SLG Publishing‘s comic book series Grubby Little Smudges of Filth by Daniel Reed is a fantastic tale of one man’s art and how it is perceived. Grubby Little Smudges of Filth begins when a peasant farmer who is locked away in a prison cell creates a work of art, quite possibly the most beautiful work of art ever seen, from his own dried nasal mucus (boogers). A prison guard named Borrick and his wife discover the beautiful work and desperately to keep their little artist to themselves in order to profit from his talent. This proves to be no easy feet as the king, upon hearing of the artist and his creation, wants t o keep the prisoner for himself.
Creator Daniel Reed spent three years working on the graphic novel which chronicles the epic adventure of an artist from his prison cell to the Kings’ Palace, as he travels across a land vast in scope and peopled by strange but very human characters.
I was trying to capture some of the feel of the movies and books that I loved as a kid in the eighties. Movies like the fantastic puppet driven Jim Henson titles and illustrations like those of the ‘pencil and dice’ gamebooks that were so popular back then.
Grubby Little Smudges of Filth is being released digitally as part of SLG Publishing’s digital first publishing program. Reed appreciates the new wave of digital work, whether because of it’s affordability for readers or the diversity of work available with only a click of a mouse. Reed said:
Because of this greater range, I find myself often stumbling across an artist or writer that I will then follow further through their career. Those who I really like I will spend the extra cash on a printed copy when that becomes available. Conversely, as a comic creator I feel that I have exposure to an larger audience.
Grubby Little Smudges of Filth is currently available as a digital download and in hard copy form. Grubby Little Smudges of Filth can be downloaded to a variety of devices from Comixology and from SLG’s own website at www.slgcomic.com/eyemelt in various DRM free formats. Issue #1 is free and each subsequent issue is 99¢