Saturday, February 18, 2006

Matriarch needs Ink!

Penciler Steven Yarbrough and I are looking for an inker to help bring our super-mom, the Matriarch, to life. Here's a look at page 2 (links to other pages to the side):


Here's the pitch:

The Matriarch is the story of Sherry Benning, a single mother who juggles raising her 13 year-old son with the demands of a career in advertising AND the obligations that come with having superpowers. Sherry has taken twelve years off to devote to her son, but the world at large isn’t doing so well, and it is time for the Matriarch to return to fighting crime.

The Matriarch is the missing superhero archetype -- the book Stan Lee and Steve Ditko might have done in the 60s if the social climate had been more favorable. As Sherry’s charismatic but ethically wayward boss, Jawaharlal Jalil, says of an advertisement featuring a female fire-fighter:

"When you go to the movies and Toby Maguire goes off and saves the day, the worst thing that happens is he blows off his model girlfriend. But replace Toby with, say, a single mother who has to choose between saving the world or neglecting her child -- it's repugnant. You'd lose half the audience."

The stories we want to tell with the Matriarch will not only examine Sherry’s constant struggle to balance her duties toward her son with her duties as a superhero (a conflict some, like her boss, would say puts her in a position that is de facto unethical), but in showing how she succeeds in doing both things well. (After all, a mom is really a kind of superhero already).

The Matriarch should appeal to the core direct market audience, especially those looking for more books like Invincible or Noble Causes, as well as to audiences who may have never read a comic book before, but are familiar with the tropes of the genre from films like Spider-Man and The Incredibles.


Blogger VShane said...

This sounds really great. After being a home dad for the past 8 years, I can certainly find a similarity there. I just lack the super costume, well...and the powers, lol.

I wish I wasn't so backed up on work or I'd make an offer to ink this for you.

- V Shane

2/19/2006 1:01 AM  
Blogger Robert Burke Richardson said...

Thanks for the kind words, man. And don't forget: inking is a super-power! Coloring too!

2/19/2006 2:25 AM  
Blogger Mike Exner III said...

This is gorgeous art, Rob. I can't wait to see more and learn more about this project. It looks killer. Post it up on the DW boards. I'm sure you'll get some bites.

2/19/2006 2:39 AM  
Blogger Robert Burke Richardson said...

^Thanks, Mike. I was getting a bit bummed because this project has been stalled at the inking stage for several months, but all the nice comments -- as well as inquiries from several great inkers -- have me thinking happy thoughts again. :)

2/19/2006 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would totally by this!

- Hanna

2/19/2006 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, that's buy.

- Hanna

2/19/2006 9:54 PM  

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