So, as you might have heard, there’s a brand new Marlin & Percy novel on its way to you! It’s getting that much closer to being completed since the last time we talked; the chapters (all twenty of them!) have been sent off to our faithful editor, Matt, and Tyler has turned in both black and white and full-color versions of all the artwork. It’s looking pretty great, I must say. And since you’ve been so patiently waiting, here’s a look at the cover!
Pretty cool, right?!!!
As I mentioned previously, the main villain for this is a character from our Rogue’s Gallery: The Hyena. It was nice having this chance to tell the story leading up to issue one and getting to fill in some blanks, because in the very early stages Matt had asked us for some characters that our heroes had had run-ins with, and now we get to finally explain their origins.
Another bad guy we got to break out of storage was Spade, who was formerly known as Digger (you’ll recognize him from the Rogue’s Gallery as the guy who looked like he needed a bath). Spade’s actually a variation on a character I had come up with for another series, way back when I was in high school and was first interested in comics (interestingly enough, this story became the basis for the first comic Tyler and I ever made together!). A lot of times when I’m working on a story I’ll keep a notebook and fill it with ideas for different characters, so when we were asked to flesh out the supporting cast of Marlin & Percy, I went looking through my old stash of ideas to see what might be worth recycling.
That’s the thing about telling stories: a lot of times they can be mashups of things that might have been cool on their own but didn’t fit in their old places. It can definitely be a case of right idea, wrong place a lot of times, so it’s always exciting when you find the right spot to put something. This new novel is definitely an exciting fulfillment of that concept in a lot of ways. As Tyler and I worked away at the comic series, we’d both come up with plenty of fun ideas along the way, but some just didn’t fit into the story at the time, and some didn’t fit at all. This first novel gives some opportunities for a “director’s cut” approach at the mythology of Marlin and Percy, but it’s also full of plenty of fresh new ideas.
Some things to look forward to:
- Colorful villains, both new and old.
- Insight into some of our heroes’ favorite stories.
- A trip to the carnival (who doesn’t like carnivals?)
- LOTS of clowns.
We can’t wait for you to see it!