Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Evolution of The Champion City Fire

The Champion City Fire is a work in progress and we appreciate your patience during the downtime. In order to keep you interested in this site, I've decided to give a history of The Champion City Fire

Let's begin with the title. I began working on the comic book during the end of 2003 and all of my ideas were kept in a notebook. The working title was The Champion City Fire but the original plot is much different than the first issue. The story takes place in the fictional town of New Ravenwood, Ohio, which is a mythological town that is known as 'The Champion City' due to a reputation of producing stellar athletes.

The fire portion of the title will remain a secret for now because I do not want to give away anything concerning the plot, but stick with us, folks.

When I began working on the comic book with Joseph Haemmerle, we waited until we had the first five pages completed before we collaborated on the cover. I presented Joseph (let's call him Joe from now on) with an idea for the cover, which is featured below.

Joe thought the concept was good but he said that he'd work on the cover and he created a fantastic cover for The Champion City Fire.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Champion City Fire - Issue #1 - Pages 1 to 5

Friday, November 6, 2009


You may have stumbled across this page in hopes of discovering a cool blog dedicated to comic books, graphic novels, movies about comic books and graphic novels, and everything in between. Champion City Comics is a site that will showcase The Champion City Fire, an online comic book written by TonyDoug Wright featuring the artwork and lettering of Joseph Haemmerle.

The Champion City Fire is a cops and robbers tale set in a mythological Midwestern metropolis with a dash of the hardboiled detective novel and a slight dose of science fiction. It's gritty, it's dark, and in my opinion, it's a damn good comic book.

Six years ago, I decided to write a comic book and my wife (who was engaged to me at the time) was very excited about the idea. I'm lucky to have met a woman that loves video games and comic books. I began writing down ideas in a notebook and a few days (or weeks) later, I reviewed what I had written earlier and I thought to myself, "Wow, this really sucks". So I continued writing down ideas and my concept of a comic book improved daily. After a few months of writing ideas down in a notebook I began typing up the first issue and realized that I was no Jim Lee when it came to artwork. I had to find an artist.

I decided to ask my artistically talented cousin, Joseph Haemmerle, if he was interested in working on a comic book. I e-mailed Joseph my ideas and we came up with a basic strategy for The Champion City Fire. I e-mailed him the first issue, and then I scrapped the idea, sent him another version of the first issue, scrapped that idea, and then e-mailed him the final proposal for the first issue.

Six years later, we have taken The Champion City Fire from ideas in a notebook to an online comic book. There are some people that I would like to thank for their support and advice. First, I want to thank my wife Cathie for her wonderful support and her editor's eye. Cathie has been a great supporter and she quickly finds typos in the script or on the draft pages. Secondly, I want to thank John Ira Thomas from Candle Light Press, an Iowa-based graphic novel publisher, for his input. John gave me his honest opinions and I appreciate his honesty which at times was brutally honest. Joseph and I hope to have the first issue completed as soon as possible and posted sometime soon. We will post a few pages at a time and we would appreciate your patience and feedback. We hope you enjoy The Champion City Fire.

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