Greetings my fellow Masters,
I've been waiting to say something about this issue but I wanted the timing to be right and seems like this thread is the perfect place.
First, my name is Ryan Foley. I'm an Orger, just like the rest of you. Maybe you recognize my little Avatar. I'm the webmaster of The Grayskull Archives and a fan just like you guys (and girls). I'm the writer for this particular issue and I hope I can answer any question you all might have.
I'm a fan of Masters of the Universe but I am also trying to make a living as a comic book writer. This is my FIRST issue and my prayers are that it will not be my LAST.
I started a long time back sending submissions to Matt Tyree, hoping for some sort of writing assignment. I sent in too many, tossed women of ill-repute through the office windows, mailed them cash (just kidding), and they sent me back letters saying, "Please, just send one submission a month... psycho."
Despite rejections, I knew I wanted to write a He-Man story. Val has been tremendously helpful when it comes to giving a helping hand to new talent and, back in March, I was given the assignment to write Issue 8.
Admittedly, I don't have the issue yet. I live an hour from my nearest comic shop but my wife picked it up for me on her lunch break.
The way it works, Val sent me a two-page plot to work on. I then wrote the individual pages based on his plot, wrote all the word balloons, and the sound effects. So, this is as much Val's story as it is mine. He gave me some great concepts to work off of.
The coolest thing? I've net met Val in person. I've talked to him on the phone and through email but we have never met face to face. Ah, the glory of the Internet.
I'll answer any questions as best I can and I hope everyone likes the issue!