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Sage Freehaven said on April 15th, 2009 at 9:16 am

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: why hasn’t Marvel or DC hired you yet?!

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Very cool stuff

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Kelberon said on April 15th, 2009 at 9:36 am

The worst part is (from Strange’s standpoint), this sounds like something Dr. Strange can’t just detonate and be done with it, even if it’s not yet sentient, because of how much energy it has-and the fact that it’s not clear if doing that would actually stop the place from just regrowing over time. But on the other hand, what would it be like if it did become conscious? Would it be able to regulate itself, or would it basically become the Magical Galactus?

I want Magical Galactus now.

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RobotKeaton said on April 15th, 2009 at 10:12 am

Is this gonna end with Wong becoming the Ranger Smith of a magical Jellystone Park? Because watching him Kung Fu basket stealing bears would be awesome.

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Tenken347 said on April 15th, 2009 at 10:29 am

MGK, these pitches are really cool, but have you considered posting a full script for a single issue? I’m really interested in seeing how you would flesh out some of these concepts in a story format, or what kind of feel you have for the characters’ voices.

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Over the last couple days, I’ve stumbled across one of your “Why I should write Dr. Strange” posts, which led me to the others, and your “Why I should write the Legion” series.

I’m sold. If you told me tomorrow that you were writing either of these books (or better, both), I would go out and get them. And I don’t generally have the disposable income for comics, especially as most of them seem to have become lately.

But these stories, the tastes you’ve given us… I want more. I want more, because I’m just imaginative enough to see how good they could be, and remember you well enough from your days on Livejournal (Sages, in particular) to know how well you’ll handle them.

Also, does whatever’s gestating in this “magic egg” dream?

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Egg Hunt!

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I like how this is a concept you can do anything with, or nothing with, or whatever-all inbetween. I can totally see Strange going like “And over here is the Park Outside of Eternity.” Sir Humphrey: “Most idyllic, master.” Strange: “Quite. It’s going to eat our entire reality three thousand years from now, you know.”

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The worst part is (from Strange’s standpoint), this sounds like something Dr. Strange can’t just detonate and be done with it, even if it’s not yet sentient, because of how much energy it has-and the fact that it’s not clear if doing that would actually stop the place from just regrowing over time.

Yeah, or it could be like lancing a blister growing over a major artery. Do it wrong and that tiny dribble turns into a gysering leak, and you’ve just turned a pretty little wart into a massive stab wound.

It would be interesting if only because you’ve got all these random magical creatures billowing out of the ether that Strange (or others) have to deal with as well. I mean, do you just “solve the problem” and let the magical menagerie perish? Do you make a little Noah’s Ark? I imagine whatever does come out of there isn’t going to like the idea that Strange wants to nuke it. This could easily be a setup for future Strange villains.

And, assuming Strange does finally wipe the pocket dimension off the face of reality, there’s still the matter of the scar it leaves behind. Potentially a gateway for future menaces – like the Cthulhu horror from the earlier post – to sneak in.

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NCallahan said on April 15th, 2009 at 11:44 am

“This is how Big Bangs happen.”

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Lister Sage said on April 15th, 2009 at 11:49 am

So a magical Annihilation War?

DO WANT!

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Sean D. Martin said on April 15th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

If the park/egg grew from a tiny drip (to use your metaphor) of magic in could Strange just (just?) set something up to slowly dribble the magical energy out. To keep the bucket from overflowing you slowly drip water out of it.

I suppose a problem is the rate of incoming drip has grown so you couldn’t keep up with it with just a drip out. Unless he set up multiple drainage drips. Putting off the problem for now and leaving it to some future Sorcerer Supreme. Who would now have several “parks” to deal with.

You don’t have to be admirable or upstanding to protect all reality. Who said the current one was?

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Jokermage said on April 15th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

The more I read these, the more I am convinced that you should indeed write Dr. Strange. I never really cared for Dr. Strange before, but your scenarios are just too damn interesting.

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Original content?

On MY internets?!

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ChastMastr said on April 15th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Tragically, I don’t see Marvel hiring you at present, because I don’t think they’re as interested in cool ideas like this as they are Stuff That Will Tie In To Their Latest Crossover Event. Plus, your Dr. Strange is too much like the classic heroic competent version, and they don’t want that.

(Sorry, feeling a tad cynical about the editorial Powers That Be at Marvel right at the moment.)

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Sofa King said on April 15th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

So, the universe would have accepted Mordo as Sorcerer Supreme, and the Ancient One made a moral choice? Interesting.

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Lister Sage said on April 15th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

ChastMastr: I’m with on on that. Killing off Mini Marvels? For Super Hero Squad? Bullshit. And it’s not like DC is any better. Oh, well. All that means is that more of my money goes to more of the indy comics companies.

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HitTheTargets said on April 15th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

You know, like Iron Fist, we knew there were people who held the title in the past, but we’ve never seen their stories.

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It’s a self propelled system. Every major magician wants to be Sorcerer Supreme because he gets the best toys. And whomever is Sorcerer Supreme does the best job he can for two very good reasons. Reason One is the ever popular enlightened self interest. As someone once said “You can’t destroy the world! That’s where I keep all my stuff!” Second, the Sorcerer Supreme attracts enemies. A poor Sorcerer Supreme is an ex Sorcerer Supreme. And by ‘ex’, I mean, in a best case scenario, dead.

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FurikoMaru said on April 15th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Shouldn’t it be Sorcerors Supreme? Unless they’re cutting an album.

Oh, and blahblahblah, so creative, I would totally buy this, marry me, why hasn’t someone hired you yet, and other such scintillatingly singular comments.

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FurikoMaru said on April 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

*Sorcerers. Well, hello, mouth, I’m foot. I think we’re going to be good friends.

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Oh, and blahblahblah, so creative, I would totally buy this, marry me, why hasn’t someone hired you yet, and other such scintillatingly singular comments

Can we just turn that into an acronym or something at this point?

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I have this weird vision of you writing all of these different challenges for Strange concurrently, and by the end of your run as the writer he curses your name for making his life so outrageously difficult.

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cubic_balloon said on April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

No dogs allowed?

Lockjaw can go wherever he damn well pleases!

Jokes aside, another great idea.

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No dogs allowed?
Lockjaw can go wherever he damn well pleases!

And nobody (not even the Sorcerer Supreme) can tell Rex themotherfucking Wonderdog where not to pee, right?

So, “No dogs allowed, other than Rex”.

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Christian said on April 15th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Danny the Street?

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A park outside eternity?

So… it’s kinda like the gazebo that Atlez / Atleza lived / worked in in the Infinity Abyss series (hey, Strange was even there)? Except it’s a full park?

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dr_creaux said on April 15th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Not only would I read your Dr. Strange comic…I NEED to read your Dr. Strange comic.

C’mon, just a little Doc Strange? To take the edge off….

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@guayec: Let’s hope so, or I demand every single Park Board Commissioner that voted for that law be thrown out of office immediately – if not sooner!

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Doublefine said on April 16th, 2009 at 7:40 am

I said this to a friend the other day after you unveiled “Creaky” to us, but somebody just needs to back a dump truck full of cold, hard cash up to your place and just dump it on your lawn. We’d all be the better for it.

As a side note, I agree with Tenken347. Post a hypothetical script for an issue! It would be incredible :)

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