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Long Live the Legion!

This is not like my typical posts on this blog, but I wished to share my views anyway.

DC Comics have announced they will soon be cancelling the series due to poor sales. Paul Levitz – a writing legend on the series, and Keith Giffen – art legend on same – couldn’t save the title. Instead they killed many of the cast, and now the plug is being pulled.

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5.22.10PaulLevitzByLuigiNovi4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a fan of the LSH for most of 33 years.

Julius Schwartz (the SF literary agent who carved himself another legendary career as a comicbook editor) helped to  pioneer this property, with Hugo-winning author Otto Binder, then joined by his brother Edgar as E and O (“Eando”) for awhile.

English: at in 2002. Français : au , en 2002.

English: at in 2002. Français : au , en 2002. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cracks began to show every time that the company rewrote the series in an attempt to remove Superman from the series. He was finally returned, but after 4 of these “retcon”s (retroactive continuity; essentially re-writing what we already know) the damage may have irrevocably been done – and having mediocre new stories didn’t help either.

The Legion hopefully will return someday. Meanwhile, the excellent past stories are collected in history volumes to read.

 

More on Mind Maps

Mind map of the mind map guidlines.

Mind map of the mind map guidlines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the benefits that I’ve found to this process: as you brainstorm a story, ideas don’t come to you in linear fashion. As they do, you just go to that idea node, open it, add the idea then collapse it and move on to the next one.

The results may surprise you. Due to it one of my projects grew and changed in ways that I hadn’t foreseen.

(If you hadn’t already figured it out, I’m a big mind map fan.)

My Character Origin

The characters that I will use in my novel (I won’t name them directly here so no other writer can take them yet) I originally created over 20 years ago.

I was a contributing member to   a private APA in the mid 1990s. APA is the term for an Amateur Press Association; essentially it’s a fanzine grouping together individual zines of the membership.

I’m very much into puns, so for a shared world project I created a group with punning names. Though the names were puns, the characters — and their skills — were  (and are) legitimate.

Move forward two  decades. They came to my mind. From that books will grow.

When People Write for Free, Who Pays?

Article on Gawker

I write articles  for the newsletter at work. I don’t get paid any extra for it,  You could say that I’m writing for free.

Is this bad? I don’t think so. This month I’ll be launching my first Kindle novels through Indiegogo (trust me, you’ll hear about it here among other sources), and I have a few other projects too… the newsletter for me is pure non-fiction though; I always benefit from further practice in that area. The more that I write, the better that I get in it, and the more confident I grow.

Those I’d see as reasons that while I don’t get cash for it it’s not really free. Plus for other magazines it will be for money.