Happy New Year everybody, and I hope there are not too many aching heads today. Like Her Royal Majesty the Queen said, some years are well remembered, others are best forgotten, and 2009 wasn’t that great.
Except in the world of comics of course. Else why else would we keep buying them?
The Big Two (Four?) have taken this week to be a holiday, so I thought I would turn my attention to one of the web comics I have been following for a few months.
Strange City Heroes, A Web Comic by Kevin P. Johnson is a tongue in cheek strip that I was introduced to by a friend and the wonders of Facebook. Being the completist that I am, I went back to the very beginning and read what has now become a staple part of my weekly reading.
To quote Kevin’s’ bio:
Kevin P. Johnson is an independent webcomic creator, writer and artist born (November 24, 1971) and raised in New Orleans and the surrounding parts of southern Louisiana where he has lived his entire life. Kevin has a BA degree in visual arts from South-eastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana and has worked in the graphic design field since 1997.
Comic books have been a major part of Kevin’s life since age 13. After many failed attempts at starting a comic book Kevin started the Strange City Heroes webcomic and originally published every Monday – Friday since August 13, 2008 (with exception for the week of hurricane Gustov). Currently publishing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a full-page format. Strange City Heroes is also being made available in print form from IndyPlanet. Kevin uses a simple yet unique style mixed with influences from the Golden Age to the Modern Age combined with bold colours and humour to make his comics fun for all ages.
I couldn’t have put it better myself. There are wonderful moments of either comedy or satire, and a few times after reading, I had found myself chuckling. I wouldn’t recommend the strip for its art, but that is only in the same manner that I would not recommend any of the Simpsons titles from Bongo, that is not why we read them. It took a while for the characters to grow on me, and don’t expect The Dark Knight Returns, but I look forward to the day that there is enough material to fill an afternoons reading. And with a new panel or three released three times a week, that is not so very far away.
The third issue has now come out in print, released by IndyPlanet, but the best thing about the strip is its regularity, and it’s free! I can imagine in fifty years time that these characters may well have stood the test of time and blossomed into a status equal to that of Oor Wullie, or even Bart himself.
It’s up to us to make it into that cool thing. Demand merchandise, cups, surfboards, blow-up dolls, and place the Golden Cape firmly into the public psyche.
You can follow Kevin and the Strange City Heroes via the blog with the link above, or via his Facebook group here.
Happy New Year.