This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22. This series is superhero fantasy. It features themes of heroism, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $10 to $202.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. The only open epic right now is "Holding Hope and Love" in the Berettaflies thread, so there's room to open another in a different thread if you wish. If you only have a little pocket money, you can contribute to anything in microfunding.
We are repeating the special discount for purchases of $100 or more, in which you get poetry at 25% of its original price instead of 50%. (Note that this increases the amount of poetry you get, rather than reducing the amount of money spent; the point is to get this stuff off of my desk. Yes, I can afford it.) That size of donation also makes you a k-fan which comes with some other perks, like a year-end collection of a poetic series. If several folks want to bundle their orders to make the $100 threshold and have one person send it all, that's okay; you'll get the discount and I'll list all your names as donors, but you'll have to decide amongst you who gets the k-fan credit.
Some of the poems are in sequence of related action, so in places there are prerequisites before a poem can be published. They can be sponsored at any time, just might have to wait for publication until something else gets posted first. Those are marked accordingly. I have also listed those poems in their sequential sets.
Linkback perk: The following poems have verses left to reveal. Boost the signal for this half-price sale and tell me which poem you want to extend.
"To Choose a Direction"
About characters and storylines: The storylines feature multiple characters, so if you want poems about ONE specific character, look closely. The thumbnail descriptions here give some indication who features in each poem. The storyline pages are adding precise, complete information about which characters appear in each poem. If you need more than what's already visible, you can ask me.
About timing: If you want maximum choice, shop early. Sometimes people who like a particular character or size of poem will stock up, and that kind may sell out.
Before placing your order, please check this sale page to see what is still unsold! I will try to update the page as things sell, and it's likely to be the case that some poems will be marked SOLD before appearing in posts. People often buy things in batches, which means that selling gets ahead of posting. Also sometimes people ask for the same thing at the same time, so that not all overlaps are preventable. If you have alternate instructions in case you request something that has just sold, please include that in your message; otherwise I'll email you back and ask what you want to do.
Currently available are the following poems. Some are in series chronological order, and others are just kind of stuck wherever, because sequencing Polychrome Heroics is like trying to sequence a dozen different comic book titles from the same publisher. I have fans working on touching up the organization; for now, see the rough draft of the Storyline Guide and thread pages for Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, Aquariana, Cuoio and Chiara, Danso and Family, and Pain's Gray.
ANTIMATTER & STALWART STAN (SHIV) (6 poems,
was $1213, sale $606.50)
"By Nature Too Complicated"
Directly follows "As We Grasp Them"
Summary: Shiv deals with a lot of conflicted emotions in the aftermath of his injuries. Ambrose finally gets even with him on the matter of nicknames.
was $209, sale $104.50 SOLD
"A Different Flavor of Hurt"
Directly follows "As We Grasp Them"
Summary: Part of Shiv's recovery involves learning to let go of things that aren't good for him, and finding other ways to cope with challenges.
was $194, sale $97 SOLD
"When We Stay in Our Chambers"
Directly follows "A Different Flavor of Hurt"
Summary: A look at what Shiv values when he's alone, and what kinds of things entice him to venture out of his solitary cell.
was $210, sale $105 SOLD
"The Goals Are Simple"
Follows "Where's the Catch?" by dialecticdreamer
Summary: Graham tries to get enough sense out of Shiv to determine whether the prison is treating him decently after the chayne incident.
was $278, sale $139 SOLD
"Returning to a Familiar Sense"
Directly follows "The Goals Are Simple"
Summary: Ambrose brings the machete to Shiv for confirmation that it's his.
was $232, sale $116
Available for posting after "The Goals Are Simple" has been sponsored and published.
Follows "As We Grasp Them"
Summary: Getting out of prison shakes him up more than Shiv wants to admit, but he has a few coping skills now -- and an unexpected source of support.
was $90, sale $45
Available for posting after "The Goals Are Simple" and "Returning to a Familiar Sense" have been sponsored and published.
BERETTAFLIES (3 poems,
was $394, sale $197)
"In the Can"
Summary: After the berettaflies escape into the city, a retired supervillain keeps safe a grandmother and her grandchildren by letting them stay with him in his bunker.
was $186, sale $93 SOLD
"Two People Collude"
Summary: Facet meets his new protégé, Adalina. It doesn't go as well as he'd hoped, but things aren't all bad.
was $79, sale $39.50
"What We Achieve Inwardly"
Directly follows "Two People Collude"
Summary: Facet and Adalina continue to work on their relationship.
was $129, sale $64.50
Available for posting after "Two People Collude" has been sponsored and published.
CUOIO & CHIARA (3 poems,
was $567, sale $283.50)
"Reveal Everything Mysterious"
Summary: Cuoio and Chiara go on a double date with Ruggiero and Olympia, so that Cuoio can learn more about how this kind of relationship is supposed to work.
was $267, sale $133.50 SOLD
"Some Ancient Urge"
Summary: Cuoio and Chiara visit a public beach ... and then a private one. Spicy action ensues.
was $225, sale 112.50
Directly follows "Some Ancient Urge"
Summary: Chiara is teaching Cuoio how to talk about desires and feelings.
was $75, sale $37.50
Available for posting after "Some Ancient Urge" has been sponsored and published.
DANSO & FAMILY (3 poems,
was $464, sale $232)
"Folding Fire and Water"
Summary: Hannah encourages Hadyn to give yoga a fair try. The results surprise Hadyn.
was $64, sale $32 SOLD
"The Brightest Thing in the Day"
Follows "Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable"
Summary: Past and present stresses push Cassandra into some desperate measures. Groundhog finds out -- but his reaction is very different from previous experiences she has had. Competent dispatcher is competent.
was $268, sale $134 SOLD
"A Few Steps Down the Road"
Directly follows "An Even Brighter Path"
Summary: Saul is thinking over his encounter with Danso's family when he encounters another teen he's been trying to recruit.
was $132, sale $66 In microfunding now
OFFICER PINK (3 poems,
was $636, sale $318)
"Forgotten to Breathe"
Follows "The Individual's Own Reason"
Summary: This introduces some new supervillains who are making Ansel's job more difficult. He gets in over his head.
was $242, sale $121 SOLD
"When We Get the Rough Times"
Directly follows "Forgotten to Breathe"
Summary: Ansel and Chief De Soto discuss how the incident went and what could be done better in the future. Also Skippy is really, really serious about his role as soup mentor.
was $232, sale $116
Available for posting after "Forgotten to Breathe" has been sponsored and published.
Directly follows "When We Get the Rough Times"
Summary: After the altercation in the park Turq gets back in touch with Ansel, who finds out why Turq is such a wreck.
was $162, sale $81
Available for posting after "Forgotten to Breathe" and "When We Get the Rough Times" have been sponsored and published.
PAIN'S GRAY (5 poems,
was $1106, sale $553)
"Strong at the Broken Places"
Directly follows "The Breaking of the Shell"
Summary: Gray recovers from the beating and gets his first lessons in how to control his superpower. He worries about it getting out of hand.
was $255, sale $127.50 SOLD
Directly follows "Strong at the Broken Places"
Summary: Ricasso thinks it's time to deal with Marcus's betrayal. He offers Marcus a choice. Gray may have lost a friend, but he is not alone.
was $239, sale $119.50
"How You Combine Them"
Directly follows "Strong at the Broken Places"
Summary: Being a good patient drives Gray a little stir-crazy and he signs up for pastry classes.
was $101, sale $50.50
Available for posting after "Switching Out" has been sponsored and published.
"What Makes a Team Work"
Directly follows "How You Combine Them"
Summary: Gray gets the casts off, celebrates by making chocolate macarons, and thinks about teamwork.
was $106, sale $53
Available for posting after "Switching Out" and "How You Combine Them" have been sponsored and published.
"No Feeling of Being Alive"
Directly follows "What Makes a Team Work"
Summary: Ricasso asks Gray to help with another gang member who has blunted feelings, which makes Side-eye gravitate toward pain because it gets through to him.
was $405, sale $202.50
Available for posting after "Switching Out," "How You Combine Them," and "What Makes a Team Work" have been sponsored and published.
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MISCELLANEOUS (11 poems,
was $1135, sale $567.50)
Summary: Giuseppe finds an old marionette and gets a very subtle lesson in leadership.
was $59, sale $29.50 SOLD
"Between the Visible and Invisible"
Directly follows "A Little Something Extra"
Summary: Flambeaux and Rougarou set out to stop Wanga from hexing people, but they need some help from a skull-and-bones gang.
was $117, sale $58.50
"Foil and Curses"
Follows "Shit What You Don't Need"
Summary: Mindflare and Riposte keep getting into fights. Ligeia prefers to avoid cape politics.
was $44, sale $22 SOLD
Follows "Touching the Ties That Bind"
Summary: When someone who is emotionally abused passes Cat on the street, things suddenly change.
was $35, sale $17.50 SOLD
Summary: Cat discovers that when the subtle strings between people get cut, it can cause a lot of trouble.
was $103, sale $51.50
"Always Something Beautiful"
Summary: Valentina offers to do makeup for the veterans at Laguardia Residence Hall before a dance.
was $64, sale $32
"If You Could Bottle It"
Summary: Bruno used to be an enforcer until mad science torture left him with nerve damage and a new superpower. Sometimes, hope is a thing you can't find, until you give it away.
was $53, sale $26.50 SOLD
"It's Your Body"
Summary: Antonia Troy seeks out the It's Your Body Shop to become her true identity.
was $174, sale $87 SOLD
"Not Just Gifts, But Also Joy"
Summary: Jackie Frost and her family take some of the things they no longer need to a neighbourhood giveaway. The giveaway also has some things put aside for them.
was $20, sale $10 SOLD
"The Responsibility Which Audiences Have Put on Us"
Summary: A group of unscrupulous men have tried to rig the prestigious Eisner Prize for sequential art. The Puppetmaster and his Marionettes intervene.
was $222, sale $111
"A Heartbeat at My Feet"
Summary: Kayla gets called out to talk down a man ready to jump.
was $244, sale $122 SOLD