I recently did an online version of the fantastic METRODOME by genius gentlemen Craig Collins and Iain Laurie, a project where a great deal of the fun comes from learning how the project was developed. The online version does not have any of that information, but it’s a really fun read.
I have been reading comics for my whole life. I thought I had my finger on the comic-world pulse. However, since getting involved in the Raygun Roads project, I have become aware of the wonderful world of indie British comics and all those comic creators who do it out of love. And boy, was I missing out on a lot of amazing stuff!
Iain Laurie (soon to be a mega-star after his work on the terrific And Then Emily Was Gone with John Lees) was kind enough to send me a digital copy of his out of print comic Horror Mountain and after reading it, I thought it was a shame that it was not available. So I took the opportunity to, with his permission, put it online with a bit of music and a couple of effects (much in the tradition of Eternal Coffin and Monster Truck) and now it’s time to share it with everyone … I didn’t finish it yet, but I think it has enough content as it is now to give you a taste of something that you need to see:
Hopefully I will be able to write a traditionally structured review (that would be a first!) if/when I have the time, but what Colin Bell and Neil Slorance have achieved with Dungeon Fun #1 is a rare feat: an all-age adventure comic that’s actually laugh-out funny and still manages to make the reader feel for the characters. Lovely book, which achieves a lot of things most books never do … Grab a copy at Thought Bubble this year from Do Gooder Comics or be ridiculed by the whole world afterwards!!!
However, this post would like to be one of the first to highlight the character that steals the show in the first few pages and that’s none other than Muddy Stickarms:
I wish I could reveal more about this character, but keep an eye out for him (some made-up rumours are pointing to a 4 season Netflix deal already in advance negotiations).
A fantastic comic whose every page is a true delight, what else could you ask for?
So, again with the short post, sorry about that (if anyone cares) …
A while ago, I ordered a couple of commissions from Shaky Kane (one intended as a present and the one below), and who am I not to share it with the Internet. My only request was to have the Coffin Fly and the Unforgiving Eye, then giving good old Shaky absolute freedom to do whatever he wanted. The result was impressive, fast and way better than I was expecting.
Here’s the original that’s now waiting for an appropriate frame back at home:
He even scanned and colored it because he’s that nice:
Now I spend my days thinking about ways to get some money and order more …
I loves me some Shaky, that’s impossible to deny … so the other day he re-posted a link to The Endless Coffin on Facebook, and he took a look at the work we are doing at Raygun Roads, and he mentioned how cool it would be to do an online version of Monster Truck and one thing led to the other and it’s done and it’s now online and it’s beautiful and you should take a look at it …
So, sit tight and brace yourselves while we descend into the madness that is Sir Shaky Kane’s brain. Ladies and gentlemen, with Shaky’s permission, I give you Shaky Kane’s Monstertruck, the full automatically scrolling version (it will take you about 10 minutes depending on the size of your monitor). Enjoy!!!