Jeff Lemire revealed via his newsletter today he will be moving some of his creator-owned work to Substack. That includes the new series Tales from the Farm. His main goal with the Substack is to “create a direct link between me and my readers,” and with the new series also comes new Black Hammer stories available exclusively on his Substack. That includes a new full-length Colonel Weird comic Lemire will be co-writing with Tate Brombel and painted by Ray Fawkes.
Lemire also revealed, due to Substack’s history of criticism regarding extreme transphobic opinions he’ll be taking the lead by Chip Zdarsky, and Substack Professional Molly Ostertag and will pledge his subscriber money to a charity that promotes a safe space for all. Lemire will be donating his portion of this year’s subscription money to Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit that works to help LGBTQI+ people find the safety they need.
Much like Jonathan Hickman and James Tynion IV, Lemire is approaching Substack as a way to connect with fans, deliver creator-owned comics, and reveal behind-the-scenes materials. He’ll also be offering a weekly work journal to keep track of his various books.
One of which was announced today is called Fishflies. Calling it his “next major graphic novel,” Fishflies is a comic Lemire will be writing and drawing which is already in the works since completing Sweet Tooth: The Return and Mazebook (which comes out next week).
“At the time of writing this I have about 120 pages fully drawn, and the entire story is plotted out. It’s going to be a BIG book. Probably my longest book since I finished the original Sweet Tooth series. I’m projecting it to be at least 500+ pages long, and it will likely take me a couple more years to draw.”
Lemire described it as similar to Essex County in terms of tone and setting with weirder genre aspects of books like Sweet Tooth and Gideon Falls.
Fans can expect Fishflies to start next week with approximately 5 pages a week which will also come with process content for the book. Once a chapter is complete, Lemire said fans can expect a digital copy for download.
Lemire took to Twitter to make it clear his Substack is extra to the work he’ll continue to do at Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics.
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) August 31, 2021
Here’s a breakdown of what Lemire will offer with each tier:
- FREE: You get access to my weekly free post that has a snapshot of my current projects and content. Only a small taste of all the awesome going on in my Substack.
- $7/MONTH: You get access to everything. Every new comic. Every post. Access to my Secret Store, which will have monthly exclusive drops featuring; limited edition prints, exclusive variant covers, art, and much more.
- $75/ANNUAL: You STILL get access to everything, but pay $9 bucks less over the course of the year, BUT there are some incentives to sign up early…
- First 500 Annual Subscribers: Free download of a digital copy of one of my early out-of-print comics
- First 200 Annual Subscribers: Name entered into a lottery to be one of 15 subscribers to get an hour long Zoom with me in my studio to ask me anything.
- First 100 Annual Subscribers: Exclusive FISHFLIES Signed Mini-Comic/Ashcan (not available anywhere else outside my Substack)
- First 50 Annual Subscribers: Name entered into a lottery to win one of 5 pieces of original art from FISHFLIES.
- First 25 Annual Subscribers: A quick headsketch of one of my creator owned characters of my choosing.
You can subscribe to Jeff Lemire’s Substack today.
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