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Review: Mörf by Billy McKay and various artists

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Mörf https://buff.ly/2m2ybeT is a 28-page, full color, digest size, exquisite corpse style continuous story illustrated by 25 artists. Created, written, and edited by Billy McKay.

This creative comic is the brainchild of Billy McKay. Billy’s vision was to bring 25 artists together and share a single image of his character Mörf with them, one artist at a time. The first artist was to draw their version of the character, changing as the liked, based only on a single image provided to them by Billy. The second artist then received the first artist’s drawing and repeated the process, and the third artist received the second’s and so on, and so on until all 25 artists had drawn and changed Mörf. After all the drawings were done Billy collected them, colored them, and wrote a continuous poetic story that stretched across all versions of Mörf and tied each image into the next! What an impressive undertaking, and what a visually stunning and delightful book!

The talented artists featured in Mörf are: Billy McKay, Marc Palm, Max Clotfelter, Jeff Heidel, Dale Martin, Ryan Holgersen, Micah Liesenfeld, Chad Woody, Henry Knoth, Warren Elliott (that’s me!), Jimbo Easter, Nate McDonough, Andrew Goldfarb, Adam Yeater, Jesse Thomas, O’Ryan McGowan, Joseph Tenney, Pam Bliss, Suzanne Baumann, Carrie McNinch, Jason Young, Bruce Orr, Bob Corby, Tom Cherry, and Bob Vojtko!

You can get your hands on the crazy, colorful comic that is Mörf at https://buff.ly/2m2ybeT

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Review: Voodoo Curse #1 by Kim Roberts, Reinaldo Lay, and Chris Allen

Voodoo Curse

Voodoo Curse #1 https://buff.ly/2AgOLtK is a 28-page, full-color, mature, horror-crime comic created and written by Kim Roberts, with art by Reinaldo Lay, and colors and letters by Chris Allen. Published by Swamp Line Comics.

A criminal looking to make one last heist gets betrayed and finds himself dead in a body bag. From that unfortunate position he tells the story of how he got there and what his widowed wife along with two accomplices are prepared to do to bring him back! What ensues is a gory collection of voodoo spells, dismembered bodies, and devious plots!

Swamp Line Comics once again proves to be the place to find original stories in comics! Kim, Reinaldo, and Chris infuse elements of voodoo, horror, and crime into a vibrantly illustrated and colored brutal tale that nicely continues the chilling tradition of horror comics for grown-ups! Everything from the premise of Voodoo Curse to the execution of the art chores deliver in this pleasing page turner that will leave you wanting more!

You can get the Voodoo Curse cast on you at https://buff.ly/2AgOLtK and find more at https://www.swamplinecomics.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/swampline/ and https://twitter.com/swamplinecomics

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Review: It’s Cold in the River at Night by Alex Potts

It's Cold in the River at Night

It’s Cold in the River at Night https://buff.ly/2zE1I4f by Alex Potts, 112 pages (digital version), full color. Published by Avery Hill.

Carl and Rita rent a river house on stilts in a remote area of Western Europe. As the river rises below and dark clouds form above them, they struggle with their individual pursuits and relationship. Rita embraces the isolation as a welcoming atmosphere that will allow her to complete her thesis. Carl becomes irritated by boredom and seeks out meaningful experiences to fill his time and define who he is. Along the way each must contend with others that enter their lives and with their often blurred intentions.

Alex Potts spins an intriguing tale about self-discovery and relationships set against the harsh backdrop of nature. The writing convincingly explores a troubled relationship, giving believable voices to unique characters. The art broadens the characters’ personalities through strong facial expressions and body language. The colors used throughout It’s Cold in the River at Night also contribute to the cold and bleak backdrop the weather and environment play in the story.

You can find It’s Cold in the River at Night at https://buff.ly/2zE1I4f and see more from Alex Potts at http://www.alexanderpotts.com/search/label/comics and more from Avery Hill Publishing at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com/

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Review: Soulless #1 by Kim Roberts, Chris Royal, James Johnson, Chunlin Zhao, and Ken Reynolds

Soulless #1

Soulless #1 https://buff.ly/2A1ksHb is a 32-page, full color, mature, supernatural horror comic created and written by Kim Roberts, penciled by Chris Royal, inked by James Johnson, colored by Chunlin Zhao, and lettered by Ken Reynolds. Published by Swamp Line Comics.

A holy man turned demon hunter assisted by a spell casting sidekick set off on a journey through the desolate southwest in search of soul collectors! Their quest puts them on the trail of a traveling carnival full of demons and evil clowns turning sleepy towns into ghost towns in preparation to unleash a larger evil!

The premise behind Soulless is a unique take on the creepiness that surrounds traveling carnivals and the eerie things they leave in their wake! The story is told from the perspective of the main character and we discover the unfolding supernatural events as he and his assistant seek them out. The writing is fresh and opens the door to a new side of horror that is rarely explored. The art is clean and polished. The line work, colors, shadowing, composition, and lettering all combine to make Soulless #1 a visually dynamic and pleasing comic!

You can get your ticket to the carnival at https://buff.ly/2A1ksHb and find even more from Swamp Line Comics at http://www.swamplinecomics.com

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Review: Copy This! #43 by D. Blake Werts

Copy This! #43. This issue is a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Cameron Forsley. Also includes an 8-page minicomic by Andy Nukes!

In this issue Joseph Tenney interviews San Francisco based indie artist Cameron Forsley. The two discuss Cameron’s connection to the Mission Mini Comix crew, his early discovery of his inner artist, developing his unique style, growing up, influences and inspirations, tattoos and tattooing, and making time for making comics! In addition to the interview are several images of Cameron’s highly detailed ink work!

Closing out this issues of Copy This! is the community news and info section that update us on the current offerings from:

Andrew Goldfarb (Bucket O’ Leeches, Triumph of the Trolls); Bob Corby (Oh, Crap! Not A Clue? Mini Comics); Charles Brubaker (The Ghost Cat); Jacob Alvarez (Chinatown Bus); Joseph Tenney (Squad Car (the APA)); Mission Mini Comix (If it Quacks Like a Fascist, Fentanyl); Poopsheet Foundation/Rick Bradford (Wag War, Poopsheet?); and Scott Davis (Minis, Digest, Etc.: An Iterative Reference Guide).

Blake is planning an all new ALL ART issue for January 2018! If you want to be included you need to send Blake your doodles by December 32st, and remember to keep it PG-13!

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net