We’re Moving Ahead!

I’d like to thank everyone who voted on the monthly project. The number of people willing to throw their support behind it on faith in my abilities alone is humbling. There was a very clear winner in the polls, and I’ve begun preparing material for that project. I aim to launch it in the beginning of January 2015. That should give me time to create a backlog (and let’s be honest, with the holidays looming, your money will be going elsewhere this month – haha)

As for which one won – I’ll leave you in suspense until the grand reveal.

The poll is still up and running, though! It never hurts to get more feedback:

Would you support this project?

The Monthly, User-Driven Story Project – Interest Check

WHAT’S THE PROJECT?
Here’s the idea: with your support, I’ll begin writing a new story that’s influenced by your input. This is an interest check before I devote too much preparation to the project.

HOW WOULD THIS WORK?
If there’s sufficient interest, I’ll open an account with Patreon.com and set a monthly monetary goal for supporters to reach. If the goal is met each month, I’ll publish a new ten-page mini-chapter.

At the end of many of the updates will be a choice on how the characters should proceed. Contributors will get to vote on which way they want to see the story go from the provided options, and the majority vote will influence the next chapter. Initially, you’ll vote with your contribution. Five dollars would be five votes, ten dollars equals ten votes, and so on. (This may prove be a bad idea, depending on how deep some people’s pockets are. We’ll see how it goes)

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MONTHLY GOAL ISN’T MET?
I’ll postpone the update until the goal is met.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GO OVER THE GOAL?
That gets bonus material – background lore, character profiles, species guides – all the fun fluff that wouldn’t necessarily come up in the regular narrative.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO READ?
No. Contributors will get first dibs, but I’ll have a staggered release for everyone else to read at some point.

DO I HAVE TO USE PATERON? CAN’T I JUST SEND YOU THE MONEY?
I’m looking at Patreon.com because I don’t have the time to manage multiple payment accounts and keep track of who has paid and who hasn’t. They get a small percentage for handling all that so I can focus on the writing.

WILL THIS BE ILLUSTRATED?
Not initially. But with enough support, I might commission some artwork to go along with the chapters.

WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT?
That’s the first bit of voting you get to do. I’ve done a tiny bit of pre-writing on two ideas. Part of your feedback will help be decide which one to focus on and move forward with. If there’s enough interest, the first mini-chapter will go up at the start of the new year.

Your choices are…

OPTION #1 – “RESTORING GLORIA”

The Gloria Kingdom was an ancient, storied and revered monarchy. The Gloria Queens were legendary leaders beloved by their subjects and respected by their enemies. Ten years ago it all ended when a terrible dragon assaulted the capital, annihilated its citizens, and took the city for its own.

Michelle is the heir to the Gloria line (or so she says – loudly and repeatedly). She sets out to find a way to restore her kingdom, reclaim her birthright, and rescue her kidnapped betrothed. Joining her are veteran Donna and loyal (if a bit dopey) Danni.

This fantasy story has the readers guiding Michelle in her decisions. Through them, she will either become a great queen or a lousy pretender to the throne.  Your choices will decide who stands with her in the end, and what she learns of the Gloria line.

OPTION #2 – “RAIDERS OF THE ABYSS”

The Raiders of the Abyss were once one of the most respected and feared gangs inside or outside of the Belt. But between tragedies and mistakes, they’ve been reduced to a shadow of their former strength. The boss is stepping down and putting the fate of the gang in Jamie’s hands.

In the same hour she’s taken over the Raiders she receives word that war has been declared. The Tri-World Coalition and the Lunar Empire are about to tear into each other – and each side is offering a pardon  to any pirate who signs up with them.

This sci-fi story has the readers guiding Jamie as she navigates an interplanetary war, choosing whether to side with one faction or another – or to serve her own ambitions. Readers will also guide Jamie as she tries to keep her gang together – or face mutiny.

Please vote below and let me know if you’re interested in helping me get this off the ground!

Would you support this project?

Radio Interview with Geek Beat Radio

Bostonians!

…and everyone else with an internet connection!

I’ll be appearing on Geek Beat Radio (or “geekbeatradio,” as they seem to prefer it) on Monday, Oct. 6th at 10:00 PM EST.  We’ll be talking primarily about Mega Man, but knowing how my interviews go, we’ll most likely wander off into all sorts of discussion territory.

Podcasts, streams and more are available on their website:
www.geekbeatradio.com

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

I have accepted the call to have water dumped on my head in the name of medical research!

This also marks the launch of the BumbleKing Video channel on YouTube.  Hopefully one day soon it will have much more than me getting soaked.  Baby steps… baby steps.

Heroes Con ’14

UPDATED 6/19/13

So… call me a liar.  I’m doing a show this year after all!

I’ll be attending Heroes Con, which runs June 20th-24th.  You can find all the details about the show here.

A number of co-workers will be in attendance as well.  You can find us at the following tables:

IAN FLYNN – AA-519
(writer)

ALEAH BAKER – AA-520
(writer, colorist, letterer, conceptual artist)

TRACY YARDLEY! – AA-517
(writer, penciler, conceptual artist)

JIM AMASH – AA-619
(inker)

TERESA DAVIDSON – AA-620
(inker, letterer)

Update: There will be a panel featuring me, Aleah, Tracy and our editor on Saturday, June 21st at 2:00PM, room 201.

See y’all soon!

100th Issue Milestone


Sonic the Hedgehog #259 is out now for digital subscribers, and will be out soon in physical copies.  This marks my one hundredth consecutive issue as the lead writer.  Honestly, I don’t know where the time went!

Over the past nine years, it’s been my pleasure to work with a staggering number of talented people.  I’ve gotten to see my stories penciled by the very men who drew the stories I grew up with.  I’ve been there for the debut of many others – a shout-out to my Debut Brother, Tracy Yardley!  I’ve worked with my artistic idols, both old and new. I’ve gotten to take the characters I grew up with and tell their stories – a rare opportunity that I’ll always cherish.  I’ve gotten to write the unprecedented Sonic/Mega Man crossover.  Through the ups and downs, the edits and restrictions, the deadlines and surprises – I’ve been living my dream, and you can’t ask for more than that.

This issues is part two of “The Chase,” the story that has started us off into the Shattered World Crisis saga.  I have so many new stories to tell, so many new characters to introduce everyone to, that I can hardly contain myself.  There’s another hundred issues at my fingertips, easily, and I hope I can continue to share them all with you.

On that note, “Lost Hedgehog Tales” is slowly coming along.  I appreciate everyone’s interest and patience as I pick away at this little side project and I’ll try to have it ready by the summer.  Failing that, it should be out by the holidays – haha!

So what’s next?  What other milestones am I aiming for?

  • Sonic Universe #54 marked my 50th issue on that series.  Whoops!  I let that one slip by…
  • Mega Man #50, due out in the summer of 2015, will mark my 50th consecutive issue on that series.
  • March 2015 (which will have Sonic the Hedgehog #271, I think) will mark ten years straight of writing Sonic the Hedgehog.

But that’s not all!  Slowly but surely, I’m developing my own original projects.  It’s considerably harder when you don’t have an entire production company provided for you and other deadlines loom, but I’m determined to have more to my name than the adventures of blue videogame heroes.  I’m counting on the BumbleKommunity’s support when I’m ready to move forward.

Thanks to everyone for their kind words and support over the years.  I hate I’m going to miss out on meeting so many of you since I can’t do the convention circuit this year.  I will do my best to keep writing the stories so many of you have come to love.

Ever in your service,
Your BumbleKing

NYCC 2013 Schedule

We’re coming up on my last show for the year!  I’ll be at New York Comic Con, hanging out at the Archie Booth #1936.

Below you’ll find my signing and panel times.  As always, please be aware that things can change at the last minute, so your best bet is to check at the booth per day.

Thurs. Oct. 10th
Sonic/Mega Man panel @ 7:30PM Room 1A01

Fri. Oct. 11th
Signing from 3:30 – 4:30 at the Archie Booth

Sat. Oct. 12th
Signing from 2:30 – 3:30 at the Archie Booth

Sun. Oct. 13th
Signing from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Archie Booth
Signing from 3:30 – 4:30 at the Archie Booth

FanExpo ’13 Schedule

Sorry for the late announcement, folks!
I’ll be at the Archie Booth this weekend for Fan Expo.  You’ll find us at Booth #837

SCHEDULED SIGNINGS & APPEARANCES
Friday 23rd – 12:00 – 1:00
Saturday 24th – 4:00 – 5:00
Sunday 25th – 11:00 Panel (Room 713) / 2:00 – 3:00 Signing

As always, these things can change at the whim of the Con Gods, so check the Archie table for any changes.