Mark Waid, one of the industry’s most vocal supporters of digital comics, has just launched his digital comics imprint. Thrillbent is live right now, and you can currently access his proof of concept comic Luther, written Waid, with art by Jeremy Rock, colors by Robt Snyder, and letters by Troy Peteri, as well as the first issue of Insufferable.
THRILLBENT is a digital comics site created by acclaimed comics writer Mark Waid and television writer/producer extraordinaire John Rogers. It is an experiment in new-media publishing. Nothing about it is carved in stone; the site will change and evolve with the help of your feedback and constructive criticism. There will be glorious successes, there will be crashing failures, but most of all, there will be the courage to challenge 75 years’ worth of accepted “rules” about what comics are and aren’t.
This is NOT an attempt to “kill print.” Mark, John and their collaborators all love print comics. Mark alone writes what seems to be about one out of every three published these days. Print and digital can co-exist; we’re just trying to level the playing field between the two.
Insufferable (continuing Waid’s title motif seen on Irredeemable and Incorruptible) is written by Waid, with art by Peter Krause, colors by Nolan Woodward, and letters by Troy Peteri. Waid’s short pitch for the series describes the comic as “What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag”.
Waid made news recently when he sold off his substantial collection of comic books to fund his digital comics efforts. While this move served to fund his work on digital comics, it was also something of a public statement and a leap of faith regardin digital comics. Waid’s not only one of the most prolific, critically and commercially successful writers. He’s also making big statement about the potential of digital comics and backing it up with the launch of Thrillbent, a comic book imprint that seems to be all about making comics for the screen instead of the printed page.
You can read the first issue of Insufferable over at Thrillbent.com.