Some of you may recall that one of my Geekolutions for 2014 was to “read more comics.” At the time I felt woefully out of the loop, but some well timed birthday money purchases have helped with that. As did a surprise email from Guy at New Worlds Comics.
New Worlds Comics is a new independent comics publisher that specializes in digital only, creator driven titles. Part of their manifesto includes a pledge to feature strong, fleshed out female characters. Also, all of their comics will have endings, instead of succumbing to the dead horse flogging that the big guys seem to engage in.
To prove that they put their money where their mouth is, NWC graciously sent me the first two issues of their new series, Wynter, a Sci-Fi series set in a dystopian future where nothing is new and all human behaviour can be predicted. Our guide to this mess is Liz Wynter, your typically moody teen trying to find her identity. But, what’s the point in that if there’s no way to be special? Well, Liz is determined to break the mold, but that could have a greater ripple effect than even her personal OS can predict.
I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t expecting much from these books. Both the artist and author were unknown to me (not that that means much), and I was skeptical about the talent an upstart digital only publisher could attract.
Oh, how wrong I was.
In fact, I’m going to keep my review very brief because I truly don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that if you like dark edgy Sci-Fi featuring characters that feel like REAL PEOPLE, you need to check this series out. Best of all, it’s available for $1.99 on Comixology. What are you waiting for?!
Being that I was back in full-on comix luv mode, Rick and I decided to check out the annual Festival BD de Montreal in Parc Lafontaine a couple of weeks ago. It was our first time attending the event, and while Rick was a little disappointed to find out that it was very kid and family oriented, I still managed to grab a bunch of independent books by local artists, and one hilarious find I’ll talk more about later.
For those of you confused about the name, BD is the French abreviation for “bande dessinée” which translates literally to “drawn strip,” but really applies to anything we would refer to in English as a comic. Comics in Quebec are especially interesting because of the way they meld French and European influcences like Moebius and Herge, with Manga and American superhero comics. There is also a thriving independent comics scene in both English and in French.
Most of the books on offer were in French, either written that way or translated from English. There was also a small spotlight on Algerian comics, which seemed to have a very strong Manga influence I found very interesting. We didn’t make it to any of the panels, most of which were in French, but I did run into my friend Rupert and picked up a copy of his new book along with some postcards by Salgood Sam that I can’t wait to send to my penpals.
On the way back home we hit up Millenium Comics and I spent even more money than I had counted on. Oh well.
I snagged a Famous Monsters of Filmland back issue featuring the Munsters (!) and a cool looking crime comic with cover art by Bruce Timm (<3) at Millenium. They were indulgences, but it'd been ages since I'd bought a magazine and I absolutely love vintage crime comics so I was very excited to see what this revival title would be like. My FBD loot included the above mentioned book and postcards as well as three self published books by Becky Cloonan, who you might know for her work on Brian Wood’s Demo, or like me, Hopeless Savages. They are absolutely wonderful self-contained tales of magic and destiny with wonderfully atmospheric medieval setting. I cannot recommend them enough. Seriously. Buy all three, they are super cheap if you get the digital versions.
However, the two purchases I was proudest of were this GORGEOUS poster of Dany and her dragons (not to mention BOOBIES!) and Voodoo Child, a comic by Nicolas Cage and his son Weston. I had not heard of Voodoo Child before, but I have a deep love and respect for the zany Mr. Cage so I was eager to check it out.
Apparently it was part of a limited run of only 2000 copies worldwide, so I guess its a collector’s item. Which is good, because it’s really not much of a comic. Murky art, dumb story and even dumber characters. At least the inclusion of Cajun patois is sort of novel, even if the rest of it feels like a bad 90’s Image throwback. Oh well, still glad I got it just to say I have it.