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Blood Rose, a new webcomic slated to start its regular weekly run today, is a photo-based webcomic that has a different look from traditional fumetti and an interesting genesis in the theater community of Charleston, South Carolina.
The pilot episode, which is already online, introduces mild-mannered barista Rose Keller and her friends and co-workers, then heats up pretty fast when a couple of thugs try to hold the place up and Rose administers a martial arts-style beatdown. Apparently this is her first time, and the episode concludes with Rose reflecting on how good that felt.
Blood Rose is the work of writer/film producer Nick Smith and photographer/actor Charlie Thiel, and the models are all actors from the Charleston theater community. The pilot episode was even photographed in a well-known local hangout, The Lost Dog Cafe, on Folly Beach. Thiel says he is consciously mimicking comic-book techniques as he photographs the scenes, and he uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to doctor the photographs and turn them into a comic. The result is artier than fumetti and more obviously photo-based than most traditional comics, and thanks to a good cast and a good eye, it’s fun to look at.