Is this winter is nearly over? Could it be? For much of the northern hemisphere, it has been historically cold with record setting snowfalls. What does this mean? This means that many of our individual studios were busy churning out pages while half the world was covered in arctic weather!
This month, we are very proud to present the latest books and Kickstarter projects from a few of our members including an original title that has been newly released from Image Comics. Buckle up, this is a good one.
Welcome New Members
Greetings to longtime self-publishers and hard-working artists! In 2.5 years, we have lost only 21 members of our 692 members. Why? Because of your determination to see your own work published. No other reason can fully explain our unparalleled member retention.
Welcome to our newest members! Welcome to owliPOP, GiP7, Normlu, neotonic, quesa0dilla, Frostthegreat, sissadDS, Comico-sarkar, judsonwilkerson, MichaelVogt, Scribbletati, CaptainItaly, SoloSetup, SirInkman, BidboroughStreet, Whitsteen, Warbound316, asocialconstruct, TorgoLIVES, CerealCookie, MasterOfTheUniverse1, DespairingHope, StudioEmblem, PeterDonahue, blackandredwolf96, flightofhorace, marklaszlo666, MMHudson, Rode-Egel, YonYonYon, harsya, amberchrome, Ladrony, im-not-cole, 10WorldsStudio, akaLous, sir-wesley666, Fireweave and Monecule.
A warm welcome to Bill McKay
fresh from VA Comicon. McKay's "Night Of The 80's Living Dead" book is hilarious. The title is rendered with the finest amount of detail in the best traditions of satirical publications such Mort Drucker's work on MAD magazine.
Welcome to Alejandra Wilson aka Rock On Llama Rocket Llama
, a webcomic artist, whose work on "Rock On, Rocket Llama" is very funny and irreverently humorous. Check out her art skills as her character hikes over detailed southwestern American landscapes!
In the past two months, we've simplified the group's folder structures. When submitting, please choose the correct folder. Here's a short description of the changes and best usage.
folder is for portfolio quality images of panels and spreads. This folder is for members and affiliates best work. The Covers
folder is for covers only. Only art with title and/or publisher information
can be accepted here.
folder is for sketch cards only. Only cards. No panel images. Images must be in the sketch card format. Pages
, formerly Comic Book Pages, is for sequential pages. The Pencils and Inks
folder, is a folder is for black and white process pieces rendered in pencil or ink. Note that color images are not usually accepted here.
folder is for important information about members and their announcements. Examples include title releases, Kickstarter or Indie Go Go campaigns or comic con appearances. The Process
folder is for tutorials about making comics, imagery or art techniques. The Group Crit
folder is for artists that want feedback about their technique, style or story.
A complete set of rules for our group is available here
New Indie Comic And Book News
Comics without capes or Kryptonite? Yes! We are very proud to present member titles with no dusty formulas at work - only original work!
These books and projects each reflect a growing demand for non-traditional heroes and villains. Please take the time to look these books and projects up. Remember, even the mighty Spider-Man needed an audience to get started!
Fantastic art of an undersea kingdom in the middle of civil war is front-and-center for Image's Undertow.
Launching this month, "Undertow" is illustrated by Russian artist Artyom Trakhanov aka OXOTHUK
, lettered by up and coming artist Thomas Mauer and written by Steve Orlando (215 Ink, Image Comics and DC/Vertigo).
This is a unique book! Trakhanov's art is vibrant and alive. His art style brings horrific battles to a realistic life in a way that even the "best" of the Submariner and Aquaman titles have never been able to do - due to a wide array of previous restrictions. The bloody strife illustrated in "Undertow" isn't done purely for the sake of entertainment. Instead, it reflects the very real bloody chaos that has taken place in eastern Europe - making these battles grim and realistic.
Image Comics have gotten behind this title. Shops can order this book in Previews with the following information:
ISSUE 2 Cover A: JAN140621
/ Cover B (Aaron Conley Variant): DEC138395
ISSUE 3 Cover A: FEB140641
/ Cover B (Brian Churilla Variant): FEB140642
We love Andrew Blackman's work. You will too after you start reading his original title "Diskordia".
Andrew Blackman aka Rivenis
has been a member of this group from the early days. He has self-published eight volumes of his original fantasy "Diskordia" over the past four years and now he is collecting them in a hardcover edition.
This series reads like a modern, and thoroughly enjoyable, tale by Lewis Carrol (Alice In Wonderland). "Diskordia" spares no details in the art which features rich color illustration. His characters are as lovable as they are bizarre - making the books one of a kind trips into dreamlike worlds that hover very close to our own world.
Please stop by Blackman's Indie Go Go campaign
to help fund this collection! You will not regret it for a second.
Colossal Kaiju Combat Cards
Giant monsters tower menacingly over mankind's microscopic metropolises in: "Colossal Kaiju Combat!"
Frankie B. Washington aka fbwash
is a Massachusetts based comic artist who has been publishing his original title "Robot God Akamatsu" since 2009. He is a much sought after artist. He has just completed a large series of trading cards for indie crowd-funded giant monster fight game, "Colossal Kaiju Combat" by Sunstone Games.
Washington is offering this series for $12.00 plus $5.00 shipping along with pages of the original inks, which are flat-out spectacular. For ordering information please see this Facebook album
Currently, we are affiliated with 50 indie comics and original title dA groups. We'd like to feature two of these groups this month.Lost Kids Lost Kids
, an all-ages fantasy book made in Brazil. The art and the story are both very impressive. Five kids accidentally get transported to a world filled with magic, airships and ancient civilizations. To return home, they must find the mythical city of Samarkand.Revolver Revolver
a book set in a science-fiction world where a cybernetic soldier begins to doubt the righteousness of warfare which he himself is an active mechanical part of. The art is superb. Revolver features professional grade coloring and design to define this new title.
Doing comic cons this year? Where is your table at? Post comments here to get in touch with the artists and writers coming to your town for comic conventions.SPACE
in Columbus, Ohio April 12-13th has a reduced group rate for early bookers that cuts off on March 21st. Call the Ramada Plaza on Sinclair at (614) 846-0300 or 877-609-6086.
More March comic cons include:
Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9, 2014. Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA.
Lexington Comic & Toy Con, March 14-16 2014. Lexington Convention Center, Lexington KY.Indiana Comic Con
, March 14-16 2014. Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN.
Emerald City, March 28-30, 2014. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.
Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30, 2014. Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY.
Remember, you can add your info to the group and member Info
folder. Only one page or image per appearance or book!