What I want from a company is diversity. I notice that there is diversity in your 3 titles you prepare. Play with the genres. Mix them. I haven't read or watched a good sci-fi/horror in a while. Also, let your creators do their own thing. Do they want to write a gore, violent scene that will shock the readers? Let them do it, as long as it serves the story.
And if you make a kids-friendly story, don't make it too childish. Some nice titles from Marvel that with some changes would be great All Ages titles are The Amazing Spider-man, Avengers Academy, Generation Hope (it has ended), Captain America and.... (mainly the Bucky arcs with Brubaker as a co-writer) and FF.
I've been trying to hold off on replying to you, Chris. We have a fairly decent variety of titles coming in and I wanted to verify that at least MOST of them are being created. I've been getting submissions in my email for the past week and this is where we're at right now:
NUMB - This is a hybrid storyline, blending elements of "realistic superhero" and crime noir. Overcast Monday - This is a dramatic take on real life experiences in a high school-aged kid's life, with humorous elements mixed in. Hell's Janitor - Action and horror, with a hint of comedy. If I had to describe it to someone in the course of everyday conversation, I'd say "Imagine if The Evil Dead blended with Poltergeist and Universal's classic monsters." The Battle Star- Martial arts epic. Conspiracy of Time - Science fiction and action. Time travel with a twist. The Overlord- Futuristic action/horror. Sort of like Mad Max meets Legion.
I know for a fact that all of the above books are being created, with varying skill levels from the Creative Teams making them. In additional, we've got The Redemption Project lined up, which is military experiments in Viet Nam leading to zombie wars in the present. It has a ways to go, but they're working on it. Finally, I've got another story of mine called Little Orphan Angry that I'm holding back until I find a high-end artist that can do it justice, once NUMB has been released and I can focus a bit more on it.
So the only thing we don't have is a kid-friendly book and a comedy/satire title. I'd say that Little Orphan Angry is "kid friendly" but I wouldn't say it's "all ages." Just as you wouldn't want a 3 year old to sit and watch Dragon Ball Z, you wouldn't want that same 3 year old to read LOA. It has fight sequences in it and very young children don't need it....they end up kicking their brother in the face because they don't understand.
For stylistic examples, here are two pieces of art from two of the other stories we're publishing. The first is the cover to issue #1 of The Battle Star, which is a martial arts epic with a mystical tint. The second is a page from Overcast Monday, which is a real-life inspired melodrama with hints of humor in it. We're trying to release many different styles so that our fans and customers can experience different flavors. Based on what all of you have said, this seems to be the appeal of independents.
Our forums are live and all of these projects have dedicated areas. I know for a fact that the creators would value and appreciate any feedback that you can offer them as they go about creating these books. We need feedback from true fans....fans who know what they want. Please check it out and offer feedback to the creative teams: