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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: new jms comic
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/26/1998 8:53:00 AM  

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Posted this over on another system, figured I'd put it here as
well.

Just thought I'd get this thread moving, though it's still a bit
early, since news has started to break in other places. Basically:
I've
always loved comics (no secret there), and have always wanted to do
a
title of my own, try to make it something special, as B5 was/is
special.

I created the premise, went to Top Cow (my first and only choice
on
this one), we met, we agreed...and now RISING STARS is set to debut
next
April. I've already turned in the first script (for the preview
issue),
and will be getting down to writing issues 0 and 1 shortly.

The story follows the events after the small town of Pederson,
Illinois, is struck by a mass of energy from an unknown, but non-
terrestrial source. Everyone who was in utero at the time of the
flash
is affected, resulting in 113 individuals who develop abilities of a
most
unusual and highly individual form. (The power is to some degree
shaped
by who they are, just as they are shaped to some degree by the
power.)

It is set in a realistic universe, timed to real-world events
(it
covers a span of about 60 years, starting in about 1969), where
there
have never been super-powered individuals before. It looks at how
the
world reacts to them, and how they react to the world. We follow
these
characters through their early years, into adulthood and to the ends
of
their lives, mapping all the changes they go through, and how they
change
the world.

It's an extremely ambitious 24 issue miniseries (with the
potential
to go back and further develop any of the stories presented earlier
along
the way).
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: new jms comic
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/27/1998 5:27:00 AM  

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Ed Brandt <100274.2672@compuserve.com> asks:
> Will they be made into a graphic novel, i.e as In Valen's Name,
> seemed to be?

Probably, but that's down the road a bit.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: new jms comic
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/27/1998 5:27:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Well, they'll have the scripts in plenty of time, so I can't see
any reason why there would be any problem in schedule. I've learned in
B5 how to maintain a schedule.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: new jms comic
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/27/1998 3:07:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks...what's great is that I've already heard from a number
of folks who don't generally buy comics, but will do so for this
particular title, so given B5's coverage, it may mean a good influx of
new people to discover the comics world.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: new jms comic
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/28/1998 12:32:00 PM  

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Andrew S. Troth <74663.3614@compuserve.com> asks:
> Joe, do you mind if I repost this announcement over in the Comics
> & Animation Forum?

Sure, by all means.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: new jms comic
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/28/1998 12:32:00 PM  

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Carl Cantarella <105030.3700@compuserve.com> asks:
> Is there any possibility that we'll be able to purchase it from
> the Emporium? BTW, when are they going to update the Emporium?
> What's the deal with that?

There's been some problems with the company providing the web
site, and we're working to address that.

jms

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