I’ve been penciling away on the next tale so that Mercy’s stories won’t miss a beat when the star-spanning Jekka adventure wraps up ( just about a month from now). Next up: a change-of-pace tale as Mercy returns to New Gelaph’s shadowy streets for some terse, hard-hitting crime action. Above are a few panels from the work-in-progress.
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Well, no one was more surprised than I to learn that two incredibly supportive Trekker fans have launched a podcast where they discuss all the Trekker stories. Trekker Talk takes one story per installment and goes over it in thoughtful depth and detail. They also have fun contests and other ways to engage with their listeners. It’s flattering if a bit disorienting to know that the series has inspired that kind of enthusiastic support, and I’m very grateful to the couple, whom I have met at convention appearances over the last couple of years, that has taken the time and energy to put this together. I hope you’ll give it a listen! I’m sure they’d love to hear from many other readers.
Not only is it exciting to have the podcast out there as a way to celebrate the series, I’m equally grateful for its presence as another way that people might come to her about Mercy St. Clair for the first time.
As passionate as I am about producing the series and getting it out to as many readers as possible, I feel far from equal to the task of doing so on my own. Having readers who are willing to jump in and come up with creative ways to help spread the word– whether that’s by launching a podcast, or sharing a post, or talking up Mercy’s adventures at a local comic shop– is a tremendous boost, and allows me to return to the drawing board with even greater energy than before. So, thanks to Ruth and Darrin, and to all of you who help to keep Trekker thriving!
With “The Train to Avalon Bay” we open a new chapter in the story of Mercy St. Clair in more ways than one. First, it marks the beginning of the all-new, never-before published Trekker stories (and please note “Avalon Bay” begins being serialized THIS MONTH in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #24!). That’s important news for long-time Trekker fans who have been waiting patiently for me to pick up the tale from where it left off years ago, when “Trial By Fire” first appeared as a stand-alone issue from Image Comics. And it’s important for me, personally, because with this story I finally make good on all the promises I’ve made to fans over the years about my intentions to get back to Trekker. And it also marks the return to what has always been far and away my most rewarding and meaningful project. And for readers both old and new, “Avalon Bay” will mark another significant development in the lives of Mercy and her world.
While this tale was primarily designed years ago to re-introduce Mercy after yet another in the long breaks in her appearances, it was also planned from the beginning to be a next step in “upping the ante” in Mercy’s emotional life, and also to set the stage for events which will pull Mercy into a broader, more complicated and dangerous world than she has yet encountered. All of that is a long way down the road at this point, but I can promise you, the tracks are all laid out, the hammers are ringing and the nails are going down. We’ll hit some bumps and detours along the way to keep the journey surprising and interesting for both you and me, but we’re bound for new, broad and exciting horizons. All aboard!!
We’re about to kick into a new era at Trekkercomic.com! Next week, “Trial By Fire” comes to its somber conclusion. And in doing so, it sets the stage for the launch on the following Monday, May 13 of “The Train to Avalon Bay”, the first of the brand-new, never-before-seen stories that will continue Mercy’s adventures. This is an event I have planned for from the day I launched the website, and I couldn’t be happier to be picking up Mercy’s story right where “Trial” leaves off. With Jeremy Colwell on board for the colors, and Ken Bruzenak contributing his flare with the lettering, the new tales get off to a great start. In the story, Mercy and Molly depart for a “vacation”, but it wouldn’t be a Trekker story if things didn’t soon go horribly wrong. In the end, there’s a race against death, another emotionally wrenching conclusion for Mercy, and wheels are put in motion that will have life-changing consequences for our favorite bounty hunter. You will want to be here!
Meanwhile, the TREKKER OMNIBUS, collecting all of the tales features to this point on the website, is coming the August from Dark Horse and me– new color, extra features and all. I hope you’ll order it on line or pick it up from your favorite comic shop. The terrific Gail Simone foreword is worth the price of admission by itself, and if you’re a Trekker fan at all, this collection is built to satisfy!
Hey everyone– the book won’t be out until this August, but for this month only, you can pre-order the Trekker Omnibus at a whopping 30% savings here! I’ve worked long and hard with the good folks at Dark Horse Comics to make this volume the definitive and complete collection of all the original TREKKER stories. Selected stories are here in all-new color, other stories and materials appear with revised and up-dated color, there’s a “sketchbook” section that is stuffed with rare and unseen sketches, pin-ups, unused pencil pages and more. And to top it all off, we feature a wonderful forward to the whole thing written by comic book great and all-around classy dame Gail Simone! But mostly, it’s the ultimate way to experience these stories: assembled into one continuous whole where they can build on each other and achieve their full effect.
Getting all these original stories, over 300 pages, back into print, and then continuing on with all-new tales have been my two primary goals since launching this website. I’m thrilled to have it all coming together so beautifully.