It’s Valentine’s Day, which is usually when I promote the heck out of Love and Capes. (Have you heard of it? Check it out here if you haven’t.)
But today I want to share something different. It’s one of the animation spec scripts I did that helped lead to my upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man episode. I wrote a spec for Brave and the Bold, featuring Batman and Wonder Woman. The show’s off the air, sadly, so I figure I might as well share it here.
My friend Dwayne McDuffie helped me on this. He saw my first one and thought it was all right and spent a couple hours on the phone telling me what was wrong and right, but he challenged me to do “A Thom Zahler” script. He’d felt the one I wrote was generic, and he wanted to see the one that would be the one that only I could write.
And, this episode, Batman is called upon to replace Cupid, the god of love. What could be more perfect for Valentine’s Day?
So I did. Sadly, I never got a chance to show it to him as he passed away before I finished it.Dwayne not only made me a better writer, he made me want to be a better writer. That continues to this day.
So, here’s a PDF of my spec. Check it out if you’d like.
This weekend I’ll be attending Amazing Arizona Comic Con for the first time. I’m really looking forward to it! It’ll be my first time in Arizona for anything more than driving through the corner of it or stopping in an airport. I’m looking forward to seeing the actual city for once.
And, new city means a new con print. They’re limited to 25, like all the rest of the set. Hope you like it.
It also kicks off another crazy con season for me. Here we go again!
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and a young man’s mind turns to thoughts of promoting Love and Capes. Okay, maybe that’s just me.
Let’s make this easy: Share this post on Facebook, retweet this post or tweet with the hashtag #lncvalentine and I’ll enter you in a daily drawing to win a handful of issues of the series and a 6×9 sketch of your favorite character drawn by me.
I’ll run this all week, Monday-Friday. Along the way I might clear out the LNC prize closet. I’ve got some shirts and pins and stuff that I might throw in later in the week. And every day I’ll pick a winner from that day’s entries. I’ll end it every day at 11:00pm Eastern time, and any entries after that go on to the next day’s.
Everything clear? Great!
So here’s what happened: According to my (now former) web host, the Love and Capes site wasting a substantial load on their servers. So they timed out the pages, causing the first outage at the end of January. I erroneously thought this was based on traffic rather than server capacity and intended to fix it in February when the counter reset.
But it wasn’t that. The site was taxing the computers hosting it. In came Frumph, who was exceedingly and remarkably kind. Several of you contacted him about fixing my site, and he did. Last weekend the site was up again, with lots of new functionality and slickness and then…
Boom! Down again.
Near as we can tell, what happened was that Comic Rocket highlighted Love and Capes, driving so many people to the site that we once again exceeded the capacity of the servers again. I contacted Frumph and we realized the site was getting over 10,000 hits a day.
That’s a lot.
So, over the last two days, I’ve moved over to DreamHost, which has a WordPress plan specifically for high-traffic sites like this. The new site is up and running, and all seems well. Hopefully some of you sent by Comic Rocket are going to stay and keep reading.
I’ll be tweaking the site around the edges for a bit. There are new things I can do, like post to the Facebook page and track hits and all that make me want to make it a better experience for all of you. But it looks like the comic itself will be pretty stable for now. Let’s hope so.
Thank you to everyone who inquired about the site, who reached out to Frumph and have loved the comic so much that you’ve torn through the archives.I hope you continue to like what you see!
I’ll explain everything in full, soon. But I had to switch the hosting for the Love and Capes site to a new one that could handle the huge numbers of people who are visiting. Right now, we just need to wait for the DNS changes to daisy-chain their way through the internet. Once that’s done, everything should be back to normal (except better).
Thanks for your support and patience.