I have a huge stack of small and independent press books that I pick up at comic conventions. Every week I’m pulling out a few and telling you about them, and how to get them.
Title: Rumspringa – An Amish Punk Yarn
Creators: Eric Adams, Jeremy Treece
Ages: Teen for tongue swapping.
Where can i get it: Narrier.com
What’s it About: Oh man. Amish steam punk with mecha wood buildings in a battle over livestock and honor.
What I like: This story is just nuts. It shouldn’t work, but it does. Eric Adams is best known for his epic series Lackluster, but this little one off is a gem. The art style is unique and delivers on action, detail, and facial reactions. There’s a Scott Pilgrim vibe going off here, and that’s a good thing.
Title: Oh Hell – Volume 1
Creators: G. Wasil, Dave Hammon, Michael Birhofer, Ross Campbell, Troy Petri
Publisher: Oh Hell Comics
Ages: Teen for violence, drugs, mild cursing, and not for kid themes.
Where Can I get it: OhHellComics.com
What’s it about: Imagine Hogwarts with only Slytherin, and Hogwarts is actually a demonic castle in Hell. Oh, and your sent there by your parents, like a finishing school. Talk about tough love.
What I like: The characters struggle between what humanity they have left, and the demons they are to become. Nothing is black and white, no one is good, just some are less evil than others. This makes for some interesting ideas under the action and mayhem. The art is top notch and I love the character designs. You always know who is who, and how they’re feeling without a word spoken. Nice EFX on the demonic magic.
Title: Stray – Who Killed the Doberman
Creator: Vito Delsante, Sean Izaakse, Ross Campbell, Simon Gough, Mike Norton
Publisher: Action Lab
Ages: Teen for drugs and violence.
Where can I get it: Comixology Action Lab distributes the book, but their web site sends you straight to Comixology, so it might be out of print.
What’s it about: Stray is a take on a Robin gone bad, then tasked to find his vigilante father’s killer. The story is told through a lot of flashbacks that compare the young, idealistic sidekick, and the drug dealer he becomes.
What I like: I had a table next to Vito on Free Comic Book Day, and on that day Action Lab was giving out a Molly Danger book, and the multi issue cross over with Stray and Molly and several others was just out. Everybody knew Vito, and everyone spoke nice about him, and after a long talk, I understood why. Action Lab distributed the crossover series, but the series was all done but the creators themselves, out of their own pockets. Vito acted as editor for the whole shebang and was one of the founders of the group that originally talked about letting their books exist in a shared universe. Vito did a lot of hefty lifting, without concern for credit, he just wanted everyone to be famous. Stray itself is a good Batman tale with shades of Teen Titans. The artwork is professional with some effort put into figuring out the parkour and fighting moves.