On any day that ends in “y”, the comic book industry can pretty much guarantee that fans will get up in arms about some change or other to some classic character/book/storyline. But it takes real creativity to turn that fan reaction into something productive and use it to entertain readers. Today we will look at five webcomics that concentrate on the downside of the comic book industry, finding the silver lining on every dark cloud.
If you’re new to this, here’s the scoop: Each Wednesday we will showcase five indie web comics. Each will be categorized and will be judged by ART, STORY and APPEAL. This will give you an opportunity to support indie artists and the amazing work they do.
This weeks comics will explore Comic Book Commentary. Without further ado, let’s GO!:
Story: Ryan Sohmer
About: In brief, Gutters is a series of standalone pages that parody the comic book industry and the heroes and characters that dwell within. Think of it as an editorial cartoon targeting comic books, and you’ll understand where we’re going with it. Gutters is written by Ryan Sohmer, with Lar deSouza as Art Director and Ed Ryzowski serving as colorist. As for who will be doing the actual art, well, that’s where things get interesting (and slightly different). Rather than have one artist pencil each page, we elected to have a rotating roster of professional artists, among them some giants in the comic book industry alongside new and emerging talent.
Or it might be about something else entirely.
Comic: Comic Critics
Story: Sean Whitmore
Art: Brandon Hanvey
About: One of the founders of comiccritics.com, Josh is a diehard super hero fan clinging to the fading vestiges of that once mighty genre. He’s 23, and was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications but gave up after a few years of college. Just to complete the sad cliché that is his life, Josh works in a small neighborhood comic shop.
Story: Kevin Freeman
Art: Stan Yan
About: The story of every different aspect of nerd culture, SubCulture offers something for everyone. From comic books, to video games, to LARPing, SubCulture is, by all technicalities, a linear type story, but their storylines are as much of a commentary on the industries as any of our other choices today. Well written, well illustrated, and well presented, SubCulture is a gem in the webcomic world.
Comic: Let’s Be Friends Again
Story: Curt Franklin
Art: Chris Haley
About: Nothing comics related is safe from Let’s Be Friends Again. From the tender relationship between The Walking Dead‘s Rick and Lori to Batman having to learn his lesson about his yellow logo placement, LBFA is unafraid to lambaste even the most cherished of comic book conventions. Highly offensive yet also highly humorous, Let’s Be Friends Again is sure to keep you chuckling at the things you loved from your childhood.
Want to share your favorite indie web or print comic? Feel free to comment below! I would love to add them to my list. Also feel free to visit my Facebook Wall to chat with these and other Indie comic creators.