Creators, Thanks For Stopping By!
It sure seems like things have been heating up around here lately with the professional talent that's snuck in the door! Some were rootin' tootin' up-and-comers like Oakland, California's Grant Lee, who is self-publishing his book online. He's the Writer/Artist of Li Jun: Martial Arts Epic, a fun manga infused adventure series that Grant's been plugging away at: http://www.angiecha.com/lijun/lijun.html One of these days, I'll convince Grant to start penciling one of my scripts and you'll see us with a table at the next Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco.
Some were making their Image Comics debut, like Artist Jamie McKelvie, with his book Phonogram, that literally blends the power of music right into the hands of the characters. It's one of the most original and promising surprises to debut in quite some time!
And some were industry vets like Kabuki Writer/Artist David Mack, who was graciously turned on to 13 Minutes by David Thornton over at http://www.davidmackguide.com/, which chronicles the exploits of the entire Kabuki run and all of the many goings on in the David Mack world.
All in all, I think it's a real positive comment on both the diversity in the industry right now, as well as the feeling of solidarity. At the best of times, it seems like we're all in this together, making it an industry capable of more breadth with a wider sphere of influence. Additionally, I think we're highlighting the "viral" nature of the medium. It's one of the comic book's best inherent qualities. It likes to grow, and spread, and silently infect all aspects of culture, reaching a new audience and fueling inspiration, the creative fuel for new creators.