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31st Aug 2011, 8:16 AM

#2 - What's In A Name...

"I am loathe to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

That's a quote from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address, and as the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted (or any American History buffs may have already known) this is where I took the name for the webcomic. I'd love to say that I'm one of those guys who reads an Abraham Lincoln quote and is inspired to write a book with lofty themes about the human spirit and 'lifting yourself up by your bootstraps' but sadly in my case it was the reverse. I wanted to write a comic about a cool chick with a bad attitude caught in a battle between the sparkly forces of Heaven and the infernal forces of Hell, couldn't come up with a good title, stumbled across Honest Abe's quote and BAM! The rest is history.

I should own up to the fact that the 'history' in question is littered with many, many false-starts and aborted attempts to get the story of Faith Emory out of my head onto the page (or the web as it turned out). 'Better Angels' is a story that's been rattling around in my brain for quite some time. It's gone through dozens of revisions, changes and re-imaginings - it's even been touted to a publisher once or twice under a myriad of less than stellar titles (I think I may pitched this thing to Shadowline at one point under the title 'Angel-ish'. You know, the opposite of 'Devil-ish'? Eeeewww, that's just nasty!).

Nothing really clicked and so the story never made it to the top of my 'work in progress' pile much. It's tough to get inspired to work on a story you know can't go anywhere because it's got a lame title. When I came across the Licoln quote it just fit perfectly. After that I was polishing up scripts and hunting down artists until finally I came across Jordan who turned the first few chapters around a lightning speed - and now here we are publishing chapter 2.

The Lincoln quote made everything fall into place because it was such a perfect fit for the series. I mean it obviously ties in nicely with the high concept of the series but what really did it for me is that it fits perfectly the disposition of our protagonist. Behind all the bluster, bad attitude and 'colourful' language Faith Emory is someone totally ruled over by the 'better angels of her nature'. As the story ramps up and gets going you'll see that no matter the fix she's in or how easy it would be to extricate herself at someone else's expense she can't bring herself to do anything but the right thing. The 'devils on her shoulder' are invariably shouted down by the 'better angels of her nature' everytime.

So if any of your fellow web-comicers in the audience find yourself stuck for a name to get your series rolling, you could do worse than a lanky, dead white guy with a dodgy hat and an awesome beard.

That's all from me. There'll be more BA related yakking from me next month.

Enjoy Better Angels Chapter 2.....and don't forget to leave us a comment.

Nuff Said


29th Jul 2011, 8:25 AM

#1 - Welcome To BETTER ANGELS...

Welcome to the inaugural installment of YouAreComic's very first webcomic project BETTER ANGELS.
Be back here on the first Tuesday of every month to keep up to date on the latest goings on in the world of Faith Emory and her colorful cast of friends, family and jerks (angelic, demonic and otherwise).
It's worth checking in on the old blog here from time to time for interesting tidbits of the creation/development of the series, need to know facts about our wacky cast and creators and lots of other juicy behind the scenes gossip you might want to know.
Speaking of our creators you can follow both our scripter/letterer Tony McVeigh and our penciller/inker/colorist/artistic mastermind Jordan Kroeger on various interwebby type doohickeys.

Check out the links:
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Links for Jordan:


That's all for now. Enjoy Better Angels #1.
See you next month.

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