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Monday, January 22, 2018

KABOOM!

Wow, you guys are unbelievable. Incredible. And generous. Will Cadigan's Comic hit its $7,500 initial goal in just 149 minutes. Now let's see who wants color....

Let's take a non-binding poll. Which book do you favor?
  • Nick Cole (The End of the World as We Knew It)
  • Peter Grant (Rocky Mountain Retribution)
  • Lawdog (The Lawdog Files)
  • Rolf Nelson (The Stars Came Back)
  • Kai Wai Cheah (Flashpoint: Titan)
  • Rawle Nyanzi (Sword and Flower)
  • John C. Wright (Swan Knight’s Son)
Only express an opinion if you've backed, please.

UPDATE: The campaign passed 10k in three hours, eleven minutes. Looks like I'd better talk to the colorists.

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104 Comments:

Blogger D.J. January 22, 2018 11:24 AM  

The Stars Came Back (Movie Script format)

Blogger Volpack January 22, 2018 11:25 AM  

Swan Knight's Son. My kids love it. I would also buy a mini series of the adventures of Ruff.

Blogger Joe Katzman January 22, 2018 11:26 AM  

Lawdog

Anonymous Avalanche January 22, 2018 11:28 AM  

(Vet for vets!) I kicked in, but I don't know enough about comics to even begin to choose. I mean -- if the book is ... you know ... a normal full-length book -- does it end up being, like, 25-30 comics? I don't have the basis on which to choose, so I'll happily go along with whatever those-in-the-know suggest!

Anonymous Peter Grant January 22, 2018 11:31 AM  

At the rate the fundraiser is going, why not do all of them? I'm serious. It looks like we'll be able to afford them!

Blogger David The Good January 22, 2018 11:33 AM  

The Stars Came Back

Blogger #7139 January 22, 2018 11:33 AM  

1st choice-Rocky Mountain Retribution
2nd choice-Swan Knight's Son

Blogger David The Good January 22, 2018 11:33 AM  

(Though, I must admit, Rocky Mountain Retribution would be an awesome graphic novel)

Blogger Didact January 22, 2018 11:37 AM  

Since I backed the campaign and I'm currently reading The Lawdog Files... it's gotta be Lawdog's work. I'd love to see the armadillo story rendered in colour in a comic. Should be an absolute side-splitter.

Blogger Michael January 22, 2018 11:38 AM  

John C. Wright (Swan Knight’s Son), heck I will probably buy print copies for my nephews. So what's the stretch goal for color anyway?

Blogger Michael January 22, 2018 11:39 AM  

Oh I see it: $15000. Ok, time to go promoting.

Blogger World Explorer January 22, 2018 11:40 AM  

The Stars Came Back

Blogger VD January 22, 2018 11:41 AM  

At the rate the fundraiser is going, why not do all of them? I'm serious. It looks like we'll be able to afford them!

Let's not get carried away. One step at a time.

if the book is ... you know ... a normal full-length book -- does it end up being, like, 25-30 comics?

One book of 300 pages will normally be about 5 or 6 issues of 22-page comics. So, somewhere between 132 and 150 pages for the complete graphic novel. Chuck and Gary have turned Right Ho, Jeeves into six issues.

Blogger Kallmunz January 22, 2018 11:43 AM  

Swan Knight's Son would be perfect for a graphic novel.

Blogger EasyCompany January 22, 2018 11:47 AM  

Nick Cole (The End of the World as We Knew It)

Blogger pyrrhus January 22, 2018 11:49 AM  

Nick Cole or Peter Grant...

Blogger Clint January 22, 2018 11:50 AM  

Stars came back.

Blogger JACIII January 22, 2018 11:53 AM  

Rolf. Hell, he wrote it like instructions for an illustrator! And it is a kick ass story.

Blogger slarrow January 22, 2018 11:53 AM  

Depends. If the funding and vision put this in the two book range, then Lawdog. The episodic nature of his two books would fit pretty well into the 22-page comic segments (a few stories per issue), and you'd have it done.

On the other hand, if the interest--both in the Freestartr and the surrounding circumstances--appears to point beyond two books, then Swan Knight's Son. More material, younger market, and probably more in line with the kind of work Will's done already. My two cents.

Anonymous JC NRA January 22, 2018 11:54 AM  

The Stars Came Back.

But would also be happy w/ Cole or Wright's works.

Blogger D.J. January 22, 2018 11:54 AM  

Since I backed the campaign and I'm currently reading The Lawdog Files... it's gotta be Lawdog's work. I'd love to see the armadillo story rendered in colour in a comic. Should be an absolute side-splitter.

For color and sidesplitter, nothing can beat the last file in the book. The Pink Gorilla Suit.

That being said, Swan Knight's Son is my second choice.

Blogger Scire January 22, 2018 11:56 AM  

Rolf Nelson (The Stars Came Back) is my initial vote

Anonymous JAG January 22, 2018 11:56 AM  

The Lawdog Files

Anonymous DissidentRight January 22, 2018 11:56 AM  

John C. Wright (Swan Knight’s Son)

Blogger Phelps January 22, 2018 11:57 AM  

Lawdog. Comedy comics AND Real Life Stories are HORRIBLY underserved markets.

Blogger World Explorer January 22, 2018 12:01 PM  

The Stars Came Back

Blogger Beau January 22, 2018 12:02 PM  

Swan Knight's Son, Rocky Mountain Retribution, the Stars Came Back. Three magnificent titles in three distinct genres. This is strength. I'd like to see all three eventually (or soon), but as I have teen boys around the house I vote Swan Knight's Son. Personal favorite? The Heretics of Saint Possenti.

Anonymous Wraithburn January 22, 2018 12:11 PM  

Lawdog first, with The Stars Came Back as a close second.

Anonymous Hooligan Rum January 22, 2018 12:13 PM  

Swan knights son

Blogger Martin January 22, 2018 12:13 PM  

I vote for Nick Cole. It would make a kick-ass comic, and also make Ready Player One look like the garbage it is.

Blogger Philip Morris January 22, 2018 12:16 PM  

Swan Knight's Son, please.

Blogger S1AL January 22, 2018 12:17 PM  

Lawdog, absolutely. The episodic format and visual comedy make it the perfect kind of work to adapt for this.

Blogger Salt January 22, 2018 12:18 PM  

Stars Came Back

Blogger Jack Aubrey January 22, 2018 12:24 PM  

Hard to choose, but Swan Knight's Son would be my preference

Blogger pyrrhus January 22, 2018 12:26 PM  

Somewhat O/T, I would love to see the colorful 'Six Expressions of Death" in a graphic novel someday...

Anonymous b3k January 22, 2018 12:30 PM  

1. Rolf Nelson
2. John C Wright

Blogger mike mike January 22, 2018 12:35 PM  

Swan Knight fo sho!

Anonymous Steveo January 22, 2018 12:35 PM  

The Stars Came Back.

Blogger Jimmy The Freak January 22, 2018 12:37 PM  

As an order of preference:
1. Rocky Mountain Retribution
2. Swan Knight's Son
3. Lawdog

Blogger Ingot9455 January 22, 2018 12:38 PM  

Swan Knights Son.

Blogger Resident Moron™ January 22, 2018 12:43 PM  

I'd go with John C Wright. Of those listed I think that Swan Knight's Son lends itself more to a comic format. I'd expect it to have the best sales potential.

Of course that's the opinion of a total amateur given to a professional publisher, so take it for what it's worth.

Yes, I contributed.

Anonymous Amigo January 22, 2018 12:47 PM  

Swan Knight's Son by John Wright.

Blogger kevmalone January 22, 2018 12:52 PM  

Rocky Mountain Retribution.
Lawdog Files
Note that Freestartr is showing only $6,285 before logging in.

Anonymous Patron January 22, 2018 12:52 PM  

Put $25 towards it, because screw those SJWs.

As for which author to use, I'd say John C Wright, though in all honesty I've not read enough of the options on the list to give a properly informed answer.

Blogger Scott at Castalia January 22, 2018 12:52 PM  

Swan Knight's Son.

Blogger tuberman January 22, 2018 12:56 PM  

I've read both Law Dogs and Swan's Knight Son, but Wright's book would be a better match for the comic format IMO.

Anonymous Eric Thomson January 22, 2018 12:59 PM  

Lawdog's my first choice.
The Stars Came Back is my second.

Blogger Tizzo Heavy January 22, 2018 12:59 PM  

Lawdog would be a huge hit in Graphic Novel/Comic format. A properly sized hardback version would make an amazing Coffee-Table style book.

Anonymous KPP January 22, 2018 1:02 PM  

My interest in comics waned in my youth and about the only thing that has caught my interest since is Calvin and Hobbes.

I kicked in $10. It's not much, but to help out a brother in Christ and say "screw you" to the SJWs in a small way is the least I can do.

Anonymous Isidore the Farmer January 22, 2018 1:06 PM  

Vox,

I have been reading your blog daily for somewhere around 4-5 years. A random google search about an aspect of the fall of the Roman empire I was studying brought me to a post from you, and I got hooked.

While not a big reader of the sci-fi genre (have read many of the classics, but it isn't generally a genre I go to for general pleasure) or a follower of comics any longer, I want to congratulate you on your work in these arenas over the last few years. It is great fun to see your views be placed into action in a tangible way because it helps one view your blog in a different (fuller) light. Quite interesting to observe. Congrats, and keep up the good work.

Blogger wired216 January 22, 2018 1:06 PM  

Lawdog.

Blogger Shell January 22, 2018 1:09 PM  

Swan Knight's Son

Blogger Thucydides January 22, 2018 1:10 PM  

Amazing work, and glad you are sticking it right in the eyes of the SJW's. hopefully this inspires more people to come on board or set off with new projects and ideas of their own.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 22, 2018 1:16 PM  

People here might want LawDog (and maybe a LawDog comic would be huge, who knows), but Caligan's art style is absolutely suited to the material in Swan Knight's Son. Compatibility is a big consideration. Not everyone can draw everything equally well. Even those pencils show Will would do a fantastic job with Wright's elfs and various monsters.

Anonymous JAMES January 22, 2018 1:26 PM  

I'll Buy it no matter what. But I reckon Lawdog would make the purchase pleasurable.

Blogger James Dixon January 22, 2018 1:28 PM  

In order:
Rolf Nelson (The Stars Came Back)
Peter Grant (Rocky Mountain Retribution)
Lawdog (The Lawdog Files)

Blogger maniacprovost January 22, 2018 1:36 PM  

I'll be kicking in when I get home... I expect this campaign to have some legs.

Blogger tweell January 22, 2018 1:37 PM  

I'm torn - all of these books would work well and I'd love seeing them - but this backer's vote goes to Swan Knight's Son. It's for the children! There's some family younglings that hate reading, and that would be the perfect torch to get them going.

Anonymous nordicthunder January 22, 2018 1:39 PM  

Peter Grant (Rocky Mountain Retribution)

Blogger DJ | AMDG January 22, 2018 1:43 PM  

I think Nick’s stuff just begs for graphic novel treatment, but my favorite work of his (which not ONE freaking SJW could bitch about) is Crl-Alt Revolt! “I’d buy that for a dollar!!”

Seriously, though, any of his stuff, please.

Blogger Daniel Bendele January 22, 2018 1:52 PM  

Swan Knight's Son.

Blogger pdwalker January 22, 2018 1:58 PM  

The Stars Came Back or Swan Knight’s Son.

Sorry Rolf, It wasn't an easy decision, but SKS beats you out by a hair this time.

Anonymous Killua January 22, 2018 2:02 PM  

I haven't read any of the books but I like John C Wright so I go with Swan Knight's Son.

Blogger James Dixon January 22, 2018 2:02 PM  

> At the rate the fundraiser is going, why not do all of them?

If this goes the way I expect it to, there will be at least 4. :)

Blogger pdwalker January 22, 2018 2:08 PM  

[still a little off topic here]

pyrrhus wrote:
Somewhat O/T, I would love to see the colorful 'Six Expressions of Death" in a graphic novel someday...


Oh yes! It'd make an awesome graphic novel with the right artist!

Blogger M. Bibliophile January 22, 2018 2:09 PM  

Swan Knight's Son or Stars Came Back, although to be perfectly honest they'd all be great choices. Can't wait to see the outcome!

Blogger Starboard January 22, 2018 2:12 PM  

You know, I like them all, and I can see each one turning out beautifully.

Does Mr. Cadigan have preference?

Blogger RofflesLowell January 22, 2018 2:17 PM  

Contributed! Can't wait to get my mitts on the paperback copy. Whatever it may be.

If we're voting here I second the guy who wanted another humour comic... Lawdog it is.
Failing that I'd like to see Sword and Flower, because i think Mr Cadigans style is a good match of style to subject.

Blogger Cetera January 22, 2018 2:17 PM  

John C. Wright (Swan Knight’s Son). I'd vote for this 1000 times, if I could.

Blogger RobertDWood January 22, 2018 2:23 PM  

Lawdog

Blogger Banjo January 22, 2018 2:27 PM  

1. Wright
2. Nelson

Anonymous CrystalBlue January 22, 2018 2:29 PM  

Whatever Will himself wants to draw.

Blogger Jon D. January 22, 2018 2:41 PM  

Love Rawle -- he'd be my 2nd choice, but I want to see Chuck Dixon write a western. Comics and westerns have such rich history it's important to bring it back. Peter Grant.

Blogger SirHamster January 22, 2018 2:47 PM  

Hard to choose, have only read one item on the list, the Flashpoint story.

But I do like John Wright, and I don't think it's an accident that the top lineart in the blurb is a boy with his dog and a giant sword.

Blogger Michael Feather January 22, 2018 2:47 PM  

I'd like to see Swan Knight's Son, Rocky Mountain Retribution, or The End of the World as We Knew It.

But to be honest, I'd love to see them all.

Blogger Jon Mollison January 22, 2018 2:49 PM  

It's hard to say. He has a fun and light hearted style that would mesh really well with Lawdog, but his creativity for sci-fi is so rich that I'm tempted to go with 'The Stars Came Back'. Be thrilled with any of them, but given how much I enjoyed 'The Heretics of St. Posseti', I'll have to go with:

The Stars Came Back.

Anonymous Causal Lurker January 22, 2018 3:00 PM  

My preference is:

1. Swan Knight's Son
2. Rocky Mountain Retribution
3. Lawdog Files

Hard to differentiate 1 & 2, in terms of action, heroes, or imagery. Both lend themselves to an excellent BW treatment.

Rocky Mountain Retribution makes some strong characterization and exaggeration for heroes and bad guys, and dramatic action. Mr. Ames becomes a dreadful image like on of the elf lords, with glints and gleams off the steel prosthetic. The Man With No Name came to mind, wearing the iron shield under his poncho.

Blogger Nate January 22, 2018 3:21 PM  

The Stars Came Back.

I love JCW but SCB is perfect for this format.

Anonymous Nathan January 22, 2018 3:22 PM  

Swan Knight's Son
LawDog (Might have to bump that higher if we can get the Africa Adventures)
Rocky Mountain Retribution

All the selections are excellent. Sword & Flower, for instance, needs to go full light novel or manga. Moth & Cobweb would make a great LN as well. If neither makes the vote, what would it cost to get 6-12 (or so) illustrations for each?

Anonymous The Original Arrogant Steelers Fan January 22, 2018 3:24 PM  

Peter Grant (Rocky Mountain Retribution)

Looking forward to just maybe (GULP) going to see Hostiles at a theater near me on Friday night... provided that my allergies to Hollywood don't act up.

Blogger D.J. January 22, 2018 3:33 PM  

_Sword & Flower, for instance, needs to go full light novel or manga._

What is a light novel in this context?

Anonymous polyhedron January 22, 2018 4:07 PM  

A lot of great selections, but how could you not do Flashpoint: Titan? It looks amazing in my mind. Probably even better on paper.

Anonymous Nathan January 22, 2018 4:19 PM  

@74,

A light novel is typically a short novel, typically with illustrated scenes accompanying the text (usually in manga style but an Americanized light novel might choose a different style). Weird Tales used to do something similar back in the pulp days, with one or more pieces of art for each story in their magazine.

Blogger Matthew January 22, 2018 4:33 PM  

I did not contribute, because as one of the CH principals, that would amount to pressing on the scales.

Accordingly, I cannot vote for one of the novels, except to say that I would like to see how Allonia looks when drawn by Will.

Blogger Matthew January 22, 2018 4:34 PM  

https://freestartr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/lexian-254x300.jpg

Blogger Matthew January 22, 2018 4:36 PM  

$15,235.00

STRETCH GOAL

OpenID charlesperez January 22, 2018 4:43 PM  

Swan Knight's Son.

Blogger Josiah Litle January 22, 2018 4:54 PM  

I vote for the Swan Knight's son.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit January 22, 2018 5:10 PM  

Based on the art style I vote for Benjamin Cheah. Especially since Flashpoint Titan is a story that would reward the reader with cool visuals, while benefiting from tighter prose and plot.

Second choice is Swan Night's Son, as John Wright's stories make any illustrator worth his salt reach for a pencil. I worry, though that the prose style won't survive comic adaptation.

If you chose this, I volunteer my copyediting - whatever you need.

Anonymous Andalucia with fields full of grain January 22, 2018 5:14 PM  

Very happy to contribute to this project on Vox's recommendation.

SJW Delanda Est

Blogger rainman January 22, 2018 5:28 PM  

The stars came back

Anonymous NZT January 22, 2018 5:29 PM  

I vote for Swan Knight's Son

Blogger Terry Weatherby January 22, 2018 5:29 PM  

The Stars Came Back (Movie Script format). Best book of that year!

Anonymous CoolHand January 22, 2018 6:08 PM  

My first choice would be LawDog then Nick Cole, if we make it to two.

Awesome effort by everyone to not only spin this up on such short notice, but to fund it completely so quickly.

What are the odds that EVS will start to see the same market that VD does? It clearly exists.

Blogger RWill January 22, 2018 6:08 PM  

Any chance that Will could illustrate one of David the Good's best selling gardening books? If not, then I'll second his recommendation for "The Stars Came Back."

Anonymous Huckleberry January 22, 2018 7:12 PM  

The End Of The World As We Knew It.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 22, 2018 7:26 PM  

1. Rolf Nelson (The Stars Came Back)
2. Kai Wai Cheah (Flashpoint: Titan)

Blogger Bogey January 22, 2018 7:57 PM  

Peter Grant (Rocky Mountain Retribution)

I'm partial to western comics.

Blogger SirHamster January 22, 2018 9:04 PM  

D.J. wrote:_Sword & Flower, for instance, needs to go full light novel or manga._

What is a light novel in this context?


Japanese style short novel.


Short story, or serial, with manga-ish illustrations.

Blogger James Dixon January 22, 2018 9:27 PM  

OK, apparently a lot of folks had to wait till they got home. It's over $20K now. I've officially backed it now.

Blogger Anchorman January 23, 2018 7:33 AM  

I'm having trouble getting the page to load.

Blogger James Dixon January 23, 2018 9:57 AM  

Now over $25K with 385 backers.

Blogger Felix Bellator January 23, 2018 9:59 PM  

Voting for Rolf Nelson (The Stars Came Back).

Blogger Rick T January 24, 2018 1:14 PM  

Another vote for Rolf's The Stars Came Back

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