Okay El Moochadores, I got a great comic for you to check out, and this is right up our proverbial alley. As many of you already know, we’re huge fans of pulp fiction, crime stories, and film noir. Personally, I love any story that blurs the line between good guy/bad guy (or gal in this case…) and is also chuck full of sex and violence. So, I was thoroughly pleased with one of Titan Comics‘s latest crime fictions to hit the stands. Okay, actually I got a PDF version, but after reading it I’m probably going to get the real deal.
Already on comic store shelves is a pretty incredible first issue for Normandy Gold. Written by Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin with amazing interior art by Steve Scott; Normandy Gold is the story of a 1960’s female sheriff (named Normandy Gold) going undercover in Washington DC to find her half-sister’s killers. Here’s the official synopsis:
When her younger sister is found murdered in a D.C. hotel, relentless Sheriff Normandy Gold dives headfirst into the seedy world of prostitution and politics, soon discovering a twisted conspiracy that could lead right to the White House!
This the sort of comic book that really makes me love modern comic books. That is: extraordinary stories beautifully illustrated that are aimed at adults. Abbott, Gaylin, and Scott produced a wonderfully engaging crime story that is actually more compelling than anything blasting out of cinemas now days. Because of their work, Normandy Gold stays powerful, sexy, dark and dangerous, and leaves the reader wanting more. Honestly; It’s stories like this that make it fun to be an aging Geek. Okay. I’m only 40, but I could easily pass for 39 and a half. Or at least this will please the type of comic book fan that is bored with the hack work being pushed on us by the house of mouse and looking for stories with some grit. So (geek like me), next time you’re at the comic shop grabbing up that latest edition of Saga, or The Goon, grab a copy of Normandy Gold and really treat yourself to something refreshingly original.
I’ve posted a few sample pages below, but seeing how this comic is already available in comic shops, or online, go get a copy of issue #1 for yourself!
A manga adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story, Peter Pan by Elaine Tipping
Okay El Moochadores, this last year I started using Instagram for the first time (atomic_tails), and I still don’t know if I’m doing it right, but I do see a ton of cool art and comic projects posted there daily. Soooo… I thought I’d start to share some of these on my very own geek creative website. One such project is up on Kickstarter right now is from manga artist Elaine Tipping. The Peter Pan Manga – Volume 3 which, like the title says, combines the classic J.M. Barrie story with a very cool manga style. This third volume includes chapters 7-10 and if you contribute enough you can even get the previous two volumes.
Okay, not that I’m a huge Peter Pan or manga fan, but I actually do dig this project. I honestly do enjoy any sort of mash up and I think it’s a good step in the evolution of story telling. I’ve posted some sample pages below which show off Tipping’s incredible artistic talent and interesting take on a classic tale. Also, fuck Disney for trying to take other peoples stories and branding them as their own. Seriously. Peter Pan is in the public domain and belongs to everyone, not just the halfwits that bought (and ruined) Star Wars. Sorry, ‘couldn’t help my self…
Anyways (I gotta see a therapist) check out the sample pages below along with the promo video for the KS. Use the link above to visit the Kickstarter page and learn more about the project, rewards, and more about the comic. As of this post the project has more than half its funding and 20 days left to contribute. So, get on board and help make something very cool!
Hey El Moochadores, I just finished a new Atomic Tails! Yeah, kind of weird for a guy in his forties to slopply drawing a comic about mice, but fuck it. I’m having fun and learning a lot in the process. You can read all about this comics strips creation on my offical Atomic Tails blog or Trog’s Blog. heh.
Also, I launched a Patreon for Atomic Tails. I am scary broke right now and I need help paying for the site. Right now there’s only a dollar donation offer (which get’s you our sincerest thanks!) but were working on some improved rewards and offers for anyone interested in helping out.
Look to the right and you’ll see the first Atomic Tails ad too! Both Chudd and I worked on this one, and I kind of dig the results.
I posted the new comic strip below, but also go check out the comics archive to see more comics and my progress in making it. Well, I hope there is progress… On to strip #18!
Distractotron’s Interview with Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC
Hello again El Moochadores! Distractotron’s video of this post really kind of helped. I’ve been having a very tough time managing my personal life and my creative life (career?) and things have been kind of… dark lately. There are a lot of obstacles (many of which I think I make my self) to getting stuff done, and it is hard for a guy like me to maintain focus. Not to mention the clinical depression and constant fear that just clings to everything I do. However, there’s always this thing of “just do it anyways” that keeps me (and Chudd) creating art, or comic strips, or even (someday) a comic book. Watching DMC talk about making comic books doesn’t fix anything for me – not by a damn site- but there’s a moment at the end where he talks about the passions we’ve had since kids and not letting them die. I think he’s right that a lot of comic books and comic art are a part of me and it’s very important to bring that stuff out. I really hope DMC is successful at comics as he was at music, and I hope videos like this help the creatives out there to focus just a little more on the stuff that is important in life. Like a comic stirp about foul mouthed mice, or a comic book about a fire breathing super cow. Very important.
So, enjoy the video. It was filmed at New York Comic Con 2017, and hit the link above to see s’more really great videos from Distractotron. Guys who’re doing it right. You can also go check out DMC’s comics at the official Darrel Makes Comics website. Now I have to go draw some mice, then figure out how the hell I’m going to pay the rent.
Atomic Tails #16 is finally posted online! Yeah, Kind of took me a bit, but you can read about the making of the new strip on my Atomic Tails Blog (Trog’s Blog)! That’s right. I’m half-assing two blogs now. What the fuck… Anyways, the real life Chudd (aka: Jason Murray) created the logo that appears in panel three, and I think he did a great job with it. The Ascension of the Golden Yo-Yo’s may rise again. Maybe. I had a lot of fun with this strip and it was a pretty good learning experience. I’m already working on Strip #17, but click here to see all the strips so far! Also, also; help support Atomic Tails by following us on twitter (@AtomicTails) and Instagram (Atomic_Tails).
New Kickstarter for a four issue collected volume from Source Point Press
Hello again El Moochadores! Been awhile right? Well, we’re back and this time we got a Kickstarter campaign to share! Sooo… Let’s go!
Currently on Kickstarter is a new(-ish) campaign for a pretty cool indie comic; The Misplaced: The Collected Edition. Written and Illustrated by Chris Callahan, and published by Source Point Press, Misplaced is a collection of four issues about a dark supernatural tale of love and desperation in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy. Here’s a proper synopsis:
A young man pushes through the afterlife searching for the soul of his lost bride. But to find the missing, one spirit must return to the land of the living and uncover the truth of immortality.
From what I’ve seen, this comic looks pretty cool. Callahan has an almost “Sandman” like art style and I’ve always dug the other world adventures. Maybe it’s all the Lovecraft reading. Anyways… As of this post the kickstarter has met its goal and there are 19 days left to contribute. Also, they have some pretty cool stretch goals. If the campaign earns $4,500.00 then every single backer will receive a FREE digital copy of our newest release FALLSTREAK. A whole graphic novel! If the campaign hits $5,500.00 then the Misplaced will be produced as a hardcover volume at now extra cost to the backers. El Moochadores interested in contributing can hit the KS link above to read more about the rewards which also include digital copies and original art.
I’ve posted the Kickstarter promo video below, along with the sample pages provided on the KS page. For more information you can also check out the Misplaced page on the Source Point Press website.
Yeah, I’m actually (kind of) following through on something. Anyways, check out the continuing adventures of Chudd and Trog in this weeks Atomic Tails! Also, some news about the strip: This last week I started a Facebook page and an Instagram for Atomic Tails. However, I have no idea how to link to the Instagram on here, but until I do, please look me on there and follow the strip! I am not internet savy, but thank you very much to all the people who have followed Atomic Tails just in the last week.
Anyways, I’m setting a goal to get strip 16 done by Saturday… so back to work.
Okay El Moochadores, check out this new Kickstarter for one of my favorite indie comics; Warhead! If successful, this project will collect issues 1 to 6 in one awesome volume. Written and illustrated by Katrina Kuntsmann, Warhead is about Adam, a young grafitti artist living in London, who has a large (acid green) atom bomb for a head. Check out the KS synopsis:
He also has a giant, acid green atom bomb for a head. But then again, when your ex-girlfriend and landlord is en eight legged elk centaur, and your best friend has a cricket for a head, you don’t stick out so much. With Adam seemingly sliding in and out of this already surreal landscape, it begs the question how much of his world is real, and how much is a product of his mind.
As we follow Adam as he tries to keep his life together, we are invited to watch as his mind begins to unpin and witness what occurs when the two meet. Given life by Katrina’s rough, vivacious style and talent for cinematic pacing, WARHEAD delivers engaging atmospheric scenes and haunting imagery.
Katrina (Kat? Kitten? I think she’d be okay with that) has a great illustrative style, and there’s something very creepy-cool about the world she’s created in Warhead. I’ve posted a few sample images below from the KS page, but hit the link above to see original prints from Katrina and learn about contributor awards.
Okay El Moochadores, I just finished another strip for Atomic Tails! Check out #14 and the introduction of Buttery Wholesomeness. Based on the same Buttery Wholesomeness who occasionally helps out with the blog and podcast. The real life Buttery is much more a cartoon character. Anyways, more strips are coming soon.
Hello El Moochadores! I’ve been trying to get this post written for the last couple of days now, but life keeps getting in the way. Anyways…
I recently finished reading Arin Leviti’s new indie comic Atlantis: The last Survivor, and its pretty damn good. Featuring illustrations by Giuseppe Cafaro and colors by Federico Blee, this fantasy story takes readers to the magic filled Atlantis and follows the adventure of lovers Agathon and Phile. Here’s the proper synopsis:
Agathon, the son of a member of the resistance, is kidnapped and taken to the capital where he discovers that everything his parents had taught him is true. His only hope rests on the mysterious demigoddess Phile and Temacles, a member of the resistance who has infiltrated the oligarchy.
Agathon and Phile, united by their love and the hope for a new beginning, fight a battle against time to restore the Flux, overthrow the High Priestess and save Atlantis from itself.
As far as independent works go this is definitively top tier. Carfaro and Blee’s talent as illustrators is on full display here and they do a great job of bring Leviti’s fantasy story to life. I really enjoyed this book. So much so, that I even went back (after getting a review copy) and paid for it just to make sure I do my part to keep the story going. Okay, true the books a bargain. You can get a digital copy of issue #1 on Comixology for only $0.99, but I’m broke right now! $1.00 is actually huge for me! It’s all relative folks. So, yeah, absolutely go pick up a copy of Atlantis: Last Survivor and have something cool to read over this nice holiday break. Well, nice for others. I gotta go back to work. damn.
Check out a few preview pages of Atlantis: Last Survivor below, but don’t forget to hit the link above and support independent comics!
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