I’ve been working hard on comics lately, and today, two of my projects have gone live on Kickstarter. I know that, like me, most of my friends are on a tight budget, but if you love comics, love stories that go beyond just “tights and capes,” love art and fantasy and science fiction and independent creators… then maybe one or the other of these fundraisers will interest you!
Torsobear is an anthology based on a “fluffy noir” world of toys where all is not as it seems. The author’s description says, “Ruxby Bear and Toyburg PD investigate cases of violence, corruption and murder in a city of toys.” The book’s beautiful and has a wide range of styles, all full-colour and with cool rewards and perks for early backers. Here it is!
Deviants is a story about superpowers, but it’s nothing like a traditional superhero comic. The author’s description says, “A diverse young cast of genetically gifted “deviants” struggle to escape their island prison, uncovering dark mysteries in the process." There’s gorgeous artwork, an intriguing storyline, strong female characters, ethnic diversity, and all kinds of awesome stuff. Take a look!
Both of these projects are really cool, and I’m thrilled to have been lucky enough to work with such brilliant creative teams. Please, if you have some spare change lying around, consider backing one of these projects, because I’d like to be able to continue working with them, and because these are some super badass comics you should read!
I’ve just spent about two solid days listening to the Buzzcocks’ forthcoming album, The Way, and I’ve got to tell you guys: wow. I don’t do a lot of straight-up reviews, but this album is worth it. It’ll be out this summer, supported by a nineteen-date tour, and let me assure you, you’re going to want this one.
It’s amazing to hear how these guys have matured as a band. The ‘old’ Buzzcocks are definitely still driving, musically-speaking (“It’s Not You,” “The Way”), but it isn’t just them you hear in the music; there’s The Stranglers, Gang of Four, Crispy Ambulance, The Jam. Some of the songs are almost mod-influenced (“In the Back”), as if The Lambrettas had joined them onstage for a song. Others harken back so well to the start of the Manchester punk era, with Martin-Hannett like soundspaces (“Virtually Real”) that he might as well have produced them himself. Some don’t belong to any one category, any one genre, but grab you by the ears right away anyway (“Chasing Rainbows Modern Times,” my personal favourite track on the album).
The entire album is gold and I could – though shan’t – go on for ages about each song, but the long and the short of it is that if you’ve ever liked the Buzzcocks, you’re going to want to keep an eye on The Way this summer. (And if you’re lucky enough to be able to get to one of the gigs? Do it.)