A group of comics creators have banned together under the name Artist Alley Comics and plan to launch several digital comics at Heroes Con in June.
The group includes our own Michael May and artist Jason Copland, who will relaunch their Kill All Monsters comic under the imprint. They join Rich Woodall (Johnny Raygun), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts, Impulse, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane), and Kelly Yates (Doctor Who, Amber Atoms), the three drivers of Artist Alley, along with Richard Case, Chris Kemple, Randy Green and Matt Talbot. They have a PDf sampler up of some of the titles, which looks like a fun mix of action-adventure, sci-fi and of course giant monsters. Watch for more details at the end of June.
The Inkwell Awards, which recognize inkers for “their quality work and contribution to the comic book industry and sequential art process,” enlisted artist Randy Green to help them design a new “spokesperson” for their awards — Ms. Inkwell.
“While IA contributor Tom Schloendorn and I were selling raffle tickets,” said the group’s founder Bob Almond in a press release, ‘I joked about how if we had a female mascot wearing an inkwell bottle outfit and stopper on her head we could sell more tickets. And that idea percolated but I still needed a design for my idea. All I knew was that I didn’t want anything campy like what I originally joked about. We certainly didn’t want any silly super-heroine costumes or her riding a giant brush or pen quill, or even a scantily-dressed ‘booth babe’ as we were concerned how we would be perceived and we wanted to be taken seriously.”
Model Chrissy Cutler will play the role of Ms. Inkwell at several upcoming conventions. The full release can be found after the jump.