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Substack adds comics creators and new projects in 2022

Substack comics projects expand with Grant Morrison, Tom King, & Brian K. Vaughan & more joining the service.

EW had the exclusive announcement this morning which revealed Tom King, Brian K. Vaughan, Grant Morrison, Khary Randolph, Jen Bartel, Elsa Charretier, and Niko Henrichon are all taking their talents to Substack. All told there are six new comics launching on Substack this week some of which are free.

There are also new developments with Jonathan Hickman’s 3 Worlds/3Moons project, a new horror comic James Tynion IV’s substack Tiny Onion, as well as a new Black Hammer comic from Jeff Lemire on his Tales From the Farm Substack. Without a doubt, Substack planned to take over the news cycle Monday morning with all these reveals dropping at once.

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Here’s a quick rundown of many of those projects:

Everlasting Productions

Tom King and Elsa Charretier have been teasing a secret creator-owned project for months and today we’ve learned it’s a comic that’s free and on Substack. Called Everlasting Productions, this is King’s first-ever creator-owned comic called Love Everlasting. The romance comic is colored by Matt Hollingsworth with letters by Clayton Cowles.

“Love Everlasting is a deconstruction/reconstruction of romance comics, which were a quarter of the industry for 30 years and have now been forgotten in dustbins or made fun of by Lichtenstein,” King told EW.

The comic is free, you can read the first issue here and paid subscribers can access extras.

Substack expands comics creator projects in 2022

Spectators

Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon are reteaming after 2003’s Pride of Baghdad for a graphic novel called Spectators. The comic will be filled with sex and violence, but aside from that details are limited. We do know the series will be released in chunks with a few pages per week released. These pages will be free but readers can gain access to behind-the-scenes content by becoming paid subscribers.

No details on when this project will start were given.

In Xanaduum…

Grant Morrison is also joining the Substack scene with In Xanaduum…, which is a sci-fi ghost story that promises to have an autobiographical element. Morrison claims his project will have an “anti-NFT spirit” and allow him to connect more directly with his readership.

No details on when this project will start were given.

3 Worlds / 3 Moons

Much of the news around 3 Worlds / 3 Moons was around what annual and founding members will be receiving. Subscribers were also given access to a new comic called Ruins with art by Mike del Mundo and Mike Huddleston and letters by Rus Wooton. New projects like The Path with Alejandro Aragon on art, Michael Garland, and The Vallars by Jason Howard, with colors by Michael Garland, were also detailed.

Hickman revealed to subscribers this morning the founding or annual level subscribers will be shipped a 180-plus page print collected edition, free with their subscription as long as subscribers pay for shipping and handling. Subscribers will also get limited edition prints signed by creators, cards, and early access.

You can subscribe here.

Tiny Onion Studios

James Tynion IV surprise-dropped the first issue of a three-part story called The Closet. The horror novella is written by James Tynion IV with art by Gavin Fullerton and the first issue is quite lengthy available now. Tynion promised to reveal details on the project and what it means to him in a Substack post tomorrow.

You can subscribe here.

Tales From the Farm

Jeff Lemire also released a new comic today called The Last Days of Black Hammer for his Substack subscribers. It’s a 110-page project written by Lemire and illustrated by Stefano Simeone. The comic will be released over many weeks with 4 to 5 pages released each week, then once it’s all released a PDF and PANELS download will be available.

Lemire explained on his substack, “This is the great untold story of the Black Hammer Universe and in many ways, it acts as a sort of prequel to the entire line of Black Hammer books. But it’s not just a “flashback” about Joe Weber, this story will reveal all kinds of new layers to the main BH cast like Golden Gail, Barbalien, and Abraham Slam who play big roles in the book.”

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JenBartel.Club

Superstar artist Jen Bartel launched her Substack this morning as well. The Substack will feature tutorials, Q&As to wip/sketch shares, and final art process posts. Barel explained there will be weekly updates with the goal of creating a community space where she can chat and get to know her fans and followers.

You can subscribe here.

Substack adds comics creators and new projects in 2022

Glass Eye Studios

Also launched today is Glass Eye Studios by artist Khary Randolph and writer Joanne Starer. They have two comics in the works:

  • Sirens of the City, drawn by Khary Randolph and written by Joanne Starer, is a gritty urban fantasy set in 1980s New York. Layla is a teenage runaway pregnant with a supernatural baby. She’s desperate to end the pregnancy, but all the creatures of the city want to get their hands on it…and her.
  • A Way from Here, written by Joanne Starer with art by GABO. It’s the story of four teenagers from different backgrounds living in Vienna in the days leading up to the Holocaust. 

The comics will be free to subscribers on the free tier with paid subscribers getting creative process content, mini-comics, and guest posts among other goodies.

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