I have been busy at work but also have been working on a Road Apples Related Project so will be updating every Wednesday for a while. When I get the project under control I will let you know all about it.
After almost 5 years of appearing for free on the web, the very first book of ICECUBES the comic strip is finally going to be printed! The book will be awesome, 100+ pages, full color offset (not digital!) landscape format, featuring almost 200 strips with bonus pages full of behind the scenes drawings and sketches. Leroy is funding it thru Kickstarter and I’m reaching out to everyone I know to pitch in to help reach the full funding.
As you know Kickstarter will only fund the project if the total amount is reached, otherwise everyone gets their money back and the book is not funded. So it’s all or nothing! The deadline is Feb. 29. All the money raised goes straight into printing and shipping the book. Everyone who pledges gets rewards starting at $5 on up to $100. $15 is the base price for a numbered copy of the book and $25 for a signed copy. You can pre-order your copy for a dollar off the cover price before Feb. 29 here.
I don’t read many comic books, I am mostly a comics strip reader. When I walk into a comic book shop and see the shelves stacked full of superhero titles with nothing to discriminate one title from another i wonder how a reader chooses between a Batman title versus a Avenger title. (Now I am talking about monthly titles, not the vast array of graphic novels that inhabit a store.) I mean the art is all great, yet all so similar, and upon some exploratory reading the writing styles seem very generic and interchangeable. I think those are the benefits independent and self publishers bring to the table; it’s their freshness of voice and style. To me it’s no surprise that self published titles like Bone, TMNT, and Cerebus were so successful. They brought their own voice and vision to a market watered down with common place art, stale characters, and repetitive stories. So when my buddy Brian told my about Blair Kitchen’s The Possum I was curious, of course, but also wary. Because for every great self-published offering that is well drawn and storied, there are a thousand that, well… plainly suck. Blair Kitchen’s The Possum however is not one them!
The Possum is well drawn and and well thought out. The set up is not rushed and the attention to minor characters and their foibles makes the reading enjoyable and funny. The possum himself is the antithesis of every superhero prior to him, not only does he not barely escape death each episode like most of his hero peers, he actually dies several times. That is his lone power: he can’t be killed! No super strength, agility, flight, just the ability to take a bad-ass beating! Funny and entertaining, I bought all five issues and am anticipating the sixth one. I highly recommend you ask your local comic book store to pick it up. Alternatively you can go to Possum Press and find the wonderful series there!
Thanks Mr. Kitchen for bringing us The Possum and God bless!
Well, Happy New Year everyone, Thanks for visiting and leaving all your comments in 2011, I hope to have a lot of fun with the strip in 2012 so please come back and let me know how it’s going! Thanks for being patient with the one a week format over the last two months, am still not ready to jump into three days a week but I’m uping the updates to twice a week; Monday and Friday. Monday may become Tuesday, not sure yet, but for now it’s Monday and Friday.