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Hi all,

I've debated a long time about whether to commit to this, but I've decided to go for it. A thirteen issue comic series, a Millennium Virtual Season 6, will be posted online for free on October 28th 2016, just in time for Halloween and the shows' 20th anniversary. This is a culmination of the original ground work by myself and fellow VS6 partners Harry Smyth and Joe McBrayer from back in 2009, conducted in secret on this very forum, reworked and updated by myself. As a comic book artist and writer proud of what we developed, and inspired by the recent IDW series, and as a die hard fan, I felt compelled to get my version of the VS6 out there.

Some basics- each issue will be released for free weekly on a Friday night, starting 28th October, on a dedicated blog (tba), in various downloadable formats. They will each be a minimum of 45-60 pages long (a standard US format comic is usually 28 pages of story in a 32 page comic). This is a lot of pages so I'm starting a year in advance. It will be unrelated to the IDW series and continue in the universe laid down in the previous VS4 and VS5. I'd strongly recommend reading those first (spoilers, sweetie). The plot of this season and (if it doesn't kill me and if i don't get a cease and desist) a proposed 7th season is already worked out in advance. I'll be releasing behind the scenes stuff such as scripts, photo-shoots of models, process videos and sketchbook material a couple weeks after each relevant episode. I love seeing that stuff myself from other artists so hopefully a few people will find that interesting too. I will have need of 'guest stars' for certain characters through the season, so if you fancy seeing your face in the comic, feel free to DM me a headshot and I'll get back to you with the relevant details.

Needless to say this is an independent fan production, unrelated to and unendorsed by 1013 Productions, cast and crew, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc or its related entities in any way. It's just a bit of fun, kids.

Anyway anyone with any questions fire away below.

Cheers.

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Mabius has started the ball rolling in the old VS threads- http://www.millennium-thisiswhoweare.net/tiwwa/forum/295-millennium39s-virtual-seasons/

Hi all, I've debated a long time about whether to commit to this, but I've decided to go for it. A thirteen issue comic series, a Millennium Virtual Season 6, will be posted online for free on Oc

I've read the first few episodes of Virtual season 4, and I was blown away how true to the series and true to the characters it was. As long as the comic stays true as well that is all that matters I

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I'm also liking the sound of the bigger page count... for comics like X-Files and Millennium it feels just right. i'm not a fan of the 22 page a month things (I prefer to get it all at once in a collected edition).. your page count sounds good because a TV episode's script is about 50-60 pages (in general), so for something like Millennium it is perfect.

 

Will these comics be available in PDF or .cbr form so it could be read on my iPad?

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I know what you mean- these days I do prefer to buy the trade or binge read a load of issues. Originally I was aiming for 100 pages per episode but I think the schedule would suffer if that was a rigid count- most comic pages you can read between 20-30 seconds, I'm aiming for up to a minute a page. It won't be overly dense (coming from a UK anthology tradition most episodes are done in 6-8 pages) but if you can read an episode in more or less the same time as a 45 minute TV episode I'd be happy. Ironically it will take about two days per page to produce around a full time day job (not counting research and shooting reference), hence the lead time.

Format wise, they will be available in both pdf and cbr, and posted as individual jpegs on the blog too.

As a reader is there anything people would like to see in an Millennium comic- story wise, behind the scenes wise etc? Also, how many people have read the Virtual Seasons?

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I've read the first few episodes of Virtual season 4, and I was blown away how true to the series and true to the characters it was. As long as the comic stays true as well that is all that matters I believe.

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You know, I have never read any of the virtual seasons, and it's something I am beginning to regret.  I think therefore I may start and get caught up, that way I will be ready for this publication.  Are previous seasons posted here somewhere?  I'm not sure.  If not, I really would appreciate links so I can read them and get caught up.

Enginecomics, your artwork is awesome...wow, I'm impressed.

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too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

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Thanks Darlene. The virtual seasons are definitely worth a read- I printed them all off to read (my eyes suffer if i stare at a screen too long). You can find them here: http://millennium-thisiswhoweare.net/guide/millennium_virtual_seasons.php and will be a good primer for VS6. There is quite a big jump in time frames between the seasons also, and the way I'll be structuring the VS6 will mean you won't need too much knowledge of the VS4/5. I'm planning a PREVIOUSLY ON MILLENNIUM episode that will get everyone up to speed.

Along the way I'll be posting snaps of WIP up on my instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/enginebaz/

cheers

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Thanks Darlene. The virtual seasons are definitely worth a read- I printed them all off to read (my eyes suffer if i stare at a screen too long). You can find them here: http://millennium-thisiswhoweare.net/guide/millennium_virtual_seasons.php and will be a good primer for VS6. There is quite a big jump in time frames between the seasons also, and the way I'll be structuring the VS6 will mean you won't need too much knowledge of the VS4/5. I'm planning a PREVIOUSLY ON MILLENNIUM episode that will get everyone up to speed.

Along the way I'll be posting snaps of WIP up on my instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/enginebaz/

cheers

So far, i still have not read the VS ( just a few lines ) but i'll catch up!

What about a new topic/blog (links) where you can read all the virtual seasons?

For those who don´t know them or read again...they should be easier to find here in our Forum.
 
Keep it up and thank you!
 
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      Hi everyone!

      I was feeling nostalgic about VS4 today and did a little browsing on the internet. I was very pleased to see that all the episodes are still hosted by the excellent Millennial Abyss, and it was nice to read this forum and its nice comments. Has it really been 9 years since we did that crazy project? God. It's amazing to think so many people read, and continue to read, the VS4 episodes. I'm still very proud of what everyone achieved over those hectic 6 months, trying to give MM some kind of half-way decent closure after it was axed.

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