A Message from Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch
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A Message from Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch

by Dan Wallace

TWICE AS MUCH AS MARVEL FOR A DOLLAR LESS.

Okay, thatís a bold statement and possibly contentious enough to get you to read this but itís absolutely true.

AMERICAíS GOT POWERS launches in April from Image by us, (Bryan Hitch and Jonathan Ross). We told you a bit about it in January. What we hadnít told you until now was that issue one has THIRTY-EIGHT pages of story and is still only $2.99.

Hereís why.

Bryan says: Since I started drawing Ultimates issue one in late 2001, I may have only delivered two or three 22 page books. Iíve always pushed the story either with additional visual material to underscore whatís been written or to pump action to the level we all wanted but would never have had the room for. So I just drew it the way it felt right to do so.

Go count the pages in each issue of Ultimates, Captan America: Reborn or FF. Not many 22 page issues. I got hell of course but my deal has always been that giving the story the best work it can have is the only deal that matters. I even did some pages for free to get them in the issues.

We have taken stuff out of AMERICAíS GOT POWERS issue one, moved it around and walked around the room whistling. It should have been a 22 page first issue but there were things we felt had to be there and those scenes needed to breath. The story needed to be told properly; it ALWAYS does. So we put it back in and told the story the way we wanted to. Thirty-eight pages of it!

Normally a book this size would be at least $3.99 but that didnít seem fair to us. It was our decision to make the first issue this big and itís not right to ask you guys to pay extra for it. We are proud of AMERICAíS GOT POWERS, insanely proud and we want to pass that on.

Big time.

Weíre just another small business like many of the retailers and we believe completely in the story weíre trying to tell so instead of putting out a 20 page issue and asking you to pay $3.99 for it, weíre giving you nearly DOUBLE that for a dollar less.

Itís had a knock-on effect though. Initially we had intended to release issues one and two in the same month, a sort of double whammy to kick-start the book. Weíve changed that plan slightly as most of that material is now in a single 38-page issue rather than two separate books.

As a result issue two will move backwards slightly into May, issue three into June etc so our team doesnít kill themselves providing this much awesome in a single month.

So we ARE still releasing what we intended to in April; the same TWO ISSUES of story but now itís in one book and only the price of a single. Weíre giving you what we said we would but at half the price.

$2.99

Boom.

Did we mention it was 38 pages at $2.99? Itís also worth mentioning that we canít guarantee any of the other issues wonít exceed 20 pages either. Though if they do, theyíll never exceed $2.99

Over the next few days, weíre going to properly introduce you to our characters and the amazing world they live in along with loads of pencils and inks from the first issue to get you excited.

Jonathan and Bryan

This article was published on Sunday 04 March, 2012.
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