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Acursian, the New Comic Series from John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, Beni Lobel, and Erika Lewis Launches in September on Webtoon

Formerly titled Cursed, Legendary Comics and Webtoon will debut the new imaginative comic series Acursian starring John Barrowman next month. The series—rooted in Celtic lore in a unique fusion of mythic storytelling from co-creators John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis with art by Beni Lobel and designs by Tommy Lee Edwards—will be available beginning at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, September 13. Readers can download the official Webtoon app by visiting the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Acursian (an Old English word defined as one consigned to destruction, misery, or evil by a curse) stars John Barrowman as Charlie Stewart who, on the eve of an important birthday, falls victim to an ancient Celtic curse. Stewart seemed to have it all: the big house, the fast car, the beautiful family, and a high-power career at a leading criminal law firm, but overnight finds everything spiraling out of control as his perfect life becomes a disaster zone of chaos and calamity. Every decision he makes, every relationship he has, every choice he’s given is doomed to fail spectacularly, no matter what he does.

Embarking on a quest for the truth behind the supernatural forces re-writing his destiny, Charlie discovers that his ancestor Bonnie Prince Charlie made a deal with the ruthless Celtic God of War, Bregon. In return for the Bonnie Prince’s victory at the battle of Culloden, Bregon demanded the prince steal three magical talismans from Bregon’s own sisters. These sisters cursed the entire Stewart bloodline and now Charlie must settle a centuries-long family squabble among gods in order to get his own family back. Real life and ancient legend collide in unexpected ways as Charlie battles across this world and opens up realms of time and mystery that no mortal was ever meant to see.

Those Two Geeks Special: Release Barabbas

On the docket this week: Alex chats with Liam McKenna, the creator of Release Barabbas, a webcomic detailing the life of Jesus Barabbas after he was release from Roman captivity in place of Jesus of Nazareth. You can find a sample of the webcomic below, and can find the rest at the link above.

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As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

 

Webcomics Weekly: Hyper Epics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available on the web: Webcomics Weekly (you shouldn’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title, however, the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a  subscription service.

This week we’re taking a look at Hyper Epics, a website that hosts multiple different three page stories. The folks behind the site were kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.

Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?

Tom Hoover: Hyper Epics is home of the 3 page sagas, where each story is brief yet memorable and has some level of scope (and original music!).  In an age where it often takes several months to tell a complete storyline, we took on the challenge of creating epic tales that are complete and stand on their own in just 3 pages.  Thus, it serves as a destination where readers can come to and be inspired without having to invest their time and money for a prolonged period of time.   

We tackle a number of genres, timeless themes, and sometimes take detours simply for a bit of madcap fun.  

Readers can also expect an experience that is acceptable for nearly all age groups, as we do not promote excessive violence, nudity, or vulgar themes in our stories.  There is enough of this elsewhere and in ample numbers.   

Thomas Tuna: One of the goals of our website that was outlined by Tom Hoover right from the start–and one I heartily embrace–is to simplify the comic-book experience for a whole new generation of comic book enthusiasts. I, perhaps, have a better empathy for the “Golden and Silver Ages” of Comics, simply by being older and having a first-hand appreciation for what it once meant to plunk down a shiny dime (yes, all that four-color magic for just 10 cents!) back in the early ’60s.

Comic book stories were magical then, with the creators striving for a real emotional connection to their readers. We’re doing this again here and now with our three-page Hyper Epics. It’s a real challenge for our writers and artists to tell a compelling story within this framework. But it’s also so rewarding when the job is done right and someone out there enjoys it.  hyper epics sc.PNG

GP: How often do you update?

TH: We typically add new stories 1 to 2 times a week, and we also have other areas of content that we maintain, such as interviews with industry veterans, our Hyperspace column, and more.  This frequency will increase as we add more staff and hopefully some level of funding.

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

TH: We launched in January of 2018 and have already posted an impressive lineup of diverse and engaging stories since our debut.  The passion in which we have taken this on is evident by the outpouring of creativity we have produced in such a short time.  Our talented artists and composers have really stepped up and are delivering on time and with originality.

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GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

TH: Perhaps I had grown weary with the lack of morality tales in our pop culture.  Or maybe it was that I found many of our entertainment choices were too aggressive and laden with their own agendas.  However it came to be, the spark formed for a destination of adventure and inspiration, where heroes continue their eternal struggle against the evil forces of the universe. I think it is important, especially for younger readers, to see that not everything in our realm is wrapped in shades of gray.   It’s a vision that not everyone may embrace due to what they have grown conditioned to, but for those that do appreciate it, the hard work will be well worth it.  

Below you’ll find another example of one of the comics posted to the site, The Last BelieverClick on any of the images in this feature to be taken to the rest of the comic.

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Hyper Epics: An Digital Return To The Spirit Of The Golden Age

hyper epics main.PNGBrevity is the soul of wit, said William Shakespeare, and that’s the motto at the heart of Hyper Epics, an online comic refuge that is home to three page stories where the stories are “a throwback to what comic book stories used to be–and can be again.” Offering a variety of genres, Hyper Epics has something available for almost everybody – as long as you’re looking for a quick five minute hit of comic awesomeness. When asked to expand upon the desire to create comics as a throwback to what they were, and could be again, Managing Edior/Lead Writer Thomas Tuna  said the following:

One of the goals of our website that was outlined by Tom Hoover right from the start–and one I heartily embrace–is to simplify the comic-book experience for a whole new generation of comic book enthusiasts. I, perhaps, have a better empathy for the “Golden and Silver Ages” of Comics, simply by being older and having a first-hand appreciation for what it once meant to plunk down a shiny dime (yes, all that four-color magic for just 10 cents!) back in the early ’60s. 

Comic book stories were magical then, with the creators striving for a real emotional connection to their readers. We’re doing this again here and now with our three-page Hyper Epics. It’s a real challenge for our writers and artists to tell a compelling story within this framework. But it’s also so rewarding when the job is done right and someone out there enjoys it.

newstand comics.jpgTuna isn’t wrong when he says that comics were simpler back during the Golden and Silver Ages when comics were often found on newsstands and specialty stores were few and far between. It was a time when missing an issue was far too easy, something that is nearly unthinkable today – after all if your local shop doesn’t have it the day you walk in they can probably reorder it, or you can find it online (whether a physical copy or a digital version if the story matters more than the physical comic). Back in the Golden and Silver Ages if a comic was missed it was very tough to find again, so most of the comics of the time were limited to one or two part stories that had a some carry over in future issues but not so much that it would leave you lost if you skipped an issue.

By offering short, three page stories, Hyper Epics brings you back to a time when you didn’t have to wait months to finish a story – something that is ideal in a world where many of us find ourselves busier than we’d like. Sitting down with a full trade may not be a possibility for all of us, but a ten minute break with a complete comic should be much more doable.

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I’ve spent the last week or so doing just that while at work as I did a bit more research into the website, and I can honestly say I didn’t read a bad comic. Sure there were some that weren’t to my taste, but quality was never a concern. It may be a challenge for those creating the comics to tell a compelling story within three pages, but it is a challenge that has been met with each new hyper epic that I have read.  Oh, and in case you wondered, the epics are completely free, so if you have a few minutes to kill, why not fill it with comics?

Check, Please!: Where Hockey Meets Great Storytelling

bittyWhat do maple-sugar-crusted apple pie, Beyoncé, and ECAC ice hockey have in common? Well, you’d be surprised.

In 2013, a recent Yale graduate by the name of Ngozi Ukazu put her knowledge of New England collegiate life to good use with a simple web comic on Tumblr. Four years later, what began as a grad student’s side-project has become a phenomenon in some cultish circles of the internet, with two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns and two printed volumes on the way.

What exactly is the comic about, and why is it so popular? Check, Please! follows Eric “Bitty” Bittle, an anime-eyed figure skater turned smaller-than-average hockey player from Georgia whose scholarship depends on his ability to keep his head despite his phobia of physical violence. In a sport where physical violence is key, Bits needs all the help he can get.

But hockey is only a part of the equation. Bitty is also an avid baker and vlogger; his series of videos about food and college life give the comic its title—ha, puns!—and often serve to frame the story, with Bitty serving monologues directly to the reader as though they are a part of his in-universe audience.

Above all, however, the appeal of Check, Please! lies in its representation of friendship and camaraderie that anyone who has ever been a part of a team can relate to. Fraternity, self-acceptance, and diversity of experience are major themes throughout, which explains why so many fans tune in for the adventures of a fictional college hockey team despite having never watched a game.

Check, Please! also owes its storytelling success and cult popularity, in part, to its showcasing of mental illness and very personal LGBT issues which often go unexplored in more lighthearted media. Jack Zimmermann may be the very talented son of a hockey legend, but it is that very pressure which helped lead him to overdose at 18; Eric Bittle may have accepted his identity as a gay man, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to come out to anyone back home just yet. Each and every character is lovably flawed and facing their own dilemma, which makes the relationships between them all the more special in the eyes of the reader.

Ukazu’s work is real and relatable in its tragedy, its humor, and its examination of what it means to be a young adult making a place for oneself in the world. Documentation of Bitty’s first two and a half years at Samwell University currently exists on its own brand new website (though it can still be found on Tumblr, as well), but if one prefers to consume comics on real, tangible paper, the first of two volumes is set to be published by First Second Books and released in the fall of 2018.

Meanwhile, Bitty’s junior year adventures continue to be published online by Ukazu herself, with updates every other month. And once you’re all caught up, you can always have more while you’re waiting for the next episode—there are countless extras, notes about each update, endlessly entertaining fanworks, and a plethora of tweets from an active (but currently protected, for spoiler-type reasons) Twitter run by everyone’s favorite skating pâtissier. Fans are never at a loss for Check, Please! content, so the best thing to do is dive right in with Episode 1: Eric Bittle. You’ll be ‘swawesome friends with Johnson the Metaphysical Goalie in no time.

Webcomics Weekly: Zulu

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Sunday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a subscription service.

This week we’re taking a look at Zulu. The strip is written by Alverne Ball, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.

Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?

Alverne Ball: Zulu is the story of teen named Lazarus Jones who becomes possessed by the spirit of the great warrior king, Shaka Zulu, while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.

GP: How often do you update?

AB: Zulu will be updated with 2 pages every Tuesday on Afropunk.com

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

AB: It’s been some years I’d say, too many to want to reveal the real number, but it wasn’t until a year ago I pulled the series back out of the dark closet of my hard drive and felt that it neeWded to get out. In that time there was ups and downs but I had just finished a multi-artist web comic with Afropunk (When We Were Kings) and I thought if I can get the band back together (more importantly, artist Mike Watson) then AP might be the perfect platform for telling this story since they gave me a shot to do WWWK when no one else would hear my proposal, plus I felt that with the rise in violence in Chicago this story spoke truth to a marginalized voice that lives in the middle of all the chaos.

GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

AB: It came in part because at the time I had never written a superhero comic and I wanted to challenge myself, you know, to see if i could do it, but at the same time I wanted to fuse my love of history with something or someone that when people saw it they’d get it, i.e. Shaka Zulu, but with a new twist to this hero’s journey and how embracing one’s ancestry and culture can build pride instead of a sense of apathy for that culture because of how its been portrayed in mass media.

Below you’ll find some sample images to when your appetite.

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Webcomics Weekly: Kid Carvers

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Sunday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a  subscription service.

This week we’re taking a look at Kid Carvers. The strip is created by Jason Reeves, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.

Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?

Jason Reeves: Sure. Kid Carvers is about twins; Marley and Charley Carver, who also happen to both be kid geniuses. The setting is New Orleans, LA. The twins’ stomping ground/base of operation is their grandmother, ‘Moonie’s backyard, where she takes care of them after school. Marley is a cross between Quvenzhané Wallis’ Annie and a mad scientist, and if you put Doc Brown’s brain into Marty Mcfly, with old Kanye’s fashion sense, you get Charley.

They have a bit of a time dodging bullies in school and outsmarting their teachers, but in their spare time they investigate strange occurrences & mysteries only their brilliance can solve.

GP: How often do you update?

JR: Every Wedenesday.

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

JR: We’ve been posting since January 3, 2017. So we’re only a few weeks in. We’re very new.

GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

JR: Having done a few more comic conventions in the past couple years, we saw that there were few if any all-ages books that the kids could take home with them. As much as we love our sort of rated ‘teen’ comics, looking at all those little eyes peering over the table con after con and having to tell their parents that maybe this book or that was a little too old for them, was a problem for us. So we set out to fill that need as we saw it and Kid Carvers was born.

We (Alverne, Kemi, Joe, Brandi, & I) really loved the optics of shows like Doc McStuffins, the Boondocks, comics like Tuskegee Heirs, and webcomics like Bounce, so we set out to create, inspired by content with an animated feel. 

We also wanted to conjure the idea of Black inventors, many that may be the unsung but brilliant minds of our past. Who better to represent the idea than George Washington Carver. I’m a big fan of the inventive mindset, a mind not just willing to rest on convention, but step outside of it to find more optimal methods, and in turn creating new more efficient conventions. Carver was all about that, creating alternative means of production for poor farmers to compete, and even thrive with the resources (peanuts,….) already available to them. That spirit of overcoming is definitely something I wanted to infuse into the twins.

We plan to shine a spotlight on Black inventors, engineers, and scientists who would be the twins’ heroes. Expect to hear mentions of some you’ve heard of and some you haven’t.

Our model is one more creators have started to embrace in recent years, presenting the content as a webcomic and also collecting the pages into print copies. It gives readers their choice of how they’d like to consume the content. If they’d like to support monetarily they can do so, but anyone can enjoy Kid Carvers free of charge, I think its the win win.

You can read Kid Carvers: Engineers of the Impossible every Wedenesday at: http://kidcarvers.com/

Or you can get Kid Carvers: and the Backyard Bike Bandits for purchase at: http://www.133art.com/


Why it’s awesome: Oh man… I don’t honestly think I can say anything more than what’s already been said. Y’all need to check this out yesterday.

Below you’ll find some examples of the webcomic in no particular order..

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Webcomic Review: Slang Pictorial

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Imagine if you will a little town in England called Bouveray Town, Three Kings to the residents. It seems typical enough: shops, pubs, restaurants, neighbors that have known each other for decades, men and women getting up for work everyday while the children go to school. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Well, that’s unless you’re Jimmy, enforcer for the reigning crime lords. What follows is a series of vignettes about Jimmy, his family, and the various quirky citizens of the now not so quiet town.

It’s sad that so many comic websites focus mainly on the mainstream American direct market. Yes, I am even talking about Image, BOOM!, Oni Press, and all those darlings. And it’s true. Rarely do I see a site pay as much attention to Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, self-published books, and the various manga publishers as much as the billionth Batman comic. And pieces about European comics? Rare as a white, I tell you.

I understand why. It’s because these comics are, as stated, mainstream. They get the most promotion and produced works with large impacts on pop culture. I mean, that’s what pop culture is about, right? Not necessarily what is good, but what is popular.

Now, don’t take this observation as an anti-mainstream rant to bolster indie comics. There are equal amounts of good and bad comics on either side of the fence. However, I think that comic websites could do a lot better to look for, review, and promote comics that don’t get a spotlight for whatever reason.

An untapped market are Webcomics. There are exceptions like Sunstone with huge mainstream success, but must go unnoticed. Now, a lot of Webcomics are imperfect. After all, they tend to be made by a small group of people, usually one person, self-edited, published without the resources of a publisher. There can be delays in updates, the art isn’t so good, or the story riddled with holes. I say it is still important because Webcomics are a way for those with fresh ideas and perspectives to release their work.

Webcomics have a lot of potential to grow the industry, and to ignore them is criminal. That’s why I’m happy to review Slang Pictorial, a new Webcomic by Nick Prolix about a small little town with a lot of big drama. It’s got old school-inspired art, unique characters, and a myriad of influences that coalesce into a quirky slice-of-life story.

Now, there is a print version of the first chapter along with the actual Webcomic, so I think I’ll review both formats in terms of their functionality. With any print comic, I focus on the cover and how well it does in capturing my attention and selling the contents of the comic. Unfortunately for Slang Pictorial #1, it’s a rather boring cover

It has a block of red color at the top half with a map of the town in the bottom half, and the title of the comic and its creator across the center, but nothing else. The cover of issue #2 isn’t much better. In fact, it’s just the first cover but instead with a blue block of color. I appreciate how this comic implies that the setting is going to play a major role in the story, but where are the characters? Where are the implications of what happens in the story?

I need more details than what is provided. It doesn’t have to be much, it can be a group shot of the characters, scenes from the story put in the background, or mere objects placed around the cover that have significance to the story. The cover could be a nice way to anticipate the reader for what will happen, perhaps leave clues for them to put certain parts of the story together. Whatever is done, as long as it catches the eye somehow.

I will compliment, for both the print and Webcomic version, the layout of the panels. Typically, they are laid out vertically on a triangular page. Here, it is like a newspaper’s comic section where the comics are printed horizontally. This layout fits the art style which is like an extended newspaper strip. It also helps that at the beginning of Chapter One there are ads that look like the kind you would find in the back of a newspaper (We still remember what those look like, right?). It’s interesting to have this layout because it forces a comic artist to tell a sequential story with a limited amount of space. This might not sound good, but keep in mind limitations are an opportunity to find new, interesting ways of storytelling.

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As for the Webcomic’s format, it is good, but the only issue is that there is no archive button yet. However, it is important to keep in mind the Webcomic has just started and there are not that many pages to it, so there is not yet enough material for one.

The result of Nick Prolix’s choice of layout for the art is a mixed bag. On one hand, he creates a detailed setting by masterfully moving from wide, spacial views of the town, to close ups on people and details. At first, I thought there were too many close ups that obscured the architecture. However, there were more establishing shots as the story went on.

As for characters, their designs resemble the look of Krazy Kat and Popeye: exaggerated anatomy, emotive facial expressions, and haircuts that look like they went to a madman barber. The style fits perfectly with the early 1960s jazz/beat era of the story. Reading the comic is like stepping into that time period and getting a feel for the working class neighborhood.

Prolix manages a lot of details with just black and white, using the various inking details such a cross-hatching and motion lines to mimic movement. Unfortunately, the limited panel space makes it so that movement is imperfect, especially with how much buildings and background environs can clutter up the page and obscure motion lines. This might mess with the layout, but perhaps larger panels for scenes of significant movement will be of better use in future chapters.

Another issue is that anatomy wasn’t always consistent. Yes, it’s meant to be exaggerated, but there were where it went too far with misproportioned limbs and uneven spacial relations between objects and characters. These are flaws easily fixed though and don’t impede too much on the reading experience.

Also, the black and white color choice of Chapter One caused scenes to feel cluttered, preventing the reader from discerning objects and details. However, the addition of minimalist color fixed this. Objects and people are clearly separated, not to mention details missed before fleshed out, and I’m able to appreciate Prolix’s pencils more.

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I can’t tell what the overarching plot of the story is yet. So far, it’s a series of character-focused vignettes. The first two characters the reader meets are Jimmy and Linda. Jimmy is a smooth-talking debt collector for the mob. Arrogant and self-serving, he has violent fantasies about murdering his boss Vasos. It seems Jimmy is incredibly egotistical, and even the slightest insult or command he doesn’t like causes him to burst. He does help people, but only if there is something in it for him.

It’s pretty obvious Jimmy is the macho man type, always needing to appear tough and cool. Part of his machismo are gendered insults toward men to make them seem inferior to him, his favorite being “darling.” However, Jimmy is not this way with his younger brother Georgie. Georgie designs clothes for women, and one might think that Jimmy would berate him for not being manly. That’s not the case though. Instead, Jimmy encourages Georgie and even offers to intimidate judges at a contest to be in his favor. Jimmy is a good brother, except for the creepy way he hits on Georgie’s friend and love interest Hattie.

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Gross, man.

Linda is a seamstress that works hard in the morning and party harder at night. She lives with her parents, but they don’t know the full extent of her antics. She seems to like her dad well enough, but accuses her mother of being stuck up. Linda comes off as selfish and immature, only interested in the night life and not much else. However, just like Jimmy, there is more than meets the eye. At work, Linda has to deal with a manager that sexually harasses her and she quietly dismisses it, not bothering to report him to the boss. This is contrary to how she is with Jimmy. She likes the guy, but does not put up with his crap whenever he is late. In one scene, Linda gets so peeved with Jimmy she decides to dance with another man. Jimmy doesn’t take too kindly to this and scares the poor guy off. They make up and dance anyway.

Jimmy and Linda are both complicated individuals with both good and bad qualities, sometimes contrarian in how they act around certain groups of people. They also seem to genuinely like each other. Their first date ends with coitus and see each other the next night. My feelings toward them are complicated, which is good. I like that I never truly love or hate them. They resemble real people, and real people make us feel a variety of emotions even when we consider them friends.

Other significant characters include Georgie and Hattie who are also in a process of romantic adventure. Hattie comes with Georgie to art and political protests against the South African government, despite the disapproval of her older brother Eustace that thinks it is best not to get involved. Jimmy’s other family members include his sister Maria and their father. Maria is a hardworking daughter and surrogate mother/wife. The stress of taking care of all the men gives her a short temper, although given Jimmy’s antiques, it is justified. She loves him, but boy would she like to give the two-bit hustler a punch in the mouth. Dad is a kind man but a drunk. There is an implication that his wife and mother to all three children is absent (whether dead, missing, or no longer in their lives is not explained, and it would be interesting if it never was). So, it could be that alcoholism is a way to cope with her lost.

Despite the lack of an overarching story, Slang Prolix is doing a lot of character development and drama that draws the reader in. With Jimmy’s uneasy employment to the mob, Georgie’s protests, Dad’s depression, and the various romantic relationships going on, there is a lot of potential for different plots to unfold.

What I find most interesting are the eclectic influences. Slang Pictorial is an anthology of sorts, but with a main story, The Sheep and the Wolves, the one I’ve just analyzed. Nick Prolix got the title plus some story elements from a pulp novel written by George Burnett. The comic’s story structure, as he describes it is inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight and Death Proof…in which Tarantino is happy to put the brakes on the central plotline and will instead shift the focus onto a seemingly unrelated, languidly paced conversation between his knowing characters.” Also,  Slang Pictorial is the title of a track by rapper Cappadonna. It’s interesting to see all the things that inspired the story when it seems like it has nothing to do with those influences, at least not yet. Who knows? Maybe in the next few chapters, Jimmy and Linda will be holding up diners while discussing beer served in European McDonald’s.

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One more thing I’ll touch on: I liked the introduction in Chapter One where the character Gus the Gent introduces the reader to Three Kings ad drops some factoids about the town. This was interesting because it allowed the reader to get a better sense of the town. Sadly, this does not appear in Chapter Two. I hope that they return in later chapters. Factoids sprinkled here and there about a setting can make it feel like its own character and not just a background for the humans.

Despite being relatively new, Slang Pictorial has a lot of potential. There are flaws in the art, but the rich setting and fascinating characters draw the reader in. I highly recommend it for  fans of historical fiction, romance, comedy, family drama, and crime thrillers. If you’re interested in getting into Webcomics, then this is a great place to start.

Story: Nick Prolix Art: Nick Prolix
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy/Read

The Webcomic: http://thesheepandthewolves.com/page:12

Nick Prolix‘s Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickprolix

Buy the printed versions: http://nickprolix.bigcartel.com/

Nick Prolix‘s patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nickprolix

 

Webcomics Weekly: Big Fucking Hammer

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Monday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a  subscription service.

This week we’re taking a look at Big Fucking Hammer. The strip is created by Danny Djeljosevic, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.

Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?

Danny Djeljosevic: Big Fucking Hammer is the story of Madison Tiger, a teenage girl who gains the power to puke up a giant hammer every time she eats. She finds out her small town of Meteor Fell is secretly run by a mysterious criminal organization that experiments on teenagers for nefarious purposes, so she gets super mad and decides to use her newfound abilities to bring the whole system down and smash everyone who gets in her way. It’s like if Mean Girls were a battle manga.

GP: How often do you update? 

DD: I was gonna be mega glib and say “when it’s done” but I don’t wanna put that Duke Nukem Forever curse on me and my crew. We don’t really have a set schedule — when we finish a chapter, it goes up a single page at a time on an MWF schedule, so there will be an embarrassing drought before a month of new content. So, in other words, “when it’s done.”

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

DD: Our first update was in March of 2015, so we probably got started working on Big Fucking Hammer in late 2014.

GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

DD: The basic concept of the strip — normal teenage girl is given superpowers by a shady experiment in a small town — dates back to a comic I was hashing out in 2007 when I was sad that I ran out of episodes of Veronica Mars to binge watch. Over the years the premise evolved, gained a title and a feel closer to the final product. When I wanted to come up with a new project with Diana Naneva after our one-shot Final Derby, it felt like the perfect time to pull the trigger on Big Fucking Hammer.

Why it’s awesome: If the name alone doesn’t grab you, then the fact that you’ll see somebody puking up a giant hammer should. This is stupid fun, and yet there’s somethering just below the surface that you’ll want t get more of; Big Fucking Hammer is well worth looking out for.

Below you’ll find two strips that were originally posted to the site from the first update.

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Webcomics Weekly: Versus

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Monday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a  subscription service.

This week we’re taking a look at Versus. The strip is created by Robert White, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.

Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?

Robert White: Versus takes genre types or types of people and pits them against each other in humorous, single panel gag strip ‘battles’.

GP: How often do you update?

RW: Five times a week, Monday to Friday.

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

RW: Must be about six years now

GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

RW: It was back when zombies started becoming popular again: lots of movies, comics and games were doing ‘_________ versus Zombies’ type of stuff and I came up with my own: Pirates Versus Zombies. I wasn’t sure what to do with the idea at first but eventually decided to make up a poster in the style of the sort you’d see for boxing matches. It was whilst making that, that I came up with other ‘versus’ battles and decided to make it into a series. The style of the strips has obviously changed somewhat over the years, but the core idea of taking different genre types and putting them together in an off the wall battle was born from that initial ‘Pirates Versus Zombies’ poster.

Why it’s awesome: This site is a fantastic quick-hit laugh. Check it out each morning while you’re making your coffee, or you have a spare minute or three to read through the archives – whether that’s just clicking randomly on different days (which is what I did for the two sample strips below), or by methodically going through one at a time.

There’s absolutely no reason for you not to be reading this page.

Below you’ll find two strips that were originally posted to the site, the first from November 24th, 2014…fanboysvssportsfans.jpg

….and the second from August 1st of 2016

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