Archive for April, 2014

After it’s extended hiatus, Punk ‘n Hood have returned! If you’re wondering if they’ve stopped being total dicks to each other…well, read on, friends…

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Art by: D.N.S.  (@portless)

Lettered by: P.A. Nolte  (@PANolte)

Written by: David M. Brown  (@5dComics, @spiralizer)

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Kali is one of the newest and one of the coolest looking new webcomics we have coming out here at 5D. With a  page once a month, this awesome story is gonna unfold throughout the year, and based on what creator Erica Crockett told me in a recent interview, it looks like we’re gonna be on one hell of a ride!

(Interview by Ari Carr)

 

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AC: Tell me about Kali. What sort of story can the readers expect from you?

 

EC: Kali is one of my older graphic story ideas.  It’s several years in the making, having had setbacks and bumps along the way to seeing it made.  I would say that Kali is very typical of my sort of storytelling.  It deals with violence, issues surrounding babies and children, sexuality, and it’s heavily influenced by spirituality and cultural norms outside of the Western worldview.  Readers can expect a lot of blood and a lot of twists in the plot.

 

AC: You have one hell of an opening gambit with Kali! Will it always be so action packed and mysterious?

 

EC: I like my beginnings to really strike the reader.  The preteen narrator that we know only as Kali needs to share some of her world to lay the foundations for the rest of her tale.  As the pages get inked, more plot will unfold.  But action-packed mystery will certainly be a major factor in the series.

 

AC: What influenced you to write Kali?

 

EC: Kali came about when I was looking into travel to India.  I was also enamored with mandalas.  Couple all that with an interest in gangs of children and it sort of fell into place.  I liked the idea of the youngest members of society having the most power and what that would do to a community of desperate people.

 

AC: How does it differ from your other work?

 

EC: The narration of Kali is more delicate than a lot of my other pieces.  Part of that is due to the voice I hear from the second youngest, our narrator.  She wields a sickle, takes the heads of babies, but at her core, she’s more than a brute strong-arm of her boss.  I’ve also never written from the perspective of someone as young as Kali.  However, with the world she lives in, that innocence of youth is long gone.

 

AC: What sets Kali aside from other webcomics?

 

EC: I think the primary difference that readers will see as the comic progresses is the sheer depth to the story.  I’m not saying this to come off as snotty or more literary than other creators of webcomics, but when I began Kali I planned layers deep.  This story involves Hindu mythology, struggles with puberty, use of mandalas as sigils, infanticide.  And these are just some of the tropes showing up in the comic.  This is no weekly laugh strip.

 

AC: How does Kali fit in at Fifth Dimension?

 

EC: David Brown and all the other great talents involved at Fifth Dimension always have me impressed with their professionalism and their consistent, quality work.  I’m happy to have Kali join ranks with all the goodies already in play on the site.

 

AC: What has your experience of creating Kali been like?

 

EC:  It’s been rough getting Kali off the ground.  I had some rocky starts and stops with other artists but I’m happy with the work of [artist] Jason Themm and [letterer] P.A. Nolte.  I couldn’t bring these homicidal street kids to life without those guys.  It’s been nothing but a pleasure since we started this venture earlier this year.

 

AC: Why did you decide on a monthly release for Kali? I know I’ll be waiting with baited breath!

 

-EC: Part of the reasoning behind a monthly release is due to limitations on Jason’s time he can throw at the story.  This is fine by me.  I juggle writing other comic scripts, short stories and novel rough drafts myself.  A weekly release would be lovely, but the monthly roll-out lets us release pages of consistent quality and let the interest in Kali build into a roiling boil!

 

AC: Do you have any plans for a physical copy?

 

EC: I’d love to see Kali in physical form.  If all goes well and we get good feedback from readers, there is always the possibility of collecting arcs into anthologies.  If I had it my way, Kali would be several anthologies long.  But I’m only one part of the puzzle.  Hopefully there will be hard copies of Kali on many bookshelves sometime in the not-so-distant future.

 

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers for us readers? What can readers expect from Kali?

 

EC: Ah, what can you expect from Kali?  Well, lots of people die.  The end.  No, really, as the story unfolds you will get more of Kali’s past, see The Youngest in action, and learn what Kali is willing to do for her boss and what pushes her over the edge.  All of this will be set against a background of a seething populace anxious for a new social order.  And there will be a VERY awkward one-sided preteen romance. You’ve all been warned.

 

Thanks for checking out another 5d creator interview! I’d like to personally thank Ari Carr for all her hard work and dedication.

If you want to dive into the world of ‘Kali’, you don’t have to go far because you’re already on it’s home site…here is a link anyway: https://fifthdimensioncomics.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/kali-the-start-of-something-beautiful/

As always, please check out our creators other work and give them your support. Indie only survives if fans of the work are into it!

Twitters:

Erica Crockett – https://twitter.com/EricaCrockett

Jason Themm – https://twitter.com/jthemm

P.A. Nolte – https://twitter.com/PANolte

Ari Carr – https://twitter.com/Ariellalphabet

5d Comics – https://twitter.com/5dComics

Our resident journalist, Ari Carr recently got a chance to sit down and have a chat with Fifth Dimension Comics co-founder D.N.S.  Read on!

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Artist extraordinaire, full-time weirdo and all round great guy DNS is one of the core members here at Fifth Dimensions, and without him, we’d be lost. I wouldn’t have my Beasts of Baxley webcomic. There wouldn’t be the awesome art we have on The Magician. Things would generally be less awesome without his twisted insight. I recently interviewed DNS on art, comics, and what makes him tick…

AC: Tell me about your projects with Fifth Dimension.

DNS: The projects… Well so far, most of what I’ve done with 5D went into the Wisdom of Fools book, but other than that, me and David (Brown) plan on following up The Magician so I’m looking forward to getting into that later this year. As for other projects, I’m pretty easy going so if something comes and I think I can do it without fucking it up then I’ll do it and drag my hairy knuckles around the page for a while and try and make sense of it.

AC: What do you enjoy working on?

DNS: I enjoy most of what we have done so far, but some stuff more than others, but that’s natural. I get a kick out of doing Punk N Hood though. It’s so random, it just makes me smile while doing it.

AC: Tell me about the art book you plan on releasing. What’s the inspiration behind it?

DNS: Ahh, okay, the art book! Well, what to tell really… I’d like to say it has some sort of agenda or secret plans inside to give you a better life, but truth be told it’s fairly random things that strike me as fun at the time. In an average day, I maybe draw and finish around six pics so this book is the place to put them for better or for worse.

AC: Do you plan on using Kickstarter or a crowd-funding process to get it made?

DNS: I’m not sure if the book will be in print or download as yet, but I would love to see it go into print. It just depends on how many people wanna see my random scribbles without saying something like “shit man, was this drawn by a kid, or a chimp with better than average motor skills?!”

AC: What sort of art do you like creating the most?

DNS: I pretty much like doing any art I really don’t have a preference at all. If I’m into the subject and I can get my around it or feel I can do something with it, then I go for it. I think most of what I do should have the disclaimer warning ‘results may vary’ haha.

AC: Is there any work you’ve done with Fifth Dimension that you’re especially proud of?

DNS: I’m proud of everything that I have done at 5D since me and David met and had a little dream and thought it could happen and everything rolled from there! So yeah, I’m proud of it all and everything everyone has done for it.

AC: What’s your favourite title you like making art for?

DNS: Favourite title… I’d say The Magician mainly because between us we kinda know where he is going and what he’s about. Plus, I get a kick out of drawing him! It’s cool and he came pretty easily.

AC: Is it difficult to create artwork for the variety of webcomics you work on?

DNS: Ahh, the webcomic! Well as you know, seeing as we do one of them together, they’re fun things to do! I always wanted the ones I was involved to be breezy, that’s why when I approached you, I had the stupid idea to have it limited to three panels a week, so it sorta had that ‘daily strip’ feel to it, though I’m not too sure if that comes across, but that’s down to me and not you haha! But no, to be honest, it’s not hard to do. If anything, they’re more fun, mainly because they’re shorter.

AC: What do you hope to bring to Fifth Dimension with your art book?

DNS: I’m not sure the art book will, or even intends to bring anything other than a look into a bit of my work away from doing strips. Hopefully it will be seen for what it is- a bit of fun! I’d like it to be the kind of book that is taken into the bathroom- y’know, help pass a few minutes a life and maybe puts a smile on your face… Or a frown. I’m good for either!

AC: You have a very unique art style. What has influenced your style?

DNS: I’m not sure on my influence. I kinda magpie things I like, and there’s so much stuff it’s hard ot pinpoint. I love Ash Wood a great deal, but also I really love Bill Watterson, so I don’t know. It’s really hard to pick just one. If something grabs my attentions, be it art, writing, or a song even, I tend to go a bit bat-shit and collect all I can on that person or person’s work, and somehow that all spills out in some way. Whether it’s apparent or not in the work, but it’s all there if you look really close.

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers about what we can expect from you in the future?

DNS: Hmmm, teasers… Well other than The Magician follow up, there is a story I’ve been daydreaming over for around fifteen years now called Poughkeepsie’s Blues I’d really like to get that out there! Other than that, hell, I have no idea! Probably the same ol’ horseshit from me ‘till someone puts me back in my box and hides me away until I’m needed again, haha.

AC: Do you have any messages for the readers?

DNS: Cheers for the little chat! I would just like to thank everyone who reads the blog and got the book for their support, it really does mean everything to me and all of 5D, so thank you, cheers and beers!

You can get an eye full of D.N.S. on Twitter @portless or visit his kick ass art shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyDNS

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