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    • CommentAuthorAhlhelm
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2011
    I will be happily buying this as it's already in my order list. Interesting concept, great art, hopefully it's as good as it looks! Much luck, Justin!
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2011
    justin, if you should ever wonder who in austria ordered your comic (via my local comic book store of preference, of course, support your scene and all that) - yeah, that would be me. looking forward to this.
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    @ Curt - Sure, no problem. I'll answer briefly here, but if you want to pick my brain privately (anyone else is free to talk to me, too) you can shoot me an email at JustinJordan at gmail

    Basically, we just sent the pitch in via email, and they said yes. I have been around comics for a few years (I had three Zuda finalist comics, for instance) and I had met Eric Stephenson verrrrry briefly at a con a couple of years ago, but I think I was completely unknown to Image. This was not my first pitch to Image, actually. I think it may have been my fourth or fifth, one of which they asked to see a hard copy version of but ultimately passed on. That was when Larsen was publisher, so I don't think those pitches had any effect one way or another on Luther.

    The pitch was pretty basic - I mentioned who I was and very briefly what the comic was about in the email body, then attached a cover letter that had more about Tradd, Felipe and I and an expanded summary of what the book is about (a paragraph or so), a synopsis of the series on issue by issue basis, and six pages of art plus the cover (the cover we pitched was slightly different than the final version - Felipe came up with a cooler logo). I think this is pretty much what they ask for in the submission guidelines.

    I think peopl sweat the submissions process too much. What matters (this is my opinion) is the art and the story. I'm not saying you should send one pin up and an eightypage story bible, but as long as the story is good and the art is good, you shouldn't sweat the submission too much. It'd be a rare company that would shit can a good series because your pitch wasn't perfect.

    (Having said that, I do sweat the pitch. Not so much making sure it's only one page long or whatever, but making sure I really have the essence of what the story is about down. This is pretty helpful later on when you're trying to talk to journalists.)

    Now, this is going a little far afield, but writers should (and this the opinion of somebody on their first real success, so grain of salt may be necessary) focus on two things: the craft of writing, and working with the right people. The craft part is something I can't help with, other than that you should write a lot, but the artist thing I can talk about. The trick to getting good artists to work with you is having artists work with you.

    Or less paradoxically, the more artists you work with, the easier it will be to get other artists to work with you. When I pitched Tradd, I was able to point him to half a dozen things I'd done, which allowed him to see how I write, and that I'm at the very least not so much of an asshole that I can't be worked with. So if you're wanting to bust in as a writer, get in the habit of looking for artists and approaching them, even if it's just for a five page story.

    @Ahlhelm - THanks! I hope you like it as much as we do. We may be slightly biased.

    @ werwolf - Sweet! I've got people buying in Germany, Austria, Spain, the UK and Australia. That I know of. International!
    • CommentAuthorAkiramich
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    Pre purchased from DCBS. Looking forward to having this show up in my Weekly Friday Mystery Box.
  2.  (10103.5)
    Thanks! I hope you dig it!

    (There really needs to be something that shows more enthusiasm than a period and yet doesn't make me seem like a cheerleader on meth like the exclamation point.)
  3.  (10103.6)
    For a while I hung out reading the thread on Image's message board where Erik Larsen fielded questions about how to submit things to them. (This was way back before I realized that I was not ready to even try.) It was 50% Larsen patiently saying "Read the submission guidelines, and give us that (or something close to it). We'll be able to tell if it's something we want."
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
    A very good USAToday interview with Justin and Tradd about Luther Strode... Plus some previously unseen pages hidden somewhere in the middle!
    • CommentAuthorfmiller
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2011
    Count me in. I think this looks pretty good.
  4.  (10103.9)
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2011
    We'll use that blurb, you bet your ass.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2011

    Here's a trailer we did. Editing and music by Luther Strode artist extraordinaire Tradd Moore!
  5.  (10103.12)
    Tomorrow is the day!

    In addition to your local comic shop, Luther wil also be available digitally from the usual suspects.

    Some reviews:
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
    ... plus a little pinup for your entertainment.

    Luther vs The Librarian
  6.  (10103.14)
    got the first one, pretty neat. loving the art style!
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    It sits in my car, awaiting the end of this awful day.
  7.  (10103.16)
    Thanks, Joe!

    Hope you dig it Jason!

    If anyone is interested in buying the digital version, it's available here.
  8.  (10103.17)
    I'm interested in buying the physical edition. It's available nowhere. :(

    Actually, one local comic store sold out and the other got left high & dry by Diamond. I've got a few other places to search, though, but am too busy with work to do it before Sunday.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    Justin, just in case you did see this.
  9.  (10103.19)
    I did, thanks!

    It's interesting - stores are selling out all over, but the price for the issues seems to not be rising yet, and I wonder if that's a function of digital comics being available or not enough time or what.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    Probably a mix of both.