Live! In the Link Age 03.13.18

perf5.000x8.000.inddCreator A.P. Fuchs has been involved with a sundry of publishing ventures over the years, but he’s probably best known for his Axiom-man Saga. The series is eight volumes long (including three additional comic books) and remains an ongoing priority for Fuchs. Recently, he teamed up with Jeff Burton to pen a fun crossover adventure featuring Axiom-man and Auroraman (Frozen Storm / First Printing: February 2018 / ISBN: 9781927339718). We asked Fuchs to give us a little bit of info about the collaboration. His response below.

“Auroraman creator Jeff Burton and I – the creator of Axiom-man – take great pride in our heroes being Canadian. Though I haven’t read every superhero novel or comic book out there, it seems as though superheroes are largely based in the U.S. That’s all fine and good, but what about other countries around the world? It was important for Jeff and I to share a superhero story not set in the States but one set here in Canada to celebrate this great country of ours.

“I’ll admit, Frozen Storm had its challenges to write. First, Axiom-man and Auroraman don’t exist in the same universe, so a plausible way had to be devised for them to crossover. Second, the two characters are similar in some respects, but very different in others. Axiom-man has been a superhero a lot longer than Auroraman so he’s more cynical and cautious, whereas Auroraman is more upbeat and positive. These traits for both of the heroes grew out of the types of worlds they inhabit and the goings on thereof (in Axiom-man’s world, for example, his arch-nemesis Redsaw is currently on a vicious killing spree, each murder granting him more and more power and the only one strong enough to stop him is Axiom-man).

Another one of the challenges was to ensure both characters shared equal screen time so fans of each wouldn’t be cut short with one hero being showcased above the other.

And finally, Jeff and I had to come up with the villain to the story. I made it clear to Jeff I wanted a villain that was near unbeatable so that it would take two heroes to take him down and not just one. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a point in a team up. (Find out more about the author at his website (here) and follow him on Twitter @AP_Fuchs).

Superhero-Fiction is a brand new online community for authors and fans of superhero prose fiction (publishers, illustrators, and agents are welcome too). Best of luck to the site’s administrators Percival Constantine, Jeremy Flagg, and Trish Heinrich. Hopefully this will be the start of something exciting. Follow the site on Twitter @Superherofic.

Gailsone: Head of the Dragon (First Printing: March 2018) is the long-awaited third novel in Casey Glanders’ ongoing series about a group of reformed supervillains. The first two novels were terrific (Big in Japan and Red Rook), and we have high expectations for this new effort. Review TK.

People love lists. Here’s a pretty good one: 10 Superheroes You Won’t Find in Comic Books.

Sarah Kuhn (author of Heroine Journey) returns for Clueless: Last Summer (with Amber Benson and Siobhan Keenan / available this fall). The new comic continues the story of Cheryl “Cher” Horowitz and her best friends as they navigate their last summer before college.

Little known fact: Before, we seriously contemplated launching a review site dedicated to giant monster novels. Like superhero prose fiction, kaiju fiction is an emerging genre. Someone should be paying attention to it, right? Author Lachlan Walter ponders the question: Where’s the Literary Love for Our Kaiju Friends?

Interviews: Jess J. Holland, author of Who Is the Black Panther? (here, here, here, here, here, and here). Ronald L. Smith, author of Black Panther: The Young Prince (here and here). Jen Wang, creator of The Prince and the Dressmaker (here). Jazmin Truesdale, publisher of Aza Comics (here).

Reviews: Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith (here, here, here, and here). Arrow: Fatal Legacies by James R. Tuck and Marc Guggenheim (here). Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (here and here). Renegades by Marissa Meyer (here). Indigo by Charlaine Harris and friends (here).

For your reading pleasure: Good Guys by Steven Brust. Bone Music by Christopher Rice. Shadow Dreams by Trish Heinrich. The Secret Life of Astrogirl by Eric Mosher. Pulp Fable by Sean-Michael Argo and Sarah Stone. The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas. Encounter by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Chris Giarrusso. Sparring with Gil Kane: Debating the Hisotry and Aesthetics of Comics by Gary Groth and Gil Kane.

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