I found this collection enjoyable to read; I’ve dipped into ‘The Underfold’ online but never gone all the way back to the beginning, so most of this was new to me. One of the things I enjoy about webcomics is that you see artistic progression – the learning process – and as a creator I find this very inspiring because it shows even the greatest Artists come from humble beginnings. It’s unusual for a published book to show this, but in this case it does. In the beginning the art you see are sketches almost anyone could do and by the end it has progressed into a confident and unique style.
Jake the Evil Hare‘s tagline is: What happens when a very bad jackrabbit goes good? Jake is an Anthromorph, or ‘Furry’ if you prefer, which the comic explains in a ‘Secret of NIMH‘ / evil-scientific-experiment-gone-wrong kinda way. He’s also evil and a bit of a dick, fond of random violence and justifying murder to his own satisfaction, but he is the lesser of two evils and moreover trying to change.
This is a story of redemption althought that’s hard to see at first, largely because Jake keeps acting like a dick – an amusing dick but a dick nonetheless. Jake the Evil Hare is a complete lampoon of the Superhero genre and it’s anti-hero protagonist is probably as anti the Marvel-stlye Superhero as you are going to get.
Kick-Ass is an irreverent pulp-style movie you’ll either get extremely offended by or like… a lot. It’s in-your-face, non-pc, and ultra-violent. So basically, if that’s not your bag, stay well clear. The film was independently produced by Matthew Vaughn alongside Mark Millar’s creator-owned comic book, so there is bags of creator input and cross-over with zero interference or censorship.
Unfortunately in some countries Kick-Ass was rated PG-13 and promoted in trailers as a light-hearted teen flick. This is outrageously misleading and I don’t know who in their right minds would classify it as anything less than an 18. We’re talking graphic violence and something like 250 hardcore profanities. It’s adult content; kids should not see it. Period.
Next weekend, Saturday the 27th of March, Epic Fail will be exhibiting at the UK web & mini Comix Thing 2010. You’ll be able to get your hands on copies of Epic Fail #1 so hot of the press they’re on fire! I also hope to be selling my mini-comic Breakfast Surreal, a collection of random and hopefully amusing cartoons by yours truely. Aside from that there will be hand-made jewelry and original artwork!
I will be sharing table 26 with Rob Cureton of Orful Comics and appearing on a discussion panel on ‘Latest Technology and Webcomics’ at 11am (on the stage area at the back of the hall). I’ve also contributed 2 pages to the Thing’s Anthology the theme of which is ‘Dinosaurs.’ What will Clodin and Amuletts get up too?
It would be wonderful not to mention suprising if someone who actually read my comic turned up! This is a really fun convention with lots of talented artists plus me. So if you’re free on the 27th come along. Hell, if you’re not free cancel your plans and come along anyway! It’s totally worth it.
And right after the con I’ll be back to updating. Huzzah!
On the 27th of March this year I will be taking Epic Fail to The UK web & mini Comix Thing. It will be my first time as an exhibitor so I am both excited and nervous. And, of course, if I’m going to show at a Comics Convention I will need some comics! That’s where you can help out. By pre-ordering your copy now, in advance, it will help pay for the printing costs. In addition to the 32-page full-colour comic book everyone who pre-orders will also get a unique, signed sketch, free, as a thank you. If I raise enough to make buttons, etc. I’ll be throwing them in as well!
I’m working on improving the pages for print – shading them all, fixing spelling mistakes, continuity errors and generally making them pretty. Oh! And I have to make a cover, a proper cover, not just a bit of interior artwork stuck on the front! There will be 30 pages of story and 2 of bonus content. I’m hoping they’ll be off to the printers sometime in February.
Come along loyal readers – Epic Fail needs you! Pre-Order your copy today! (please?)