Okay, I wasn't going to propose this for SEVERAL more months and after issue 4 of my comic, but what the hell, I'm feeling stupid and brave and I think this sort of thing should be planned out waaaay ahead of time.. ^_^
Some of you may recall that I sent out This
piece of fanart a while ago. What I didn't tell you was that I'm a psychotic loonie who ALWAYS thinks big and not just for small-scale stuff.
Within my little head, I've been dreaming of a huge crossover event the likes of which Comic Genesis and Keenspace has never seen. Since my own webcomic is a superhero webcomic, a lot of the inspiration here comes from DC Comics' old crossover stories with parallel universes.
Here's the plot rundown of what I'm thinking:
There is a war occurring in what is known as the "Web of Dimensions." There are two main forces - a multidimensional guardian known as the Webmaster, who travels through the parallel universes and maintains order and prevents any dimension from crossing with another or subsequently destroying itself or others or acts as a general dimensional policeman. The other force I will not reveal the name of, but generally he used to be an agent of the webmaster, a superhero himself in his own world until the Webmaster ordered him to stop the woman he loved (who had become a powerful supervillain who threatened other dimensions) by any means necessary. While this hero refused outright to stop her, the Webmaster intervened and managed to kill the woman. The hero, consumed by hatred at what the Webmaster stood for and deciding that the entire concept of heroism, sacrifice, and other noble ideals that are generally associated with "Goodness" were hypocritical, self-defeating, and ultimately horric in their expectations and decided to get his revenge against the Webmaster. As such, he began travelling to parallel universes, gathering weapons from as many divergent and bizarre universes as he could get his hands on in hopes of fighting the Webmaster, whose dimenional powers far exceeded his own when he began his quest.
And now we get to where this Crisis has come
- the hero's quest is over, assembling all the weapons at his disposal and he's begun his war with the Webmaster on his own terms - in the Web of Dimensions itself. Images, spraypainted in universes in their own way like in the form of graffiti or crop circles, mark universes' territory for the war between the two. The Webmaster, having fought the war for several years from his own perspective, decides it's time to finally take down the hero with a little assistance from some parallel universes, which is where we come to my request.
I want heroes. Heck, I might even take some villains! I'm requesting a general call for people to become involved in this project, whether it be as writers, artists, or simply lending their characters out either for a cameo or to be used in this idea. I have a core group that I REALLY want involved in this, whom I will be sending out e-mails to privately, but of course I do believe in the more the merrier. ^_~
Now, as such, the next question I'm sure people are asking is - but how will we be able to have such a large, far-reaching story on all of our sites? And who's going to write or draw it if it's really that long?
Well, that's why I'm asking for it now as opposed to waiting. I want to start scripting and maybe even drawing stuff now. Now, some of you are fantastic artists who would probably be my first choice in doing it... if this were the proffesional world. However, I understand how people have commitments (three of the core group that I'm going to be asking for have had trouble updating, but they all have good excuses. ^^;; ). I want this comic to be fun and a great story for the people involved, even maybe getting it out on a daily or three-days-per-week basis, another reason why I want us to start early - I want us to be mostly done by the time we start posting it, which brings me to the next part of this: how we're going to store this comic.
My proposal is either by special request or by normal registration, to set up another comic on the site where comic on the site, something like crisis.comicgenesis.com or some such thing. Now, something this big needs to have something in return, right? Well, it can do several things for you, the base of which is to promote your own comic by bringing it to the attention of readers of other superhero comics. Next of which is simply the great feeling of knowing you participated in something hugely kickass. Another idea is that, since big summer crossover events in comic books tend to also make nice leaps for characters, you can have the story act as a kind of new beginning for your own stuff, introducing a new plot element into your own comic or having it be the excuse to change something you'd like to change. And, of course, since we're all personally in charge of our own comics, it could be that the event has no effect at all on your characters and you just did it for a laugh!
So, what do you think, sirs? ^_~