Here it is, the final page of Issue #1 of Hounded. The whole issue is available right here on Crooked Abe – and soon we will be printing a first edition issue. The first edition printing will be a limited run – and we will find a way to make them available here, so keep an eye on the site!

As much as I nerd out over comic books, an avid reader of DC and Marvel titles, I still believe that there is nothing I enjoy reading more than a good, original story. Reflecting on Hounded, it’s exciting to know that with issue #1 nearing it’s end, and it’s feature film tie in, Fixer’s release still on the horizon, that the Hounded universe is out there in the world—and I’m proud to say that it’s an original story like no other.

This week's blog is courtesy of our colorist, Megan Brown.

As a creative (and to some extent, in any field), there comes a time when temptation rears its ugly neon head. The bank account's looking a little thin, or you've gotten fewer hits than you anticipated, and you start wondering . . . what if I scrapped my project to make something more likely to draw the masses? Eh? Eh? How about zombies? Zombies are popular. Zombie . . . vampires. TEENAGE zombie vampires! In High School!

We're getting close to the end of Hounded issue 1. If you've been following the webcomic from the beginning, you've probably noticed a distinct change in style throughout. Hounded is my first webcomic, I've been going through a bit of a learning curve. I'm constantly working on refining my style and trying to step up my game. While I think I still have a ways to go, I think each page we complete is better than the last.

'The problem with film as business is that it's an art. The problem with film as art is that it's a business.'

The same can be said for many ventures. It requires more than a good idea to make a movie, publish a book, or even create a web comic. It requires time, probably from multiple people. It requires a plan. It requires investment, maybe someone else's, but probably yours.

This week I'm going to take a break from our usual Hounded Comic Blog format. Instead, I'm going to geek out a little bit (big change, huh?) and talk about the upcoming comic expo, Stan Lee's Comikaze.

I'll be driving down to LA and spending three glorious days taking in all the excitement. This will be my first expo ever, and as a life long comic fan, I can say I'm truly geeking out over this one.

I’d like to jump into the fandom of ‘Hounded’ and thus ‘Fixer’ for those of you following the webcomic and film tie-in. In the last panel of page 18 we are told of the character Blake, “a supermod, not one of the cheap mods, no street surgery.” I don’t want to give too much away, but the name Blake is extremely important to the plot, especially in Fixer.

While you’re at it, jump back to page 16 and take a look at the first panel. That dashingly handsome man standing in the middle of the line at Base? None other than Client #7, one of the main characters in Fixer.

What do you think of crowd funding?

Is it a way for the up and comers to band together in mutual support? Mass market, publicized begging? A last ditch effort for projects that have failed everywhere else? Or an innovative way to bring new ideas to the people that really matter? (You and me!)

Welcome back to Hounded. We started this web comic back in early May. The story begins with Will on the mission he has just completed. To see the whole story, start it from the beginning.

You know, even with all I'm working on, I can't help but get excited each time a new project presets itself. Some projects are done in conjunction with Crooked Abe (the production company this website represents) - and some I take on by myself. Development starts very simply, and I grow the team step by step.

What is it about midnight that acts as a high-velocity generator for creativity? Midnight, and showers. Everyone's creative process is different, but this cliché happens so often that it's almost standard: It seems like the best ideas come while you're otherwise indisposed and, if you follow the poorly-timed rabbit hole, lead to the greatest results.

My new favorite way to get through a work day is by listening to podcasts. I used to listen to music while I worked, and still do on occasion. But there's something about podcasts that engages my brain while my hands are busy drawing. If you're into podcasts, maybe looking for new material to add to your subscriptions, look no further. Our very own Nathan Elias has been busy putting together two weekly podcasts.

Are you interested in comics? Great! Check out Crooked Comic Cast.

Click the 'first' button and read it from the beginning. Go on, you know you really should.

Or heck, click the 'prev' button, and remind yourself exactly how Will ended up in this moment.

Yes, this is an on-going story, this page is a direct continuation of the one before – and next week, the page will be a direct continuation of this one.

All right, now that business is out of the way; how about an inside look at everything else that is going on?

The Crooked Abe family is growing! This week we're very happy to welcome Megan Brown to the Hounded team. Megan is a fantastic illustrator, concept artist and animator, with a background in drawing and painting. She's been working in the industry for several years now, with a resume that includes concept art at gaming giant, Bioware.

There it is – the first true link to the film. Fixer is mentioned.

For the new visitors; Welcome! This story is an adaptation of a yet unproduced screenplay: 'Hounded'. As I wrote Hounded, I realized that there was another story, happening behind the scenes – and one that might be fun to see. So, I wrote a partner screenplay; 'Fixer'. Characters cross between the movies, actions in one affect the other – and while each story stands on its own, you can't know the full story without following both.

I love technology. Without it I wouldn't be able to do my job, or at least I wouldn't be able to do my job while living in the middle of nowhere.

As some of you may know, I live in a tiny town in Nevada. It's a long way from the other 2/3 of Crooked Abe who are wheeling and dealing down in Hollywood. For the most part, technology allows us to keep the company together. We plan, collaborate and share through emails, chats and the cloud. But, sometimes technology can't do it all and you have to settle for old school face-to-face human interaction.

Life is funny sometimes.

I think we all have ideas – concepts we create to better our lives, and possibly bring change to the world around us.

Maybe it's something little, like a new dish that the restaurant you work at should offer. Maybe it's a way to economize your home, reduce your bills. Maybe it's something to change the town you live in, that you bring to your local city hall.

Or maybe, like me, you want to create.

What if you could buy a superpower? No radioactive spider bites, no gamma bombs or alien DNA infusions. You don't have to be born a mutant or an orphaned billionaire. Super strength, super agility, heightened reflexes and senses could all be yours for a small down payment, and a generous payment schedule. Just be sure to act soon and take advantage of today's historically-low interest rates!

Now, imagine the same deal was available to everyone. How soon would it be before superpowers stopped being a luxury, and started becoming a necessity?

Stop. Go to the 'First' button, click it, and read this from the beginning.

No really, it's ok. I'll wait.

All caught up? Good!

This is an on-going story, an adaptation of a screenplay (and one that I'd love to get on screen eventually) – but until that happens, I am incredibly excited by having my writing brought to life in another one of my passions – comics.

I’ve been in a love triangle with film and comic books my entire life. When Josh came to me about his idea to combine both, I was instantly driven to get involved in any way possible. I couldn’t have been more enthusiastic when Josh offered me the opportunity to enter the world of Fixer by letting me take on the role of the title character himself.

Hey all – it's exciting to be looking ahead at everything that is to come. Ryan and I are working hard on each step for this version of Hounded. We are nearing a rough cut of the entire movie of Fixer – and the composer has started his work as well. We are looking at a lot of fun new projects, a possible weekly web series, a much bigger (but still secret) project, a sequel for Fixer, and eventually getting Hounded on screen as well.

Welcome! Today we officially kick off Hounded.

This story line was originally dreamed up by Josh last summer as a screenplay. While we ended up going with a less action focused, more character driven screenplay, Fixer, for Crooked Abe's first feature, we decided that Hounded was just too much fun not to share.

It's been a long road, but the beginning is now finally in sight. Josh and I have been friends for a long time, and I've always admired his inability to think small.

When we first began talking about this universe, I figured that he was thinking about making a feature set there. I should have known better. Within a few months he had rough outlines for as many as six films and a parallel graphic novel! Ambitious is an understatement.