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Last year for Robot 666 Week we had a lot of fun putting together our list of six comics that scared the $#!@% out of us. So this year, we thought we’d broaden our scope and ask a few comic creators what comics scared them. Here’s the first batch; check back tomorrow and on Halloween for more!
That’s an easy one.
In 1973, I read a short story in the black and white Monsters Unleashed magazine by Thomas Disch, adapted and illustrated by Ralph Reese called “The Roaches,” about a bug-infested apartment and the woman in it…all I remember was it was illustrated in such a creepy style and all those bugs…
At the time I was living in a basement of a house that had some of the little critters from time to time, and the story freaked me out to the point I couldn’t sleep, knowing the bugs were out there ready for me to fall asleep and crawl into my ears, mouth and nose. Now that I’m talking about it, it’s creeping me out all over again.
Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-writer, with Justin Gray, of a ton of comics — Jonah Hex, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, Time Bomb and many more. If you’re looking for a comic to read this Halloween, The Last Resort is a fun, over-the-top zombie comic.
This past weekend Love & Capes creator Thom Zahler spent the night at the Great Lakes Mall creating a comic from scratch as a part of 24-Hour Comics Day, complete with a Jack Bauer-ish 24 countdown clock. You can read about his mobile art studio and the entire experience on his blog, and you can download the complete story here.
No matter how long I cover the comic book industry, there are always one or two moments in the year when I am reminded how incredibly hard it is to be an independent creator. My email interview with Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler is the latest reminder. As tough as it is, Zahler’s hard work is paying off. This week he’s doubling up his participation in Free Comic Book Day with both Love and Capes #13 (Maerkle Press) and Captains Comics: Baseball Beyond The Stars (1,000 copies to be distributed at a Lake County Captains baseball game [as detailed by Robot 6 a couple of weeks back]). But in even better news, as revealed exclusively in this interview, Love and Capes is moving to IDW at the end of 2010. Read the interview to find out the details. My thanks to Zahler for his time and congrats to the move to IDW.
Lora Innes, creator of The Dreamer, was having a busy day.
Love & Capes creator Thom Zahler, who already had one Free Comic Book Day comic on his plate, has added a second — an eight-page comic book that will be given away to the first 1,000 fans, ages 12 and under, attending the Lake County Captains baseball game on May 1.
The Lake County Captains teamed with Zahler in both 2007 and 2008 to distribute Love and Capes to their fans on Free Comic Book Day, but this is the first time they’ve created their own comic book to distribute as an exclusive tie-in. According to the release Zahler sent over, the book is co-sponsored by Comic Haven of Willoughby and Laronge Wagner Realty of Mayfield, Ohio. Captains Comics will feature team characters including: Captain Clipper, Skipper, Skippy, Grover and the three fish: Willy Walleye, Buster Bluegill and Pauley Perch. The story is written and illustrated by Zahler.
The Lake County Captains are a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, at the corner of State Route 91 and Vine Street. Check out the first three pages from the book after the jump.
Here are a couple of follow-up items to something we published this weekend … as you saw on Saturday, Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler said that IDW will publish the second Love and Capes trade later this year. Yesterday IDW publisher Chris Ryall followed up on his blog with some additional details on the trade — he posted the cover to it, which you’ll see to the right, and he said the trade would come out in the summer.
Also in the interview, Thom talked about the possibility of holding a contest on Twitter related to a song he had in his head when he drew one of the pages in issue #12. He’s followed through on that; you can find the details here, and you can follow Thom on Twitter here.
Thom Zahler kicked off his self-published series Love and Capes almost four years ago, and since then has published 12 issues, participated in two Free Comic Book Days, had a trade paperback released by IDW Publishing and married off his two lead characters. With the recent publication of the wedding issue and the announcement that he’ll again be a part of FCBD, I spoke with Thom about the series and his future plans for it.
Also check out the first five pages from issue #13, which you’ll be able to pick up for free on May 1.
JK: So real quick, in case folks are reading who aren’t familiar with your work … what is Love and Capes?
Thom: Love and Capes is a romantic comedy sitcom-ish comic book about the world’s most powerful hero, the Crusader, and his normal girlfriend Abby. It’s the conflict between the heroic life and the mundane life that drives the series and the humor.
So there are things like “What do you get your girlfriend for Christmas when she knows you can crush coal into diamonds?” and “Is there ever a good time to tell your girlfriend you have X-Ray Vision?”
If I’m doing it right, it’s funny and sweet and you’ll like it a lot.