Tag Archives: ash

ASH Wednesday: Academy

This is part 2 of my weekly series on Dave Van Domelen’s Academy of Super-Heroes universe, a collection of musings, interviews, writerly insights and historical notes about the free super-hero serials (which started on the newsgroup rec.arts.comics.creative back in ’94 and recently released as Omnibus editions.)

Guest post by Dave Van Domelen

Continue reading

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Life, Writing

ASH Wednesday: How To Read Academy of Super-Heroes

This is part 1 of my weekly series on Dave Van Domelen’s Academy of Super-Heroes universe, a collection of musings, interviews, writerly insights and historical notes about the free super-hero serials (which started on the newsgroup rec.arts.comics.creative back in ’94 and recently released as Omnibus editions.)

How To Read Academy of Super-Heroes

The Academy of Super-Heroes universe, now in its seventeenth year with about three hundred issues and quite the cast of characters, can seem intimidating at first. But written in the style of comic books, there are arcs and series that hold up well on their own, without the need to read every story in sequence. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Writing

Academy of Super-Heroes e-Books

I’ve added e-book editions of Academy of Super-Heroes to a special collection in my iBooks:

What is Academy of Super-Heroes? It’s a shared-world superhero setting that has been around since 1994. The invention of Dave Van Domelen, he opened the ASHiverse to other writers like Matt Rossi III, Marc Singer, Andrew Burton and me (far from an exhaustive list). The stories were (and still are) distributed free on the newsgroup rec.arts.comics.creative in plaintext format. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Life, Writing

DC Adventures and Deep Armageddon

I’ve been playing role-playing games since ’82, and sometimes that hobby intersects with my writing.

I’ve always loved superhero games, and when DC Adventures came out this year I was ecstatic: it combined Mutants and Masterminds‘ D20 rules with the classic DC Heroes system. It’s the perfect fill-in game for my group, since we can do quick pick-up games with familiar characters and histories without rules or background overload.

I designed their current adventures based on an Academy of Super-Heroes arc. ASH is a shared-world superhero fic in the same vein as Wild Cards, only published free on rec.arts.comics.creative. I learned the craft partly through writing issues of Conclave of Super-Villains starting in 1997 (though at the time I didn’t think I’d go into writing professionally).

ConflictoConflicto, fan art by Joe Singleton

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Games, Writing