It's been a good year for Damson Dragon, my imaginary dragon superhero. She's gone over 1400 followers on Twitter, started a #GeekTrivia game that is fun for all including me, plus is getting around 100 hits a day on her blog.
Damson started out, aside from a comic book idea that had been percolating in my brain for a while, as a way to get the word out about the Protectors anthology, a collection of stories set in a world I created and shared with a bunch of my best writer friends. Some of the writers are folks who've been writing for years, comics and video games mostly. A few are sci fi and fantasy writers that are just getting started, with only a few short story sales under their belts.
None of us have big known names, but we created an awesome new kind of storytelling, where characters created by one author could walk into other stories and interact with characters created by someone else. It has the variety and creative range of an anthology, with the continuity and character depth of a novel.
Characters like Liberty, the Elvis Avenger, Remedy, Lord Vile, TakeDown, Death, Scythe and the Devastator will be familiar to Damson Dragon readers, and also have starring roles in their own stories in the Protectors anthology.
We've gained a few better known writers on the project as it's gotten close to completion. I've still got one or two authors working on their stories, and a few artists doing illustrations, but it's nearly there.
Here's a fun illustration done by the young son of one the Protectors authors. We're not published yet, but aleady we have fan art:
In the meantime, Damson Dragon has gained a life of her own. Her story has come to a sort of conclusion, but I've still got tons of interesting complications in store for her. Watch here for out of character background info on the various stories. I've decided to package up the Diary so far as an ebook, probably called Damson Dragon Diary: Definition of a Hero. So, watch for that coming soon.
And in the meantime, one story from the Protectors anthology by Alan J. Porter and Rick Klaw is being serialized on New Pulp "Nameless Here For Evermore" It's a very cool story set around WW II era when hero groups like the Alliance were just being formed and supes were still in the closet.
I'm planning on shifting some things around a bit in my on line presence for the new year. Lots more activity on this blog, maybe a new web page coming soon. I mainly just wanted to say thanks to all the folks who've been reading and enjoying the Damson Dragon Diary and telling their friends. It's hugely appreciated, both by me, and my favorite dragon EMT.
See y'all next year!
Paige E. Ewing