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CURA TE IPSUM VOLUME THREE: Tempus Rerum Imperator (“Time, Commander of All Things”)
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RELEASE DATE: July 25 (VOLUME THREE), July 30 (YEAR ONE).
Volume Three, Tempus Rerum Imperator, features the first half of year two, plus awesome BONUS CONTENT at the end, including sketches you’ll only find in the trade, pencilled pieces, and more! (102 pages)
Year One features the entire first year of Cura, plus INRICTI, the 8,500 word Cura short story! (186 pages)
After much thought and debate, we have put together the following packages for the trade and preceding volumes:
VOLUME THREE (REGULAR EDITION) $14
VOLUME THREE (with SMALL SKETCH) $25
VOLUME THREE (with LARGE SKETCH, a digital copy of COLOR CURA #1, a digital copy of the short story INRICTI, and YOUR LIKENESS IN CURA (can also be a friend, animal, or any reasonable object.) $40
PLEASE NOTE: LIMITED TO 15 (See link for availability).
YEAR ONE (REGULAR EDITION) $25
YEAR ONE (with SMALL SKETCH) $35
YEAR ONE (with LARGE SKETCH, a digital copy of COLOR CURA #1, (INRICTI if you want it digitally, as it’s in the trade) and YOUR LIKENESS IN CURA (can also be a friend, animal, or any reasonable object.) $50
PLEASE NOTE: LIMITED TO 15 (See link for availability).
ULTIMATE SUPPORTER’S PACKAGE: YEAR ONE, VOLUME THREE, TWO LARGE SKETCHES (one for each trade), COLOR CURA #1, YOUR LIKENESS IN CURA (can also be a friend, animal, or any reasonable object), and the ORIGINAL ART for the page in question. You also get to title the page for the site, and you get a thank you in the title. $125
If there’s a package that’s not here you’d want, email me and I can arrange custom stuff. The above is just what’ll be readily available in the store.
UPDATE: Anthony R. Cardno’s site has an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of the INRICTI short story! Head on over there to read a good chunk of it! The basic premise is the Dark Everett going back two thousand years with a preacher Charlie to examine certain ecclesiastical mysteries…
ALSO, as a side note, putting all this together took a while, so we’re going to take another week to rebuild the buffer, continuing the sketches and cool extras, and come roaring back the next week with new pages! (June 9) There will still be content, do not be worried!
I have been doing my research on the trade in order to try and save you guys some cash and keep everyone happy as things evolve. I have learned some surprising things, and I thought I would share them with you all and see what your thoughts are on the subject. I must stress the absolute importance of your opinion on these matters. Please, please comment and let me know what you think of these ideas (I will not bite or belittle, I will thank).
The cost of books have risen to the point of a price hike for the existing trades, as I mentioned before. So far no one has expressed that this will dissuade them from buying, so for the next trade, I’m thinking the price for the existing trades will rise to fourteen dollars. I guarantee you it’s not so that I can gouge you guys or make more money, it’s so I can continue to sell the six month trades, which I really want to do.
Initially my thought was to make the two trades ten bucks until Volume Three comes out, and then make them fourteen. However, research has revealed another option. It turns out I can put the first two trades together, slap on a shiny new awesome cover by Dex, and make a YEAR ONE trade available for 25 bucks, complete with the 9,400 word Cura short story INRICTI, about the Dark Everett taking a Preacher Charlie two thousand years into the past (we can only guess why). This seems particularly viable as a cheaper alternative. There will likely be a sketch edition, as well.
With that option in place, I don’t feel so bad offering the first two trades at 14 starting next week (barring objection) as soon as I reveal the volume 3 trade. In other words, fair warning, if you want to, buy it cheap while you still can (limited to stock on hand)!
I also need to know if 14 dollars as a price point is going to dissuade anyone from buying a volume 3 trade. If so, I need to reassess, and figure some things out. If you were going to buy one, and a price jump would change your mind, like I said, PLEASE say so. Pre-Order will begin soon.
Either way, Wednesday’s page is going to look incredible in print. I look forward to hearing what you guys think!
No, don’t be afraid, we’re not going to suddenly start missing updates! Dex is a art making MACHINE, folks. He truly rocks.
HOWEVER, that said, we want to get a good buffer going, as we have eaten up a bit of it with other, cool SUPER SECRET stuff Dex has coming out elsewhere, and more power to him for his industry, his skill, and his ambition!
He said to me that he could knock out the buffer and kick his own ass and do it, and by God, he would have, because I’ve never met more of a workaholic artist than Dex, but my response, as should be yours, is “NO!” Don’t kill yourself, buddy. I told him that I was sure all of you fine folks would understand if he took it easy catching up, especially given our SECRET POSTERS.
Ah-whah, you say?
Well, Dex, about a year ago, did five truly awesome posters. Some of you may have seen one of them in color if you bought the second trade. The others, you haven’t seen, and they give you a bit of a tease as to what’s coming, along with a compelling image. They will be what you see Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with perhaps a special surprise or three on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to thank you for your patience in a break in story, but no break in content. This will last from page 151 on June 15th, a Friday, the last page of the third trade, through when we return with new story pages on July 2nd, a Monday.
Anyone out there who wants to do a guest piece is more than welcome to contact me. We have planned material, but I’d love to see stuff others might want to put together. Doesn’t matter if you’re five and it’s your first drawing or if you’re Adam Hughes. And if you are Adam Hughes and you want to do a piece, I will gladly dress up in leather and model. Or, alternatively, agree not to dress up in leather in exchange for the piece. Atsa good deal for independent art! The only important thing, and this is absolutely essential, please only send in existing Charlies/Charlenes/characters. While I’m sure your Charlie ideas would be wonderful, there’s a legal issue there, and I’d have to delete them unseen, which would make me sad. I wish we lived in a world where I could say “Come up with crazy Charlie ideas, and we’ll showcase the best ones!” and could just trust the world to be cool, but then I run the risk of someone saying I stole an idea from them, and I gotta protect Charlie and company.
Beyond that, we will also use the buffer to design our new trade, volume three, and figure out how we’re going to want to knock it out. We have an image selected, pages in the can, and I should have prices soon. Speaking of prices…
Here’s a reality I’ve had to come to terms with. When I published the first trade, the cost per copy was substantially lower than it is now. Paper prices have gone up, as have shipping prices, so I’m in an odd position. I don’t WANT to raise prices, but I may have to. I’m not sure what it will be, I’m guessing 12 bucks a copy instead of ten, but it may be 14, depending on what the prices are in the intervening six months since we made the last trade. Question, and feel free to comment, if I have to raise prices, will anyone then NOT be able to buy? This is very important to me, not for profit purposes (HAHAHAHAH, profit? Pfft!), more for sustainability. Profitability is a word that hangs around Penny Arcade, and more power to them, but we’re not there yet.
I am thinking I will tell you guys now, so anyone who wants to buy 1 and 2 at the old price can, before prices potentially rise.
Also, I am considering putting together a YEAR ONE trade, in paperback. That might be more spendy, I don’t know… is twenty-five dollars insane for a year one trade? Thirty? Twenty? What is reasonable for a full year under one cover (provided you don’t have it already). I need your input, folks.
All that said, I will soon post something on Comic Rocket, a site I am digging that I am remiss in telling you guys about. Expect a post some time soon! We are also two pages away from another issue of Cura in color!
Tomorrow, May 22nd, Greg Rucka’s new novel Alpha drops, introducing new protagonist Jad Bell. You should really get out there and buy it, or click on your digital readers and order it.
If you don’t know Greg’s work, he’s known for many things, from writing every major hero in comicdom to the supremely awesome Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether. He writes books, too, great books, and every one of his novels feature a great eye for detail, jargon, place, and character. Exciting plots. Great stories. If I could, in all honesty, turn and point at the author and writer I want to be, I’d point at Greg. I study his work to try and improve mine, and anything I do well of late, I can pretty much lay at his feet.
I was fortunate enough to get a look at Alpha, the first Jad Bell novel, before it hits the streets. I don’t think it’s unfair, having read everything else Greg has done with prose, to say that he’s created his best action hero yet. We walk with protagonist Jad Bell through a damned spectacular set of confrontations with a series of terrorists, who take over WilsonVille (essentially a variation of Disneyland) and start doing all those terrible things we see in our post 9/11 nightmares. There is a complication, I won’t spoil it, that makes the conflict personal between Jad and the terrorists, and it changes duty-bound conflict into personal moral terror. The end result is a satisfying tension that I envy, I envy, I envy the man’s ability to create, and a satisfying read.
As a breakout novel for a series character, this is an amazing debut. As a standalone novel, it blew me away. I say, without being glib, that I’m looking forward to the day not long from now when I see this on a big screen, because if this book doesn’t get the treatment, there’s no damned justice in the world. Yes, I know there’s very little justice in the world, but live in hope. If we can have Battleship, I will see an Alpha movie.
It’s the subtle touches that make the book. The prose is masterful. The flow is superb. Jad is a wonderful, technically spot-on character, and his family and crew grant flavor that makes you truly care. The world, even, gains a character that I’ve rarely seen in prose, with such attention to the surroundings that you start to feel a part of the scenery, but without that awful sense that the writer is describing wallpaper to pad the word count. Every inch of WilsonVille feels real, and the details surrounding it are used to enhance the peril and give you a precisely cinematic feel of the world you’re mentally walking around in.
From the establishing moments to the exciting climax, this is a book I’ll study in the years to come, and have already studied, to learn how to do what I want to do better. If you don’t, it’ll be your loss.
Full disclosure: Greg and I know each other. Even fuller disclosure: I don’t plug a thing unless I really, really dig it, even if someone I knew wrote it, so ignore the first disclosure as journalistic duty.