Jen Van Meter is a writer of comics and other things.
Hey all! Remember the other day when I was posting about Meredith McClaren, who is currently nearing completion on the latest installment of the Hopeless Savages (Volume 4: “Break”)?
Well, last year, when she was attending the Stumptown Comics Fest here in Portland, Meredith printed up the sweet little poster below. And she just found some leftover in her art storage!
So they’ll be available, signed by us both, as premiums on her KS page any minute now. They are beautiful. I have one. If you want one, this is the way to get it.
Thank you so much for the support — I can’t tell you how good it feels to hear that. I’ll try anyway: it feels really good. Thank you.
About Hopeless Savages: the long wait is almost entirely down to me. I wrote V3, Too Much…, while I was pregnant with my daughter. She’s almost 10 now. I wrote “B-Sides,” the one-shot, a couple years after that. And then… and then I started to wonder if I’d reached a place in my life where I didn’t connect with the characters as much. And I kind of stuck them in the back of my imagination’s cabinet.
I think what was really going on was that I was starting to identify as much with Dirk and Nikki as I was with their kids, in a way that left me feeling a little rudderless about the stories I wanted to tell for all of them, about all of them.
Then I got an idea — I started to see it, and then I wrote about half a script and James at Oni started helping me look for an artist, which took a while. Then we found Meredith McClaren, and I fell in love with her style. But when I saw how she works, I wound up scrapping the script I had and going back to the beginning, to get it right for the characters and for her unique storytelling sense. And that took some time.
So. Long story endless, the script for Hopeless Savages v. 4: “Break,” has been done for a while now, and Meredith has been working on it, and she’s not very too far from done. Oni will schedule for publication, though, only when we can all be certain it’s going to be just right and that we’ll have plenty of time to get the word out about it.
In the meantime, if you want to see what it’ll look like, I recently posted about it here while trying to help promote Meredith’s Kickstarter to print her webcomic, Hinges.
Again, thank you so much for the support. It’s very kind of you, and I hope to keep deserving it.
I am in total support of her campaign succeeding because I want this book in my hot little hands. Also because I want people to see her amazing work!
If you’ve seen the Hopeless Savages Omnibus edition, you’ll have already seen her delightful art illustrating the glossary we included there, but if not, here’s a taste of what’s to come:
I’ve been tweeting like mad to draw attention to the Hinges campaign, but here’s another incentive to go take a look-see: I’ve braved my basement to find original issues of the 2000 Oni Press Supercolor Fun Special, in which the Hopeless Savages first appeared, and the B-Sides floppy we did in 2005 (both of which are a little hard to come by these days) as well as a couple copies of the Omnibus that collects everything. I’m signing them up and sending them on to Meredith to add as incentives on the Hinges Kickstarter.
Added bonus for fans of #ruckawriter: the Supercolor Special has a funny little Whiteout pastiche in it that Greg did with Judd Winick—“Weenout”—and Greg’ll be signing that one too.
So there you go. It’s a terrific webcomic, and in supporting it, you’ll get a great book and you’ll know you’re supporting Hopeless Savages, too, by letting Meredith complete this campaign and get back to her drawing board!