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ClintP
06-04-2007, 06:15 AM
When is it coming out?

How many issues is it going to be?

What is the release schedule for it? monthly, bimonthly?

Oeming
06-04-2007, 06:33 AM
[QUOTE=ClintP;3153324]When is it coming out?

September, even if I have to grab the sun and slow it down. Ive kicked the suns ass once or twice before, it can be done.



How many issues is it going to be?

about 25 issues! Bi-monthly in 3 arcs, we'll take a small 2-3 month break between arcs and the first issue is 50 pages of story for only $4!!!

ART DUMP!!!

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ClintP
06-04-2007, 07:13 AM
September? Is that the current month's ordering through Previews?

What publisher is it with so I can look for it?

ClintP
06-04-2007, 07:15 AM
One more question, though it is just that I am curious. What size is the comic going to be? Tradition comic page size?

BJLG
06-04-2007, 09:13 AM
September? Is that the current month's ordering through Previews?

What publisher is it with so I can look for it?

Next month's July Previews for product shipping in September.
The publisher is Image!

dankiely
06-04-2007, 09:15 AM
fucking a, i can't wait!

ClintP
06-04-2007, 01:00 PM
Next month's July Previews for product shipping in September.
The publisher is Image!

Thank you very much!

Ange-face
06-04-2007, 03:09 PM
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j271/Oeming/Vis1.jpg


YOU HAVE MOMO!!

From the anime Samurai Champloo.

http://www.spookhouse.net/angelynx/comics/tn19-momo.jpg

I love that show >.> <.<

ClintP
06-04-2007, 04:01 PM
Is Oeming doing the writing and art?

WillS
06-04-2007, 04:50 PM
Is Oeming doing the writing and art?

Mike is doing the art and Bryan is doing the writing.

dankiely
06-04-2007, 05:41 PM
will you guys include the script in the trade?!?!?!?! that would be sweet

Hock
06-04-2007, 06:20 PM
Mike is doing the art and Bryan is doing the writing.

They aren't co -writing?

BJLG
06-04-2007, 08:32 PM
They aren't co -writing?

No more than I am co-drawing.

BJLG
06-04-2007, 08:40 PM
And welcome aboard WillS...

One of my best pals, only Mike and I know more about Mice Templar than WillS does!

Now don't go gloating that you've seen ALL the completed art thus far, read the full 50-page script for issue #1, as well as the entire 25-issue series synopsis! 8)

BJLG
06-04-2007, 09:17 PM
will you guys include the script in the trade?!?!?!?! that would be sweet

That would be cool, Dan.
We'll have to wait and see.

By the time the whole thing is over, maybe we can print Mike's original 6-issue synopsis followed by my 25-issue treatment, and then everyone can decide for themselves what we each brought to the tale. :cool:

Hock
06-05-2007, 07:13 PM
No more than I am co-drawing.

hmmm. I wonder why I thought you guys were co-writing. I must be crazy.

Oeming
06-05-2007, 07:44 PM
hmmm. I wonder why I thought you guys were co-writing. I must be crazy.


Because I usually co write my books, this is rare:)

the last ronin
06-05-2007, 07:46 PM
Mike, will you have the sketchbooks in Toronto?
Please?

Oeming
06-05-2007, 08:24 PM
Mike, will you have the sketchbooks in Toronto?
Please?

Yes sir!!!!

BJLG
06-05-2007, 09:22 PM
hmmm. I wonder why I thought you guys were co-writing. I must be crazy.

Mice Templar is quite an interesting beast...

Mike wrote an original outline for a 6-issue mini-series that introduced his basic concept and brought it to a basic ending. You must also realize that this outline was one of his earliest attempts at becoming a writer. Mike passed it on to me before he ever published anything in which he was credited as the writer. By the time his writing career was taking off as strongly as his art, I had the Mice Templar revamp well under way.

Mike certainly did not create the genre of anthropomorphic mice wielding swords, but he did establish his basic concept: the Templar had been like the Jedi, like the Knights of the Round Table in Camelot, a unified brotherhood that had brought peace to the land, but were now fallen. They had turned upon each other in civil war, destroyed their order, and when the tale begins mice culture is now subjugated under rat tyranny...

There were various mice characters he'd introduced, young and old, as well as a mad mouse king sitting upon the throne and a mysterious priesthood that supported the Templar of old. A young mouse then discovers that it is his destiny to restore the fallen order, which he accomplished within six issues.

It was six issues of adventure, excitement, fascinating characters, and intriguing concepts...but it left several important questions unanswered:

1. How did the Templar turn upon themselves?
2. Why does a rat regime support an insane mouse king?
3. Who are the priests, the Readers of the Wheat, and why have they not been burned out by the rats from the Great Ash Tree from which they prophesy?
4. How does one small mouse's adventure transform the heart of a kingdom, overthrowing tyranny and unite a bitterly separated brotherhood?



Mike brought me an exciting adventure with intriguing mythological concepts and asked me to do what I did with Ship of Fools: take all of his disparate elements and create a tapestry that allows them to not only work but to resonate with deeper significance within the confines of the story.

I created answers to all of the above questions.

In doing so, I developed a world, history and mythology much larger than Mike originally conceived. But every thread of the new tapestry was subject to Mike's approval.

The new story leapt from 6 to 25 issues in length. Most of what Mike originally presented in his 6-issue synopsis will be covered by issue 3; other relevant events he conceived of are now interspersed across the 25 issues, but the ending is also vastly different.



As has been stated numerous times, the entire outline is written out in the form of an excrutiatingly detailed synopsis that actually reads like a blandly written short story; a huge chunk of the latter dialogue is already written. Mike had to approve everything, and he greenlighted about 95% of what I wanted to do as being true to his original vision of the Templar book he wanted to work on.

I wrote the 50-page script for issue #1, incorporating much of the action Mike originally wanted, but the various miscellaneous characters were all developed by me.

I write the script, and then Mike threw it back at me with various editorial notes. I applied his notes and presented a final script. Mike then interprets that script visually, sometimes changing things in ways that strike his fancy at the moment but that leave me with inspiration for future developments.

Rat Captain Tosk is an intriguing example of how we work.

This rat had one specific task to accomplish from Mike's original outline, yet he had no character or identity. I gave him his name, developed a personality for him--one that best suited his upcoming purpose--yet also developed a crucial reappearance in the story somewhere around issue #18. Mike then took my characterization and description and created a character that is now so visually cool that we both agree he must now be used a bit more often. As a result, the existing storyline has now developed a new subplot that will further flesh out this visciously satisfying new villain.


Another example of how we work: the Druid-Witch Black Anaius of Kildre Hill...
Mike's outline made reference to this threatening creature in passing, as something that the heroes need to avoid in their journey early on.
I asked Mike what Black Anaius was, and he had no answer.

Well, Black Anaius is now a story that mice children use to scare their siblings with--the boogeyman of micedom. But in issue #3, you will meet Black Anaius (and we will lose all of our younger readers) :) The entity that is Black Anaius is now a reoccuring factor in the tale and plays a significant role in our story's resolution.



Mike gave me a fascinating world in which to play, and then he gave me license to explore it far beyond any of his expectations. I would not have developed this particular story on my own, but Mike provided the initial inspiration and then allowed me to create from it one of the greatest stories of my life.

We look forward to all of you joining us on the journey...
It is going to be one incredible ride! :cool:

BJLG
08-16-2007, 07:26 PM
Bump

Spidey616
08-16-2007, 07:50 PM
wow, didnt know there was a thread devoted to Mice Templar questions. So here's mine:

It's probably not surprising to hear that "Secret of NIMH" has an influence on Templar. I was wondering if you guys rewatched it when you were drawing and if there were any scenes or shots that you guys directly referenced? Any other influences in TV, Film, Animation, Mythology, Literature, etc.?

BJLG
08-16-2007, 08:21 PM
It's probably not surprising to hear that "Secret of NIMH" has an influence on Templar. I was wondering if you guys rewatched it when you were drawing and if there were any scenes or shots that you guys directly referenced? Any other influences in TV, Film, Animation, Mythology, Literature, etc.?

I am old enough that I last saw Secret of NIMH in the theaters. I cannot speak for Mike.

We are referencing many aspects of Celtic mythos, as well as many aspects of Judeo/Christian heritage, yet we have made all aspects our own...
So we are not lifting from any one source in order to produce allegory.
The best works of fantasy fiction always end up being those that use their inspiration as a mere starting point, and not those which strive to fulfill a strict adherance of transplanting some moral or lesson fully intact from one era or genre to a fantasy setting.

The Mice Templar universe is ultimately its own fantasy world.

WillS
08-16-2007, 09:08 PM
With NIMH and even Redwall, you get the feeling that there are humans somewhere in the background. Are there any humans in the Templar universe?

JLTorres
08-17-2007, 05:37 AM
This is gonna be good

Greg T
08-17-2007, 06:14 AM
I got a question: When do we get a Mice Templar and Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew crossover? THE FANS DEMAND IT!

BJLG
08-17-2007, 08:33 AM
I got a question: When do we get a Mice Templar and Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew crossover? THE FANS DEMAND IT!

Following Final Crisis, DC is planning the crossover with Image: Final Crisis 2: Infinite Cheese. The Templar will be a part of that.

It turns out that the original Crisis on Infinite Earths was the true cause of the Templar's fall, and Captain Carrot of the Zoo Crew wrestles with whether or not his anesiac "lost years" were actually the era when he founded the Templar as the ancient mice hero Kuhl-En.

It's a really cool story that brings a heavy dose of soul-searching to a book like Zoo Crew that is usually known for its humor and parody. DC is really excited over the prospect of combining these two universes, as well as the massive publicity generated by inter-company crossovers!

Mike and I can't wait!

BJLG
08-17-2007, 08:44 AM
With NIMH and even Redwall, you get the feeling that there are humans somewhere in the background. Are there any humans in the Templar universe?

Only Zombies...





We've got this upcoming crossover courtesy of Robert Kirkman and the great folks at Marvel: A trio of universes in collision, as Image's Walking Dead meet the Marvel Zombies, and the universe where both creations collide happens to have the culture of the Mice Templar scurrying about their feet.

Robert, Mike and I are really excited about the ramifications this crossover series will have on the comic industry...
And you'll notice I did not call it a mini-series...
Yep, it's TRUE--Marvel Zombies vs. the Walking Dead in the world of the Mice Templar is an ongoing series with a planned saga even more ambitious than the main Templar story Mike and I have developed for the main title. If all goes as we hope, Mike and I plan to be working on Zombies ignoring Mice for many years to come!