The recent Conan movie might not have been the success that the Schwarzenegger films were but it's still viewed as a pretty valuable property. Last week, it was determined by a judge that Stan Lee Media Inc. (SMLI) did not lose the rights to Conan fraudulently as part of SMLI's declaration of bankruptcy in the nineties. The lawsuit to regain the rights to characters like Spiderman, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk is ongoing.
In case we haven't met - hi! First time, long time! Thought I would take a moment of your valuable time to wax poetic on independent comic books. I probably got my first one in the early eighties and it was love at first read. Cheap paper, hand-stapled spine and black and white art. I know it doesn't sound too dynamic but this was someone's art that they had created on their own time. Comic books meant enough to someone else that they had taken on the herculean task to create their own and pass it on to me. I'm sure the individual made nothing on the deal but his pride was evident. Inside there were none of the capes and tights that my other comics had. It was just a story about regular people but I was hooked. Don't misunderstand - you'll get my Flash, Legion of Superheroes and Spiderman comics when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers but self-published comics gave us Dave Sim, Jeff Smith and the great R. Crumb. Unfortunately, these guys are the exception. Most indie comics can't get a wide audience so I thought we could talk about our favorite small books and their creators here. My idea, I'll start. Slam-A-Rama was created by Dave Howlett (full disclosure : Dave is an old friend of mine) and takes place in one night at Slam-A-Rama III, a Wrestlemania - type event and has a pretty broad cast of characters. Dave's art focuses on his characters. He deftly illustrates his characters so they are instantly recognizable with differentiated body types and a great color pallet. The characters are well written and believable, especially in light of the almost monthly news stories of the latest casualties of the wrestling industry. I don't want to give away too much but if you're in the mood for something a little different, this book is well worth the read. I've bent your ears long enough - what are your favorite indie books or creators?
Hi, I'm new. I've lurked here for quite awhile now and been lured out by The Big Live Live Show Live among other things. Long time comic reader who has NEVER posted on an internet forum before this week (Hi GiantBomb!) so I appreciate your patience with the newb. Looking forward to meeting all of you!