Fearsome as the night was conceptualized by Lisa Treece as a short horror story for an anthology by a publisher that never came to be. The concept was stretched from an 8 page tale to one with a little more substance so we could just publish the story ourselves in a one shot. The tales of the Arborean became more important than an eight page anthology filler could have ever made it.
THE SCRIPT WOULD SIT ON A DESK FROM 2008, UNTIL 2010…
… where a short ashcan was hastily produced for Detroit Fanfare, a comic convention held in Dearborn, Michigan.
When speaking of the speed this comic was produced, it was finished, and proofed the week before the show.
So much of a tight turnaround that we had to ship the finished product from the printer in Texas, to the show in Michigan a DAY BEFORE THE CONVENTION.
This was a super small run of 50 copies of this digest sized comic. Not even Lisa nor I have a copy of this bad lad any more. You can tell the differences in color temperature, the pale logo, and the original Crisishour Logo.
(If you have a copy you wouldn’t mind trading for our “Crisishour Museum” we can definitely work something out.
WE CLEANED IT UP A BIT AND MADE A FULLY FULL SIZED COMIC BOOK.
We came back to the property because we felt that we didn’t do the book justice and decided to treat it right with a full print run. This time, 1000 copies of the book were printed and the version is the version we have in our store. The new print run would include subtle changes to the dialogue, and enhancements to the art creating a truly refined Creator’s Cut of the book.
Along with the new print run, and some new supplemental materials created to help strengthen the mythology of the Arborean.
Some of these items are on display in the CH Museum, such as Stickers, Bookmarks, Trading Cards, etc.
AFTER SELLING COPIES OF THE BOOK AT CONVENTIONS READERS HAD A QUESTION.
The questions came one after the other. When is the next one? Where did the creatures come from? What happened to the dog at the end? Well there is no dog in this comic, but if there was, they would have lived until a very old age, and was the best puppers.
So the idea was kicked around for what seemed like ages. We didn’t want to produce something that didn’t feel like it was just made because people wanted it. We needed it to fit in without being forced, and tying the mythos to another property under the Crisishour umbrella unlocked it’s foundation.
This is where we introduce Mahdicia from the Keys of Mahdicia.
(Note on the advertisement for Seeds of Mourning. A key tied to the roots of the newly sprouting tree.)
ONE THING WAS CERTAIN, THE PURPOSE WOULD REMAIN THE SAME.
The events of this book uproot more meaning and purpose for the Arborean. Not only do we witness its creation but we get a glimpse into the history of its creator.
We are sure there are many questions lingering to what makes Mahdicia so special, and why the certain events take place.
These questions will be answered when we see the success of the next…