SO, JUST TO SUMMARIZE SOME AMAZING THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING DOWN:
Nero O’Reilly and I have a 20-page kaiju murder mystery story in New World, the talent-packed new colonization-themed sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology coming out from Iron Circus (y’know, the publisher who put out Smut Peddler/Sleep of Reason/Poorcraft/basically every dope Kickstarted comic thing).
AS OF TONIGHT, the New World Kickstarter has already zoomed past $35,000! IT IS AN IMMENSELY POPULAR KICKSTARTER, and there are still 18 days to go!
This means that the final book is going to look SO DOPE. Picture this: alternate cover by Benjamin Dewey, the Tooth & Claw artist? Hardcover option available? This book is going to be like the Rolls Royce of anthologies. AND THERE ARE MORE STRETCH GOALS TO COME.
It also means that we get PAID EVEN BETTER than the already super reasonable amount of not coupons, not ExposureBucks, but real-life spendable meat dollars we were already getting paid! Awesome!
I’m gonna warn you right off the bat: our comic is weird. We collaborated on it for everything– from script to pencils to inks, even inking different parts of the pages! Plus we basically poured our love of monster movies into into this sucker WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ALSO COMMENT ON HOW MESSED UP OF AN EFFECT THAT OVERPOWERED FOREIGN INTERESTS CAN HAVE ON A REBUILDING NATION. Even without reading it on that level, though, it’s cute and fun.
This story WILL NOT be coming out in any other weird little mini, compilation or whatever from us, so IF YOU WANT TO PRE-ORDER IT and get some of this rad action for yourself (as well as 340 pages of awesome comics by other talented creators, naturally), visit the Kickstarter here:
Nnnnnnnngh this is really difficult. Top six in terms of art, in terms of story, that make me laugh…What do you want from me, blood?!
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER AND WHILE SOBBING
Something Positive by R.K. Milhollandchoochoobearhttp://www.somethingpositive.net - Often acerbic, sometimes sweet, occasionally terrifying, and always clever, Something Positive got me through high school in the Deep South and is the webcomic I’ve been reading longest. Absolutely phenomenal, plus occasionally you get the bonus of seeing Randy’s awesome watercolors. “The Last Trick or Treaters” series kills me, no pun intended.
Girls with Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto http://www.girlswithslingshots.com - Equally good at one-off jokes and longer storylines, Girls With Slingshots is one of those works of fiction that make you feel like hey, these are people I know! It’s funny, charming, the art is like candy, and Danielle goes out of her way to be sensitive about the representation of QUILTBAG and differently abled folks. Also dick jokes and ghost kittens, because those things are great.
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell http://www.gunnerkrigg.com - A great blend of fantasy, mythology, and science fiction, Gunnerkrigg is the story of the uneasy detente between the science-oriented Court and the denizens of the wild and magical Forest at its boundaries. Did I mention you get characters who grow and develop? The art is phenomenal, go check it out.
Oglaf by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne http://oglaf.com (NSFW)- Yeah, you saw that coming (ha ha, orgasm joke!) Oglaf supposedly started as an attempt at porn and because sex comedy immediately. As someone who draws porn, I understand exactly how that goes. Hilarious, sometimes gross, sometimes sexy as hell. Wins the award for “best use of glittery light effects.” Probably the comic I link to most often out of context, often because lines of dialogue in the comic sound like things I would say. Did I mention I am a bad person. Sexy, though.
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio www.girlgeniusonline.com - Adventure! Romance! MAD SCIENCE! If you’re looking for a comic chock full of female characters of all personality types and motivations, here you go. Mad geniuses- “sparks” in polite company, “mad girls/boys” to most people- rampage over the world, often to the incredible detriment of everyone else. To tell you anything else would spoil you.
Love Me Nice by Amanda Lafrenais littlefroggies http://www.lovemenicecomic.com - Amanda Lafrenais has an amazing sense of heft and line (also tones oh my god) and her story set in a world where toons and humans live and interact is by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking. Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit with more interpersonal drama, real-world issues, and gravitas.
OKAY THAT’S SIX ARE YOU HAPPY JUST SIIIIIIIIIINONO NOGODDAMMIT I REFUSE
Platinum Black by Kelly Turnbull coelasquid http://platinumblackcomic.com - Kelly also does the incredibly funny and on-point comic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things ( http://thepunchlineismachismo.com ) , and fans of her work have been excited for Platinum Black for a long long time. Holy shit I cannot even begin to describe the concept because it is so cool and I will not do it justice. GO GO GO
Templar, AZ by Spike Trotman spikedrewthis - Templar, AZ is one of if not the most interesting alternate history work I’ve ever seen and Spike’s organic lines, use of large swaths of black, and dynamic figures knock my damn socks off. She’s also the mastermind behind the rejuvenation of Smut Peddler and the amazing new horror anthology The Sleep of Reason, and her guides to Kickstarter and living well on a budget ( Poorcraft ) are goddamn invaluable. http://ironcircus.com/ GO BUY SOMETHING
WHOMP! Comic by Ronnie Filyaw http://www.whompcomic.com/ - Holllllly crap. Whomp! is the home of the kind of comedy that makes you laugh in an ugly way because it’s so close to home (or at least is for me!) Social anxiety, weight, general obsessiveness and other kinds of fun. Also one comic that legitimately contains my most ridiculous Deep Dark Fear. Thanks, Ronnie.