Just Indie Comics: “Vortex” by William Cardini

A review of “Vortex” by William Cardini, published by Sparkplug Comics: Jack Kirby meets Mat Brinkman in an alien and abstract world rendered through computer design.
“Since 2007 William Cardini has been building his Hyperverse, an unreal and bizarre world depicted through creative visual solutions that brings us simultaneously back to Atari and VIC-20 era and forth to a sci-fi future. Vortex, the last chapter of this cosmic epic, was published as a series of four mini-comics and now is reprinted in a single book by Sparkplug.
The story features the Miizzzard, the most important character in the comics set in the Hyperverse, "an inconsequential vagabond” who takes different forms according to the various eras in which he appears. The most common is that of a magician similar to Gandalf from Lord of the Rings and it’s in this guise that he reaches a new planet to investigate why, despite the presence of hyperrays, there is no trace of any hyperstructure (in short, a true hypermess)…“


New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

William Cardini’s “Vortex #4”

Vortex #4 concludes the adventures of the Miizzzard on the planet of the shape-shifting aliens who call themselves the Vortex.

In Vortex #2, the Miizzz entered the communal dreamscape of the ultra-violent Vortex to try and free their minds from outside control. In Vortex #3, the Miizzzard battled his way to the control device and stepped inside …

7″ x 10″, 32 pages. $6
B&w cover with b&w interior 

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/vortex-4/#sthash.wLy7XAV2.dpuf

In conjunction with our Fall Books Kickstarter, William Cardini is detailing the bizarre and fascinating origin story of Vortex’s main character, the Miizzzard on his blog.  Give it a read, you won’t be disappointed!  Afterwards, be sure to hop on over to our Kickstarter page to help turn these comics into a beautiful graphic novel.


I’ve started a new comic, Skew, on Study Group!

Check back every Monday for 1-2 new pages. Like Vortex, Skew features the Miizzzard. There’ll be incremental and instantaneous transformations, monster wizard battles, mechs, slime, and journeys through planes physical and meta. I’ve got some fun ideas cooking in my sketchbook so I hope you’ll come simmer in the Skew stew often. Thanks to Zack Soto for this opportunity.