In The Tower in the Sea, we return to the world of Ismyre for another quiet and fantastical mystery tale set in an old world of ordinary magic. Off the coast of Ismyre, a group of illicit magicians have been gathering for years, schooling others in the ways of long-forgotten divinations. From high up in this forbidden home, a young scholar keeps dreaming visions of a terrible future and looks out across the ocean for answers…
Goofy Funnies No. 9: Dexter Cockburn Underground Comixhttps://buff.ly/2oMnAX3 is a 32-page, black and white, color cover, digest size, ADULTS ONLY humor comic written and illustrated by Dexter Cockburn. Published by The Comix Company.
If you like ADULT COMIX, then you gotta check out Dexter Cockburn’ Goofy Funnies! In these pages you’ll find nothing but cleanly drawn, unabashed, adult fun! Dexter really displays his talents as an artist and storyteller! The comic starts off with the continuing saga Space Rats, as Spunky finds himself imprisoned with a sex-starved space mouse that wants to be set free, but has a stronger urge for something else! Then in a mostly silent story, Fudster gives a buxomy babe a pearl necklace! Later Pippa Creme goes on a date and finds herself doing a little under the table work! Next Junior Ranger Becky has to hide Bosco Bear when an unexpected visitor cums a knocking! And finally Fudster gets it up again when he and a voluptuous vixen fill the pages with all sorts of lubricious loveliness!
Scumburbia #1https://buff.ly/2nxuKOk is a 40-page, digest size, black and white comic written and illustrated by Sam Grinberg.
In the pages of Scumburbia we meet a group of teens going through various stages of adolescents. Most of their activities revolve around high school and the changing relationships between friends, personal frustrations, and the isolation of youth. The main stories focus on a couple of younger punk kids trying to get to a local show, and a slightly older punk girl reflecting on the changes and challenges of growing up. Both stories are relatable as are the different characters that pop in and out of them.
The stories are entertaining and full of believable characters. The art is clean and makes great use of the black and white contrasts. The backgrounds are detailed and the characters are exaggerated just enough to keep some of the heavier tones underlying the stories from becoming too somber. Overall Sam slings the ink to paint a realistic setting of litter strewn hallways, dirty alleys, and filthy streets that make up this place called Scumburbia!
The Space Odditoriumhttps://buff.ly/2V2i1A3 is 12-page, full color, digest size, Sci-Fi fantasy comic written by Chris Calzia with art by Dave Law. Published by Public Restroom Comics.
This is a standalone mini companion piece to volumes 1 and 2 of The Space Odditorium. The ‘70s psychedelic art style is what grabbed my attention to this comic, then the story hooked me! It’s pretty short but jumps right in without a lot of exposition. A member of a holographic family questions if free will exist or not as he contemplates how the last human can be used as a weapon against alien overlords.
The art is popping with bright colors, halftone dots, and unconventional compositions! This serves as a great introduction to The Space Odditorium series as it familiarizes the reader with the central character, setting, and showcases the impressive art!
Horn Doghttps://punapress.com (multiple issues) is a various page count, full size, black and white comic written and illustrated by Iotekted. Published by Puna Press.
In this series we meet Horn Dog, an average sausage that works next to a bar where he frequents and chats about life with the bartender. Plenty of other meats are regulars at the bar too and their comings and goings don’t go unnoticed by Horn Dog. The different customers help set the tone for each issue and drive the narrative of the stories which are peppered with sausage puns and relationship woes.
Iotekted keeps the art simple which helps to give more emphasis to the dialogue between the characters. The simple, yet very effective art, is drawn with a lot of attention to detail and composition. At first glance it gives the impression of an amateurish attempt at comic making, but once you begin to read it becomes clear that Iotekted is a skilled storyteller and talented artist that knows exactly what he is doing with his sausage!
Zombie Bunnies #1: The Queen’s Planhttps://squareup.com/market/zombiebunnies/ is a 22-page, full color, standard size comic created by Jim Hillin (writing, pencils, inks, and cover art) and Joey Karwal (colors). Published by Cypress Pictures.
In a shadow world that exist alongside the reality known and experienced by humans, a Zombie Bunnie kingdom is ruled by the kind and benevolent, Queen Bethesda, ruler and royal of the fair world. She is assisted in all things pertaining to the throne by the Viceroy, keeper of all things Carrott. Together, they decide what to do with the human interlopers they steal through their closets at night! Typically, the human-types are funneled off to the Chamber of Sloth, where The Royal Masseuse will keep them blissfully asleep with his soft ears and bottle of warm sassafrass oil and a little Kenny G on the stereo. Unless a friend has a cold bucket of ice, the stolen interlopers are staying asleep!
In this first issue of the Zombie Bunnies saga the queen dispatches three of her greatest “sneaks” to find “the Dreamer” that once visited the kingdom all on her own. Something no one had ever done before or since! Now, unaware of the Zombie Bunnies on her trail, “the Dreamer” is going about her normal life in the humans’ world. She works, plays, and spends time with her young niece and her niece’s friends as they all enjoy a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?!
Zombie Jesus vs Robot Hitlerhttp://13flames.com/store/ is a 24-page, full size, black and white, apocalyptic action/horror comic written ad lettered by Ira Hunter and illustrated by Joel Shelton. Published by 13 Flames Empire.
In a future not much more unbelievable than the reality we currently exist in, a corrupt government bent on seizing all power unleashes a robotic apocalypse in which the machines exterminate the humans in a battle for limited resources! Out of the radioactive wasteland one undead hero emerges to raise the lifeless, putrid bodies of the vanquished humans to fight the robots. The last savior of mankind… Zombie Jesus! And just how could the robots possibly hope to defeat the King of the Jews?! Well with their own Robot Hitler of course! What follows is a fight of epic proportions as flesh and steel meet in a melee of massacre and mechanical malfunction!
In this tale from Alabaster Pizzo a young mouse girl named Mimi dreams of a magical goddess as she maneuvers through relationships with old friends and new acquaintances. As Mimi’s bond with her mate begins to fall apart, she starts a new friendship with a wolf. This leads Mimi into an exciting world she’s never experienced before and also into other associations with wolves that her non-wolf friends are leery of. However, free of her mate and growing ever more comfortable in the company of wolves, Mimi explores her new found independence and the ways of wolves!
Alabaster Pizzo presents a mystical tale of friendships, connections, and the complex dynamics between domestic and wild anthropomorphic characters living among each other in cities and forests. The story explores the intricate dance between different personalities as they each attempt to achieve their own, often hidden, motives with the innocent main character, Mimi, at the center of it all.
Arsenic Lullabyhttps://www.arseniclullabies.com/ is a 32-page, digest sized, black and white, dark humor anthology, Comic-Con exclusive sketch variant written and illustrated by Douglas Paszkiewicz. Published by A.L. Publishing.
Okay, as mentioned above this comic is a Comic-Con exclusive sketch variant. I guess that means you might not be able to purchase this exact version of the comic, but you can get plenty of Arsenic Lullaby humor featuring all of the same characters through the website. With all of that said, let’s jump into this witty, weird world!
Douglas kicks this comic off with a couple of one-pagers that quickly hint at the dark witticism that underlies the entire thing, such as Cthulhu consulting the local media in a desperate effort to spread panic! In addition to Lovecraft’s Great Old One, Douglas also manages to weave the droll and dark into entertainingly pieces featuring stillborn baby dolls, aliens, loser vampires, Pinocchio, and Baron Von Donut! This guy really can spin a funny yarn around unexpected things, and his clean, polished rendering style is a real visual feast!
Like I said, you might not be able to find this specific version of Arsenic Lullaby, but you can find lots of other great stuff by Douglas Paszkiewicz, including other Arsenic Lullaby comics at https://www.arseniclullabies.com/
NOBOTShttps://onelastday.storenvy.com/ is a 24-page, black and white, anthology with full color wrap around cover created by Adam Yeater and Zac Finger. It’s all about humanities fall to the ROBOTS and features art and stories by Adam Yeater, Zac Finger, Daniel Reisinger, Kevin Gentilcore, Jacob Breckenridge, Marco Maraggi, Arnaud Maniak, Nicolas Rossius, Damon Begay, Billy McKay, Max Clottfelter, Elisa Mask, Cameron Forsley, Vic Hollins, Eric Schock, Joe DeRosa, Brad Dwyer, Tony McMillen, and me, Warren E. Elliott!
The stories touch on a bunch of subjects such as fake news, smart cars, social media, smart phones, streaming media, the internet, sex, and more! The mix of art styles and topics make NOBOTS a fun read with an ever changing look and narrative every few pages! The whole thing comes together nicely to deliver a darkly funny take on what our technological future could be like!