Hey Everyone,

Thanks for reading the Agreement! I’d love to hear back from you.  So feel free to comment unless it’s hate speech, racist or sexist, or basic douche-ery.  I have nothing against free speech, but let’s keep this a fun place where we talk about comics. Speaking of comics, I’ve added page 12.  This is the page when I think I started to hit my stride artistically. Looking back at the first few pages, I was shaking off the rust having not drawn seriously in years. As you can see by the signature on the splash page, I started the book in 2013 and I think I drew page 12 in late 2014, early 2015. I draw when I have free time, and can usually finish a page a week. It doesn’t always work out, but that’s the goal. I’m about a quarter of the way through issue 2. So why did I start writing and drawing the Agreement?

The Agreement started about 5 years ago. DC Comics had announced something, probably the New 52, and I was miffed that “my superheroes” were being changed. Then I realized, they weren’t “my” anything. I didn’t own them, a huge multinational corporation did. They had only 1 obligation, and that’s to maximize profits. Plus, I’m not the targeted demo. So I decided to revive characters I created over the years and build my own universe. It sounded simple enough…

Let me tell you, if you create a superhero when you’re 13, chances are it’s going need a little reimagining when you’re 40. My characters were very 80s. Sport stars, mullets, and unintentionally hilarious. So I decided to play into that. I set a story in 1986 at a gathering of superheroes at the U.N. I also decided, in between jokes and absurd characters, that I would tell a story of corrupt governments run by a secret corporate entity known only as the Agreement. When I finished my first draft, it was 12 issues. That’s a lot to tackle, especially for a guy trying to write and draw in between work, life, and trips to the store. So I decided to tackle how the Agreement came to be during the days of WW II.

When asked, I describe the Agreement as the Watchmen meets the Venture Bros. with more dick jokes. Social commentary via Cap’n Gown, Slugger, and Lt. John Maxwell, a trio representing America as the nation enters WWII. Their transformation by the end of the war reflects the shift in global politics. In doing so, I hope to add chords to what could be 1-note characters.

Next week, I’ll talk about Slugger and Cap’n Gown, the University of Upton, and goofy names.

Terence

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