There’s press happening at the moment. A couple more pieces will be out soonish, but here’s a Newsarama piece to remind you about the Spartan comic I have coming out in October.
I’m using this setting as the setting of the story, but bringing out the story that seemed interesting from the research material. It’s not really a history lesson. Basically, it’s an inverted Thermopylae story. Instead of 300 versus a million, it’s these 3 versus a similar 300.
When you tell the story of Thermopylae and these 300 facing this infinite Persian army, each one of those Spartans had these slaves with them. Those Helots died for a freedom they never possessed. They were as dead as those 300 quote-unquote heroes. For me, if we’re going to celebrate those incredible warriors, you have to look at the system that allowed them to be like that.
So that’s what Three is, it’s a folky Billy Bragg pop song about these Helot slaves on the road, trying to get freedom.
There’s a few more black and white pages in the interview. There should be a coloured preview coming out shortly too, when CA run it. Which is lovely, as Jordie is a phenomenon.
It’s also the last weekend before pre-order cut-offs.
This is complicated comic industry nonsense, but basically means that it’s a big part of deciding how many copies a shop orders and how much image prints, etc. In short, it’s what decides whether Ryan, Jordie and myself get to eat. Kelly-Sue writes a little about it here, but the basics are “Tell shop you want a copy, and add it to your standing order.”
In other words, we’re pro folk doing it, if they can. Give your shop a call before Monday.
Most shops I’ve been at haven’t actually made their customers fill in forms, with a word being enough. However, for those who need it, the order code is AUG130573.
Thanks for everyone who’s done this. You’re lovely.