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Five for Creating with Jim Lawson


FIVE FOR CREATING WITH JIM LAWSON


Welcome to Five for Creating! An interview series here at ComixCentral where we focus on getting to know Indie Creators and what they are working on through a series of five questions. This week we chat Legendary Comic Creator Jim Lawson, known for his incredible run on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But has recently been pumping out a few fantastic creator owned series. He is currently Kickstarting two books, DRAGONFLY and HELLRIDE.

 

1. Tell us about Dragonfly.

I love fun adventure comics and that basically was the intent with Dragonfly. Also, I was looking for a world where I could just throw in whatever I wanted, as far as characters or situations. In the world of Dragonfly, I’ve even messed with the timeline. Here I’m talking about the environment that the characters inhabit is filled with dinosaurs. It really is totally wide open and available to have pretty much anything happen.
The mystery is where are they, exactly? Also, who are they? Each character has special abilities, but they they don’t know why or where they came from. They know that they where placed there (in Dragonfly world) but for what purpose. I like that that can relate to ourselves, such as why are we here? What is the meaning to our lives? I like writing about serious issues against a playful backdrop.

2. Tell us about Hellride.

Hellride is funny. It really is a simple story- there’s a guy on a journey. He faces trials and obstacles and in the end— well, you’ll just have to read it. The thing for me, that I loved, was to try some new things artistically that I haven’t done before. Those things are like, black panel borders, strange layouts and full-page bleeds. It might not sound like much to most folks, but it was a journey for me too. I like the look of the book and hopefully others will too- it was a lot of fun.

3. What are some of the differences between creating and putting out your own books vs working on a book like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which was intially someone elses idea, but it still seems like you were able to add your own touch too?

That’s interesting. The answer has to be the control that you have with your own book. Plus you don’t have to ask permission. Lastly the characters are yours, and there is an intimacy with them that comes with that, like your children.
I certainly have certain troupes that I have an affinity for. The kick-ass girl- the big, strong thoughtful guy- and the cute, funny guy. I done these over and over again- so much that I think I need an intervention. I’m in all their heads and I know how I want them to react and go through their struggles. I know that I can get weird with them and if I feel like pushing the limits I can. I could kill off one of the main characters if I wanted- that’s incredible power in your storytelling.
With the TMNTs it was different. I remember in volume 2, kinda treading lightly on the guys. I didn’t really feel like I could alter things in the Turtle world. Imagine my surprise when they went to Image and Donnie became a robot, and Leo got his arm hacked off and Raph became the Shredder. It truly was stunning to me.
When I say permission it’s instances like that that I mean. A bunch of years ago, I made several proposals to Peter (Laird) asking if I could expand on the volume 4 universe. These would’ve been stories outside of the main plot but after a few tries and rejections I stopped. Ultimately the characters are not mine, and I totally get it, yet I was frustrated that I was so throughly rebuffed.
It was great times working on that book, the Turtles. I absolutely loved it- and I guess it’s just the end result of doing so many pages of them, writing and drawing that I probably held a secret idea that they were mine. Silly I guess, but the book was everything to me and I put so much into it that I probably allowed myself to get too attached. I’ll admit it- when the book sold it was tough, devastating for awhile.

4. What are your plans for your creative future? Do you have more in store for us fans?

So there’s a Kickstarter now. Neither of those books you’ll see from me again. Dragonfly will go to its new owner (and I’m very happy about this and excited to see what he does) and Hellride was a one shot so that’s all for that.
I have another series that I’ve been working on, called The Box City Wallops. I’ve written and drawn 7 issues so far and as of right now the book is in Russia being colored. I don’t know when it will be done or when it will be published but that’s where my concentration is right now. All I can say is stay tuned.

5. Here at ComixCentral we are all about promoting all things Indie. With that being said, besides yourself and your projects, what is one Indie property or creator you think people need to go check out right now?

Well, you asked for one so after reading this question, my brain went right away to Doug Tennapel. He’s got a crazy, cartoony style with lots of vivid brushwork and motion- it’s amazing. Also, as a writer, he always seems to be doing something new- I really admire his ability to always come up with something fresh. Also too- the guy just doesn’t seem to stop, it seems like he’s working on a book or one’s just come out- he’s astoundingly prolific. I believe try recently he’s just had a book come out that he funded with Indegogo- Bigfoot Bill. His library is huge so there’s probably something for everybody in there. Recommended.

CLICK HERE TO BACK THE KICKSTARTER FOR BOTH DRAGONFLY AND HELLRIDE!


Jim Lawson is a Comic Creator from New England. He is best know for working on one of the most popular Indie Properties of all time, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he created the Ferocious Vermin Master The Rat King, who first appeared in the Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Issue titled I, Monster. While working on Turtles he co-created Planet Racers with Peter Laird as well as his own series Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous, among many other projects. Since the sale of the Turtles Jim has kept busy by creating comic series such as Dragonfly, The Box City Wallops, and Hellride. He continues to make appearances at local cons and provide beautiful commissions of anything from Turtles to Motorcycles. If you would like to contact Jim feel free to reach out to him through his Facebook page or Website.

 

 

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ComixCentral Presents – The Best of Indie: Anthology 2019: Cover Artist Contest


Cover Artist Contest

Enter here: Entry Form  | Entries close: March 15th, 2019

We are requesting submissions for Cover art for our upcoming Anthology- The Best of Indie: Anthology 2019.

This contest is open to all artists of all types! The details for entry are below.

  • We are requesting submissions for Cover art for our upcoming Anthology.
  • The theme is Family. You are welcome to interpret this theme in any way you choose.
  • Submit a rough sketch and a small description of your idea. (Finished illustration is not necessary)
  • Show us a few samples of your previous cover artwork.
  • If chosen, you must complete your artwork and submit the finished cover by April 15th, 2019.

Compensation: $250 upon completion of artwork & other benefits TBD at a later date. (Discounts on copies of the anthology etc.)

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Five for Creating with Team Angela and the Dark


FIVE FOR CREATING WITH THE TEAM FROM ANGELA AND THE DARK


Welcome to Five for Creating! An interview series here at ComixCentral where we focus on getting to know Indie Creators and what they are working on through a series of five questions. This week we chat with Writer Umbrus Syn and Artist Russell Fox two members of the creative team behind the comic Angela and the Dark.   

 

1. Tell us about Angela and the Dark.

UMBRUS: Angela and the Dark is an anime inspired all-ages action-adventure series set in the year 2137, which follows the exploits of our young heroine Angela, and our slightly older heroines The Dark in cyberpunk Metron City.  My favorite pitch that I give for it is to imagine the dark and serious world of Blade Runner…then drop Pippi Longstocking right in the middle of it. Madness and shenanigans ensue. 

RUSSELL: What he said!

 

2. What are some of the biggest influences to the story of Angela and the Dark?

UMBRUS: Angela and the Dark for me is a love letter and homage to some of my favorite things growing up, including especially anime.  I was and still am a big fan of Akira, Cowboy BeBop, and Bubblegum Crisis which you can definitely see elements of.  Angela herself has that trickster energy that Spider-man has when he’s in mask, and as the story progresses we’ll see how that shapes the course of events for everyone she encounters. The social and economic dynamics of Metron City were inspired by looking at history and how human beings tend to behave given a certain set of conditions, then positing a “what if” in the future.  Elements of Ancient Rome, Hong Kong, New York City and the standard operating procedure of the worlds Super Powers since the end of World War 2 helps guide the backbone of it.

RUSSELL: I took onboard a lot of influences when creating the look of Metron City. Umbrus and I discussed it at length, but the general aim was a less oppressive Blade Runner aesthetic. The level of tech was kept “within reason” so it didn’t become too fantastical. For example, there are flying cars but they’re only used by law enforcement, it’s not the Jetsons.

Visually I drew from Blade Runner, Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Star Wars…

Everything had to be designed, and everything had to work. Footwear, buildings, armour, clothing, vehicles… I didn’t want to just throw in a bunch of crazy sci-fi designs; there had to be a thread running through fashions, architecture, etc. Background characters needed to be fully realised, the city itself needed to feel sprawling and lived in.

3. What is the dynamic like between the two of you creatively when you sit down to start working on a book?

RUSSELL: We’ve known each other a long time, worked together enough, that we have a good back & forth when working. Umbrus might have suggestions or concepts he wants to see in the art, I might have dialogue or ideas I want to read in the story.

Volume Zero is based on a one shot Umbrus wrote & illustrated several years back. I didn’t work off a script, I looked at the one shot and… expanded it. Just redrawing it panel-for-panel didn’t really interest me, but working like this gave me a chance to put my stamp on it. He then wrote the script to my art. I threw in some stuff that he built upon, and vice versa. There’s a lot of freedom, it’s a fun way to work.

 

UMBRUS: What Russell said!  It’s one of the greatest honors of my life to work on projects with him as he’s insanely talented.  We had a motto of sorts when we set out to do this and that was that it had to be fun. We have to be having fun at all times, and I hope that comes through in the pages.  I love it because he brings things in that I either didn’t think of initially, sees them in a different way than I did, or just brings so many layers to it that it truly comes to life and gives things an “this could really happen” organic nature. It helps keep everything fresh and fun and feeling new.

 

 

4. What is the plan for the future of the series?

RUSSELL: The plan is to eschew the 25 page format in favour of a series of 100 page books. I think that’s right? Umbrus knows better than I do. And also a TV series, because it would be awesome.

UMBRUS: Volume Zero is our introductory issue into the world and dynamics of all our main players and we plant the seeds for all the twists, turns, surprises and adventures in store.  We’re looking ahead to releasing a 100 page graphic novel, really diving in and putting the entire first story arc out.  As indie creators we can try different formats and takes and aren’t locked into the traditional way of doing things, and we hope by doing it this way we can make a greater impact telling the story we want to with the ideals we want to put forward.

 

5. Here at ComixCentral we are about supporting all things Indie! With that being said , besides your own work, what is one Indie property or creator you think everyone needs to go check out right now?

UMBRUS: I have a couple of really good friends that are doing some amazing things.  One is Jamie Gambell who has been putting out The Hero Code for quite a while, and another one is the amazing incredible Tim Fielder who is breaking the mold with Matty’s Rocket! Check these guys out!

RUSSELL: A guy I’m friends with on Instagram called Dave Law, I love his work. Crazily inventive. He works on a book called The Space Odditorium. You should definitely check it out.


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A. Diallo Jackson aka Umbrus Syn, is the writer & co-creator of ANGELA AND THE DARK. In comics, he has also published THE PARANORMALS with Russell Fox, and is currently producing a new project called E.A.R.S and currently at work writing his first YA fantasy novel. Along with published novels THE CLAYMORE and the science fiction serialized novel MAYA, he has also written for a number of publications including Yahoo! Games, US Weekly, and Geek & Sundry, and is also the writer of 2017 Producer’s Guild winning Weekend Shorts short film, BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS.  When he is not dreaming up ways for his characters to save the world, he daydreams of being the showrunner for a revival of Quantum Leap, writing the definitive Green Lantern movie, and being the best.Unicorn.ever.

Russell Fox is the artist & co-creator of ANGELA AND THE DARK. With delusions of grandeur from an early age, it was on his first day of school at age five that he told his teacher he intended to draw comic books for a living and twelve years later began his first commission as an illustrator for JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE. After some years in advertising as a visualizer he moved back into comics as co-creator of two graphic novel series, one of which was adapted by the BBC into THE MYSTI SHOW. He has produced concept art for the films KILL ‘EM ALL and THE SHADOWED, and worked on several indie comics projects including BIO-MORPHS, HUMANS VS ZOMBIES, DIE CONFISERIE and THE PARANORMALS.

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Daddy’s Issues | Chapter 9 | Hot Fun in the Summertime


Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


Jovelyn is eight months pregnant in July. I already think she’s the most attractive woman I’ve ever seen, but she must be literally hot as fuck!

The temperatures are consistently in the nineties, and she has to go to a doctor’s appointment almost weekly. Given the… chesty nature of my wife-to-be, I can imagine venturing outside becomes quite the sweaty endeavor this late in the pregnancy game.

I’ve even been struggling with the heat, and I’m not growing another human being inside of me. Running baby errands, moving things to get ready for Max, my excessive body hair, and general anxiety have me sweating through a couple of shirts on a daily basis. This is me in my regular, unable-to-become-pregnant mode. I could only imagine the perspiration I would produce, if I had 25-40% extra blood, like my lovely pregnant Jovelyn.

It doesn’t really help matters that Summer decided to rudely barge into our lives, unannounced. I mean, seriously, what happened to Spring of 2018?! We go from Winter Horror Show all the way up to March and then out of nowhere, BAM!, 88 degrees with imposing sun. If global warming (or climate change… or whatever you want to call it, really) is NOT real, then I demand an investigation. I want to file a missing person’s report on Spring, because something happened! Summer may have actually murdered springtime, so it could seize the opportunity to bake us for a few extra months a year.
Taking all these things into consideration, and adding the fact that my apartment is a STEEP two-story walk-up that requires permit parking in a lot a block away from me, you could imagine that Jovelyn hates the heat. She’s even confessed to me that, second to being able to hold our son, she’s looking forward to giving birth so she can stop “always needing a nap and always smelling like tittie sweat”.
We have doctor’s appointments almost weekly, so avoiding the stairs is not something Jovelyn can do completely. I help her waddle down the stairs as much as I can, but I can’t always attend every appointment. My biggest fear was that her water would break, while I was not home, and she would try going down those treacherous fuckers while going into labor. Thankfully the doctor is going to give us an induction date soon, so with any luck, that fear will not become a reality.

The weirdest part about Jovelyn having so much blood running through her veins, and us spending a lot of time indoors during this Mega Hot Summer, I actually find myself getting pretty COLD sometimes. I keep the air conditioner at a much lower temperature than I normally would, and Jovelyn will park herself in front of a fan in addition to the A/C. Cuddling becomes a goose-bumpy endeavor for me. It’s not rare to find me sitting by an open window, so I can feel some of that grossly imposing, yet strangely welcome, summer air to warm my bones.

Like most aspects of this pregnancy, the temperature has become another balancing act for me. Not only do I need to keep myself and the love of my life comfortable, but I also have to slowly transition the baby’s room into a “Safe Sleep Environment” (**to be read in a deep, movie-trailer-guy voice**) and that requires a certain temperature range. I’ve been trying to achieve this by subtly raising the A/C by one degree every day, until the thermometer we keep in the nursery reaches the “Safe Sleep Zone” (**same movie voice**) and I feel like I am one day away from achieving this goal… this very easy to achieve goal, that really required no effort or strenuous thought. Truly, I feel like I should be given a Safe Sleep Zone Award of Excellence.

That’s how, if you use a bit of the ol’ brain power, you can tell that a lot of pregnancy advice you get just may be bullshit. Look, I’m still going to put Max in the “Safe Sleep Zone” because I’m not an asshole, but if we want to talk about HOT then let’s talk about fu-cking hot! Let’s talk sizzling! Let’s talk desert landscape, African third-world, no shade, living in huts, hot! Because they still have babies there and I’m certain the Department of Child Services didn’t provide them with a little thermometer card to keep in their… nursery? They can’t exactly adjust their air conditioning unit a degree a day to find the perfect temperature, and they still manage to grow into adults somehow.

It really is amazing to think about the environments that babies are born in, all over the world, and then reflect on the first-world worries that we have for our children. Babies are born with no running water, in places with no flushing toilets or substantial food to go around, and we in the first-world are buying water jugs with pictures of babies on the fucking things because SURELY that’s more sterile! I mean, look at me, I’m bitching about Jovelyn having to walk down the stairs. At least she isn’t walking down the stairs, all the way down to the lake to collect water, to bring back on top of her head, all while eight months pregnant.
We watched a documentary called “Babies”, all about how people around the world have and raise their babies, and I feel like it’s essential viewing for expecting parents. It puts a lot of those needless worries into perspective. You tend to worry less about what brand of wipes to get, when you see an African woman wiping her son’s ass with her shin bone. Why bother with a baby gate either, when the Mongolians just tie their newborn to a bedpost like a dog?

We really are a lot more fortunate than we realize sometimes. People, that is. Not Jovelyn and I specifically, though it is a good thing to think back on when I’m pissed about not being about to figure out which nipple-flow is best for which bottle type.

We are ready for Summer to be over with. Max gets to join us at the end of it, and along with that comes Awww!-inducing Halloween costumes and some really adorable, tiny winter coats, scarves, mittens, and the cutest of all, little hats.

We just have to get through this imposing heat, first.


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs. 


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Patience, in all things | This is the truth behind webcomic creation


It was a few days after an uneventful brainstorming session with a mutual friend that I approached Colin with the concept of Folklore.

He said he liked the idea, so on July 31, 2012, I began writing what would be the plot for the very first issue. The exact time I started was around 11:58 PM, and the only reason I know that is because Google Docs are a godsend with timestamps.

On March 1, 2016, we uploaded our very first page of Folklore to Tapastic — a hub for webcomics that served as our main ‘website’ until a friend and supporter helped us create our own. Folklore’s first issue had actually gone live a month earlier but was only available on Patreon for people who wanted to support us. We didn’t know indie platforms for web distribution existed yet. Patreon just kind of seemed like an ok place to start.

On May 11, 2018, Folklore’s creators, Adam Ma (myself) and Colin Tan Wei, finally met face to face for the first time. Together we sold Folklore’s first volume at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. We have been on this journey for almost six years and had never once before been in the same room (let alone province) as each other. It was a thrilling experience.

This is the truth behind webcomic creation.

It’s a long story. People often ask for advice on making a comic, and it’s hard not to reflexively spout out a lot of the same stuff. If you want the condensed version:

Start working on it now.

Don’t stop working on it.

Get lots of critique and criticism.

Don’t be afraid to show off your work and market yourself.

Never give up.

I’d call this kind of advice ‘the easy stuff’. It’s time-honored because it’s true, and it works, and don’t get me wrong these points are super important. But you’ve probably heard it all before. It’s the kind of inspirational advice that can just as easily be delivered to you from the poster of a kitten hanging off a tree.

Colin and I have learned a lot over the past few years, but the most profound lessons have mostly come from making mistakes. There’s a lot we could impart from our failures. For this post I’d really like to just focus on one:

Being Patient

As an independent creator, you’re responsible for a lot of things, and it’s easy to grow impatient when you’re watching other indie creators flourish. You want to get in on the excitement of seeing a project completed — but it’s also very easy to be intimidated when you consider that a single artist often doesn’t simply update their comic.

As an independent creator, you’re responsible for more than just finding a proper platform for your work. Advertising your comic, planning merchandise, securing a table for cons, engaging your fans, regularly updating your crowdfunding sites (like Patreon or Kickstarter), and connecting with other creators all eat into time otherwise spent developing your actual comic. But these things are also essential to help grow your audience in the long run.



A writer and artist team (like us) can divide the work more evenly between two bodies, but this often comes with the perceived notion of needing to work faster as a result. A writer who has already completed their script can put a lot of pressure on an artist to complete their work just as quickly. Likewise, an illustrator may feel like they need to finish panels they don’t fully understand or agree with.

We solve this by constantly checking in with each other at every step of the creative process, as well as pushing release dates back if we need to.

Deadlines are self-imposed, and while it’s important to stick to them you should never feel obligated to place a release date over the quality of your work.

This isn’t the gaming industry after all. Our readers are our only investors, and we owe them the highest quality we can produce.

Few comics explode in growth overnight, however, those that find success often do so because of the obvious time and care that’s been invested in their creation. You may not be ready to share any part of your comic during the first year of its development. There may be elements of the world you’re unsure of or a character design that simply feels weak. It’s ok to take time to refine these things.

In fact, here’s a list of things you can (and should) work on before your comic is ready to be shown to the world:

Do you have a website, and will you be using mirror sites?

Are you comfortable with your character design, and are your characters easy to identify? How often do you want to release updates?

What happens if you get sick, or need a break? Do you have a buffer?

Do you have a goal planned for the year in terms of audience growth?

What social media networks can you use to draw some extra attention to your work? How often will you use them?

Delaying your comic’s release for a proper website, or so that you can have a release buffer may feel awful. There’s nothing worse than holding onto completed work you want to share. But if it means seeing your work properly grow and flourish, it’s a sacrifice you must be willing to make.

Of course, being patient also means knowing when to take a break.

Creating a comic is hard work, and it’s a fact that many indie creators can’t afford to work on their project full time. Myself included. Combined with the stress of a regular day job it can be difficult to juggle your paycheck and personal goals. When the stress of working on your comic starts to feel like a second job you may feel tempted to just push through it — but there’s a better solution.

Take a break. Step back.

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If you read comics regularly then you know better than anyone else how easy it is to tell when an artist or writer has been stretched too thin. Some may complain at the lack of updates, but at the end of the day, no one will enjoy a story that feels published at the expense of your creative health or wellbeing.

So go out there and plan your dream comic. Outline a plot, share the idea with friends and peers. Set your release schedule and figure out how you plan on interacting with readers. Make exhausting trips across the country to sell your work at a convention you’re not entirely sure will be a success.

But no matter what you do, just be patient. Your work will only flourish when you give it the time it deserves.

Featured: a couple of nerds (left, Colin Tan Wei, right, Adam Ma)

Adam Ma is the writer/creator of Folklore, a post-apocalyptic superhuman webcomic about monsters, responsibility, and the delicate balance of preserving fact from fiction.


You can support Folklore via their ComixCentral store here

Enjoy regular updates at http://folklorecomic.com/

Be sure to only follow Adam on Twitter if you enjoy Star Wars, peanut butter cups, and dogs. @4thGingerbread







 

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Daddy’s Issues | Chapter 7 | The Gender Reveal


 

Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


Finally, the twenty-week ultrasound is here! Finally, we have the answer to everyone’s follow-up question, after learning we’re having a baby! Finally, we know if we are having a little Batman or a little Wonder Woman!

We did some light preparation leading up to the day. Jovelyn and I went to Target and picked out Babylove’s first outfit, that we plan on leaving the hospital in. If it’s a little girl, we picked out a tiny Wonder Woman onesie, complete with a little printed-on lasso and everything! If it turned out we were having a boy, then we decided on… surprise, surprise… a Batman onesie.

First, let me start by saying everything looks healthy and right on track! All the measurement line up with our expected due date (August 29th) and Babylove looks healthy and normal. The first sigh of relief was out of the way.

Unlike the last ultrasound, I remembered to eat before we went. The only waiting room hitch I encountered this time was deciding that I had enough time to hit the bathroom before they called us in. Sure enough, I came back from a most-satisfying piss to find that the carrier of my child was ushered off without me.

I had to ask some sweet older lady to let me in the locked door and I quickly found my way into the ultrasound room. I took a seat and positioned myself in front of the screen. Jovelyn looked so beautiful and she even told the nurse that she wasn’t going to cry this time.

That was a lie. We both did. Again.

The image came on the screen of little Babylove in the breech position. Basically, mooning us… just like daddy in his high school days!

“Do you want to know the sex?” the nurse asked. “Because, I can tell already.” “I already know, too,” I said. And I did. It was clear as day. It’s like Babylove KNEW we wanted to know if we were having a boy or girl, by positioning the genitals front and center. I suddenly knew what my very next purchase was going to be. Babylove had their first onesie in their future and the picture for our Baby Registry suddenly became a bit more clear.

It’s a BOY!

Admittedly, we both thought we would do best with a little girl, but this opened up a whole new amazing level of possibilities. I have plenty of Batman comics to hand down and the Halloween costume possibilities are endless! If you attend Cons, get ready to see the cutest little superhero baby to ever grace a convention floor.

Plus, I can teach the little guy how to not be a creep. Hopefully, he won’t have the awkward learning to talk to girls phase that I went through. I’ll make sure he has no trouble finding a prom date.

We had lunch at Red Robin, which seems to be our new ritual after ultrasounds. We were joined by Jovelyn’s (very pregnant) friend, Leslie and her 2-year-old daughter. She is one cute little girl, and you would think that would make me jealous but, the second I learned we were having a boy, it felt like that’s what I wanted all along.

We surprised Jovelyn’s mom at work, to tell her she was having a little grandson and we fully accomplished Jovelyn’s goal of making her mom cry at work. Her mom was really excited and ended up hugging me three separate times. I guess having a family full of girls will really get you emotional when you can finally inject some testosterone into the mix.

My family is a little different. Boys galore, so it was far less emotional for my parents. They were just excited that everything looked healthy.

My seven-year-old niece seemed a little disappointed. I think she wanted a little girl cousin. On the plus side, though, she’s already my little comic book buddy. Now, I have someone I can buy DC Superhero Girls dolls for AND someone to buy all the Batman action figures for. I really just get to experience both sides of the modern childhood comic book fan.

I’m excited for the next part of the journey. Babylove won’t have a nursery, HE will have a Batcave.

And yes, he already has his first Batman suit. We stopped at Target on the way home from the hospital. His war on crime is just beginning…


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs. 


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Crowdfunding Roundup – June, 2018



EPIC MISADVENTURES OF DEATHBAG: HOLIER THAN THOU EDITION

By Julio A. Guerra

Julio was one of the first indy comic book creators I met face to face and he set a pretty high bar for all those I would meet after him. He was humble, energetic, and eager to share knowledge about the world of indy publishing. Deathbag was his tentpole character and had stretched through 2 issues at the time when I met him. Now he’s onto his 4th issue which will be collected in this TPB. I even had the privilege to guest write a story for this edition.

PLOT :

“Deathbag is a grim reaper who deals with everyday human life such as going the movies, going to see his favorite heavy metal band, going grocery shopping, and more.”

WHAT THEY NEED :

As of now, Julio is about 30% there from a goal of $3k. He needs a boost to help him reach his goal.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

I think what drew me to Deathbag first was his design and I liked how he shared a lot of the same frustrations I did. The books are some fun, quick flip through that will get you a few quality chuckles.

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The Fist

By Jordan Kroeger

Hmmm… “The FIST, a comic series with 130+ pages of a guy punching people” Why not!

Besides the straightforward pitch, I admired how The FIST nailed an indy feel for a synthwave comic. The comic is full of pastel neon colors with some great combinations that splash off the page. It’s a comic that I want to hold in my hands while I blast Perturbator or Carpenter Brut through my headphones.

PLOT :

A man (who punches) and his wife (who’s a spaceship)are on the run from the EVIL SPACE ARMY. Over-the-top ridiculous fights ensue.

WHAT THEY NEED :

$3,600 and they’re about a third there. This will all go to collecting previous issues of The FIST

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

Because it looks too much freakin’ fun! If you’re a fan of the art like I am, there are many rewards that feature prints and pin-ups from the comic.

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Electric Alice

By Amara

I really had to dig for this one and I’m glad I did. Amara’s art style is going to be beautiful for this SciFi retelling of Alice In Wonderland. This is also her first graphic novel that she’s done entirely by herself — so all the more reason to back this project.

PLOT :

Alice is curious, and she has always been curious. An ambitious but inexperienced pilot, she signs up for a solo flight into unexplored space, stubbornly ignoring repeated warnings by her peers of the dangers of her expedition. She successfully arrives just beyond the furthest known boundaries of the galaxy, only to be snared by the gravity of a massive black abyss. Terrible wonders await Alice on her journey. Follow her through the rabbit hole and find out for yourself.

WHAT THEY NEED :

$2,000, which is quite a modest goal for a graphic novel that will be printed. “Electric Alice will be a fully illustrated, perfect bound softcover graphic novel. The interior artwork will be created using traditional media, such as watercolor and ink, and hand-lettered.”

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

If you weren’t sold by the art, Amara also teases that this isn’t the same Alice in Wonderland we’re used to, “You may meet some faces that seem familiar, but do not trust that you know their story, and be prepared for something completely alien.”

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Thank you for checking out the Crowdfunding Roundup – May 2018  |  by Anthony Cleveland



After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

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Daddy’s Issues Chapter 6 | Making Changes



Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


**For this entry, I will say this once and only once: Don’t judge me. I’m not a bad person.**

Everyone knows that having your first child comes with a period of adjustment. No one can expect to pop out a kid and live the exact same lifestyle. It’s very simple Life Science. I am in for a few pretty extreme changes myself, which I haven’t made yet, but certainly, intend to. For example, sitting on the living room floor with a coffee, writing Daddy’s Issues, and chain-smoking weed will have to go by the wayside fairly soon.

I love drugs… Let me rephrase that… I am an enthusiast of CERTAIN drugs. I smoke my weight in marijuana on a regular basis, and I have never been known to turn down a hallucinogen. If they were easier to find, I would probably have a steady diet of psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy pills.

My love affair with mind-altering substances wasn’t always so limited. I used to indulge in anything that was on offer. My only rule was: No Heroin, No Meth, No Crack. Aside from that, was an equal opportunity drug abuser.

I loved coke. Fucking LOVED IT! I used to spend all my expendable income on the stuff, as a matter of fact. I knew I needed to stop doing it though when I started doing rails on a Friday morning and finally got around to getting some sleep… on Tuesday night.

My routine was always simple, back in those days. Coke, online poker, start drinking at 4, more coke, more online poker, sports betting, coke. Sleep when I’m dead.

I used to get blitzkrieg drunk almost every night, as well. Loved scotch. I think I was unintentionally named after Johnny Walker (Black label, to be specific). It also was no rarity for me to put down 2-3 bottles of red wine in a night.

On January 21st, 2014, I decided to see if I could challenge myself to go 30 days without drinking any alcohol. I haven’t had a drop of booze since.

So, I am capable of kicking bad habits. I’ve done it a thousand times. I don’t drink, smoke cigarettes, or do any hard drugs anymore. No more gambling, reckless driving, and womanizing either! Now, I just need to work on chain-smoking marijuana and using “fuck” like it’s “um”. The future of my baby depends on it.

For the most part, I have put my savage hard-partying days behind me. I just need to make a few more tweaks, before Babylove arrives. Fortunately, for my comic book audience though, a
version of my piece-of-shit self will still live on in superhero form. Look forward to “Nitro Johnny: Origins” coming soon.

I’m very interested to see how my work-rate is impacted by my first born baby. As it stands right now, I notice myself writing severely less than I used to. I attribute that to me actually having a life and things to live for, now. I could churn out a comic book script in three days before Jovelyn came into the picture. People always ask how I am able to be so prolific in my comic book writing, stockpiling over 100 scripts. The answer is pretty simple: It used to be the only thing I would do.

I am still putting in a pretty good amount of work with my writing, despite downgrading it to my part-time job, instead of a second full-time job. I have a whole comic book universe that I want to create for ComixCentral and even my own indie superhero universe that I’ve been planning since I started writing. These things are starting to come together really well, even though I spend most of my time cooking and rubbing sore parts of my fiancé, rather than only writing. It’s so much better this way, though. Yeah, I can get a lot done as a shut-in, boring mother fucker, but memories with Jovelyn are much more fulfilling than anything else I could create. I imagine spending time with our kid would be just as satisfying.

Adjustment is a huge part of anyone’s life, regardless of if they’ve chosen to start a family or not. You have to be flexible if you want to maintain a level of success in any aspect of life. There ya go, faithful reader, have a nice li’l Tony Robbins moment for yourself.

I’m going to make the changes that I need to. It won’t be a problem. I mean, no promises that I won’t have a sneaky smoke if anyone ever decides to babysit.

I’ve seen some terrible examples of parenting in my time, when it comes to stuff like that. I’ve been taking bong hits in strange living rooms with almost-strangers, and all the sudden a toddler that I wasn’t aware existed walks into the room. I panicked, stuck the bong behind the couch, and the creeps I was smoking with actually said, “no, it’s fine”. NO, IT ISN’T!!!

I plan on setting a good example for my child, even if I haven’t made the best choices myself. I still haven’t decided if I plan on “lying” to the kid with Santa, Tooth Fairy, etc., but I do know that I will be honest with my child about the dangers of certain things. I’ve been around the block enough times and did drugs in most of the houses, so I have experience with a variety of different human beings. I think I can take that experience and adapt it to parenting with ease. Life is about to get a lot more interesting. I’m about to be someone’s role model.


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs.


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Crowdfunding Roundup – May, 2018


Kaneesha the Graphic Novel

By Ben Miller

On Free Comic Book day I asked Ben Miller (the writer of Kaneesha) to pitch his book for me. He explained it as a character study of someone dealing with the most challenging decision of their life immediately after witnessing the most traumatic tragedy they’ve ever experienced… I was immediately intrigued.

The comic is about an African American female who’s brother is unjustifiably killed by the police. She now must choose what path to take for justice. Ben said the book is about her journey through grief and anger and what actions she struggles with choosing. Should she violently retaliate or rally her community to stand peacefully against the police department?


PLOT :

 From Ben: “On his way home from work Jerome is killed by the police.  His younger sister doesn’t know how to handle it. At the trial, even though Jerome was unarmed the officers are acquitted.   Enraged, Kaneesha sets upon a journey of Justice. Along the way she must decide if militancy or nonviolence is the correct path to seek equality.   I wrote this graphic novel after seeing multiple abuses visited upon the people of a neighborhood in Gary, Indiana. Kaneesha is a fictional story that is based on the reality of what it is like in places like Gary. “

 WHAT THEY NEED :

 $4,000 which will go entirely to printing the graphic novel.

 WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

This book has been completed but shelved for some time now. I’ve heard him constantly asked at cons, “When’s this coming out?” or “How much longer ‘till we can get a copy?” It’s outstanding to see that it’s finally coming into the light. Ben’s almost halfway there from it finally being on your shelf. Back his book!

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The Maroon Volume 1: The Cursed Shadow

By Derek W. Lipscomb

I’ve ranted and praised Derek Lipscomb’s The Maroon in two different reviews. Once for CXC and another for Viddy-Well.com. The latter is a filmblog that encouraged me to share the review because of how cinematic Derek’s book was.

 It’s a Southern-fried historical fantasy that has its roots in classic western movies. This is one of my favorite series on CXC. There are equal amounts of imagination and badassness on each page.

 

PLOT :

Drawing from history, mythology, supernatural and high-adventure, The Maroon is a mature graphic novel series set in pre-Civil War America that follows the exploits of a mysterious Black Seminole fugitive, who is accused of a horrid act. Unsure if he has committed this atrocity or not, he must navigate lawmen, bounty hunters and supernatural fiends as he makes his way to refuge.

 WHAT THEY NEED :

 The goal is for $2,000. He’s just about halfway there with a little more than two weeks to go.

 WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

 The $2,000 will go to printing a TBP of all 6 issues of The Maroon. Each issue plays out as a single arcing story that reveals more and more of our main character’s history. Its best read all at once, rather than single issue *in my opinion*!

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Thank you for checking out the Crowdfunding Roundup – May 2018  |  by Anthony Cleveland



After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

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Alex Priest | Featured CXC Kickstarter

 

Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter | Issues 1-3

By Jennifer Arledge

STEP BACK INTO THE WORLD OF ALEX PRIEST THIS SUMMER

This first issue of Alex Priest sucked me in immediately with the epic action sequence between Alex and the vampires. Not only are the fighting moments so fantastically done, but I loved the fun comedic moments added throughout.” — The Nerdy Girl Express

Alex Priest is pure delight, an unofficial sequel to Buffy in an engaging world of surprising depth and detail. It’s got action, romance, laughs, monsters, and all the other cool things that make life worth living.” — Travis Holyfield (STREET CLOTHES)

After two successful Kickstarter campaigns for LGBTQ+ fantasy comic, Alex Priest, writer Jenn Arledge (Future Girl, Black Gold, Trial Run Anthology), principal artist Scott Malin (Green Witch, Artemis, The World’s Worst Bounty Hunter), and cover artist Missy Pena (Steven Universe) are returning to Kickstarter with issue #3.

Last time in Alex Priest: The growing demon army struck a world-shaking blow against our heroes. Alliances will be tested as Alex and Janelle try to clean up the mess. This time? “Issue three continues to rebuild the relationship between Alex and Janelle despite the setback our heroes faced at the close of issue two,” said Arledge. This issue also includes a villain reveal. “We’ve provided hints along the way – peeks at a big bad evil – but he’s finally stepping out of the shadows.”

Alex Priest #3 is also longer with 32 pages compared to the 28 pages in the previous issues. “Issue three sets up our endgame which will be played out in our final two issues,” added Arledge. The final two issues are set to release in Fall 2018 and Spring of next year.

Rewards for this issue include print copies of issue #3, digital back issues, select prints from the Alex Priest cosplay series and cameo spaces for fans or fans’ original characters. Stretch goals will unlock exclusive mini-comics.

The Kickstarter campaign runs from May 15th through June 22nd. 

Click here to support Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter | Issues 1-3


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Inktober, Integrity and the Social Media Marketing Machine with Jake Parker | CXC Podcast


Jake Parker

Wanna know where the concept for Inktober came from? Maybe you wanna know how to harness the power of social media for business? Perhaps you’d like to reminisce about the awesomeness of newspaper comics (strips) particularly Calvin and Hobbes? Frankly, we could all use a reminder that Bill Watterson’s greatness.

Either way, look no further than our interview with Mr. Jake Parker. Inktober is only a slice of the story, my friends.

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Jake has a way of demanding respect for comics. He fell in love with comics thanks to a local circle K and, of course, the Sunday strip. He began creating comics himself in high school after taking in the medium for years. His passion reminds us that comics can and do stand alone as a powerful megaphone in storytelling. Reading a comic feels a bit like traveling in a time machine. As Jake would say, fans of comics have to work a little bit harder to make the magic work. This means an attention to detail that exists in a world all its own. Readers get to peel over their favorite comics time and time again extracting intimate details that a moving film doesn’t always have the patience for. As a result, there will be ears and eyes for comics now and forever.

Social media is all about finding your tribe. You grow your tribe simply by doing what you say you’re going to do. It means being honest about what’s driving you whether it’s making an impact or making dollars. His social media success comes from experimentation with a hint of vulnerability. It’s amazing what can happen when you encourage a world of digital artists to draw and ink something every single day for 31 days all because you want to get better at it. Thanks to the art blog Drawn.CA for picking up on the value of this contest.  All that aside, the firecracker/lawnmower story alone is the best nugget of social media success advice I’ve heard in a really long time. The best nugget overall though- how an indie comic creator can siphon some DC and Marvels over to our side of the fence.


Show Notes:

References

Missile Mouse by Jake Parker

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Hellboy by Mike Mignola

Seth Godin

Sky Heart- www.skyheartcomic.com



Connect with Jake and learn more about his work

Website: www.mrjakeparker.com

Youtube: JakeParker44

Facebook: MrJakeParker

Instagram: Jakeparker

Twitter: @mrjakeparker







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Fantasy | Comic History Mysteries | Episode #13


Join The Rambling Phoenix and The Voice on this fantastical episode of Comic History Mysteries!

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Superscript – Comic book Scripting Software | CXC Featured Kickstarter


Superscript

The first text editor built solely for writing comic books and graphic novels. Writers, meet your new sidekick.

About

Superscript is the humble, lovable, secretly powerful writing app designed exclusively for comic book writers. Superscript includes all the usual features found in other text editors, plus it automatically handles all the tedious and distracting tasks you would normally have to do manually when writing a comic book script.

Automatic Numbering

Automatic Formatting

Spoken Word Count

Autocomplete

Add Comments and Images

And more!

Preview Superscript for 7 days. If you like it, please back Superscript to make a wide release possible. If you think it could be better, please back Superscript to help us make it better.

Click here to be taken to the Kickstarter page to download your FREE TRIAL!

Notice: this is very much a work in progress. There are some known bugs and most likely several unknown bugs. This Kickstarter is meant to pay for testing and development to squash those bugs.

Hey, we interviewed Justin on the ComixCentral Podcast before he launched his Kickstarter.

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Comic History Mysteries Episode #12 | Horror


The Horror!

Join The Rambling Phoenix, The Voice and the Janitor who just works here, as they talk HORROR in Comics on this terrifying episode of Comic History Mysteries on the ComixCentral Podcast.

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The ComixCentral Podcast Episode #37 | Game-Changing Tech with Justin Silva  


Hey nerd nation! Are you tired of having to format your comic scripts? Do you feel like your writing process takes a lot longer than it should? Have you been wondering how computer tech and comic writing could possibly relate? Look no further than this tech genius ready to change the game for the comic industry and indie comics in particular- Justin Silva.

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Justin is a tremendous talent who fell in love with writing thanks to his cousins Josh Valliere and Paul Valliere. Josh being a part of the awesomeness of known as Charon Comics. While having a passion for writing his mind really shines when it comes to the design of websites, web apps and, as it happens, personally invented software.

Despite Justin’s humility on the mic, his contribution to the future of this industry should not be understated. His humility, in fact, may be the spark that lights the way for his success in comics. There’s still an odd misconception around “techies” spreading a lie-they are not creative people. The moment you connect with Justin, you’ll realize how wrong you are. This dude plays multiple musical instruments, he draws, he writes, he did stand-up comedy for 5 years (despite the intense fear of public speaking) and, oh yeah, created a largely original idea that didn’t exist before his mind conceived it. You impressed yet?

Justin’s text program, aptly called Superscript, will influence the industry of graphic novels for years to come. Lucky for us, we’ve got his mind and heart brought to you in a single 60-minute podcast. His Kickstarter will be launched on Tuesday, May 1st. Let us come together and be a part of Justin’s creation, and in a way, each of us can be a genuine part of tech history.  

Superscript Mailing List: http://superscriptapp.com

Business Website: www.jpsilva.com

 


 






 

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Anthony Cleveland’s Mini Review Roundup!



Sometimes you just don’t have time to read a bunch of reviews and choose which great Indie Comics you’ll get into next, and when that happens, Anthony Cleveland has got your back and some great picks! It’s Mini Review time!


1. EELMAN CHRONICLES

I fucking love Eelman Chronicles.  There it is; Out of the way. 

There’s just so much heart and thought into this low-fi DIY comic. Eelman Chronicles is Chris Spalton’s (writer & illustrator) retellings of his father’s stories from being..well..an Eelman– someone who catches eels for a living. The stories are about his father’s bizarre run-ins on the job and about his town as a whole. Each story is fun and usually pretty absurd at times–and they stick with you! 

Chris is in the process of putting together a collected volume now, so follow him on social and keep an eye out for updates!

Rating

5/5


2. GUNPOWDER WITCH

What drives me crazy the most about the superhero genre in comics is its lack of originality. If I crack open a superhero book it’s usually because there’s some new ideas that were able to pull me in– for example: Gunpowder Witch’s original pitch. 

Gunpowder Witch ( great title, by the way ) has a very simple question: “What if the accused in the witch trials in the early American colonial era were actually superhumans with powers?” It’s X-Men meets the Crucible in this alternate timeline and it’s a blast! 

There’s a very simple art style here that matches well with the story and the characters are impossible not to connect with. At about 150 pages, it’s a great ride that is well worth your time. Pick this one up!

Rating

5/5


3. TALES FROM DREAMSPACE

While perusing CXC’s horror comics I came across Tales From Dreamspace. The $0.00 price tag made it an easy pick up and I was in the mood for an anthology.

 The horror anthologies I liked as a kid were the ones that were a bit more grudgier and left you feeling that icky horror feeling long after you set the book down

 Several of the stories in Tales from Dreamspace this hit that mark. There’s also few that have classic horror reveals and reversals that feel familiar with the EC horror comics. I was impressed with some stories that committed to challenges like: “How to make a bathroom rug scary?”

 Sprinkled throughout are mini-stories, quotes, and short narratives. It has a feel closer to a digital horror zine than to a classic horror comic you’d find in the backroom of a comic shop. –By no means am taking away points for it being a digital horror zine, but some of the stories didn’t hit the ball as hard as the others and the payoffs didn’t match the stronger narratives.

 Regardless, the stronger stories make it well worth a full read, especially if you’re a horror fan looking for a free and fun fix.

Rating

3/5


Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe to “the Pulse” for indie Comics new, CXC Updates and more great articles and reviews from Anthony Cleveland.


After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

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Disnification! | Comic History Mysteries | Episode #11


Today on Comic History Mysteries the Rambling Phoenix returns from Disneyland with tales from the house of Mouse!

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The boys are talking Disnification, what it is, what it means to Comics and how Disney has changed the game.


Show notes:

Public Domain characters thread ComixCentral forum

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Off The Shelf | Episode 0 | ComixCentral Podcast

In a brand spanking new show, The Voice and The Janitor take a leisurely stroll through ComixCentral’s bookshelves – and pull a couple off the shelf at random to flip through.

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This week our sophomoric spotlight falls on the fantastical anthology collection Tales of Charon Vol. 1 and the manga-style first chapter of the boxing saga ‘Her Impact’. Warning: there might be some godawful accents and cheap sound effects along the way. For maximum enjoyment grab a copy of the following comics and read along!


Tales of Charon Vol. 1:

Skylin | Fred Packard, Josh Valliere, Adam Cozart

Taeiyos | Brandon Chen, Kyle Petchock, AJ Young

The Righteous None | Joshua Valliere, Joey Lee Cabral, AJ Young

Her Impact!

Mikel Miles, Digitkame, Summa Agustriyana, Joe Sketch, Deo Keo (Mazu), Lavender Khan, Mirror & Skedaddle


 





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THE FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN | CXC Featured Kickstarter

 

CXC Featured Kickstarter!

STAR CROSS COMICS PRESENTS THE FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN KICKSTARTER!

Star Cross Comics, publisher of The Last Dragoon, Propaganda Press, and the Spirits of Valor are proud to present the new sci-fi western comic series, FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN! Frontera exists in a time where we have freed ourselves from enslavement by an alien species and are now at the highest echelon in the Universe. We follow the exploits of a young woman, Makota, and her journey in that Universe.

Frontera: Flash of Dawn is written by A.J. Kinkade, pencils by Myk Emmshin, colors by Everardo Orozco, letters by Erek Foster, cover pencils by Carlos Gomez, and edits are by Laurie Foster. Frontera: Flash of Dawn is Part 1 of a total of 10 books, and will also have spin-offs for other characters in the Frontera-verse.

“I have been wanting to create something like this for years.” Kinkade says, “I love science fiction and comics. I could also definitely see this adapted into a Netflix or movie series.”

This will be Kinkade’s first comic writing credit, but he hopes that it will not be his last.

“I have always enjoyed comics, since I was a little kid. Kinkade says. “I remember seeing and reading the first one, an Iron Man comic; I bought it because he was fighting with the Hulk underwater on the cover. The TV series is why I became a comic fan.”

Kinkade points to movies such as 5th Element, Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and TV series such as LEXX and Babylon 5 as influences, as well as comics such as Starstruck, Grim Jack, and Howard Chaykin’s AMERICAN FLAGG! “I just love great sci-fi. Kinkade says.

Kinkade plans on spinning off Frontera: Flash of Dawn into other sci-fi comics, such as one about his devil-may-care, cooler-than-cool swashbuckling character, Fess Frontera, called “The Fearslayer”, and one about the cantankerous and unruly Hannibal Lockhaven, once Frontera has taken off.

Click here to support FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN’s Kickstarter


Find out more about Flash of Dawn and connect with the creators here:

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Comic History Mysteries Episode #10 – Ninjas in Comics


Today on Comic History Mysteries we are flying Phoenix-less! Yes, today The Voice and The Janitor are discussing NINJAS!

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We’ll be talking Ninja Turtles, Indie Comics that feature Ninjas and of course a healthy helping of puns and rambling Ninja focused conversation. The Janitor delights and informs us all with his deep knowledge of Japanese culture, Ninjas in particular.








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Canada Bear #’s 1 & 2 [Review]


Canada Bear #’s 1 & 2

S & P Comics
Creator and Penciller: Paul Farris
Writer and Letterer: Sean Wilson
Inker: Carlos Azevedo
Reviewer: Rob Wrecks


After reading this, I am so, so, SO glad I saw ComixCentral on Twitter promoting this comic.

I’m even gladder I reached out about potentially reviewing it as well cause this was highly enjoyable for me. To the point it had me laughing over the goofy silliness that’s contained within the pages of these two comics. And any team that can get you laughing more than once over their comic’s events is a team that deserves an award in my humble view. I’m curious if Paul Harris and Sean Wilson have any Canadian roots or if this is just something they chose to do for the heck of it. Or perhaps out of a love for Canadian culture and admittedly, I found more amusement then I should have in the use of the word ‘Eh’ that are found throughout these first two issues. Now Canada Bear is something I probably coulda passed on to Derrick considering his love for stuff involving animals that talk and the like, but then that would have meant I wouldn’t have found so much joy within Canada Bear’s pages. Who is a legit bear who ended up changed thanks to the Canadian Government.

Even if it wasn’t something they were intending on during their (to me anyway) oddball war with the Swiss! Our furry hero can talk, fly, be super strong, and is invulnerable. Kinda like Superman but, you know, furrier and a bear! Canada Bear would be perfect as a cartoon for kids, teenagers, and adults to enjoy together as it’s not something that’s meant to be taken seriously. No, its just meant to be taken as something to enjoy. Or at least that’s how I view what Paul and Sean are doing here. The art and the coloring definitely help sell the idea of this being something for all ages to enjoy. I’m curious just how aware the Canadian Government is of what happened with our furry hero and just what exactly was in that bomb of theirs to change him like it did! Fairly certain though they now know to thoroughly check the land below them for any flight paths they take! Whoever Blue Jaw is talking too at the end of issue one is something I hope we don’t have to wait too long to find out about. Though it’s bound to be amusing either way when the mystery person and Canada Bear tie into it.

Unless of course, Paul and Sean choose to make the whole thing quite seriously. And in issue two, we get to see our furry hero take on a trio of bank robbers. Whom you wouldn’t think would be able to accomplish much considering what two of them are wearing for masks! It’s amusing however with what the leader thinks of Canada Bear, amusing but also an understandable thing given his line of thinking where the big furball is concerned! I’m not necessarily sure you would see this kind of silliness in a Marvel or DC book these days, especially the lengths we would be the leader of bank robberies goes too in order to get what he thinks is a mask from a certain furball. I would love to go on and on about this title from S & P comics, but that would ultimately spoil things for you readers and that’s the last thing I want to do. As this is something that should be enjoyed by many as much as possible due to the highly amusing fun things that go on in these first two issues. Which makes me curious as to how Paul and Sean are gonna top it with the third issue!

Will the ‘Salmon’ prevail where others have tried and failed? I have no idea but I can’t wait to find out!

You can buy Canada Bear issues in the SP ComicShop right here.


Known as Rob Wrecks, and due to a love for Independent titles that was born from an earlier start of reviewing comics for InvestComics. IndieComiX came into life from that love in 2012 and has been a-rockin’ ever since! Can reach him here and read more of his reviews and more on indiecomix.net


 




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CXC Podcast Kickstarter Spotlight | Hollowed

 

Welcome to the very first of what we hope will be a regular series on the ComixCentral Podcast, it’s our Kickstarter Spotlight. Today we’re talking to Comic writer Casey Bacon Strips Bowker!

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 Casey is currently Kickstarting his Half Comic Book/Half Soundtrack/100% Adrenaline, Hollowed. We follow 2 detectives hunting down a brutal killer that hollows out its victims – A Sci-Fi Horror Comedy & Audio Experience.

Click here to learn more and support Hollowed!

Find out all the interesting details that brought this project to life, including an amazing tale of finding a briefcase full of music in a Route 66 gas station bathroom!

Hurry! This Kickstarter only has a few days left! But, you can always keep up to date with Casey and purchase copies of Hollowed after the campaign is over.

Connect with Casey

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Crowdfunding Roundup – April 12, 2018

Colossal Chaos from Out of the Blue

I’ve outgrown most of the subgenres that I adored from my childhood. Superheroes bore me. Epic space fantasies just make me shrug and say “meh.” But for whatever reason, the ‘nostalgia tingles’ I get Kaiju genre haven’t faded for me. My nostalgia vibes were on overload with the teaser trailer for Colossal Chaos from Out of the Blue– a Kaiju anthology.

PLOT :

This is the fourth installment of the Out of the Blue anthology series. 57 comic creators from around the world helped put together this kaiju anthology. AmazingTales.net says, “Colossal Chaos is packed with twists on the theme, across a variety of genres. Oversized humans, gigantic space aliens, enormous city devouring monsters, behemoth insects, or just really big robots, every sci-fi trope of towering creatures is turned on its head.”

WHAT THEY NEED :

As I write this they have 20 days to go and a lot more to fund. They’re at $400 right now and have a goal set of $4,400. So there’s still a trek to go.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

It’s a thick anthology — at 130 pages! The $50 + art rewards are awesome too. The standard trade paperback features cover art by Diego Galindo (Dynamite, Zenescope). There’s also a Kickstarter exclusive hardcover with wrap-around cover at by Kelly Williams (IDW, Dark Horse).  

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Chester & Grace: The Adirondack Murder

True crime is one of the most interesting genres I’ve seen done in the graphic novel medium, There’s classics like From Hell, Torso, Green River Killer, and My Friend Dahmer. Chester & Grace: The Adirondack Murder looks like a great addition to any true crime library.

PLOT :

Chester & Grace” is a story of love gone wrong. In the summer of 1906, young Chester Gillette drowned his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, at Big Moose Lake in upper New York State. This is the true case that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy and the later film “A Place in the Sun.

WHAT THEY NEED :

Their initial volume will be published in a small format (6″x9″), softcover, 92 pages, with one or two illustrations per page, and in full color. They’re really close to their goal and they only need a nudge to go over.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

Because there needs to be more true crime comics that are done tastefully and with respect. This one looks like it does all that and adds a touch of class that is rarely seen in the genre.

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


The Winter Year

The Winter Year first caught my eye with their cover. I loved the minimalist white outline of an owl with the title overlayed. As I went a little deeper into the pitch,  I was hooked by the description of the desperate tundra that the characters inhabit. This one looks bleak, bloody, and somehow hopeful in the midst of it all.

PLOT :

“Such things were once only whispers, though Garai, this family’s provider, has now proven them to be true – leaving him with little recourse in training with his son, Eshe.

As the arms of  this vicious winter wrap around Garai, he must come face to face with those who wronged him, and seek for dark truths amidst the tundra that he once called home.”

WHAT THEY NEED :

They’re about a grand and 22 days away. The budget for the comic is divided between reward fulfillment, artwork for issue 2, and Kickstarter’s fees.  

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

The artwork sets the tone for the book. It’s fridged and bleak, but there’s hope. It’s great to see a series where the art perfectly matches the script. If you’re looking for a meditative, brooding winter story — back this book!

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Thank you for checking out the Crowdfunding Roundup – April 12th 2018  |  by Anthony Cleveland



After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

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Comics History Mysteries – Nazis in Comics | Episode #9

 

Comics History Mysteries – Nazis in Comics | Episode #9

This week on Comic History Mysteries the Voice, Rambling Phoenix and of course the Janitor, have a fascinating conversation about Nazis in Comics.

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Pitching Your Comic: 6 Tips to Get Your Comics the Attention They Deserve Online

 

Arguably, one of the most difficult and stressful things in any Comic book creator’s professional life is getting exposure for their work.

If you care to spend a few hours trying to navigate the tricky minefield that is cold-calling potential news outlets, review sites, podcasts, potential publishers and others, you will more than likely discover two common issues:

  1. Finding WHO to contact is often very difficult as more and more of these places are inadvertently or intentionally hiding their contact information.
  2. If you do find a contact, getting that person or organization to respond and take action can be a nearly impossible task.

With that being said, we’d like to throw our experience having been on both sides of this fence into the conversation and share with you some techniques, tactics, and ways of thinking that will hopefully help you vanquish that formidable foe that is PITCHING YOUR COMICS!

In this article, we talk less about hard tactics and more about building relationships and making your Comic as prolific as possible. This is about your online presence and how to leverage it in order to find the success you’re looking for in the Comics industry.


1.Change your thoughts; change your behavior

Firstly, let’s talk about mindset. The more we connect with this fantastic community, the more and more we’re convinced that this is one of the major hurdles keeping many creatives from achieving the success they crave. We’re not talking about a “you can do it” mindset. The fact that you’ve already taken the plunge and poured your heart and soul into a Comic means that you know you can do it. We’re talking about patience, tenacity, and the self-permission required to promote your own awesomeness.

  • Have patience. Nothing happens overnight. Expect this process to take years! You’re building something you want to last forever, so take your time and do it right. Most Brands (and that’s what you are now; a brand) take an average of 3 years to gain enough exposure and recognition from their prospective audience in order to turn their work into a viable career & cash flow.
  • Be tenacious. Persistence, consistency, determination, “get back on the horse-id-ness”. You have to make the decision that nothing is going to stop you from achieving your dream and push through the hard times, the slow times, the time’s people ignore you, are mean to you, or are just plain indifferent to you. Put your shoulder to wheel and don’t look up until you start to feel it moving. Only the strong will survive the Comics game.
  • Give yourself permission to promote your own work. Many creators struggle with this one. The thought that they don’t have the right to ask for people to read and buy their Comics because they are “nobody” is pervasive in our industry. Everyone starts out as nobody. You have to be brave and give yourself the permission to pitch and promote your own work. For those of you with crippling introvertedness, try setting up a fake PR account. Give your PR rep a name and email account and let him or her pitch, sell and plug your work. It’s like business Cosplay!



2.Be prepared

Take it from us, an unprepared Comic creator is a forgettable Comic creator. If you’re not ready to be found and put your best foot forward, busy customers, news outlets, and publishers will simply move on. So get your shit together!

  • Have a digital review copy ready to go. Create a compressed digital version of your Comic that you can quickly and easily share with prospective readers. Use a service like https://www.ilovepdf.com/ to both create your PDF Comic and compress with no visible loss of quality. A PDF that is less than 100 MB is ideal. It will download very quickly, preventing your reader from getting bored waiting and moving on. Using a service like https://wetransfer.com/ is great for sharing your Comics. (Note: PDF is the most widely accessible file type. If you choose to save as a .CBR you may find many folks simply can’t open it and won’t bother downloading any special software to do so. Sorry, but it’s true.)
  • Showcase & sell your work. If you have a website, upload lots of samples of your Comics and make sure you offer them for sale as well! Make sure that once you have a potential fan’s attention, that you feed that attention with lots to look at, read, and ultimately, buy! Make use of the internet and its platforms. You can upload samples and sales links to sites like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Behance.net, Artstation.com and of course ComixCentral.com!
  • Be easy to find! If we had a nickel for every person who’s Comic book we have read with no contact information inside, and another nickel for those who we’ve tried to contact with no email on their website or social accounts, we’d have so many freakin’ nickles! People, you have to let readers know how to find you! It’s imperative to have your contact info on all your social media accounts, your website, and your Comics! How is Marvel supposed to find you?! They (and others) sure as hell aren’t going run around trying to figure it out. We’ve had people say to us, “why can’t they just tweet me? Or DM me?” Why?! Because professionalism. That’s why. Don’t be stubborn about this, this isn’t a battle you want to lose. Be easy to contact!

3.Be social – Make and maintain friendships

We’ve been paying attention to Comic creators for a long time now, and the one common trait we see in all those that inevitably rise above their peers is friendliness. Weird right? Or is it. When you consider the old adage, “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know” this stops seeming weird. Our world is undergoing a massive transition. The old ways of networking still work, but the new network is bigger and more powerful than anyone could have imagined. There are over 7 billion people on this rock, and while you once may have been able to touch and talk to a few hundred at your local Comic-con, you now have (outlandish as it seems) the opportunity to turn billions into your potential fans and buyers. And you never know, who the person you’re talking with knows. Treat everyone like they’re someone, and you’ll never go wrong.

  • Set up social accounts on all the platforms that appeal to you and start using them regularly. You might think this is stupid, but if Facebook is powerful enough to sway an election, it’s powerful enough to launch your Comic book career. We have also found Twitter to be a hotbed of Indie Comics conversations and Instagram a great way to drive traffic to our site, but you should use the ones that are the most fun for you. After all, you’re going to have to maintain them. And maintain them you must! Post new content at least once a day (as long as it’s fresh and interesting. If not, step up your game) and interact with your followers… well… as much as you can. There is a direct correlation between social interaction and sales. It’s going to take some time, remember to have faith and patience.
  • Do your homework and make an All-Star list. Do you know the top 10 people you’d like to know who you are? Create an All-Star list of the top 10, or more, people you’re interested in getting to know. Search those folks out on social media and start interacting. DON’T be a creepy asshole though! Just follow them. Pay attention to their posts. Comment when you feel interested in the post. RT when you feel it’s appropriate. Tag them on your posts – THOUGHTFULLY! Ask questions. Don’t be pushy and DON’T get pissed if they chose not to respond. That’s ok, find a new All-Star! There are so many amazing people out there to learn from and network with. The goal is to get on their radar and create a connection. You’d be surprised how quickly you can become “friends” with people you previously may have thought untouchable.
  • Engage. Do not use your social media accounts as a megaphone for the things you want to pitch. This is the fastest way to get unfollowed. Spamming social is always a bad idea. Instead, find like-minded people and make friends! Ask them questions about their work, join Twitter chats like #CXCpowerhour, join groups on FB, play Hashtag games, ask questions, share your works in progress, ask for feedback, have fun! Most of all, remember that social media is meant for being social. It’s a conversation regardless of platform, and the more social you can be, the faster your audience and a network of friends and fans will grow. It’s not rocket science champ. Being popular works. Always has, always will. Instead of hating on it, use it to your advantage.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of face-to-face interactions. If you’re an introvert, this may sound like sheer hell. We get it. But making “real life” friends is not only great for you personally, but also goes a long way in helping you reach your Comic book goals and growing the indie Comics community. You can find local groups of creators in almost every city in the world by simply Googling “Comic book creator groups in my area” or using Meetup.com. If none exist, don’t be a chicken and get one started!

4.Don’t sell yourself short

Resist the urge to belittle or downplay your own Comics. You’d be surprised how much self-deprecation in this particular instance influences people’s decisions regarding your work. When we receive emails from creators telling us their Comics “aren’t very good, but I’m trying” or “I’m still learning, so please take that into consideration” as opposed to “This is my Comic, I’ve created it over the last 5 years and I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve accomplished”, it’s stunning how much these words skew our opinions. So even if you HATE your own and think you suck worse than everyone else on the planet, fake it. You don’t’ have to brag, but resist the urge to shit on yourself.

  • Write 2. When sending your requests for review, or publishing to a perspective outlet, write 2 emails, DMs or PMs. The first one is to get all the flowery, self-deprecating language out of your system. Really go for it. The second will be a copy of the first with all the self-hate stripped out. Keep to the point, be proud of your work and bonus tip: keep the ass kissing to a minimum;P
  • Practice being nice to yourself. Being kind to yourself doesn’t make you arrogant, but it does make you confident. Try and catch yourself being nasty to your Comics and yourself. Everytime you say something mean. Stop. Then think of the exact opposite sentence and say it out loud. – “This Comic is embarrassing. I’m the worst.” turns into “This Comic makes me proud, I’m pretty great!”. – Yes, it’s cheesy, but consider this: Neural pathways in the brain are strengthened into habits through the repetition and practice of thinking, feeling and acting. So just give it a shot if you’re prone to self-hate talk.



5.Get creative & standout from the crowd

We’d love to write all kinds of things in here, but that would sort of be taking away from the creative part. So we’ll leave you with a few “primers” for your imagination to work on.

  • Create a free “teaser comic” and give it to everyone who looks your way.
  • Run a contest
  • Create a Youtube show about your creative process, daily habits, your dog who tells you his thoughts on your Comics!
  • Sell or give away swag you create
  • Create a soundtrack or Spotify playlist to accompany your Comic
  • Contact 100 Instagram influencers and offer to draw their avatars or write a short story about them and their followers
  • Create trailer videos
  • Get your messed up friend to do a live read of your Comic to a group of Senior Citizens on Facebook live
  • Be rich and famous (;P
  • Pull a PR stunt
  • The ideas are endless! If you need any, you can always reach out to us… we have some hella creatives we know:)

6.Cold call

This is part many people dread. The Cold call. Fortunately, this doesn’t actually involve phoning people anymore (not for pitching Comics anyhow). But it does involve sending out custom and thoughtful emails to prospective publishers, news outlets and anyone you want to read your Comic. Your ultimate goal is to leave to an impression and create a relationship. Below are some tips on how to do just that.

  • First. Construct thoughtful and to the point messages. Create a template to work from (we’ve included a sample below), but resist the urge to copy and paste in bulk. It’s our experience that anything that starts with, “To whom it may concern” and reeks of being a form letter, gets deleted immediately. If you can’t be bothered to talk to us like people you want to have a relationship with, we can’t be bothered to read it. This was a hard lesson learned on our end as creatives as well. So don’t feel bad if you’ve fallen into the copy & paste trap in the past. When crafting your messages be yourself. Be honest and upfront about what you want. This is so if the recipient decides they like you, they know EXACTLY what to do for you.
  • Slide into the DM! This is a weird phrase that used to imply you were going to send a photo of your junk to another person in their direct mail on a social media platform. It kind of still does. Don’t do that. But DO send thoughtfully written and to the point PERSONAL messages to people, you’d like to connect with. The best way to get a response in this fashion is to offer them something they want. Do not randomly send out your Comic book. No one wants to have something the didn’t ask for shoved in their face, no matter how awesome it is. This is human nature. Instead, ask for permission to do so! Strike up a conversation. Be an f’ing human! Say Hi. Show them you’ve taken the time to see what they’re up to and be friendly. Then, if you get a response, ask for permission to send them a review copy of your Comic. Again, this was a hard learned lesson on our part! So learn from our experience. Spamming is a dick move bro.
  • Stay on the radar. If you’re going after a high-level critic, publisher or influencer, chances are they aren’t going to respond to your first interaction. They’re busy and are probably being solicited multiple times every hour. Your job is to stay on their radar. Check in on a random basis. Send follow up emails and DM’s. Don’t be obnoxious, give them breathing room, be professional and polite, but don’t let them out of your sight. That is not until you get told, in no uncertain terms that it’s a hard NO. (Even then, stay on the radar) If you stay on their radar long enough and I guarantee something will happen. It might be a restraining order, but it will be something!

We’ve provided a sample email to get you started:

Hello Name, (do your best to find the direct contact you are trying to reach. Using a person’s name goes a long way when trying to establish a bond. #science.)

My name is —————-. I’m the (writer, creator, illustrator, etc) of (Comic book name). If you’re not familiar with it I’d love to provide you with this (preview, review copy, issue 1, etc) you can quickly download using this link. (link to wetransfer.com file)

From here on out, it has to be very personal. Sorry sport. But we hate form letters! Let your personality shine, be yourself. Keep the self-deprecation low and the over-the-top ass kissing even lower. You are attempting to create a business relationship, you don’t want to give away any leverage.  So keep it short, to the point, polite and don’t forget to ask for what you want! The wost is a rambling email that never makes the ask. Be honest and upfront about what you want, so if the recipient decides they like you, they know EXACTLY what to do for you.

Finish up with a plea for them to contact you with any questions and don’t forget to add all your contact details in the footer. Chances are if you’ve made it this far, the person you are contacting will want to stalk you a little and make sure you’re not a Nazi or something that could hurt their public reputation. So make it easy for them

Sincerely,

My Name

Mywebsite | My CXC ComixShop  |  Twitter | Facebook  |  Email address (yes again)  |  etc


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RAGS: Prologue [Review]

RAGS: Prologue [Review]

Written by: Brian Ball, Trent Luther, and Liz Finnegan  |  Art by: Luigi Tereul  |  Reviewer: Rob Wrecks


The RAGS Prologue (Preview?) is something I’ve been meaning to share my thoughts on awhile now but haven’t done so.

RAGS is; if you haven’t seen previews and the like from the Twitter page, along with anything ComixCentral (Love that bunch!) has shared about the title, a fun-filled Zombie genre comic. Now in this preview, we don’t know what caused the dead to start being a huge problem and that’s okay as that’s probably explored in the full-on comic and its follow up issues. Unless Brian Ball, Trent Luther, and Liz Finnegan choose to keep that a mystery.

I like that there’s little color to be found in this comic, aside from the main character’s Redhair (Gotta love a Redhead!) her tattoos, and a couple of other areas – I won’t mention here. Our Redhead, one Regina Ragowski, who’s also a Marine Veteran, seems to be in something of a pickle. Then again, most would be when on their own and trying to avoid being Zombie dinner!

Now what baffles me about this preview is the fact that the lovely Regina is running around for dear life in nothing but her underwear. Why that is, isn’t exactly touched on, but in a way adds a nice touch of realism as one isn’t always gonna be dressed during a bad situation. Much like a certain couple once found out back in the day in Predator 2.  I could have done without the censorship once she loses her top, however. Now I’m not saying this cause I want to perv on a fictional character, but if you’re gonna already have cussing and violence in your comic, you might as well not even bother with the censors. As it’s pointless to do unless you are purposely doing it in order to draw in an audience.

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 Hell, when I first read this, I honestly thought I was seeing tattoos until I realized what those images actually were. That’s my only real problem with this preview, well, that and the fact this is a 14-page preview that leaves me wanting to know what happens to the lovely Regina! Especially as she ends up going from one pickle to another with some disgruntled folks who’d been doing their best not to become Zombie Chow!

Whether or not Brian, Trent, and Liz will have something that’s a break out hit in the Zombie genre remains to be seen, as most are more than likely tired of Zombies. Only time will tell for RAGS; and will Regina find herself a pair of pants?! Only our intrepid trio, plus the artist himself, Luigi Tereul knows for certain! At least then Regina will have some form of dignity if she ends up dead or worse while wearing some pants!


Known as Rob Wrecks, and due to a love for Independent titles that was born from an earlier start of reviewing comics for InvestComics. IndieComiX came into life from that love in 2012 and has been a rockin’ ever since! Can reach him here and read more of his reviews and more on indiecomix.net






 

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So You Think You Know Comics with Professor Donnalyn Washington | Episode #36

So You Think You Know Comics with Professor Donnalyn Washington

Wanna learn the REAL reason indie comics are better than mainstream? Wanna know how comics and graphic novels could, should and are used in college English to teach storytelling, character development and even social psychology? Maybe you want a list of really good writers to learn from or maybe you just want to hear about the awesomeness of The Maroon comic. Look no further than the mistress of comic language and storytelling, professor Donnalyn Washington.

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Holy majestic brain power batman; we’re out-riddled this time for sure! I’m not gonna lie nerd nation, I could barely speak during this interview and thank goodness for that. After a mad-awesome power hour of comic knowledge download, I’ve come to realize that I’m undeserving of words. Donnalyn is the latest and final winner in our Comixcentral Birthday giveaway series and I could not have asked for a better surprise guest.

Donnalyn Washington

Things happened for a reason my friends and her podcast appearance was nothing short of on purpose. Just a few of her chess pieces on the comic information board include: multidimensional character development, subtlety in comics, how to approach a message inside a story, writing from experience and making the supernatural believable to an audience. If you want to learn how to be a better writer, this is THE episode. If you want a slice of this indie college knowledge, click the link to subscribe and download this gem. The skill is all on her side of the table ladies and gentleman, I just nodded my head in amazement.

Not only is this passionate professor a graphic novel junkie, she also dives deep into the research realm of our original African American writers, illustrators and influencers. She’s a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Black Comics. She’s a reviewer and senior editor over at reviewfix.com and she tells it like it is. True love of the comic medium (indie comics in particular) has never been manifested more elegantly than in this weeks interview. Did I forget to mention she’s an interviewer herself as well? I want to give special thanks to her older brother for introducing her to this world of comics at an early age. She supports numerous Kickstarter projects and will give you a list of indie comic companies that are changing the game one book at a time. Her desire to understand the language of heroism and humanity has brought a new level of respect to this art form that is sure to inspire writers and fans for years to come.

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Review website: www.reviewfix.com

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Comic History Mysteries Episode | Episode #7 Puerto Rico

On this week’s Comic History Mysteries, The Voice, Rambling Phoenix and The Janitor have a sleep deprived conversation that starts with Puerto Rico, the Comicbook project la borinqueña, moves into cell phone power, scammy Kickstarters and goes on from there! Enjoy the delirious fun!

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So You Want To Be A Hero | Part One: Let’s Get Started

 

When I was six and fresh-faced I realized early the type of person I was.

All it took was a cold November day and a tyrant on the jungle gym. I was minding my own business, slamming Pogs for keepsies like any good 90’s kid when it happened. A little kindergartner screamed out as the earlier mentioned baddie tugged him down from a climbing net. I ran to the scene quickly, well it happened right behind me, so more like a quick turnaround. I didn’t hesitate as I grabbed his shoulder, turning around the greasy bully and unleashing my best Red Ranger impersonation in the form of right hand to the nose. He bled and cried. I told him to get lost or I’d pop him again. I got a weeks detention and had to Bart Simpson “I will not hit other children” a 100 times. If you’re asking if I would do it again the answer is yes. 1000 times over.



I sadly drifted from that young feisty six years old letting the cruel reality of life beat me down into a disenfranchised millennial. I no longer fought the injustices around me and I didn’t care to. It wasn’t my job. I couldn’t even find a real one. Eventually, I managed. I went to college, graduated then went back for something else. This is when it started.

That little six year old inside me (wait, that doesn’t sound right) started to nag. “Your meant to do good. Be better.” I ignored him at first but the little bastard kept at it. “Be better” he kept saying. So I did. Eventually, I finished college and started to try to be better. I got a job working an afterschool program and eventually a night job at a house as a developmental service worker (I get to sleep there, it’s the best job ever). I thought that would make him shut up. It did not.

I have a lot of free time. Not “unemployed” free time but enough to get me in serious trouble thanks to my overactive imagination and a misguided sense of purpose. I try to dull it with various substances (shhhhh, I’ll never tell) and by searching out more employment. So I turned to writing. Maybe creating something for people would help silence this stupid kid.

For a second it did but he’s a persistent little shit. “Be better”. He wouldn’t shut up. So I asked him. Well by that I mean I had a conversation with myself posing as my younger self. It went like this.

“Be better”
“You keep saying that you little punk.”
“Then do it.”
“I’m a good person! What do you want from me.”
“Yea you’re good, but the only thing worse than bad guys are good guys who just stand around while the bad stuff happens.”
“You’re a kid version of me. How are you this smart!?”

He left me to ponder his Obi-Wan like wisdom. I sat there, racking my brain. Eventually, I came to the only conclusion that made sense.

I’d become a superhero.

The first? The last? I have no idea but it got him to shut up. I was going make six-year-old me proud. I was going be the greatest hero this world has ever seen. Wait, I’m an out of shape twenty-eight-year-old with no combat training and the tech resources of a 3rd world nation. I’m doing what now?

So here we are. Your reading this and I’m probably in my basement doing push-ups and punching the wooden support beam until my knuckles bleed. Actually, I’m playing Sea of Thieves but it just came out. Get off my back. I have a long way to go but I’m ready.

So where do we start?

I need a name, a gimmick, maybe some sort of animal sidekick? Do I team up? Where do I go if I only want to tackle world ending events on a cosmic scale or does everyone start punching bad guys for stolen purses? All great questions I’m going to have to figure out on my way to becoming a great hero. I’m finally ready for this, are you?

(I’m going die in a dungy crack house aren’t I? At least six-year-old me will be proud… right?)


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By Dan Ball

Dan is Canadian writer whose series, MISTER CROWLEY, is currently in production with Inbeon Studios. In Dan’s other life he has worked an after-school program for the last five years and nights as a developmental service worker.






 

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Episode #35 | Jumping from Comics to Animation with Roy Burdine

Do you have what it takes to tackle comics and animation?

Do you have the skills to handle digital and print thousands and thousands of times over? Can you love what you do, even when it means leaving work just long enough to shower? Did you love 90’s and 2000’s hero cartoons? Then you’ve got to listen to the all-around-awesomeness of the 20-year comic/animation veteran Roy Burdine.

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Roy Burdine

Roy is different from a lot of guests we’ve had before. Many comic peeps I’ve interviewed previously fell into the passion as a teenager or even later. Not Roy. He knew he wanted to be a comic artist from the beginning and never looked back. For Roy Burdine, it’s always been about constantly moving forward and adapting while staying in love with your craft no matter where the industry takes you. Trust me, he would know. He had the courage to send in his own character creation as a child and get rejected by Stan Lee himself… sort of. Either way, rejection never kept him away from the desire to live his cartoon joy full-out. This drive eventually landed him a spot working on the beloved X-men animated series in the 90’s and the rest is history.

TMNT – Roy Burdine

Roy Burdine has been through the ringer. Animation is all about deadlines and staying in the room until you get it right. Over the years, styles, settings and job titles may change but the passion never falls by the wayside. That’s the kind of steadfast love it takes to spend so much time on a project that night and day no longer exists. In this episode, we learn about the true meaning of dedication and the evolution of the artistic process. We learn what comic artists and writers can learn from animators and visa versa. Talking with Roy puts you right in the animation studio. You can feel all the hustle and excitement that comes with the job with every recorded word. His love of art is only surpassed by his admiration of story as we learn about his transitions throughout the industry. We talk about the importance of storyboarding. We talk about the value of going digital. We talk about the dangers of staying inside a box of “purity” versus the value of being multidimensional. We talk about “finding the frame” that matters the most in comics versus drawing thousands of frames for animation. Most importantly, we talk about what the internet has done for the lone creator. Indie is the new jump to lightspeed for a career at Sony, Image, or Dreamworks if you’ve got the care, wherewithal and artistic heart necessary for the journey ahead. Bottom line: Big two or no big 2- people care about indie and they are looking for you.  

AfterMen – Roy Burdine

Don’t forget to check out the links below for information on Roy Burdine  

Webcomic: www.aftermencomic.com

Webcomic Twitter: @aftermen_comic

Instagram: Royburdine

Roy Burdine IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2424570/

Twitter: @Royburdine

Facebook: Royburdineauthor





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History Mysteries #6 | Libraries and More


 On this week’s Comic History Mysteries, a heartfelt tribute to Stephen Hawking, a discussion on what makes a villain and how some can be lovable in spite of their horrible deeds, Moby Dick, of course Batman makes an appearance and eventually the boys get around to discussing how you can use your local library as a Comic Shop of sorts! Enjoy the madness!

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For more history fun with the Ramblin Phoenix’s check out his history blog: www.historicalperceptions.com


 

 





 

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Comic History Mysteries #5 | Defining Indie

 On this week’s Comic History Mysteries, the boys are arguing about what defines Indie in all its genres; comics, film, music and… continents?

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For more history fun with the Ramblin Phoenix’s check out his history blog: www.historicalperceptions.com