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NEGATIVE SPACE TPB Review Round Up

negative space 1 logoThe NEGATIVE SPACE comic from Owen Gieni and me [with Ryan Ferrier letters and edtied by Daniel Chabon] gets one last pick at the cherry as the tpb collection came out this past week.

The book has been a dream gig for me so it was nice to see it score some solid reviews on the bell lap.

Chad Waller at We The Nerdy gave us a 9/10 [LINK], saying “Perhaps the best part of Negative Space is its ending, which is absolute perfection.

Robb M. at Brutal Gamer dropped a 95% score on us [LINK], saying “We have a winner.

And we also got featured on Wicked Horror as one of seven horror books deserving of a tv/movie adaptation [LINK]

If you picked up the trade, thank you, I hope this book becomes an evergreen little piece of my history because I’m so proud of the work we did on it, and remember:

if you are suffering from depression, please hit THIS LINK to see the access you have to support. No one has to suffer alone. We are here to help you.

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NEGATIVE SPACE #4 Review Round Up

negative space 4NEGATIVE SPACE #4 landed a while back [and this post somehow got lost in the queue]. It seems people were happy with how we closed this tale and there’s a huge weight off my chest knowing that people dug what was a hard conclusion for us to come to – it’s not an easy place to leave your main character, or the audience, so it means the world that people allowed us that much rope.

The reviews were ace, and it’s just nice to still be getting some ink/pixels on the 4th issue of an indie comic.

Andrew McGlinn at Big Comic Page gave us 5/5, saying “an unstoppable tour de force that must be both read and experienced” – [LINK]

James Ferguson at HorrorTalk gave us 5/5, saying “This cements Ryan K. Lindsay as an expert storyteller capable of truly incredible character work.” – [LINK]

Chris Beveridge at the Fandom Post gave us a Grade A, saying “get into serious discussions with friends about [it] as there’s a lot to peel away and dig into with it. Very recommended.” – [LINK]

Jack Johnston at We The Nerdy gave us a 9.5/10, saying “a perfect send off for Lindsay and Gieni’s twisted tale.” – [LINK]

Johnny Hughes at the Comic Crusaders gave us 3.5/5, saying “the conclusion serves as its own metaphor about depression and mental health.” – [LINK]

Ian Dawe at SequArt gave us a thoughtful write up, saying “It does what not enough comics do: it leaves you thinking.” – [LINK]

And now the series is done. The tpb collection will be out on the 6th of July with a glorious Foreword by Christopher Sebela. Tell your LCS to order 1 million of them.

And remember: if you are suffering from depression, please hit THIS LINK to see the access you have to support. No one has to suffer alone. We are here to help you.

CHUM #1 Review Round Up

Screenshot 2016-01-21 15.22.04CHUM #1 is upon us and it’s an exciting time for Sami, Mark, Nic, Dan, and me. We hope plenty of people dig the surf noir sound we are jiving to, and we were blessed with some good press and reviews so let’s round them up.

Ed Garrett at TMStash gives u 8/10 [LINK], saying “Given Lindsay’s penchant for making a unique premise work exceptionally well, I’m looking forward to the twists and turns CHUM has ahead of us.”

Iron Squid at Slack Jaw Punks gives us a 100% score [LINK], saying “Chum #1 is exactly what I wanted it to be and more…fun, bloody, exciting, and breath taking thrill ride!”

Brett Schenker at Graphic Policy gives us an 8.1/10 [LINK], saying “The first issue is a must get for noir/crime comic fans.”

And Brett made us a Pick of the Week [LINK]

LJ Phillips at Black Ship Books heaps a whole mess of praise on us in a review that’s so incredibly spot on that you’d think he had been reading my scripts and notes [LINK], with one top line being, “A primal, animalistic drive for bloodshed permeates the entire comic.”

Stephen Leitman over at Reading with a Flight Ring drops some lovely noise on us [LINK], calling it “the perfect storm for a story.”

Omnicomic had lovely things to say [LINK], “Each character is illustrated with a sense of purpose to their actions that force the reader to pay attention as the[y] thumb through the pages.”

Isaac Quattlebaum at Comic Bastards gave us a 4/5 [LINK], saying “You know you’ve got an interesting book on your hands when hours after you’ve put it down you’re still thinking about. Chum is one of those books.”

Johnny Hughes at Comic Crusaders gives us a spectacular 5/5 [LINK], saying “What Lindsay does excel at is writing the human condition.”

Nikki Sherman at Comicosity gave us a glowing 9/10 [LINK], saying “What [Sami] absolutely kills on this book is complementing the shiny exterior of the vacation locale with an overwhelming sense of dread.”

Alice W. Castle at Multiversity Comics gave us 7.9/10 [LINK], saying “Ryan K. Lindsay is channelling his best Raymond Chandler with writing that is pulpy and atmospheric.”

James Ferguson at HorrorTalk gave us 5/5 [LINK], saying “Chum presents you with intriguing characters, an interesting setting, and a riveting plot.”

Jonathan Winchester at Bag & Bored drops some kind words on us [LINK], saying “one of the best comics I have read in 2016.”

Matthew Box at Broken Frontier made us a Pick of the Week [LINK], calling it “an original, genre-blending story.”

Anthony at Comics Heating Up also made us a Pick of the Week [LINK], saying “this beach crime book looks excellent.”

I also had a chat with Alex Thomas over at Pipedream Comics and we spoke about the surf noir sound in detail [LINK]

And Wade from Mint Condish dropped a lovely vid into YouTube singing our praises [LINK].

And every word/pixel given to us and our little book is hugely appreciated.

NEGATIVE SPACE #3 Reviews

negative space 3NEGATIVE SPACE #3 landed on Jan 27. The penultimate issue in our mini at Dark Horse from Owen Gieni, Ryan Ferrier, Daniel Chabon, and myself, we were super proud of this issue and so elated that the press/reviews were just as glowing.

If you haven’t got a copy yet be sure to ask your LCS, or hit us up on ComiXology [LINK]

Jack Johnston at We The Nerdy gave us a stellar 10/10 [LINK], saying “Negative Space issue three barrels out of the gate and with a dense atmosphere and memorable characterisation, immediately proves to me that Negative Space will be my top series of 2016 as it was 2015.

Ian Dawe at Sequart gave a glowing review [LINK], saying “Besides everything else, Negative Space is its own form of therapy. And one heck of an entertaining read.

Andrew McGlinn at Big Comic Page gave us a 4.5/5 [LINK] saying, “Negative Space is probably one of the most emotive comics I have ever read.

Ed Garrett at TMStash gave us 9/10 [LINK], saying “NEGATIVE SPACE is beautifully strange and wonderful, with excellent artwork by Owen Gieni.

Chris Beveridge at The Fandom Post gave us an A- [LINK], saying “I find myself just wanting to pore over [Owen Gieni’s] artwork across far larger forms to really soak up the details and colors.

Benjamin Bailey put us on the Pull List over on the Nerdist site [LINK], saying “Bizarre, monstrous, and oddly heartfelt, Negative Space just might be the sleeper hit of the year.

Autin Lanari at Comic Bastards gives us a full 5/5 [LINK], saying “The fact that what will probably amount to the MAJOR plot point of this entire story revolves around a goddamn bottle opener is excellent.

Dan Seitz at Uproxx listed us at #3 of the Top 20 comics for the week [LINK], saying “Never has a story with the moral “think positive” been so outright disturbing.

Gregory Paul Silber at AIPT! gave us 9.5/10 [LINK], saying “I never would have suspected that a comic that takes depression so seriously would make me this happy.

Johnny Hughes at Comic Crusaders gave us a 4.5/5 [LINK], saying “Ryan K. Lindsay continues to excel in this character driven type of story.”

Bhavna Bakshi at Comic Wow! gave us 10/10 [LINK], saying “This is a damn good issue that adds to an already amazing series. Trust me, you’ll love it.

As always, thank you for digging the book, for tweeting about it, for waiting for it. It means the world to us, and also:

If you are suffering from depression, please hit THIS LINK to see the access you have to support. No one has to suffer alone. We are here to help you.

NEGATIVE SPACE #2 Review Round Up

negspace2coverNEGATIVE SPACE #2 is on the streets and some people seem to be digging it. here are some reviews of the issue, and I want to thank everyone for taking the time to even side-eye this book. Thank you.

Greg Silber at Adventures in Poor Taste gave us 9.5 outta 10 [LINK] saying “This is one of the most thematically rich pieces of sci-fi that you could hope to read.”

Polo Lonergan at Nerd Undergound gave us a perfect score of 10/10 [LINK] saying “Negative Space #2 is all the more exciting for the blend of eerie artwork and bizarre story and these two creators have found a wonderful balance.”

Wicked Horror gives us 8/10 [LINK] saying “When all is said and done, this is going to be a special comic, I think. One that horror and sci-fi fans shouldn’t pass up.”

We the Nerdy give us 8.5/10 [LINK] saying “I will continue to laud it as one of the most interesting comics out right now”

Amy Brander over at The Frog Queen enjoyed the issue [LINK] saying “The inner monologue of our stories unlikely hero gives this story a more personal quality than most science fiction stories are afforded. ”

Ian Dawe at Sequart stepped in with some love [LINK] saying “I’ve rarely seen a braver book about depression.”

Ed Garrett at TMSmash gave us 8/10 [LINK] saying “NEGATIVE SPACE is one of those rare things in comics – a truly unique premise, one that is highly entertaining.”

Austin Lanari at Comic Bastards gave us a mighty 5/5 [LINK] saying “I can’t think of another book where the art is this unique and aesthetically pleasing.”

Dan Seitz at Uproxx proclaims us the #1 comic of the week [LINK] saying “There’s nothing quite like this on the stands right now, and that makes it a must-buy.”

The Rorschach Rant gives us 8/10 [LINK] saying “that combination of misery and comedy produces an excellent black comedy with depth and emotional resonance”

Chris beveridge at The Fandom Post gives us an A- [LINK] saying “this issue pays off in spades and ups the ante in a great way.”

Karcossa at Graphic Policy gave us 9/10 [LINK] saying “This is a comic where the sum of its parts have created something that is a much greater whole.”

Emma Houxbois at The Rainbow Hub gave us 9/10 [LINK] saying” What they seem to understand better than most is that truly effective horror storytelling isn’t about succumbing to nihilistic impulses, it’s about how harrowing it can be to resist them.” – which is about the highest and most shrewd compliment I can think of.

Gregory L. Reece at Pop Matters gives us 9/10 [LINK] saying “In the midst of all that sadness, however, I find myself laughing through the tears.”

James Ferguson at Horror Talk gave us a perfect 5/5 for all aspects [LINK] saying “Negative Space can scare you and then make you want to go out and hug someone.  It’s a weird feeling at first, but you just kind of go with it.”

And The Read Pile over on YouTube made us Rick’s Pick of the Week – yay [LINK] – slide on in 16 minutes, or just watch the whole thing because it’s ace.

We also scored an ace interview with James Leask over at Comics Alliance where I got asked some very on point questions, enjoy [LINK]

And remember:If you are suffering from depression, please hit THIS LINK to see the access you have to support. No one has to suffer alone. We are here to help you.

HEADSPACE #8 Review Round Up

HEADSPACE is all over, and sticking the landing is something so important, and notoriously difficult to do, so imagine my delight to see a few reviews, and all of them yielding perfect scores. I guess maybe the mad scientists at Headspace HQ did it.

James Ferguson at Horror Talk gave us 5/5 saying:

Headspace has one of the most satisfying endings I’ve seen in years.  Lindsay crafted an emotionally draining adventure through the mind of a killer that’s unlike anything you’ll see on the stands today.  It’s huge in scope and earnest as all Hell.”

Samantha Roehrig at Comic Bastards gave us 10/10 saying:

This is one of those comics you just want to read over and over again. The story is so complex but the goal is simple.”

Ed Garrett at TM Stash gave us 10/10 saying:

The whole HEADSPACE team deserves some accolades here for one of the best indie series we’ve seen in some time.

If you picked the book up, thank you so much. You are a deadset legend.

HEADSPACE #6 Review, and friends

HEADSPACE #6 came out last week. I was happy with it 😀

Thankfully, so was James Ferguson at horrortalk.com who gave it 5 stars and said:

“It’s hard to believe that this comic is only $0.99 with the sheer amount of content included. This is the kind of comic that makes you feel smarter after reading it.”

I love it when someone really gets what we are doing. So exciting to connect that way.

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We also got a 4 star review at Comic Bastards from Samantha Roehrig [who has perennially loved the series] and she says:

“Headspace is a very unique read that Lindsay brings all together with the clever writing style.”

Ah, nice words. I am a sucker for thee.

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PLUS, I found this discussion of issues #1-5 on Destroy the Cyborg from Zander Riggs who has plenty of nice things to say. One snippet of which was:

“If you’re looking for an emotional story set in the veritable playground of the subconscious, Headspace is the comic for you.”

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I also hope you dug #6 because #7 will be up for preorder very very soon. Stay tuned.

Headspace #2 Review Round Up

Headspace #2 came out Wednesday April 9 and some really nice and sharp things were written about it. Here’s a round up of the links for your perusal.

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“Then suddenly half way through the book it takes a left turn. You can hear the tyres squeal yet you are still gripping on for fear of falling out. We get an explanation (of sorts). But in a book that deals so magnificently with deception and unreality you can’t be sure that this is in fact the truth. I won’t spoil this but it’s done deftly and with an almost fairy tale styling (looking behind the curtain at Oz the Great perhaps?)”

–Tony Ezmond has some lovely things to say over at his site Never Iron Anything

““Headspace” #2 is a briskly paced chapter that builds upon the strong foundation laid out by the debut. We now have a strong and determined protagonist with a clear goal; the only thing standing between him and redemption is his own physical intangibility and the demons of his past…. Should be a walk in the park.”

–Zac Thompson gives us 4/5 skulls at Bloody Disgusting

I can’t remember when was the last time I read and looked at something equally weird and subconsciously disturbing.”

–Senor Editor has nothing but nice things to say over at Trash Mutant

I really think thatHeadspace allowed for all of those allegories to intertwine with this scene.”

–Samantha Roehrig at Comic Bastards continues to love what we are doing with a 4/5 score

Lindsay maintains the somewhat frenetic and erratic tone of the first issue in a positive way.”

–Jonathan Pilley gives our issue a great talk up over at Omnicomic

“While living puppets are definitely not your usual method of delivering exposition, this is probably the most successful scene in the issue. Eric Zawadzki’s work is impressive here, implying a puppet-like looseness to Max’s movements while putting forth a disturbing character. And Lindsay makes a perfect choice as to the marionette’s first line of dialogue, unsettling us right off the bat and giving us a clue as to one of Shane’s later revelations.”

–Michelle White gives us 8.0 over at Multiversity Comics

 “It is a weird sort of sci-fi psycho-drama that will leave readers wondering, “What happens next?!””

–Forrest Helvie drops an 8 out of 10 on us over at Newsarama in the Best Shots

I have to thank everyone who dropped a review, or talked us up online, or had a serious sit down chat with friends, or emailed me about this issue. Hearing people say they liked it better than #1, or that this is where things really ramped up, made me proud. You put these things into the world, you’d hate to think you are quacking into the abyss and left waiting for an echo until the end of time and you turn to dust and blow away on the winds of the forgotten.

In short, you all rock hard, I am humbled, and #3 is right around the corner, and things only get better yet. I promise. Nay, I guarantee.

OH, and thanks to those who are rating the issue on ComiXology. That always makes me happy, too, because I am needy that way. So needy.

HEADSPACE #1 Review Round Up

HEADSPACE #1 landed on ComiXology and the support and reviews have set my week aflame. It’s been nice to see people really getting and digging what we are doing. Now that I know they’re in on the gronud floor I feel good they’ll love where we take the story.

I wanted to shine some love on the reviews because they took the time on us, it’s the least I could do. If you’re a review reader, enjoy, and if you are still on the fence for the book, let these fine literati peeps bring you into the fold.

“Headspace is one of those mind fuck comics. But believe me it is a damn good fuck. One you will have to call up every Wednesday in order to get your fixed. As first issues go, sometimes you just have to hit and quit, but I thinkHeadspace will be a definite relationship series.”

Samantha Roehrig at Comics Bastards gives us 5/5

“While popping back and forth between the two settings, we find Carpenter Cove to be a fantastical place ably illustrated by Zawadzki’s fine lines while Max is inhabiting a far grittier world well suited to Peterson’s heavier blacks.”

Bob Bretall at Comic Spectrum gives us 4/5

“A science fiction infused comic version of an unwritten, undreamt Rogers Waters concept album fueled by insomnia and Red Bull about a shred of “The Truman Show” that’s been soaking in a tepid Twilight Zone bath, this story truly is wide open.”

Doug Zawazsa at CBR gives 3.5 stars

“This art team’s collaborative efforts alone are more than worth the nominal 99¢ cover price, but when combined with Lindsay’s carefully trimmed script, the complete package is a deal that’s too good to resist.”

Doc Brown at Geeks of Doom gives us some very nice words

“The final panel plays the Abrams-Lindelof game of teasing us with a new mystery having just solved an older one. It’s a pretty good twist, too, one which has me interested in what happens next.”

Ed Saul gives his thoughts over at Bleeding Cool

“In that way, Headspace is a challenging book. Readers will need to give this world room to breathe and reveal itself on its terms in order to really appreciate what Lindsay is doing. However, those willing to take the challenge will be rewarded. Upon further examination of the pieces at work here, Headspace #1 is magnificent.”

Dan Pennacchia at All Comic gives us a 4/5 score

“Throughout it all, [Ryan K Lindsay’s] passion for the story is clear, and it’s quite infectious.”

John Lees lays down some nice thoughts for us over at his site

“The two unique worlds represented in Headspace #1 are handled by two different artists entirely (Christopher Peterson and Eric Zawadzki), in a brilliant move.”

Ashley Victoria Robinson at Major Spoilers gives us a 4/5 score

“The concept is brilliant and executed with such skill that’ll you’ll barely find time to take a breath. The pacing is perfect and the world building is insane. It’s as good as first issues get, and it sows the seeds of an infinitely more interesting world to come. I can’t wait to see issue 2.”

Zac Thompson at Bloody Disgusting gives us a 5/5 score

“In case you can’t tell, Headspace is more than a little trippy. A psychedelic and cerebral tale in the vein of Dark City or the more out-there episodes of The Twilight Zone, it does as good a job as those stories at laying the foundations of an interesting story with an engaging, high-concept premise.”

Evan Henry gives us many kind words over at Broken Frontier

“Yes there is still intrigue by the shed load but Headspace balances it against the narrative rather than being led by it.”

–Jon MOMB gives his thoughts over at MOMBcomics

You can also scope all the Advance Reviews at this round up.

If you still want to review the comic, just hit me up. If you still want to read it: HEADSPACE on ComiXology NOW!

Thank you all for getting it, digging it, and caring at all. Every review helps a small book like ours immensely.

#headspacecomic

HEADSPACE #1 Advance Reviews Round Up

HEADSPACE #1 launches on ComiXology in a few hours so if you are on the fence here are some advance reviews, that are non-spoilery, that should help push the tide up into your click-and-buy peninsula. You can go to ComiXology and preorder/subscribe the book now.

“Sitting somewhere between The Truman Show and Twin Peaks, Headspaceinstantly distinguishes itself by setting up how broad the titular headspace will be.  After an intriguing opening about a woman being ‘exiled’ for murder, our de facto Shane is introduced in a sequence that involves a hover bike, a dragon and a patrolling ogre in the distance.”

Richard Gray at Behind The Panels gives us a 9/10 score

“We are inside the mind of a killer, a man who has no qualms about killing the constructs in his head, and Shane is an inhabitant of that head, though not an original thought. Lindsay has created a world where anything can happen. He has asked and answered that age-old philosophical question, “what if God is crazy?””

Brad Gischia at Bag&Bored gives a really thought provoking and well written review for us

“Tomorrow, MonkeyBrain Comics launches Headspace, a sci-fi/thriller that does the fandango inside your skull…Headspace is the spray paint that’ll graffiti the names of Lindsay, Zawadzki and Peterson to the walls of your mind.”

Chip Reece at Stash My Comics gives us a 9/10 score

“We are only scratching the surfiace of a very twisted mystery as we go through issue 1 of a series that should be a very wild ride indeed!”

Ed Garrett at TMStash gives us an 8.0 score

“Headspace #1 is a good one to take a look at if you like books that are a little off-kilter and challenge your imagination.”

Jonathan Pilley at Omnicomic drops kind words on us

“I actually look forward to reading more so I can solve the mystery.”

Ani Gonzalez at Word of the Nerd gives us a 7/10 score

Preorder, or just buy, then tell your friends, talk openly about it online. Indie books survive and thrive through word of mouth so thanks for whatever you can manage for us. It is all appreciated.

#headspacecomic

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