Over the past five years, The Devastator has occupied a pretty unique place in the world of comics. As an irregularly published comedy magazine with each issue built on a specific theme, it played host to some fantastic humor in the form of comic strips, prose, infographics, and even the occasional fake advertisement for a service that would match a lonely otaku with the right love pillow. Now, though, that's coming to an end.
The Devastator #13: Space Epic marks the final issue of the anthology, but the people behind the magazine are shifting over to Devastator Press with a focus on publishing single-concept humor books meant to appeal to the same audience. To mark the occasion and find out more, I spoke to Devastator publishers Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows to find out how they recruited comics talent for bizarre comedy, what they learned trying to sell their books at comics conventions, and what we'll be seeing from Devastator Press in the future.
Good news, folks who sell things at conventions: it seems sales are up and business is booming! Earlier this week, humor magazine The Devastator and comic news site The Beat released the results of their survey of sales at 2014 conventions, where folks who table at various conventions reported on business for the year. The Devastator started the survey in 2013 with 46 respondents, and this year the number swelled to 107. A larger sample size is very helpful with surveys of this sort -- hopefully the number will continue to grow in future years.
The change of seasons has brought a chill to the air and widely available apple cider once again, but those are merely a prelude to something better: The new issue of The Devastator, our favorite comedy magazine. In previous issues, Devastator's mix of comics, text pieces, graphs and the occasional board game has taken on topics like hipsters, spies, crossovers and even the apocalypse, but this time, the quarterly mag is taking on anime, manga, and even a few video games in the newest Otaku-themed edition. And yes: The graphs are back, in the form of a pretty amazing flow chart helping you to answer the question of "Is This Hentai?"
Contributions to The Devastator: Otaku include a cover by All New Ghost Rider writer and Peepo Choo creator Felipe Smith, a new installment of The Anime Club by Gunshow and Back creator K.C. Green, and a series of ads for an anime sex pillow dating service featuring Brooklyn Nine Nine's Joe Lo Truglio. Seriously. Check out a preview below!
Y'all are familiar with the concept of Bundles, right? If you're not, it's pretty simple: A bunch of stuff -- video games, comics, ebooks, that sort of thing -- is put together and and sold as a pay-what-you-want bundle, with additional content available if you meet a certain minimum. It's a pretty great way to check out new stuff along with items you've been curious about without spending a lot of money, while simultaneously supporting independent creators. For the next six days, Storybundle.com has a set of pretty amazing webcomics-related content that you can snag for whatever you want to pay.
Put together by The Devastator, the quarterly comedy magazine, the bundle includes content from Gunshow creator KC Green, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weiner, Tales to Suffice's Kenny Kiel, and more.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
So why not give the gift that keeps on giving, keeping the Christmas spirit in your giftee's heart all year round? Or at least, you know, four times a year when the new issue of The Devastator arrives.
We've talked about The Devastator a few times around here before, but this month, our favorite quarterly comedy mag is back in action with a new issue themed around crossovers. It makes sense, too: If Internet t-shirt sales have taught us anything, it's that people love it when two things they recognize are mashed up together to produce something new, like, say, Buffy in a TARDIS, or Finn and Jake in a TARDIS, or that lady from Game of Thrones in a TARDIS.
Nothing we've seen yet, however, has managed to top The Devastator's Imperial Walker: Texas Ranger.
I was already a pretty big fan of The Devastator, the quarterly comedy mag that's featured CA favorites like Michael Kupperman, but now, they have turned their attention to doing something truly altruistic. With San Diego's Comic-Con International coming up next week, they've released a mobile game for iOS called Comic-Con Star Stalker, a free time-waster designed to give you something to do in those long, long panel lines.
In the past, we've had a little fun with The Devastator, the quarterly comedy anthology, but their latest issue is the best of the series so far. Wrapped up in a cover by CA favorite Michael Kupperman, this issue is themed around spies and espionage, and there are enough great gags in here that it's well worth picking up -- and I'm not just saying that because an ultraviolent parody of the Canadian children's show Totally Spies...
At this point, making fun of hipsters is so played out that I'm pretty sure it can only be done ironically, at which time you have officially become the thing you hated. Imagine my surprise, then, when I cracked open the new issue of The Devastator, a quarterly comedy magazine that set its sights on "indie culture" this time out, and found that there's actually some pretty hilarious stuff in there...
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