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Simpson says ‘Nonplayer’ #2 nearly done, teases new webcomic

nonplayerthumbSome 31 months after the release of Nonplayer #1, writer/artist Nate Simpson has revealed that, as of November, the second issue is fully penciled and partially colored. He also refers to plans for an additional project, a webcomic and a subsequent collection he hopes to fund through Kickstarter.

Published through Image Comics, the first issue of Nonplayer thrust readers into the double life of Dana Stevens. The story opens in a lushly rendered fantasy world, the game space of a fictional MMO called Warriors of Jarvath. There, Dana operates as a ruthless assassin, murdering one of the game’s pivotal non-player characters. Once logged out, the young woman returns to work delivering tamales. The series debuted in April 2011 to widespread acclaim, heralded by advance praise from Geof Darrow, Frank Quitely and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, each a key influence on Simpson’s visual sensibility.

“The moment I sat down and read a printout of the book, I was seriously knocked on my ass,” Joe Keatinge (Glory, Hell Yeah) wrote on ROBOT 6 ahead of the issue’s release. “This dude’s comics debut is ridiculous and puts many a veteran cartoonist to shame.”

The single issue earned Simpson the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Newcomer.

Thirteen pages into penciing the second issue, Simpson injured his shoulder in a September 2011 bicycle accident. Recovery led swiftly into the start of a new family. With a full-time job also vying for his attention, production on Nonplayer #2 slowed to a crawl. According to Simpson, however, the comic is now circulating among trusted peers. In recent months, he’s also begun work on an unnamed webcomic.

“Why a web comic? Partly out of curiosity,” he writes. “It’s the 21st century and all, and I wonder whether this new story may appeal to readers who might not normally cross paths with a print comic. There are a lot of eyeballs on the internet, and I’d like to see if I’m able to grab a few of them. I like the idea of gathering the content at the end of each year and funding the printed collections through Kickstarter. I like that it feels like we’re setting sail in our own little pirate ship, and there’s nothing but uncharted water ahead.”

Simpson says he will script that series, although another unnamed artist will draw it to ensure a steadier schedule. He’s secretive about the title or premise, alluding only to “alien monsters” and “muffins.” He suggests a formal announcement by the end of the year.

No date has been announced for the release of Nonplayer #2.

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Honestly…how can I even consider giving my money to a creator (An Eisner Award Winning Creator) that is in-capable of producing a 24 page comic book in 3 years. Mr.Simpson is obviously not considerate to his fans or even serious about the industry. He should frankly just hire an art team to produce the series or stop producing the publication all together. To even consider promoting a web-comic is a joke in itself and insulting to other hard working comic book creators producing monthly books to make ends meet.

That’s kind of judgy, Jake, don’t you think? He suffered an injury and then his priorities changed. A large part of the appeal of Nonplayer wasn’t just the writing, but the art and how the comic was structured: basically, the whole package. It wouldn’t be the same with an art team. He’s producing the comic at his own pace, and he’s been up front about progress the whole time: I don’t believe he’s made any promises that he’s gone back against. You’re welcome to have whatever expectations you want as to when you think you should get Nonplayer, but that doesn’t mean that they’re warranted or correct.

Agree with Shane, that dude is SERIOUSLY talented! The real shame is that he can’t make enough money thru just working on the comic book.

There is no doubt that Simpson is talented but this is an industry of story-telling and continuity. The publisher should have also waited for 2-3 finished issues (As normally they do) before putting Nonplayer into print. This will give the creator a chance to keep up with deadlines and retain a consistent pay check.

An artist can produce their work at his or her leisure but most of them expect to be paid for their hard work. That payment comes from customers like myself who expect just a bit more then a 24 page comic book every 4 years. It’s nice that’s he’s been up-front about his progress and I do feel bad that he hurt himself and had to take on a full-time job, etc, etc. There are hundreds of other creators in the same boat but they are able to get it done. He’s quite lucky that his publisher hasn’t cut him because in the competitive world of story-telling where people are consuming stories at a staggering rate they just don’t have 3-4 years to wait for a comic book.

Shane My opinion is as warranted and correct as your own. Lets agree to disagree :)

he’s going to do a Kickstarter to finish the book? He spent that Warner Bros movie option money already?

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