Life (and life and life) after death in Jason Shiga’s ‘Demon’
Jason Shiga, the creator of the innovative Meanwhile …, the creepy Fleep and the super-cool Bookhunter, has kicked off another webcomic called Demon. The story thus far revolves around a man trying to kill himself, but with each attempt he ends up waking up afterwards without any explanation as to why it didn’t work.
Shiga, who recently served as a judge for the Ignatz Awards, explained that the submissions for the webcomics category overwhelmed him.
“It felt like being hit by a tidal wave of comics and subsequently drowning to death,” he wrote. “To read every page of every webcomic that was sent to me would literally be a life’s work. It was a truly humbling experience to learn that what I thought of as comics was in fact just a small crumb in the vast expanse of the comics universe. I hadn’t really felt that way about the comics medium since walking into a shojo manga store in Japan 10 years ago.”
Seeing all the entries inspired him to publish Demon on the web.
“The experience of looking over the vast expanse of the terrain was something of an eye opener for me,” he goes on to say. “Seeing so much creativity, imagination, sprawled out before me was truly inspiring and it’s a large part of why I wanted to head off into the terrain myself and set up my little homestead here (that and Demon is completely deranged to the point of being unpublishable). I know a lot of people have been speculating about the future of webcomics. But for me it’s the present that is still utterly mystifying and ineffable. How many are there? What are the best ones? Is there a Maus of webcomics? Is there a Comics Journal for webcomics? Can someone explain Penny Arcade to me? The world may never know the answer to these questions. But I’m hoping the search for these answers will be a journey we can take together!”