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Posted: 05 October 2011 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 1  

As sometimes happens when a story idea percolates for a long time -- too long? -- my plans for NEXT MEN: AFTERMATH have hit a speedbump. Namely, the recent DOCTOR WHO "finale" played most, if not all, the cards I was planning for my series.

This presents a major problem for me, as a writer. I could simply go ahead with what I'd planned, and assume most people would remember this was stuff that had been floating around in my head since Matt Smith was, like, 10 years old . . .   But, of course, on the internet the single biggest mistake you can make is assuming anyone you deal with is going to be intelligent and reasonable.

So what's my option? I want to tell the story, but it seems I cannot tell it in quite the same way I originally planned. So, after much rumination, I have decided to do what I did with the last issues of JBNM. There I scooped out the sidebars that became AFTERMATH (and if I hadn't, I'd have done all the stuff I wanted to do by now, dagnabbit!) and presented a lean and mean version of my originally more meandering tale. Same thing now with AFTERMATH. What I thought would run for 10 or 12 issues, I have decided to pare down to 5, cutting some elements, downplaying others, and pushing what was once a subplot more into the fore. There will still be unavoidable comparisons to DOCTOR WHO, but I would ask all of you, when you see them, to remind those making them that I was there first!

That's the bad news. What's the good?

Well, with AFTERMATH being truncated like this, it means I will be getting to the hinted-at superhero book a whole lot sooner. So you'll probably be seeing it in 2012, rather than 2013.

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Damn / Yay! 
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Stephen Robinson
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This presents a major problem for me, as a writer. I could simply go ahead with what I'd planned, and assume most people would remember this was stuff that had been floating around in my head since Matt Smith was, like, 10 years old . . .

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The fact that this statement is not hyperbole pains me greatly.

Tennant was (and probably will be) the last Doctor who was older than I am.
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Posted: 05 October 2011 at 10:40am | IP Logged | 4  

The title said it all. I am sad to hear your news about AFTERMATH (Hey, we still get parts of it!) But, I am truly VERY excited about your hinted-at superhero book!

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Posted: 05 October 2011 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 5  

Can I be as excited about the superhero title as I am bummed about AFTERMATH? Bittersweet.

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I never have, and probably never will, watch Dr. Who, so would never
know. I understand your decision, though.
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When I was in high school in the late 80s, I wrote a full length horror novel.  It was never published, but I always figured I would revisit it someday when I was an older and better writer and see if I could punch it up. 

A couple years back I started watching the TV show "Supernatural" and alarm bells starting going off when I realized that a lot of the major beats of the show were concepts I'd written into my novel back in 1987.  I was ahead of my time!

I was really looking forward to a nice long run on AFTERMATH, though, so this is kinda sad news.  But, if we get John Byrne superhero stories as a consolation prize, I guess I'll be okay.


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I'm good with the superhero book!
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Damn / Yay!

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Yamn?
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I'm so satified with the conclusion of Next Men that it doesn't matter if Aftermath is 1 or 100 issues. Either way is just a bonus to the already perfect Next Men saga. It does stink that you have to change things around, but the trimming of the fat worked out well for the second round of Next Men. I expect the same results with Aftermath.

I was putting the new super-hero stuff out of my mind until Aftermath was over. Now I'm really excited knowing that it will come much sooner.

 

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Posted: 05 October 2011 at 11:39am | IP Logged | 11  

JB,

While I understand and respect your reasoning, those of us who are
not Who-fans will be missing out. Darn.
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As always, I trust you to do what is best. Nobody has a better understanding of the stories, art and finished product that will serve best. I will be happy to see the "super hero" book a step closer. My sneak peak was not enough.
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I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I am glad you are the one making the decision about your creation and doing what you feel is best. But on the other I hope this is not something you feel you have to do--it seems very rare that a creator gets to do it their way, 'til the end. And even more than for myself, I want you (JB) to be the most satisfied with your story.

I know I am not expressing this well. I guess I just hope you are happy that you got to tell your story your way.

I haven't kept up with Dr. Who the last couple of seasons, but it seems the "Zeitgeist" or whatever may be real--whenever I discuss story ideas with a friend it does not seem to be more than a year or so later that something very similar pops up.
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That's just too bad, JB. I'm very disappointed as through these months, IIRC, your plans for AFTERMATH have gone from an open-ended series to a 10 or 12-issue series to a 5-issue series now...

I'm probably in the minority here, but personally, I'd rather see you produce more Next Men than a new superhero book.

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This is the first I've heard about the super hero book but I'm all for it. I do agree that some people out there on the net would accuse you of ripping off DOCTOR WHO. Better to have less of AFTERMATH than none at all.
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I have faith. 5 issues... 12 issues... 50 issues... doesn't matter. It'll be a good story!

JB,

Does the thing we talked about when I visited you still fit in the story? I hope so! :)
 

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This is definitely bad news for me since I don't watch Dr Who and can;t get the story the way you intended.  Just another reason, I guess, for me to not care about that show.
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Sorry to hear that AFTERMATH is going to be shorter. Still, I am happy to have what is coming out. Also, very excited about the upcoming superhero project.



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Sorry to hear about your story JB. I've actually had something similar
to me. It really feels like someone just punched you in the gut.
Horrible feeling.

However, I'm really looking forward to seeing what what you coming.
It's been a really long time since I've seen you write and draw a
superhero book.
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Posted: 05 October 2011 at 1:11pm | IP Logged | 20  

JB,

Does the thing we talked about when I visited you still fit in the story? I hope so

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Yup. That's the sub-plot that is being moved to the fore.

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This is the first I am hearing of the superhero book.  Look forward to reading it.  Will it be one of your own characters?
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Will it be one of your own characters?

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Hmmm... How literally do I want to respond to that question?

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It's all good news to me!  We still get Aftermath and we get more JB superhero comics.  I don't watch WHO so I won't know what I am or am not missing.  No biggie.  I just know I'll be buying and reading!
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Keep it vague!
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Stoopid Doctor Who.

Cool on the superhero stuff, tho.

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