Yes, it's more TPB covers for books we'll never see. Hey, I enjoy doing these, and really, as Darkwater's said time and time again, there is no news
. Except that bit about Team HG at E3 last week
... hunting for developers for the Shadow Chronicles
game perhaps, or just checkin' out all the shiny new toys on display? Who knows?
Oh, and there's some RT fans taking the Anime News Network
poll a bit hard and boycotting ANN. Anyone who's read my non-ROBOTECH blog today
will see I'm not one of them (for those two don't want to click, I refer to reading something on ANN twice
and I were talking about this today and were jointly rolling our eyes at this ridiculousness. There's far more important issues in the world today than whether or not half a thousand ROBOTECH fans were shaved off an unscientific, privately-run fan poll
that asked a totally innocuous question
. To anyone still offended by this mess
: go outside, take a deep breath, and find yourself a real
cause to expend some energy on, okay?
And that's the last
I'm saying about that
Anyway ... one more thing
before we move along into faux-TPB-land. If you have any questions for the Tommy Yune follow-up interview, SEND THEM NOW
! I think I've gotten, like, two
. Don't be shy -- fire 'em into my e-mail ASAP, because I'm thinking either this week or next I'll be hitting him up for it.
Okay, soooo ... yeah, um, Mordecai
In the comments on Aftermath
below, Ginrai made mention of Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons's three-issue run on that book that spun off into six issues of Clone
(plus a 40 page special illustrated by John Scharmen) and a single issue of Mordecai
. I always loved that run myself, largely for the gorgeous art and designs (I'll buy practically any Studio Tavicat book for Tavisha's art, it's always a treat), but also for a lot of the ideas that Rikki threw around the place -- Clone
#2 made me smile the first time I read through it because of all the fascinating backstory Rikki unspooled, tying the new alien foes, the Monte Yarrow, to established ROBOTECH lore in a way reminiscent of the threads that run throughout the original TV series.
Bearing the cover of Aftermath
#9, this would be an approximately 74-page slim little volume collecting the Aftermath
run that introduced Dr. Gilles Vaudell, the Isle of the IHE, and the SDF-M through the point of view of Lancer, Sera, and Annie (she of the titular "threadbare heart"). It could easily be padded out with some of the "data book" material that appeared in the original Threadbare Heart
trade paperback collection by Academy Comics and the Clone
comic book series -- technical specifications, explanations of the insignias of the Immuno Heredity Enigma, character profiles, and other facets of Mordecai
lore. Probably wouldn't make it much more than eighty pages of content, but still, anything to beef up the page count.
Oh, and as for why I'm calling it Mordecai
on the cover ... I seem to recall that Rikki once said in an interview that he would have liked to have called the series that from the get-go, so there you go. Also, I credited him and Tavisha the way they're credited on the front of Shutterbox
, not the way they're credited in the ROBOTECH books, since those are in print and the ROBOTECH work isn't right now -- less confusing that way, I think.
This has the cover of Clone
#4, because it's spiffy looking and was a lot easier to crop than the group shot on Clone
#0. With 97 story pages total, this would contain issues #0-4 of Clone
, and would include the remainder of the "data book" pages from that run not used in the first volume. That may sound a little low, but a couple of these issues only had eighteen story pages, while issue #9 of Aftermath
had, like, twenty-seven story pages.
That would leave only three uncollected Mordecai
stories -- Rikki Simons & John Scharmen's 40-page special (only 23 story pages) "Youth Inertia," which is pretty good, and the two illustrated prose stories (the 24 page "Cradlesong" from Clone
#5 and the fifteen pages of story from Mordecai
#1), which would need some major spiffing up for collection. Heck, if we're operating in happy dream land, I'd go up to Rikki & Tavisha and ask them to redo those stories in sequential art format and keep Mordecai
rolling. I have
always been curious what was going to be in that delayed-then-cancelled Mordecai