Welcome back to the Web Comic Spotlight where we take a look at a piece of the comic book world that keeps us entertained on a daily basis. Last week, we featured the adorbale greatness that is Little League. This week, we take a look at a web comic that pokes fun at the comic book industry, Gutters.
If there's one thing about comic book fans that everyone knows about, it's that they have big voices and strong opinions about the industry they know and love. Gutters is exactly that: a hilarious criticism of everything comic book from some die hard fans and some great artists.
Gutters takes the complaints every comic book fan has from time-to-time, puts into a one page comic, and most of the time, it's downright hilarious. It's one-page stories fans can relate with, since most of the topics covered in Gutters deal with very topical subjects that most of the internet is already complaining about.
Gutters releases a new page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The comic started back in June of 2010, and since then, there are over 200 pages of this comic.
All the comics are written by Ryan Sohmer, Ed Ryzowski as colorist, and Lar deSouza as art director. The really cool thing about Gutters is that it has a rotating list of artists that pop on to do the pages, so if you don't like one of the artists one week, it won't be a turn-off to you because a new artist is right around the corner. You may recognize Lar deSouza from the web comics Least I Could Do and Looking for Group.
Take one of the more recent Gutters comics (to the right) featuring the new Marcus Johnson AKA Nick Fury Jr from Battle Scars, which finished it's run right before the Avengers hit the theaters! This little story line kind of slipped under a lot of people's rader, and this comic really sums up the storyline well: Nick Fury has a son who looks a lot like the movie version of Nick Fury, son of Nick Fury loses an eye, son of Nick Fury brings his friend Agent Colston with him, and son of Nick Fury wears Steve Roger's old outfit. While many people may have like the actual comic, the Gutters sums this up pretty well: movie tie-in stupidity.
Nothing is safe, not even some of your favorite books, story lines, or creators, if Gutters spots ridiculousness, they will make fun of it, which I love. It's nice to see someone take a humorous look at an industry that many fans complain about, yet find infallible.
In the archive section, you can check out all of the 290 current Gutters pages. For aspiring artists, there's a submissions page as well to get your portfolio rated by the Gutters team and maybe become a part of the web comic. You can also purchase two volume of Gutters, each featuring 64 gutters pages on the shopping page.
Make sure to check this site out, if you have a love/hate relationship the comic book industry. It is worth your time, but I must warn you. Once you start reading, you won't stop. All images come from the Gutters website.
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