Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2011 - 23:42
Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman is a collection of Roman's webcomic Astronaut Elementary. It's a wonderfully produced book with a great cover featuring Roman's art set off by a metallic silver cover. The book doesn't change the structure of the webcomic -- a series of short stories, each told from the perspective of different characters at Astronaut Academy. The stories build together to form an overarching plot for the book yet still retain their own element of closure.
Roman has a cheerfully cartoonish style of art with just a touch of manga influence. Just the character designs in this book alone are fun but Roman crafts a number of interesting personalities to round out the cast -- from the former space hero turned student Hakata Soy to introspective space walker Doug Hiro to new teacher Senor Panda (still not extinct!).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 15, 2010 - 07:30
This spring saw the second issue of the Boston Comics Roundtable group's Outbound: The Science Fiction Comics Anthology. The first issue came out in the fall of 2009 and it's pretty nice that the Boston group was able to get the second edition out the door in about six months.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 25, 2010 - 02:01
Steve Conley is one of webcomics' godfathers and while he's not unrecognized, he doesn't get nearly enough credit. His groundbreaking comic Astounding Space Thrills existed both on and off the web and last year a collection of the offline comics was published. You can also still read the webcomic archives online.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 15, 2010 - 08:00
AWARDS: The Doug Wright award nominees -- which honor English-language Canadian comics -- were announced last week. Kate Beaton's book Never Learn Anything From History is up for the Pigskin Peters Award (for unconventional, "nominally-narrative" comics); and among the finalists for finalists for Best Emerging Talent is Adam Bourret for his comic I'm Crazy. I gave I'm Crazy a mixed review, but Bourret certainly was a brave story-teller in his book and showed a lot of potential.
PLUG ONE: I haven't mentioned David Simon's Crimson Dark webcomic in quite awhile which is a shame because it's still one of the best 3d art webcomics I've seen. Not sure how it's working, but Simon started a "club" for supporters to subscribe to at $2 to $5 a month to help him with having the time to produce Crimson Dark.
PLUG TWO: The Covered blog which spotlights re-dos of classic comic book covers by new artists. I would love to see a webcomic spin on this.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 16, 2010 - 02:01
Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher is a household favorite here. Both of the x-girls (especially the youngest) raved about the book. It's a really exciting tale, jam-packed with action and plot points. Creator Jake Parker has tremendous art chops and visually this book is like a revved-up Saturday matinee special.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 26, 2010 - 12:25
Short post today -- I recommend the following three things:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 6, 2009 - 10:46
The Boston Comics Roundtable, in partnership with River Bird Studios, is pleased to announce the release of the premier issue of Outbound, a Science Fiction anthology. Outbound is a spin-off of sister publication Inbound, the anthology of comics from Boston. Outbound contains comics and short stories from a mix of Boston-based creators and artists all over the world, from Australia to South America, including a cover from talented Uruguayan artist Marcelo Buchelli.
Zap! is a science fiction webcomic hosted on Keenspot. Written by Chris Layfield and drawn by Pascalle Lepas since 2003, the webcomic has continued to improve, particularly on the visual side. (Don't despair the lengthy archives, there is a great overview of the storylines for new readers who want to quickly get up to speed).
I got a chance to interview Chris and Pascalle by email this month.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 20, 2006 - 20:02
Zortic by Mark Mekkes started on Keenspace in 2000 before getting snapped up by Keenspot. Here's a snapshot of artwork from the beginning and very recently:
(Above, part of the very first Zortic. Below a very recent Zortic)
And just as a bonus here's a Zortic from a storyline parodying the DaVinci Code which works in a Websnark essay.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 6, 2006 - 22:02
Justin Pierce has crafted a fun tale of superheroes, aliens and fantasical elements called Killroy and Tina. Here's a snapshot of one of the very first ones from when Killroy and Tina appeared on Keenspace (top) and one of the more recent editions (bottom).
(We interviewed Justin about a year ago - you can read it here.)