When the first volume of Astronaut Dad came out in 2008, the Robot 6 crew was still blogging at Newsarama. I reviewed it at the time and noted that the story by writer David Hopkins and artist Brent Schoonover owed “a lot more to The Wonder Years than Buck Rogers.” The book is about a team of apparently second- or third-string astronauts during the ’60s, and their relationships with their families, especially their kids. One of the main characters is the son of an astronaut and resents his father always being gone for work without receiving the compensating glory that comes from actually going into orbit. However, as the first volume ends, there are hints that just maybe the dads have been involved in some sort of top secret space mission. I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the follow-up.
As you may have heard, Diamond’s not shipping comics this week. Hopefully you may have also heard that some independent creators banded together to help fill the void this week with Indy Comic Book Week (ICBW). As defined at the website: “Diamond Comic Distributors announced they will not ship any new comics for the last week of December. This company is the primary distributor of comic books in North America. What some would call a sad week without our favorite mainstream titles, we are calling an opportunity. This vacancy allows independent and small press comic book creators to claim this week as their own.
We challenge writers and artists to self publish new material for this week, and offer it to their local stores. We ask for retailers to take this as an opportunity to showcase local independent talent on the new release shelves. We encourage fans to break from their buying habits and try something new.”
I contacted the planners of the effort and did an email interview with all of them.
Prior to the discussion, here is a brief bio for each planner.