MacDougall said...

I just started following your blog - really fabulous drawings - good luck with your pitch :)

KaraokeFanboy said...

Perfect interpretation for a younger audience -- but, really, an all-ages audience, too, tired of stories mired in years' worth of continuity. Please make it happen!

damiancugley said...

Seems to me that in the year Scott Pilgrim has made such a big splash in pretty much this exact format, something like this has got to be tried.

I really like the look of good B&W artwork on slightly rough paper rather than the gradient-tastic glossy colour used in a lot of comics magazines nowadays.

staticgirl said...

I like the sound of this and i am old enough to be a teen girl's mum. Or her grandma in Doncaster....

Merideth said...

As a teen/youth librarian and mother of an 8 year old, I can tell you I would buy this book for my library and for my daughter.

I hope this sees print one day, I think it would be amazing.

philippos42 said...

My advice? FILE OFF THE SERIAL NUMBERS. Cut Bats, reinvent the Wondy into your own character, & sell it to Yen Press or somebody.

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Derek said...

If this gets published, it will be the first WW book I've ever purchased.

Gary said...

Wow. Absolutely gorgeous. I would this for me and my nieces in a heartbeat.

Darius was here! said...

Perhaps a quick and creative rewrite and edit you can pursue this as a new property, I mean you know how many versions there are of the man of steel. anyway sounded like a slam dunk to me.

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JMRinguet said...

I was just wondering what make this 'manga'? It looks very much like traditional US comic format to me. I guess it would be in the size of the book and the page reading direction?

Also I thought that submissions should never go into marketing/selling the final product, since the publisher should have their own idea about that. Maybe I'm wrong, but it looks like you focused too much on the selling points rather than what is the story really about and why it's cool.

I always love your art by the way. Always impressed by it.

Shannon Smith said...

I have to admit I thought the WW story in Wedensday Comics was a miss. It was just too hard for my old eyes to read all those panels and the newsprint did not help what seemed to be otherwise lovely colors. But, I loved the art, style, character designs and idea of the thing and I like this pitch a lot. You seem to get WW and more importantly, get what it is that kids want in their entertainment. If only DC got it. My daughter is a big Wonder Woman fan. She has toys, costumes, Justice League cartoons etc. But sadly, the only WW comics I can give her are back issues from the 70's and 80's.

No Name, No Slogan said...

Change the character's name and costume and release your version anyway. If things like that didn't happen, books like Wanted and Irredeemable wouldn't exist.

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

love it. already reposted it on my blog. love the art and the idea of the format. I've been after DC and marvel for years now to look at the format as a way to broaden their audience. the pamphlet as we've know it is a dead end and i would love to see somethign like this.

http://inkdestroyedmybrush.blogspot.com/2010/08/heres-hoping-for-ben-caldwells-manga.html

I mean, I've got a spinner rack in my living room. my two daughters love to read and draw comics at 7 and 9 years of age. DC pushed the 9 year old off of wonder woman with all the horrible crossover crap. she would love, and i would love, this version if you can sell it. if not, make her your own and get someone else to publish it. we'd be all over it.

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Lutu said...

I love your Spice character Ben. I think that it is really cool that she is not your 'average' style comic girl and that she is more 'plus sized'. I have a similar styled character called 'Lutu Warrior of the North' and I think that it's good to have heroes in all shapes and sizes.

Arp said...

I would love to see your version of Wonder Woman than the current version where she looks like the lead singer of an 80s hair metal band. Maybe DC will learn something and give you an opportunity.

E. Peterman said...

I think this is fantastic, and kids would dig it. If only it could be reality!

Will Caligan said...

This is the problem with comics and why they are dying. Publishers are unwilling to see the writing on the wall. My kids, who know I work in comics, would still rather spend $8 on manga then go to a comic shop and buy a $3 comic. This would have been a great book. I would love to have something like this for my 9 year old daughter. UGH.
Sometimes I hate comics. I want to see the industry grow but those in charge just don't see anything more then the standard.

Stephanie said...

Sigh, if only. Looks so much more fun than her comic for, oh, say, the last 10 years.

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Antonio Tyler Sketchworks said...

I know I'm late to this party, but I think this concept is great. Maybe rework this idea to use original characters, and release it as a downloadable, digital comic. Digital comics are becoming really popular, and having it online means you cut back on the cost. Having a a low price point would also mean that kids would be more likely to pick it up. Just a thought.