I haven’t looked back to acknowledge a source for the inspiration that lead to Trekker for a while. I realized that while I dropped Alex Raymond’s name when I talked about Flash Gordon in an erlier post, I really passed over him in favor of Al Williamson, who was my personal entryway into the character. Al did some stellar, signature work on Flash, no question. But he had been inspired by Raymond, who created the strip back in the ’30′s and in doing so helped give birth to the whole adventure strip phenomena and turned artists like himself, Al Capp, Milton Caniff and Hal Foster into cartoonist superstars– virtually household names. Raymond achieved this by creating characters, situations and worlds that were iconic and yet also vivid and immediate to the reader. Some of that was taken care of by his breathtaking figure drawing and inking techniques, his over-all peerless draughtsmanship, and his eye for the dramatic image. But nice visuals will only take you so far if your task is to tell a story. For a reader to embrace a series and stick with it through a long, twisting tale, you need a world that lives, and characters that feel true. And for his time and era, Alex Raymond created those as well as any of his peers.Trekker is my shot at doing the same, in my own way and given the times I swim in as a comics creator. A lot has changed in the culture since the pre-WWII days of Flash Gordon. But while the trappings might have undergone some minor updates, the impulse to create a solid story that entertains with each twist and engages the reader through strong characters that they connect with remains the formula that I believe in and strive for on each page.
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I’ve just completed these 3 pages of inks, and I’m taking the unusual step of posting them all here early because working on them brought something clearly to mind that I wanted to share directly with you– the kind people who have found and decided to follow the adventures of Mercy.
I did most of this inking over the last couple of days, when I had the chance to focus on Trekker more than I have for some time. It felt great. I’d like MORE times like these. Because those chunks of time when I don’t have to keep stealing time away from other, paying jobs allow me get the work done both the best and the quickest.
Some of you may not know that no one is paying me to produce Trekker. You may not know how much time I put into writing and drawing the stories with all the craft and passion I can muster on each page. And you may not know that in addition to producing the stories, the task of promoting them and getting the word out about them falls on my shoulders alone. Frankly, it’s a full-time job and then some.
And, since no one is paying me to do any of that, what makes those chunks of time possible is support directly from the readers of the series. Those links just to the right of this week’s page lead to various ways you can contribute to Mercy’s cause, whether that’s through Patreon, or by buying the books, or with a direct, one-time donation. If you have the wherewithal, I hope you’ll check them out. Either way, enjoy this glimpse of an upcoming sequence, and thanks for following Mercy’s continuing stories. I’m still having the time of my life producing them, and the best remains yet to come!
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!