Cover Design by: Brandon Robertson
Photographer: Christian Guzman
It is always nice to see someone coming up with a comic book magazine that stands a chance of selling to people. A lot of comic book magazines have come and gone over the last couple of years, so it is nice seeing Christopher Irving trying the format again for the digital age. The comic magazine bills itself as the “Comics magazine for the Masses”, making the approach very different from something like Drawn and Quarterly.
The inaugural issue features Brian Wood who is one of my favorite comic book authors, as well as taking a look at Bill Seinkiewicz who I am not familiar with at all. It was interesting to see Bill’s work because I had not been introduced to it in the past, so the exposure was good for that. Discovering new authors and writers is always a good thing because you can decide to purchase more of their stuff as a way to support their comic book efforts. It was also seeing the contributions from people like John Kerschbaum, and Kelly Sue Deconnick. There were a lot of familiar people, new people, and I have always like comic book magazines as a low cost way of finding someone new in the industry that is worth paying more attention to. The good part about the comic book magazine is that this is well laid out and well thought out with a nice natural flow between the authors that are being featured in the magazine.
There are always new things to discover, and while comic book magazines have a tendency to be very short lived, I am hoping that this one works out for a while longer. The concept is worth supporting, but in an age of Tumblr, comic book blogs, and online presences for authors, drawers and inkers the market for this is going to be tough. Overall though this is worth investing the whole dollar in the comic book magazine, as it has interesting people, interesting stories and the editor is very good with tying the stuff together for the reader.
Rating this one five of five stars because it is well thought out, well done, and flows very nicely between authors and story lines. The investment is worth it, and overall this was a very well done comic book magazine. Well worth reading and enjoying the story lines.
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