This is a question that I've been dealing with these past few months. I'm sure there are some readers out there that are worried that that means the comic could be dead, but I assure you that is not the case.
The truth is, I find myself in a transitional phase at the moment. I enjoy writing Zero's Heroes quite a bit, and will continue to do it as long as I am able, but for the time being, I am switching Zero's Heroes from a weekly webcomic to a yearly annual issue.
There are a few reasons for this, which I will now expand upon. The first and biggest reason is the age ol' dilema that everyone has to deal with: money. I don't talk about this much, but the fact of the matter is that making comics can be pretty expensive. Every artist that I work with has been paid a page rate and been fairly compensated for their work. I'm not saying this to garner any sympathy or brag about the work we do. I believe in free trade and am happy to pay for their services, but I only have so much disposable income from my day job. This year, I've also decided to attend more comic conventions than in the past, and that requires me to spend more money on convention and travel expenses. This year, I am going to be at Planet Comicon in Kansas City, Tricon in West Virginia, Wizard World St. Louis, and HeroesCon in South Carolina. There will also be 3 or 4 other conventions added in the future. This means I have less money to spend on producing comics.
I've enjoyed doing webcomics, but I think I will start transitioning to doing digital releases of full issues. Zero's Heroes will soon be coming to Comixology, and as always, digital issues will be available to download in our Digital Shop right here on newhavencomics.com.
But money isn't the only issue at play here. The money issue can easily be solved through the great digital hope: Crowdfunding. With Kickstarter, Patreon, and all other platforms in between, it has never been easier to fund an indie comic, and I have every intention of doing that. But, for the time being, I will not be taking Zero's Heroes to Kickstarter.
Instead, I have two Zero's Heroes spin off books that I want to produce. In about a month, I will start a Kickstarter for my new comic, The Amoral Stingray. The book is drawn by Kevin Bandt (Relative Space, Cat-Le Drivers) and will be about a rebelious teenager who gains superpowers, but instead of devoting his life to being a altruistic superhero, he decides he'd rather be a supervillain. In no time at all, he gets caught up in the world of super villainy, gets regularly beaten up by a friendly neighborhood superhero, and struggles to keep is secret identity hidden from his family and friends.
I'm really excited to put this book out. Right now, I'd say it's the best thing I've ever written, and Kevin is such a great artist who really should already be a mainstream superstar. You can read the preview pages at www.aaronwalther.com.
This book is going to be a 4 issue mini series, with the hope of producing more series after it's finished. I also hope to fund the entire thing through Kickstarter. If you've enjoyed reading Zero's Heroes, I think you'll really enjoy this book.
The second Zero's Heroes spin off is Urban Archer & Abracadiva. Chris McJunkin and I are developing a book starring our two favorite characters from Zero's Heroes Chapter 09. It will be a period piece, taking place in San Francisco in the early 1970's. This book is goign to be more of a charcter drama than Zero's Heroes, with a focus on Urban Archer and Abracadiva's relationship and the origin of their superpowers.
It's also going to be a mini series, with the intention of doing follow up series. In theory, I'd like to follow Urban Archer and Abracadiva's relationship from the moment they meet (in the first issue of Urban Archer & Abracadiva) to the moment they are killed by The Element Man (as seen in Zero's Heroes Chapter 09).
I really think this book will appeal to readers who are sick of the glut of big events currently being published by the likes of Marvel and DC and just want some good old fashioned character drama.
Right now, Urban Archer & Abracadiva is still in an early development phase. We have scripts written, but Chris and I still need to do some new character designs and some other boring behind the scenes work.
I was hoping that Chris and I would be further along in the development of Urban Archer & Abracadiva by now, but I got a little behind schedule in getting the next issue of Science Hero finished in time for conventions starting in March.
I'm sure there are some readers out there that are disappointed that I am scaling back Zero's Heroes in favor of other projects, and to them I can only say, I'm sorry. As I stated above, I love Zero's Heroes and will keep putting out new issues each year, but I think these two new books, The Amoral Stingray and Urban Archer & Abracadiva will both be better than anything I've done, yet.
Soon, we will have Zero's Heroes Annual #2 and Science Hero #4 finished and available for download in our digital shop. Stay tuned for updates and as always, thanks for reading.