Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Be prepared for Indy Comic Book Week!

So now that Halloween is over, I've decided to give some attention to another upcoming event, Indy Comic Book Week! What is that? I'm glad you asked! According to the website:
Indy Comic Book Week is not only an event, but also a call to action.

Diamond Comic Distributors announced they will not ship any new comics for the last week of December. This company is the primary distributor of comic books in North America. What some would call a sad week without our favorite mainstream titles, we are calling an opportunity. This vacancy allows independent and small press comic book creators to claim this week as their own.

We challenge writers and artists to self publish new material for this week, and offer it to their local stores. We ask for retailers to take this as an opportunity to showcase local independent talent on the new release shelves. We encourage fans to break from their buying habits and try something new.
Unfortunately, my current project will not be ready for release December 30, 2009 (though there will be an announcement soon!). So I have decided to post my own personal recommondations of some Indy books every Tuesday from now until the end of the year. Why Tuesday? Since comics arrive at stores on Wednesday, you can look for my recommended reads at your LCS when you go to pick up the latest and greatest. And if they do not have it on the shelf, you can ask for them to order it for December 30th!

I will start with one of my favorite Indy books of the last couple of years, Wasteland. Created and written by Antony Johnston with incredible artwork by Christopher Mitten, this series has it all! Mystery, suspense, political intrigue, superpowers, action, adventure, social commentary and even some romance all in a post-apocalyptic future. There are familiar elements, but the way the epic story is unraveling is original. I could go on endlessly about this book, but don't take my word for it. You can check out the first issue for FREE at Oni Press' site. Issue #26 just hit the stands, but it should be easy to catch up as the trades are readily available. If your LCS does not have them in stock, ask him/her to order some in time for Indy Comic Book Day!

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