Digital comics have grown in several different directions over the last few years, but one of the most interesting developments is how they've enabled people to try new ways of distributing comics, marketing to readers, and building an audience. The Humble Bundle is perhaps one of the most fascinating new models; a pay what you want program that works with publishers to offer huge collections of comics in one go.
From the very first Image Comics bundle last year right through to the new Gamer Comics bundle with Dark Horse, companies have seen incredible sales through this system, expanding audiences by staggering degrees. With Humble Bundles now a routine mini-event for comics readers, ComicsAlliance spoke to the company's director of books, Kelley Allen, about how so much has changed over just one year, and where she sees Humble Bundle heading over the next few years.
Comics readers are probably most familiar with Greg Pak as the writer of DC's Action Comics and Batman/Superman, but over the past year, he's been making an interesting move into an entirely new field: Children's books. After launching a Kickstarter for a picture book version of The Princess Who Saved Herself, based on the Jonathan Coulton song of the same name, Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa are teaming up once again for a new project: ABC Disgusting, an alphabetical chronicle of a young boy trying his best to gross out his sister.
This week, Pak and Miyazawa launched a new Kickstarter to fund ABC Disgusting, and I talked to him about why he wanted to take on a different medium, his thoughts on the grossest elements of the book, and how many farts readers can expect. And in case you can't wait for the answer to that last one, I can assure you: So many farts.
The Justice League of America and The Avengers are the top teams in comics, super-groups composed of the most popular, most powerful and most iconic superheroes in their respective publisher's fictional universes. Jon Morris' League is... not that kind of league.
Morris, a graphic designer, cartoonist and writer, has devoted himself to compiling and chronicling the weirdest superheroes from throughout comics history on his blog Gone & Forgotten, which he's maintained since the late 1990s. Those efforts have lead to a new book, The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes From Comic Book History, which features a full 100 of the most spectacular misfires of the 20th century comics industry, from 1939's Bozo The Iron Man to 1997's Maggot, from shoe shill AAU Shuperstar to the compressed air-powered speedster Zippo. We spoke to Morris about his selection process and what it really means to be "regrettable."
Following two successful Kickstarters collecting the comics work of classic Canadian cartoonists, this year sees writer and editor Hope Nicholson return to crowdfunding for a completely new project, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Gathering a varied collection of thematically-linked pieces, including comics, illustrated stories, and prose, the anthology --- now running on Kickstarter --- will feature work from creators including Mariko Tamaki, Sam Maggs, Jen Vaughn, Irene Koh and, yes, Margaret Atwood.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls will focus on just that --- real and imagined stories on the topics of dating, love, romance and (whisper it!) sex. Nothing more, nothing less; love is the best. This is a huge undertaking, but one that Nicholson is certainly qualified to bring together. To find out more about the project, ComicsAlliance spoke to her about what we can expect from the collection, how Margaret Atwood got involved, and the story that Hope herself will write for the anthology.
Welcome to the fourth installment of True Blue, our weekly recap of Archie Comics‘ crossover event between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series, “Worlds Unite.” Each installment, we’ll recap the notable moments of the latest chapter in “Worlds Unite” with Archie Action Editor Vincent Lovallo, and take a look at what lies ahead for the next chapter of the crossover event.
Previously in "Worlds Unite," Sonic and Mega Man had been captured by Sigma, transformed into evil versions of themselves by the doctors Wily and Eggman, and sent to one another's worlds to plant Sigma's Unity Engines. Once activated in Mega City and Mobotropolis, the Unity Engines started the process of combining Mega Man's and Sonic's worlds into one. It was then that Sonic Man and M'egga Man first set eyes on each other, and began fighting immediately. While chaos ensued all around them, the Robot Masters and Freedom Fighters did their best to salvage a terrible situation. Unbeknownst to Sigma, Wily and Eggman implanted a fail-safe into both M'egga Man and Sonic Man's designs. When struck at the proper time, Mega Man and Sonic freed themselves from Sigma's control, and were able to return to normal. Unfortunately, they may already be too late to save their worlds.
Earlier this month, DC released the first paperback collection of Gotham Academy, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl's fan-favorite series about Olive Silverlock, Maps Mizoguchi, and their fellow students at Gotham City's most prestigious prep school. We recently got the chance to chat with the entire creative team, and what ensued was a fast-paced and giggle-filled conversation, evidencing the same careful planning and casual camaraderie that has made the series itself such an immediate hit – audiences tend to sense when creators enjoy working on a project, and and it's clear that with Gotham Academy, this trio are having the time of their lives.
Set in a prison for giant monsters, Zander Cannon's Kaijumax caught comics off guard when it debuted a few months back. Although the giant monsters really are held hostage on a prison complex, this was a story that took their plight surprisingly seriously, and yanked harshly at the heartstrings as readers followed --- and fell in love with --- a creature called Electrogor. Almost immediately after the first issue, Kaijumax seemed to become Oni's next big series.
A huge part of this is the world created by Cannon in both art and script, as his Kaiju Complex is filled with a massive range of strange, interesting and feisty characters, living in a system which that them to form gangs, create rivalries, and seek empowerment. They're also robots, aliens, lizard people, and giant goats. After only three issues it seems set to hit "best of 2015" lists with a vengeance, so ComicsAlliance spoke to Cannon to find out more about his monstrous creation.
Twenty-Seven has become a legendary, tragic haunting number in the world of music over the years, as a number of the brightest and most talented artists to ever take to the stage all sadly passed away at that young age. From Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse, Robert Johnson to Richey Edwards, the age has become synonymous with loss. For that very reason, 'The 27 Club' has reached a kind of mythic quality over time, with scholars, fans and artists all considering just what resulted in so many lights being extinguished so early in their careers.
It's also the focus of Red Stylo's fifth Kickstarter anthology in five years, 27, A Comic Anthology. Jumping deep into the mythos of the 27 Club thanks to editor Enrica Jang and a huge collection of writers and artists, the anthology will features stories about Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, Jones and more. It's an intriguing premise for a comics anthology, so ComicsAlliance spoke to Jang about how she conceived it, and her plans for the book.
Welcome to the third installment of True Blue, our weekly recap of Archie Comics‘ crossover event between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series, “Worlds Unite.” Each installment, we’ll recap the notable moments of the latest chapter in “Worlds Unite” with Archie Action Editor Vincent Lovallo, and take a look at what lies ahead for the next chapter of the crossover event.
It all started with Sigma escaping from the future of 21XX, and it's been tough sledding for both Sonic and Mega Man during "Worlds Unite." Sigma eluded Mega Man X and his Maverick Hunters just as they finally tracked him down, and using the Genesis Portals, Sigma was able to relocate to Eggman's hideout on Lost Hex in the Sonic Universe. Once there, he took form in a new robot body, and immediately put Eggman and a displaced Dr. Wily to work building an army. Sigma's plan was to unite the universes of Sonic and Mega Man so he could evolve into something significantly more powerful. However, Eggman and Wily convinced Sigma to "recruit" Sonic and Mega Man into his army, all with the intention of betraying Sigma the first chance they had. It wasn't an easy process, but the heroes were eventually converted to evil, and sent to conquer Mega City and Mobotropolis for the impending invasion.
This week sees a new hero leap weirdly into the DC Universe, as Khalid Nassour finds himself in a desperate flooding city that has no future unless he puts on the ominous helmet of Dr Fate and gets mystical. In the hands of creative team of Paul Levitz, Sonny Liew and Lee Loughridge, the first issue of the new series is a bold, bizarre and brilliant new angle on DC’s superhero canon, throwing the traditional origin story into an off-kilter direction.
When the book was first announced by DC, one of the big surprises was the news that Liew, best known for his work on stories like The Shadow Hero with Gene Luen Yang at First Second, was making the move into work-for-hire heroes. With the first issue now on the shelves, we spoke to Liew about how he got involved with the series, how he views Khalid’s world, and also the recent whirlwind created around his creator-owned project The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.
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