Have you ever wished you could glimpse into the lives of strangers – those anonymous faces passed in the produce aisle of the local supermarket, those shadows lurking behind the closed curtains of their homes? Would you be surprised by the rich mixture of personalities, the strange habits and the unexpected insecurities? Perhaps like you they’re also baking blind, no recipe to follow. You might produce a perfect cake, or you might end up throwing the mix in the trash and starting again. And again. And again.
Marble Cake, the debut graphic novel from acclaimed British author and artist Scott Jason Smith, cuts a slice through everyday life and takes a bite out of the layers concealed beneath the icing, all told with the acerbic wit and keen eye of a truly exciting new creator.
Ever have one of those days where you’re talking to a smokin’ hot chick online and she turns out to be a robot working for an evil cult… and that hot chick sends a computer virus masked as dirty pictures… and that computer virus allows Satan to come through everyone’s computers and hypnotise them… but the family computer has parental locks on it so you don’t get the virus… and then God messages you to say you’re the only person on earth who can save human existence? Anyway, that’s the set up for this part art book, part graphic novel and 100% true, deep dive into early internet culture from creator of Ghosts, Etc. George Wylesol!
“yo. ur abt to read 1 of the greatest storys ever told. its the story abt how i went on the internet and single handedly saved the world, killed the devil and made friends w god. i call this story INTERNET CRUSADER.” – BSKskator191
Sennen’s life is mostly perfect – spending her days tending the fields in her idyllic village and her evenings with her beloved family, all tucked into the crook of a green and beautiful valley. And if it wasn’t for the masked figures descending from the hills with increasingly regularity to take their harvested food to deliver to their Gods, she’d have no worries at all. But when the demands for tribute strike closer to home, Sennen is forced to flee the paradise of her valley and venture into the home of the Gods to save her family and their way of life – only to discover that those we worship are not always what they seem, and the lives we lead are not always so simplistic after all.
Sennen, the debut graphic novel from exciting new British author and artist Shanti Rai, tells a timeless tale of adventure, and the discoveries we make as we explore beyond the boundaries of our childhood, into the uncertainty of the adult world.
Ancient Daze #3https://buff.ly/2Fmi1GX is a 32-page, full color, 8bit/cell shaded action manga comic written and illustrated by Tobey Truestory.
As we enter Level 3 of Ancient Daze we join the victor from the previous issue, now wielding two swords, as she cautiously enters a palace and comes face-to-face with yet another adversary! Steel clashes, blades slice the air, and a secret power within the swords is revealed! Constant action drives this story forward with dynamic art and well-orchestrated fight scenes!
The story begins with a butcher developing a strange lesion on his leg. At the insistence of his wife he goes to the doctor for treatment and leaves with both less and more than he came in with! From there the butcher and his wife continue their story with an odd and unexpected addition to their family!
This strange and entertaining story explores a relationship that you’ve most likely never considered before. The direction this tale takes is into such uncharted territory that every turn of the page is a surprising revelation that spins this yarn into a weird thread with awesome art that will stay with you!
For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #56! This issue is a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Jacob Alvarez.
In this issue of Copy That! Joseph Tenney interviews Jacob Alvarez! Joseph and Jacob talk about connecting with other cartoonist, being a part of Cartoon Loonacy, getting into comics and the underground, painting, doing stand-up and improv, the graphic novel Chinatown Bus, hipster culture, redneck Ghost Rider, inking the Scud way, recommended reading, influences, the future of comics, and more! You can follow Jacob Alvarez on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hypnospiral_comics/ and on Twitter at @MJacobAlvarez
In the community news and info section we get a few pages featuring the offerings of: Alan Sissom (Comics Link Spotlight); Brian Leonard (Odd Mojo); Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); Horsty (multiple titles); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Matt Feazell (Leftover Convention Sketchbook, and 5 O’Clock Shadow); Matt Jones (A Trip to Die For, and Trick Or…); and news from RC Harvey!
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Amazing Agehttps://buff.ly/2R7yjEl is a 136-page, full color, all ages, standard size, hero action comic written by Matthew David Smith, illustrated by Jeremy Massie, and colored by Christine Brunson. Published by Alterna Comics.
This is the entire series collected into one, massively entertaining, comic! Three friends fantasize about being heroes and one of the friends even creates a comic featuring their exploits. The comic mysteriously reappears years later and transports the friends into the comic book universe of their own creation! Now they must learn to hone their powers with help from a group of real heroes in their new world and fight evil doers that would seize their interdimensional jumping ability for their own devious purposes!
The creative team deliver dynamic action, well developed characters, and suspense all backed up with impressive cartoonish superhero fantasy art to give the comic an appealing, old-school, silver-age look!
We the Oddhttps://wetheodd.weebly.com/ is a 16-page, digest size, black and white with color cover, fantasy comic written and illustrated by Delicia Williams.
Previously the main character of We the Odd ventured deep inside the ventilation ducts of an old building and there discovered a mysterious door and bizarre figure wearing a box that gave chase! Now we return to the story with the box headed figure hot on the heels of our heroine! A strange doorway, butterflies, a toad, skeptical authorities, and nachos all stand between our possibly delusional protagonist and return to a mentally stable reality!
Forever My Brightest Moonlighthttps://www.gperki.com/ is a 24-page, digest size, black and white comic written and illustrated by GAP (Grace Allison Perkins).
This is a passionate story about two friends expressing their love for each other and coming to terms with what that means. We meet the friends, Andrew and Mason, as their friendship and romance enters a new stage leading them into an uncharted emotional territory, and continue the journey with them to a satisfying finish. The story and art really blend to make this comic flow. The hand lettering, deep shadowing, and expressive faces all capture the raw feelings of the story and pull the reader into the loving relationship between the friends.