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The Crossover

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A Post Wherein I Impart Wisdom of a Timely Nature.

Aaaaaaaaah. That's the sigh of relief released after you've finally delivered something you've been laboring over for the past five years. Feels good. THE CROSSOVER is up and running, and I just posted the second update of four pages. Should be doing this like clockwork every Wednesday night for--well, however long it takes to tell this story, I guess. I've got a number of plotlines waiting in the wings, so we'll see. Today's installment features a bit more about the interdimensional rock star Apocalyx Go, and gets a little racy. By which I mean that sex is mentioned, and not racing. Go to http://thecrossover.thecomicseries.com to check it out, and feel free to leave a comment. Thanks!
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New pages up at http://thecrossover.thecomicseries.com!

Go check out which choice won the auction!
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Free Money! Or a Reasonable Facsimile thereof.

Hello everyone! THE CROSSOVER (thecrossover.thecomicseries.com) has launched and is doing well. Something I had printed up for the official launch party was a voting coupon you could use to influence which way the story goes; the current arc stops at a cusp point and asks my readers to make a choice. Biddding can be as little as twenty-five cents at a time, and only the winning bids are collected. The coupon was for FIVE WHOLE DOLLARS, which you can use toward any of your bids. But why let just the people who came to the party have all the fun? I'm going to publish the discount code right here, so that you can play too. The code is: AWNZ4NYMH7WG, and the voting site is at: https://the-crossover.myshopify.com. Code is usuable once per person.
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THE CROSSOVER IS NOW LIVE.

Whew. The project I've been working on for the past five years is finally up! Check out my brand-new webcomic THE CROSSOVER at http://thecrossover.thecomicseries.com for the adventures of Liss Liddell, a universe-hopping, alternate-reality, professional thief version of Alice. After an initial two-week launch window, I'll be updating the comic every Wednesday--or Monday, for my Patreon subscribers (did I mention the Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/DDBarant ? My mistake.) There are many cool features to this project, not the least of which is the ability of my readers to influence the course of the action via an auction function at certain cusp points; bids start at a measly twenty-five cents and are both cumulative and co-operative--get your friends to chip in some spare change and you can rule the narrative like a Fictional God! Or, you know, decide the color of someone's hair--depends on what I'm feeling iffy about. Point is, you only pony up actual coinage if your choice wins the auction--if you lose, you pay nothing. Cheap thrills, for sure. Splurge and spend seventy-five cents to decide someone's destiny! Or give them a case of the hiccups. I'm a quirky deity, myself. I had to have an app specially built for this, though, and we're still ironing out the bugs. It should be up and running in a day or two. In honor of the occasion, I'm throwing a launch party on Friday Night at the Northwest's longest-running fan event, V-Con. Drop by and have a multidimensional beverage, on me. I'll have a multimedia display of some of the art I've been using on the project, too.
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A new Post, by Ghawd

There is a new post up at collaborativecomics.com, one which WOULD be up here except that WordPress hates me and the feeling is mutual. I apologize for sending you to another site (because that is tiresome and annoying) but there is nothing for it. I promise you, Treasures Await. Or at least something mysterious and odd, much like myself.
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New Image for The Crossover!

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Arty Art-Art

Hello, everybuddddy . . . sorry there was no post last week. I’m trying to do this on Mondays, but you know how Mondays go. Anyway, I’m back. I recently posted this image for some friends of mine, and they seemed to like it so I thought I’d share with a wider audience. I found the original illustration in a collection of Public Domain documents having to do with architectural proposals for a monument celebrating the discoveries of Christopher Columbus. Never built, of course; if you look at the buildings in the foreground, the scale of the thing would put it somewhere around two hundred stories high. I used a program called Style and a filter called Colored Pencils, which added the hues and gave it a more comic-book feel. What do you think? Oh, and if you want an explanation as to what I'm using this giant building for and how it fits into the plot of CROSSOVER, check out my latest post at collaborative comics.com.
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Good News at last!

Though, sadly, it’s not the news everybody is hoping for . . . but I have some thoughts on that at the end of this post. The good news is that some of my older, out-of-print stuff is coming back in electronic form. My Cyberfolk trilogy ( STEELDRIVER, TIMBERJAK and V.I.) written as Don DeBrandt, are going to be released as e-books by Venture Press. No publication date yet, but watch this space for details. The other good news is that the original artwork for some of my previously written-sold-but-never-released work for Marvel is now online at the 2099 Bytes Facebook page (go to the Officalicious DD Barant page for a direct link). It features my creation Doc Houdini, a cyberspace jockey with a penchant for breaking and entering, and a group of South American cyberheroes I called The Unchained. Art by the incomparable Gabriel Morrissette. Got any questions about the story, I’d be glad to answer them. And speaking of questions . . . there’s a certain question all my fans have been dying to have answered. And the thing is, I KNOW what the answer is (though it might not be what you expect). And while I really, really want to share that story, I need to do it as a novel, and right now that just ain’t happening. But then I had a thought, (which I believe I mentioned at the top of this post). What do YOU think happened—and why? Please, let me know. Tell me which way you think Jace jumped, and what her reasons were. Tell me your crazy but brilliant theories. TELL ME. Of course, if y’all just decide to say “Oh, we’ll tell you. . . SOMEDAY” I guess I sort of deserve that.
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Toldja I'd be back

Hey, look at that! Another new post and it’s only been a few days. Geez, this fresh air must agree with me . . . I’m in beautiful Victoria, on Vancouver Island, enjoying a few days away and visiting friends and family. Basically taking the summer to recharge creatively and tentatively begin to write again. Still experiencing some fatigue and mental fogginess, but it’s not too bad. I’ve started the ball rolling on a few projects and we’ll see what happens. First, I contacted my agent, to see about getting a few of my older books released as e-books. Once that happens, I’ll be doing some giveaways--either of entire book or possibly just posting a few chapters for free. What do you think? The other project is a screenplay I did a while back; the director and I are kicking it around and seeing how we can make it better. I’ll let you know how it goes. Anybody out there know a good producer in LA who might want to make a film about a murder at Burning Man? Also, I refuse to let my webcomic project, CROSSOVER, die. Once launched, it’ll promote not just my older stuff but artistic projects from my readers themselves: if you do something creative, I’ll try to find a way to collaborate with you and promote your stuff. And it won’t cost you a cent, I promise—this isn’t one of those “do a bunch of work and get paid in exposure” scams. I want to take cool stuff people have already done and drive traffic to their website—but really, if you want to know more about the project, go check out collaborativecomics.com for my latest post. It even has some news about a certain FBI profiler . . . Anyway, I don’t just want to blather on about what I’m doing—I’m interested in feedback. So go ahead, ask me anything—EXCEPT THAT ONE QUESTION. You know which one. First person to ask will get personally berated by JV herself. You have been warned.
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Cons

I have a new post up at collaborativecomics.com. It concerns me, drinking, conversations, and conversations I have had while drinking. It does not feature convicts, concierges, or Connecticut.
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