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CHUM #1 – Launching the Surf Noir Sound

And with the week of Wednesday the 18th of May, CHUM #1 finally launches.

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This surf noir comic miniseries with art by Sami Kivela, Mark Dale’s colours, Nic J. Shaw’s letters, and my writing from ComixTribe finally hits shelves digital and irl and we all really hope you dig it.

CHUMThe book is a comic about crime on the sand when Summer Stanwyck sees an opportunity for a bag full of drugs and money to pave her way off the island, and beware the fools who step in her way.

For fans of Philips/Brubaker comics, the Parker stories [prose or sequential], and old pulp paperbacks, this one goes out to you.

Hit up your LCS or ComiXology [LINK] and fill your fists with some blood in the water.

We appreciate everyone who takes a chance on this book, indie comics are a word of mouth business, and we hope you’re hooked by the last page and come back to #2 in June.

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CHUM #1 in Previews

CHUM #1 is officially in Previews for an April launch. This surf noir from ComixTribe harkens to the old Gold Medal paperback era and is certain to ruin your faith in people.

There’s Sami Kivelä’s reg cover, and a variant by Vic Malhotra! Gorgeous Sami Kivelä art throughout with Mark Dale colours on top, Australia’s own premiere letterer Nic J Shaw, and edited by Dan Hill! Then there’s me writing.

Go to your LCS and ask them to set you aside a copy, it’s DIAMOND ID: FEB161340

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Sami Kivelä’s reg cover

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Vic Malhotra’s ace variant

You can also still get the free 24 page digital ashcan featuring a lotta CHUMness right here [LINK]

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Summer Stanwyck is trapped. She tends bar on the island she grew up on, the local cop is about to become her ex-husband, and she’s wasting time screwing the local reefer kingpin. But when a bag full of cash and drugs appears, she sees a way out… and anyone who gets in her way is shark bait.

This is a huge launch for me and we aim to go strong with this surf noir mini so we all really hope you dig the vibe and preorder and tell your friends!

If you dug my work on NEGATIVE SPACE at Dark Horse, or HEADSPACE through IDW/Monkeybrain, then I want you to know this book aims to keep the benchmark just as high. Indie books like this live and die on the vine based around glorious peeps like you, dropping a preorder, spreading the word, and being ace. Thank you for stopping by, it is appreciated.

CHUM Free Digital Ashcan Preview

I’m really excited to bring you something rad that is totally free. To throw some blood and guts into the water to fuel the feeding frenzy for CHUM [my new book with Sami Kivela from ComixTribe, launching in April], we have put together a digital ashcan preview that you pretty much need to get your peepers on because it’s full of all the four colour good stuff you want and it is totally FREE.

[Download the CHUM digital ashcan process preview now]

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Well, why exactly do you need this digital bonanza in your life? I’ll tell you why.

Included in this PDF blast is:

  • 7 preview pages of the tale to wet your whistle
  • Character bios and sketches on all the fiends of Kingsford Island
  • Art process from Sami Kivela, including page thumbs and inks, as well as our original cover inks
  • All 3 covers for the series in beautiful colours from Sami [they are worth all this malarkey alone]

I’m also just excited that Tyler James at CT wanted to experiment with something like this because I think it’s a rad idea that I’d love to see on other comics that I love. Because I can never help myself when there’s a chance to peek behind the curtain. Plus, it’s digital, so we can kinda do anything with this so if it’s successful, I’d think we would do more like this in the future [which genuinely excites me].

I’m certain you’ll dig this PDF and feel free to share the link with your friends because preorders open soon and the book launches in April and we are all crazy excited for this.

CHUMa surf noir book that’ll dump blood in the water this April

Art by Sami Kivela [forever dominant]

Colours by Make Dale [so damn good]

Letters by Nic J Shaw [always doing ace things]

Written by Ryan K Lindsay [Hi!]

Edited by Dan Hill [the genius keeping me in check on HEADSPACE, DEER EDITOR, and other shorts and upcoming business]

Published by ComixTribe

April – 2016

[Download the CHUM digital ashcan process preview now]

DEER EDITOR KS – RADIO DRAMA

DEER EDITOR – a tablet crime comic about the editor of the crime beat who’s also a deer by Sami Kivela, Nic J Shaw, Dan Hill, Christopher Kosek, and myself – launches on Kickstarter in under a week.

I dropped the main beats on that earlier this week – click through for the downlow, the basic book pledges, and a preview of some pages.

Today, we talk about the pledge that is my favourite, the pledge I’ve never seen offered before, and the pledge that could get us across the line if people want some good times, are willing to take a gamble, and have a heart. I give you:

$20 – RADIO DRAMA

Ryan will record the entire issue as a ‘radio drama,’ with audio files sent to you. Comes with BROADSHEET PDF + RKL SCRIPT PDF.

Dear lord, I’ve been wanting to do this for years. Now, take into account, this won’t be some slick production, but man alive is it going to be fun to do. I just hope I have the voice to carry such an activity. The SFX from my mouth might seem suspect at first but I’m certain they’ll win you over. For me, this is the heart of this campaign. If you’re looking to really support with your money and get something rad in return, here it is. Enjoy.

To listen to a sample of what the radio drama will be like, check this video here.

 

I am crazy excited to do this. It could end up terrible, who knows, but man alive it’s going to be fun. I really hope people dig down on this one hard.

UNDER ONE WEEK.

You’ve got yourself under one week to get excited, tell your friends, ask me questions if you want, and generally bring the ruckus. We launch next week, on Monday/Tuesday (depending on your relationship to the international date line), and will run for a month. All updates will run here, some updates will run at the DE HQ, deereditor.tumblr.com

Keep up with the story, don’t get gored.

DEER EDITOR KS COMING SOON – RKL SCRIPT PDF

DEER EDITOR – a tablet crime comic about the editor of the crime beat who’s also a deer by Sami Kivela, Nic J Shaw, Dan Hill, Christopher Kosek, and myself – launches on Kickstarter in under a week.

I dropped the main beats on that yesterday – click through for the downlow, the basic book pledges, and a preview of some pages.

Today, we talk about one of my favourite pledges from the upcoming campaign:

$7 – WEEKEND PDFs

That’s right, TWO PDFs. One is the BROADSHEET PDF, and the other is the RKL SCRIPT PDF, feat. scripts of MANY of my other projects.

The extra PDF will contain scripts to:

HEADSPACE #1-3 — THE MANY HAROLD HOLTS OF SPACE AND TIME — LOVESICK — SURVIVOR — My shorts for the OXYMORON +SCAMthology books from ComixTribe — JONBOT V MARTHA – the guest one-shot strip I wrote for the SICBA award winning Colin Bell and Neil Slorance’s webcomic — LITTLE MAN IN THE BIG HOUSE #1 – a short story about a prison for supervillains that is in the works — YELLOW – a short story I have coming soon — CAPTAIN HUMAN THE ROBOT, both the All Ages Edit and the After Hours edit — CURRICULUM #1 – a forthcoming sci fi tablet periodical — and a few other projects, as well as whatever else I can find floating about that isn’t terribly embarrassing. It’ll be worth easily over 200 pages.

I love reading comic scripts, they certainly help hone my own writing, so I hope some process junkies out there really dig on this beast of a package. I know I have pretty much every script available to download online so I’m always keen to see new stuff pop up, I hope you are, too. And it’s been fun to read through these old time capsules of my talent (imagined, and nascent, and never quite real, ha). This PDF is going to be monstrous, and if you like it, you’ll love it. You also get a peek at things coming down the pike, so that’s exciting.

UNDER ONE WEEK.

You’ve got yourself under one week to get excited, tell your friends, ask me questions if you want, and generally bring the ruckus. We launch next week, on Monday/Tuesday (depending on your relationship to the international date line), and will run for a month. All updates will run here, some updates will run at the DE HQ, deereditor.tumblr.com. Tomorrow I’ll run details of a high end pledge level, one of a kind, some original art.

Keep up with the story, don’t get gored.

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Free Comics from Tomorrow’s Creators

I dig free things. I dig comics. When I find free comics, I dig like I’m headed for China.

But, and here’s the rub, I find that people talk about all comics upon release and then kind of never again. Whether it’s amazing, woeful, high end format, or free, everything lasts for about 7 minutes and then gets washed away in a sea of tweets and likes. And I guess this is the way of the world but we live in, a time where some of my favourite new creators are making names for themselves and rightfully getting paid for it so I thought I’d point my wayback spotlight on some of their old, free, amazing work. Here are just some samples of free online comics that will blow your hair back. I think you’ll get out your shovel and start to dig with each link clicked. Enjoy.

Ryan Ferrier

Yep, I still hate Ryan Ferrier. Digging through his free four colours and I realise how goddamn good he is. Some of these are some of my favourite things ever.

SOUTHPAW – goddamn this is a good boxing noir tale. And I’m writing my own right now and I know I’ll always run second to this (second if I’m lucky). Bah. Plus, y’know, Kevin Zeigler and Neil Lalonde make one hell of an art team. I had the privilege to read the script for this before it was made and I instantly knew it was gold. The completed story only further went on to crush my soul.

GODDESS – this short is stellar and should not be missed. Ferrier and Hugo Petrus craft this weird eco-battle-hymn that’s disastrously operatic and feels like when you first read Swamp Thing by Moore/Totleben/Bissette.

TEAM GOLD FORCE 4 – so silly and yet so well crafted. There is literally no reason why a Golden Girls prequel fanfic comic should be this enjoyable but Ferrier and Felipe Torrent smash this.

Paul Allor

CLOCKWORK – a masterclass of 5 page shorts, and how to break into the game. Start small, write tight narratives to prove you can close. Enlist artists who can fit 5 pages into their schedule. Package it all together, hand out, but also make available online for free. The name of the game is exposure and profits aren’t in the vocab yet. Paul did great work here on many of these shorts, so click the link, incept yourself, and getting writing.

Louie Joyce

Louie has been my co-pilot on a few shorts, most notably THE MANY HAROLD HOLTS OF SPACE AND TIME, and he’s got his own spectacularly innovative and beautiful online comics floating around. Scope this stuff and spread it around, then get lost down the sketch dump that is his site: Louie’s site.

A LIFE IN THE CITY – holy cats, this thing is so damn fine. A side scroller, you really need to see it to believe it.

THE CORNER STORE – another side scroller and by now, you’ll all believe Louie is the second coming. Hint: he’s better than that.

Eric Zawadzki

My HEADSPACE spirit guide and life partner has a slew of pages available online for free and they are all gorgeous. Get in now so you can say you knew him way back when.

THE GHOST ENGINE – I love this complete graphic novel from Zawadzki and Dany Djeljosevic. It’s well written, looks top notch, and it’s a complete story. I hope they kickstart a collection one day because I want it for my shelf.

THE HARVEST – This is a short with Ed Brisson on the Challenger Comics site. It looks all funky and will make your skin crawl.

Dan Hill

A trusted friend, my editor on HEADSPACE (and other things), and a writer I admire. Dan understands story, and process, and the fact we all need to keep learning. He’s a zen master of process fu. He’s also a superb guy.

COME WITH ME – this tale is nuts, just like the creative team. Invest in the fractured narrative, enjoy the flow, figure it all out as it happens.

FLESH AND BLOOD – this grimy Viking tale is just fantastic. Ripe with tone and nasty intent, you’ll dig this slice of black heart on display.

Rob Harrington

Some days I wake up wondering why I don’t have more Rob Harrington books in my life. The man writes a hell of a page.

CLOWN FIGHT – this story is just about perfection. Deliciously funny, twisted, awesome, and so well paced. You need to read this.

RAINBOWBEARD – this short on the Challenger Comics site is well put together and thought out. Download the PDF now.

Ed Brisson

Yep, dollah sign Briss makes the list. Before tearing up Image books, Marvel crossovers, and every franchise taken from tv, Ed was pumping out his own product and quietly proving himself a master of the form. His Murder Books are the template for how many are doing the game of breaking in. Ed never asked permission, he just made his own damn comics and what crime masterpieces they are. Ed sold them at cons, kickstarted their asses (because IndieGogo’ed ’em doesn’t sound as boss), and he was also wise enough to put them all up online for free because he too knew the power of having work available for hungry peepers. Give ’em a taste now for free and they’re hooked for life later on.

MURDER BOOK – every single one of these chilling stories will stick with you. Also, look at those artist names and tell me they aren’t all now titans in the field. Ed knows how to spot talent. Start with this link, the first tale, and then follow the rabbit hole down with the rest of the stories. You will not regret this.

Nic J. Shaw

ACTION JOHNSON – Nic’s another guy doing it smart. He’s a letterer, so he’s meeting loads of rad artists, and he’s writing some very cool stuff on the side. This whole Action Johnson character/schtick pleases me, and the artists he’s bringing on for these affordable and sensible 5 pagers are amazing. Stay tuned for more because it’s most certainly coming.

Jesse Young

FORBIDDEN LOVE – dear lord, Arytom Trakhanov’s art is drop dead stunning. This short packs a short punch and is well paced out using panels and colours and gutters superbly well – click through for making the beast with two backs and two spurs, Western style.

THE DARING ADVENTURES OF ANDROID JONES – another fun ongoing character, a pulp sci fi adventurer, with Ryan Cody art. Dig. And dig some more.

Ryan K Lindsay

Yep, I even get in on the action. And I’m proud of this story.

SURVIVOR – a terrible sci fi tale that’s actually about fatherhood…which you probably saw coming.

CAPTAIN HUMAN THE ROBOTALL AGES EDIT / AFTER HOURS EDIT – this whacked out jam comic i did with Jin Chan Yum Wai is some of the only comedic stuff I’ve ever done and I’m happy with both versions of this tale where the art is exactly the same but I wrote two completely different scripts over it. Hopefully, if things align, there will be more of this one day.

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So these are just some online free comics you can get your peepers into. I will admit, I haven’t scoured the entire internet for every single one, I’ve mostly included mates, and things I knew about already and had at hand. I am also running little sleep, swamped at the day job, so please don’t be offended if I’ve missed YOUR free shorts 🙂

If you know where any more free online funnies reside, drop them in the comments below, and share everything you like, and tell the creators, they’ll love you for it. Then go buy work by these creators if you dug their free stuff, because we’re all making other things and working hard to shake our four colour money maker for your pleasure.

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