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Letter column intro from Metal Gods Issue 1

I love letter columns. I really do. Despite the proliferation of online commenting, message boards, and other communities, I still think that the letter column is a great way to connect with readers. It's hard to explain exactly why I think that. It probably involves a touch of nostalgia, but it also seems incredibly modern to me. As soon as I made the decision to launch Metal Gods as an ongoing periodical, I knew that I had to have a letter column. There's a good Wikipedia page covering the good ol' comic book letter column here.

For readers old enough (or for readers that have a fairly extensive back issue collection) who can forget spotting letters by "old reliable," the late T.M. Maple (aka Jim Burke), as his writing appeared in superhero, alternative, and indy comics alike? Some of Maple's letters are archived here.

Oh, what's my favourite letter of all-time (well, at least so far)? It was this one for the first volume of Stargazer.


First issue. Wow. Now there's a thought.

For the longest time I didn't think I'd ever have a first issue out of anything. That's for all kinds of reasons; real life being a big one. I've been chasing this crazy dream of mine to make comics for quite some time and there's been ups, downs, and all the rest in between for a good chunk of that time. Something I'm pretty sure anyone reading this can certainly empathize with, regardless of your dream. We all want to do things with our lives. Meaningful things. And hopefully have some fun while we do it.

For me, the dream is making comics. The challenge, though, was basically to get better at making 'em, something that's been one heckuva challenge for me over the past decade or so. A lot of work goes in behind the scenes (the ol' character-building years) that most people never see or experience. But we all grow as we do things and there's no timetable or schedule for how that growth will go. The funny thing about growth is, of course, it never stops. The issue you're holding in your hands is where I'm at with my current growth.

With that in mind, welcome to MЁTAL GODS.

One of the tough things about first issues is that it's tough to talk about where the series is going. Oh, I have plans, don't get me wrong. But, at the same time, part of the fun of those plans is keeping things pretty close to my heart and hopefully surprising some of you out there with twists, turns, and character development that you weren't expecting. So I can't tell you too much about it. But I can say that I'm hoping Nick and Lou and all the rest will become a part of your life as we walk down this storytelling road together.

Comics are an amazing medium. You can do anything with comics; tell any story, tackle any subject, and work within any genre. That's one of the things I love about comics: the possib-ilities are truly endless. MЁTAL GODS is my vehicle for exploring all of that and much more, too. From where I sit, that type of creative freedom is something I yearn for. Fight for. And want to experiment with.

And y'know what? That seems pretty damn metal to me.

Stick around, folks. We're gonna have some fun with this book!

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Publishing Information

ISSN 2292-7654

ISBN for Issue 1: 978-0-9781237-6-5

ISBN for Issue 2: 978-0-9781237-7-2

ISBN for Issue 3: 978-0-9781237-8-9

About Metal Gods

Nick Connelly was a hard-working guy; he'd been a heavy metal roadie, a mechanic, a steel worker, and even a volunteer firefighter. He liked his adventures blue-collar and down to earth...unlike his wayward parents, Art and Wanda, a flaky duo whose own adventures took them from one charismatic charlatan to another. Nick and his girlfriend, Lou, were used to the postcards they got, filled with glowing words about the newest savior; Nick and Lou rolled their eyes but Art and Wanda always came back eventually, a little lighter in the wallet but happy...until, one time, they didn't.

As the weeks and months passed without any sign of the pair, Nick and Lou finally packed up the ole van and set off to find them...and what they found was worse than they could've imagined. Art and Wanda hadn't just taken up with another religious salesman in a cookie-cutter suburb somewhere...this time they'd sworn allegiance to a truly evil force; an ancient demon that existed only to tear the universe apart. Wipe out humanity. Poison the world. And it had the power and minions to do it, too. Nick and Lou only had each other to draw on...their courage; their love; and, of course, their van.

So, it's Nick and Lou against zealous cultists, supernaturally altered humans, well-armed flesh 'n blood thugs, and a powerful corporation, each of whom wants the demonic power for themselves. And the prize? Not just the safety of Art and Wanda...but the future of the entire world.

Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts

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Metal Gods has been funded by the Council for the Arts in Ottawa through the Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts.

Biographical Info

Von Allan - Writer and Artist

has been living and breathing comics in the Great White North for a number of years and has built an active and well-respected presence in the larger comics community. He has written, penciled, and inked a number of short stories and two full-length, original graphic novels. Both books were well received by fans, retailers, and critics and continue to sell today: the road to god knows..., the heartwarming story of a teenager growing up with a schizophrenic mother; and Stargazer, an all-ages sci-fi/fantasy adventure.

Sam Boswell - Editor

Sam Boswell has been finding dangling modifiers, correcting spelling, and fixing misused apostrophes in fiction, non-fiction, university theses, graphic novels, technical manuals, and government bureaucratese for almost 20 years. She lives in Ontario, Canada, and, when she's not solving language problems for other people, she can be found deep in a book, untangling yarn, or digging in the garden.

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