PREVIEWS: "Civil War II," "Punisher" & More Marvel Comics on Sale June 1, 2016
Feb. 1 is Hourly Comic Day, one of those Internet holidays that people sort of make their own. There used to be a website for it, but it seems to have been taken over by spam. Instead, we have hashtags on Twitter and Tumblr for those who want to follow along in real time.
“Trying to figure out your gender identity issues when there are no stories you can relate to is a bit like trying to work a jigsaw puzzle without the picture for reference,” writes Dylan Edwards in his short webcomic How I Told My Grandma I’m Transgender.
Edwards’ comic speaks not only to his own trans experience but also to the importance of having a way to talk about it; when he began questioning his gender identity, in 1999, there wasn’t a lot of conversation about it. Aside from having to do a lot of “Trans 101″ with his family and friends, he also didn’t have a lot of stories to relate to — and this was particularly true for trans men.
Ben Templesmith, known for his work on 30 Days of Night, Fell and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, has debuted a webcomic called Blackholers.
Updated each Monday and Thursday, it coincides with the launch a Patreon to help finance the creation of the comic and other projects.
When we recall the Battle of Endor from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, we usually think of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Admiral Ackbar and those damnable Ewoks as its heroes. However, cartoonist Daniel Warren Johnson knows who really turned the tide for the Alliance, delivering an unlikely victory against the Empire: the pilot who flew his A-wing Fighter into the bridge of the Super Star Destroyer Executor.
Johnson pays tribute to that pilot, Arvel Crynyd, in a touching, wordless fan comic called “Green Leader.”
After 12 years and more than 1,200 strips, the photo webcomic A Softer World is coming to an end
Creators Emily Horne and Joey Comeau have announced the series will conclude on June 1, coinciding with the conclusion of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a “best of” collection called Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World.
Couples get together over shared interests, and meetings at conventions aren’t uncommon — but they can be something, special as Zen Pencils cartoonist Gavin Aung Than illustrates in this heartwarming Star Wars-themed comic.
Veteran creator Steve Lightle is busy contributing covers to DC Comics, but also spending much of his time on a new series, Justin Zane. Described as a comic “set in the future but made for the NOW!,” Justin Zane is a sci-fi romp reminscent more of Barbarella than Lightle’s work on The Legion of Super-Heroes.
Centering on a patient who adopts the name Justin Zayne while under the care of psychiatrist Glimmer Starborn, involves a TV host named Catrina Fellina, rock bands called the Idle Reich, and more. Part of an effort by Lightle to control his own destiny and creativity, Justine Zane is in need of support on Patreon.
What if there were a world of magic where your powers were based on your hair? That’s what’s happening in the engrossing new webcomic Witchy by Ariel Ries.
Witchy follows a young woman named Nyneve who grows up in a world called Hyalin, where magic powers are based on the length of your hair. After her father was killed for rebelling and letting his hair grow out too long, Nyneve is conscripted into the Witch Guard — a army of magic users who were partly responsible for her father’s death. Witchy is a decidedly non-Western approach to fantasy, pulling more from Asian story-forms and anime such as Hayao Miyazaki.
The Greek gods are well-known for inserting themselves into the lives of mortals like you and me, but never quite like this.
During the Angouleme International Comics Festival last week, French artist Boulet created a comic in a 24-hour span pitting Zeus and Hades in a war of words and power that’s interrupted by a meager elderly widow. Titled The Gaeneviad, the comic brings this supernatural struggle down to eye level, featuring an infectiously warm woman and some unique behavior as the Greek gods try to woo her to their side.
Launched globally in July by NAVER, South Korea’s premier Internet portal, LINE Webtoon offers nearly 70 webcomics. It in turn introduced Challenge League, a free webcomic publishing platform where creators can upload their comics with a chance to become a featured artist, meaning they receive monthly pay and promotional support.
More than 1,900 webcomics were reportedly submitted to the contest. The winners are:
Grand Prize $30,000 Winner
Space Boy, Stephen McCranie
Second Place $10,000 Winner
ShootAround, Susanna Ada Alice Nousiainen
Although the contest has ended, each month LINE Webtoon will continue to select a comic submitted through the Challenge League platform to feature as a partnered series, with the creator made an official artist, “eligible for monthly payments.”
Intended to be shared on Facebook and Twitter, the seven comic strips depict Americans living vastly different lives — from the fitness nut to the adrenalin junkie to the hipster — who have one thing in common: They have health insurance. Each four-panel strip has at its center a badge encouraging readers to joint that person at HeathCare.gov.
Being a webcomics creator has its challenges, but here’s one you don’t see too often: finding out the title of your long-running strip is being used by someone who tweeting bomb threats to airlines. That’s the surreal situation Mark Mekkes found himself in on Saturday.
Mekkes is the creator of the long-running Zortic, which he describes as “a weekly science fiction, comedy adventure comic with a lot of parody and popular references.” The comic has been running for 14 years, but on Saturday, Mekkes noticed a spike in traffic and social media mentions. He didn’t think too much of it until he got a phone call from his brother-in-law, who had seen “Zortic” mentioned on the national news. The reason: Somebody using the Twitter handle “King Zortic” had tweeted bomb threats to Delta and Southwest airlines, resulting in two planes being escorted by fighter jets to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and then scoured by bomb squads. The threats were ultimately determined to be a hoax.
With the Internet, a variety of comics are available at your fingertips — the hard part is finding the best ones for you. And now Jesse Lucas is curating alternative comics like that for his new venture with Medium, Darling Sleeper.
Described as a “publication featuring comics, art and other independent thought,” Darling Sleeper is just less than a month old and has already posted some fantastic comics by Lucas and others, such as the one excerpted above, Cash & Bubs. In addition to standalone comics such as that, Darling Sleeper is also serializing comics such as The Veil: Lifted by J Johnny and Lucas’ Mercury in Retrograde.
This is Medium’s second foray into comics following the Matt Bors-edited The Nib, which runs political comic strips on a daily basis.
Dark Horse has announced a hardcover collection of Bowery Boys, the webcomic by writer Corey Levine and artists Ian Bertram (Detective Comics, Batman Eternal) and Brent McKee (Outlaw Territory).
Debuting in 2013, the coming-of-age adventure is set amid the political corruption, gangs and xenophobia of antebellum New York City, where immigrant Nikolaus McGovern rallies a crew of street youths after his father is framed for murder.
Collecting the first five seasons of the webcomic, Bowery Boys: Our Fathers will be release in August.
If the title doesn’t give away what the comic is about, then the latest strip (above) certainly does: It’s three panels, typically starring a Batman who’s not quite as grim and serious as his DC Comics counterpart. For instance, one installment finds the Dark Knight practicing intimidation lines before heading out, while in another he enjoys his own rendition of the classic Batman TV theme.
It’s a pretty funny comic that sometimes hits at hard truths — like, say, the apparent low intelligence of Metropolis’ populace. Maybe it’s something in the water.