Archive for July, 2013

Punk ‘n Hood #3

‘The Great Outdoors’

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Hope you guys have been digging Punk ‘n Hood so far! Really, what’s not to like? A constant dose of violence for violence’s sake. Consider it therapy.

A couple special things happened for this installment. First, I’m proud to announce that my son, 10 year old David Jr. came up with the idea for this comic. He’s an aspiring comic writer artist so it’s very monumental for him to have ‘published work’. Way to go, bud!

Secondly, the mighty Sean Fagan (@potatowast3) took over lettering duties this week and absolutely killed it (the good kind of ‘killed it’)! I can’t thank Sean enough for stepping up and turning out such quality work.

To see more of Sean’s work, head over to http://www.redbubble.com/people/potatowast3/portfolio

To hear his amazing making comics podcast, ‘The Way of the Comic Book Ronin’ and to check out the comic he works on, ‘Monkey Squad One’, head over to http://thewayofthecomicbookronins.bandcamp.com/merch

 

Thanks again for reading!

A spoiler free review!

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Being an indie comic creator myself, I know first hand that there is still a stigma out there that will have you believe that independent books just aren’t very good. While that is certainly sometimes the case, the same can be said for many ‘professional’ books as well. After asking around a bit, I found that a lot of the people I grilled about the subject simply thought that if indie creators were good enough, they’d already be working ‘professionally’.

Well I’ve got news for you mainstream or nothin’ readers out there. We are all amateur…some of us are just more professional about it.

That brings me to:

‘The Mighty Titan #1’

Written and Created by Joe Martino

Penciled by Luca Cicchitti

Inks by Jeff Austin

Colors by Keith Betancourt

I didn’t know what to expect going into ‘The Mighty Titan’ but I had heard plenty about Joe and his gang on Twitter and as a fan of Kickstarter comic projects.  So, what were my first impressions you ask? Two words: Jerry Ordway! That’s right, comic veteran Jerry Ordway provided a beautiful cover for the book.  Jerry brought his A-game and certainly did not disappoint. His pencils have that ‘classic’ feel that I always seem to gravitate towards. But hey…you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, right?

I tore into this book with a mad fervor hoping it’s insides could live up to it’s glorious outsides. Good news, it did! What I found inside was a story and art that again brought the word ‘classic’ to mind. Don’t get me wrong, by ‘classic’, I don’t mean ‘dated’. This is storytelling like I remember from my childhood. Reading through ‘The Mighty Titan’ brought back a lot of nostalgia for me. Little touches like using caption boxes to set the scene or to mark the passing of time really made for a throwback sort of feel. Something I appreciated!  The book has got everything I love in a superhero comic, heroic bad-ass, vile villain and a sense of a larger world. These qualities shone through each page like sunshine through a rain cloud.

The writing was as engaging as the pencils! The creators really seemed to gel like a well-oiled machine which is odd given that this is issue #1. The colors are vibrant and the well defined inks never overstepped their bounds. Basically, the book came together like a dream and read extremely well. Being that this is only issue #1 of a series, I expected the cliffhanger and thankfully found it intriguing. Nothing worse than a book one that doesn’t leave you wanting more. This is certainly a series not to be missed. If the team can keep churning out quality work like this, the rest of us are in for a mighty treat!

5d Score: 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 stars.

Check out more from Joe and the gang over at http://www.jgmcomics.com/

Punk ‘n Hood #2

‘Life’s a Ball’

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PUNK ‘N HOOD #2

Creator and artist D.N.S. written by David M. Brown lettered by Philip Nolte

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We’ve been busy here at 5d comics. Really busy. But we decided you, our faithful reader, are worth the effort. So we’d like to offer up another ongoing web comic…introducing:

PUNK ‘N HOOD

Creator and artist D.N.S, written by David M. Brown lettered by Philip Nolte

 

Consider this our homage to the over the top violence we loved as kids. A meditation on Itchy and Scratchy if you will. Regardless of where it came from, it’s going to be a fun read. We are hoping we can churn a Punk ‘n Hood out weekly but no promises as we are busy putting a book together as well (haven’t you heard, ‘The Wisdom of Fools’ is coming!). So anyway, enjoy Punk ‘n Hood for what it is…madness!

It’s been a while since we announced that we are putting a book together but we had to be a little vague with the details. We are proud to be able to finally announce all the awesomeness we have cooking! First up, here is a sneak peak at one of our covers for the book! The mighty D.N.S. crafted this beautiful cover and we couldn’t be more happy with it! Remember, there may be additional limited edition variant covers if you’re good.
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Next up, I’d like to let you know who is working to make ‘The Wisdom of Fools’ the best indie book you’ve ever seen.

D.N.S. @portless http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyDNS – D.N.S. will be putting in quite a bit of work on the book turning in art for three comics, various art for the prose pieces, pinups and cover art. He is co-founder of 5d Comics and none of this would be possible without him!

Philip Andrew Nolte @PANolte http://inkspotcomics.blogspot.com/ – Philip of inkspot comics has a heavy workload as well. He’ll be writing, lettering, editing and co-designing the book.

Dennis Coyle lll @BrainDivide http://society6.com/BrainDivide – Dennis is doing amazing work on a story, pinup and art for a prose piece. His detailed style is the definition of eye candy.

Daniel Horowitz @HorowitzCentral http://horowitzcentral.tumblr.com/ – Daniel is an accomplished writer who is contributing a story or two. His scripts are so well written that they could be enjoyed as stand alone prose pieces. We are honored and privileged to have him on board!

Ally Miller @MrAllyMillar – Ally is a prose writer from London. He penned two short stories for us that blew me away! He is one of those rare writers who seems to have an endless supply of creativity that makes me jealous as a fellow writer.

Priesty @alien18jp – Priesty is an artist who also comes to us from across the pond. I discovered his work via Twitter and was impressed with his art style. I knew I needed to get him to contribute to the book. I asked for something scary and holy shit did he deliver! Just wait until you see what he’s got in store for you. Nightmares will ensue.

Shawn Langley @Shawn_Langley http://www.etsy.com/shop/LangleysAffects – Shawn is an artist who I’ve admired ever since I discovered his comic,’Earthruler’. I was lucky enough to get him to do a pinup for the project (which can be seen in his etsy store). Shawn turned in an incredible version of ‘The Magician’ which is a tale from the book. It is truly an awesome piece! We will offer prints of it via Kickstarter when the campaign launches.

Erica Crockett @EricaCrockett – http://www.ericacrockett.com/ – Erica is a prolific writer who is going to be writing a prose piece for the project. The accompanying art will be done by Dennis. She is guaranteed to deliver some darkness that will keep you up at night!

That is the confirmed lineup as of today! There are a few more additions to be announced soon as well. Please check out all these artists and writers, give them some love and keep your eyes open for info on how you can secure a copy of ‘The Wisdom of Fools’ for yourself via Kickstarter!

Also, if you are a sequential artist who would like to possibly join the team, drop me an email at spiralizer1@hotmail.com and provide examples of your work. We are looking to put on one more team member.

Thanks for reading!

-5d-

Slow Poke.

Posted: July 11, 2013 in Blog
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