Sunday, June 29, 2014
Moose Kid Comics is a new free digital kids comic. Founded by Jamie Smart, issue one features 36 pages of comics by over 40 top comic book artists.
Moose Kid himself was an unsuspecting kid who happened to get on the wrong side of some wizards, get himself turned into a moose and transported directly into a comic. This didn't seem like the punishment it was meant to be to Moose Kid, so the Wizards have entered the comic to hunt him down and drag him back out!
Moose Kid Comics Mission Statement:
We created Moose Kids Comics for three main reasons:
Here in the U.K, mainstream children’s comics have been dying out, especially ones featuring original content. The Phoenix and The Beano are the only commercially available weekly titles still producing entirely original characters, but they are competing against big-name licensed titles based on TV shows or merchandising.
- To entertain comic readers and win new audiences.
- To show how fantastic a children’s comic can be when artists create it themselves.
- To open up the discussion about how we can make children’s comics great again.
We want to help change things. We want to be creating the next generation of loveable characters for the world to embrace, all created by artists who retain their copyrights and put all their heart into their creations.
We want to remind both children and adults alike how fantastical and imaginative comics can be, and to help bring children’s comics back into the public consciousness.
What are you waiting for? Go download and share Moose Kid Comics #1 now!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Panel 1 - From above, we see the Spectacular SPIDER-HAM, IRON MANATEE, WOLVERINE (who is an actual wolverine), FROG THOR, EMU FROST, and PROFESSOR EGGS (a rooster sitting on a levitating wheelchair nest), all looking up at something in the sky. NIGHTCRAWLER (an actual nightcrawler worm) teleports in on a purple cloud.
SPIDER-HAM: Well, this has turned out to be the worst Thanksgiving ever...
FROG THOR: Verily, thou speakest for Avengers all.
WOLVERINE: I don't recall inviting you guys in the first place, bub.
PROF. EGGS: Enough! We must brace ourselves for the cosmos-shaking power of...
Panel 2 - reverse angle of panel 1, as everyone is looking up at a giant, flaming, and well-basted Thanksgiving turkey, wings and legs spread outward, ready to unleash its power upon the world.
PROF. EGGS: ...THE DARK (meat) PHOENIX!!!
SPIDER-HAM: (sotto voce, to IRON MANATEE) Where's Captain Carrot when you need him?
IRON MANATEE: Who?
CAPTION: to be continued!
Friday, June 27, 2014
Panel 1: Porker is in battle against The Buzzard, and has hit the winged wastrel with a web blast to the wing.
Porker: PICK ON SOMEONE YOUR OWN SIZE NEXT TIME!
Panel 2: Porker is swinging away as the cops apprehend The Buzzard in the background.
Porker(thoughtballoon): PICK AT, NOT ON! HE'S A BUZZARD, PORKER, YOU PORCINE PUTZ!
Panel 3: Peter Porker swings into action against The Bull-Frog, evading a thrust of the Bull-Frog's tongue.
Caption: LATER THAT DAY...
Porker: WHAT'S THE MATTER...
Panel 4: Porker is lost in thought, and has absent-mindedly shot a web at a police officer.
Porker: UH... I GOT THIS... ER... NO, NEITHER OF US IS A CAT... DARNIT!
Panel 5: Porker is mouthing off to the King-Pig, who is puffing on his cigar in his office at his desk.
Porker: YOU MAY BE SMOKING THAT EXPENSIVE CIGAR NOW, BUT... BUT...
Porker: DON'T YOU MOVE, KINGPIG, IT'S ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE!
Panel 6: King-Pig smirks as Porker's entire body clenches in a fit of frustration and rage.
King-Pig: WHEN YOU'RE DONE WITH ME, I'LL BE SMOKED HAM?
Porker(thoughtballoon): IF THAT DON'T JUST BEAT ALL! I'M NOT JUST PARALYZED WHEN IT COMES TO PUNS LATELY, BUT MY OPPONENTS ARE FINISHING THEM BEFORE I CAN! I SWEAR, IT'S ENOUGH TO MAKE A PIG SQUEALING MAD!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
1 - The Rhino (who is a rhino) sits on the street, defeated. Spider-Ham has bent a steel beam around him like a rope, restraining the fallen villain. Spider-Ham stands nearby, delivering a zinger, which angers Rhino.
SPIDER-HAM: I know I've said it before, but you really should have thought twice before charging into that moniker.
2 - The Vulture (who is a vulture) hangs upside down by some Spider-Ham web from a lamppost, restrained. Spider-Ham sits atop the post, looking down at him and cracking wise.
SPIDER-HAM: I know you're a scavenger by trade, but you should have looked harder when searching for an appropriate epithet.
3 - Spider-Ham rides the Lizard (again: a lizard) like a cowboy on a bucking bronco in the sewers under the city. It's clear that Spider-Ham is going to come out on top of this confrontation.
SPIDER-HAM: Did the full scale of picking an appellation cause you to slither away in fear?
4 - The Chameleon (who - well, you probably get it by now) sits at a desk in an office, his hands webbed to the desk. Spider-Ham holds a mask that looks like a rabbit that he has clearly removed from the Chameleon.
SPIDER-HAM: For someone so keen on disguise, you sobriquet is mighty transparent, my friend.
5 - Spider-Ham dodges out of the way as the Jackal (you know the drill) throws a heavy looking object at him.
SPIDER-HAM: Was there a mix-up at the hospital? Have you ever checked to see whether your species might be listed as 'Bob'?
Sunday, June 22, 2014
1. A tight shot of Spider Ham - his spider sense tingling. He is turning as the danger is behind him.
VOICE (off panel) And now Wall-Borer, face your greatest threat--
2. A large panel showing Doctor Octopus, The Lizard, The Beetle, The Scorpion, The Chameleon and The Vulture poised ready for battle. However, this is their normal, human forms.
DOCTOR OCTOPUS: the all new SINISTER SIX!
3. Spider-Ham is standing, confused by what he is looking at.
4. Spidey has his back to the group, walking away.
SPIDER-HAM: You guys realise how ridiculous you look, right?
Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-ham first appeared in the one-shot humor comic book Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1, which was then followed by an ongoing bi-monthly series, Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. The series lasted 17 issues, all of which were published under Marvel's Star Comics imprint.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
CAPTION (VELVET): Everyone has bad days.
2 - Flashback. Close-up on Velvet's face. It is about as damaged as panel 1, although her wounds look a whole lot fresher. Her head is tilted down and she looks dazed (perhaps a little out of it).
CAPTION (VELVET): When all the choices you've made seem like the wrong ones.
3 - Pull back to reveal Velvet is at the mercy of three mean looking mugs. She is on her knees, flanked by two of them. One of the baddies has grabbed her by the hair and pulled her head back so she is looking up. She finds herself starring down the barrel of a gun held by the third starring down barrel of a gun of the third man. This seems to shock her back to reality, as her eyes widen in realization of what's happening.
CAPTION (VELVET): When your doubts and failures stare you right in the face.
4 - Still flashbacking, but a quick jump forward in the timeline. The three men are down for the count - the manner of their dispatching can be up to you. The important thing is that Velvet walks away from them - probably with that unremarkable briefcase. While in serious pain, a look of determination is clear on her face.
CAPTION (VELVET): You know that by the light of day, most of it won't seem quite so bad.
5 - Back to the hotel. Velvet stands near a dresser / end table in the hotel, looking at the briefcase that she is holding in both hands. The room's bar service should be visible on that surface, including at least one bottle of liquor.
CAPTION (VELVET): But by night?
6 - Velvet sits (has collapsed?) on the floor in front of her bed. She looks down at the drink in her hand. The briefcase lies off to the side, discarded and forgotten. In the panel foreground off to one side, a near empty liquor bottle should sit on the surface from the previous panel.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
We are in a lavish hotel room. Velvet Templeton is attaching a silencer to her handgun. In the background a slightly overweight man is seated smugly on the couch, cigarette dangling from the side of his mouth, seemingly unperturbed by Velvet's presence, or the gun. He's dressed in a suit, the jacket draped over the couch's arm. His name is Paul Lambert (new character, no reference).
Silencer attached, the gun is now turned on Lambert. Velvet's reciprocating Lambert's smug smile.
There is more to Velvet Templeton than meets the eye.
By day she works as the secretary to the Director of ARC-7, an elite covert operations organization. But in a previous life, Velvet was an operative of ARC-7, one of the best, until taking up her current role behind a desk.
In other words, Velvet is a badass Moneypenny, who wouldn't put up with James Bond's macho bullshit.
At time of writing, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's espionage series has just completed its first arc. It is absolutely fantastic, the kind of spy story I've been missing since Greg Rucka's Queen & Country was placed on perpetual hiatus.
I'm sure Velvet's world will prove a fun sandbox for our writers to play in.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Flash: I'VE BESTED VULTAN'S HAWKMEN, OUTMATCHED PRINCE BARIN, AND FREED MONGO FROM MING'S CLUTCHES. I GUESS THE ONLY THING TO DO NOW IS GO-
Panel 2: Same viewpoint as before, but a small object is flitting around the room, trailing a green light, and Flash, Dale, and Hans are reacting in surprise.
Dale: I DIDN'T KNOW THEY HAD FIREFLIES ON MONGO--AND THAT FAST!
Hans: THAT'S NO FIREFLY, DALE, IT MUST BE SOME MANNER OF ALIEN TECHNOLOGY!
Panel 3: The object finally stops, and we can see that it is a green ring, of the manner used by the Green Lantern Corps.
Ring(dark green bg, light green text): FLASH GORDON OF EARTH!
Flash: WHY, THE LITTLE FELLA KNOWS MY NAME!
Panel 4: The ring is putting itself onto Flash's hand, and a green glow fills the room.
Ring: YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED GREAT WILLPOWER. WELCOME TO THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS.
Dale: HAH! LOOKS LIKE THE JETS FINALLY WON A RING!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Panel 1: Ming and Klytus stand in their evil lair, looking up at a large round viewscreen which displays Earth.
MING: Observe, Klytus!
MING: If my time tamperer has worked correctly--
KLYTUS: And I'm sure it has, my liege.
MING: --then we shall be able to view the new timeline. One where the meddlesome Gordon never came to interfere in my plans!
Panel 2: Close on the viewscreen. An image of Flash has appeared, but not the one we know. His hair is short and smart, and he wears a business suit. His expression is miserable.
MING (O.P.): Behold!
Panel 3: On the viewscreen still. Now it displays Flash sitting in an office cubicle, typing away miserably.
MING (O.P.): The once proud warrior, reduced to a mindless drone! The purpose gone from his life!
Panel 4: On the viewscreen still. Now it displays Flash sitting in a small apartment by himself in t-shirt and sweatpants, watching TV, eating a microwave meal. Emphasise the lonliness.
MING (O.P.): His friends -- his lover -- having abandoned him, and rightly so! In this timeline he is unworthy of attention!
Panel 5: On Ming and Klytus, looking up at the off-panel viewscreen. Ming seems slightly melancholy.
KLYTUS: Genius, sire! Truly your greatest victory!
MING: Yes... but can it really be called a victory...
Panel 6: Close up on Ming, his eyes wandering in thought.
MING: ...if your enemy is unaware of his downfall?
END OF PAGE
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
1 - A wide, exterior shot of Flash's rocketship flying through space.
CAPTION (FLASH): The fight against tyranny continues.
2 - Interior. We see Flash sitting at a desk, facing away from the reader. The light is low and he is bent over his journal, writing. There are various items on the desk that will come into focus in the coming panels (including a corkboard in front of him with items that can't be made out yet).
CAPTION (FLASH): It seems every time I strike a victory, I find myself back on this ship, being whisked away to another planet in need.
3 - Focus on the corkboard. It is covered in handwritten notes from different people who have been saved by Flash's actions. There are so many that you can only make out bits and pieces of individual letters, lots of "thank you", "forever in your debt", "words aren't enough", careful signatures, and hand drawn pictures (particularly from children).
CAPTION (FLASH): It is tiring, but it is the right thing to do.
4 - Switch to the desk, focusing on a day calendar. There are many sheets torn off and lying below the current day, building a not insignificant pile. If desired, have "Travel" written on the current day.
CAPTION (FLASH): And while these journeys are long.
5 - Shift to yet another object on Flash's desk: a photo of him and his gal pal Dale Arden, holding each other close and looking happy. There should be a handwritten "Come back to me soon!" written in the corner, possibly with her name at the bottom or a cliched lipstick mark.
CAPTION (FLASH): Lonely.
6 - We're once again behind Flash at his desk. He has stopped writing and is now leaning back in his chair, as if contemplating everything before
CAPTION (FLASH): They give me a chance to experience something I can't seem to find anywhere else.
7 - Repeat the exterior shot of the rocketship from panel 1.
CAPTION (FLASH): Peace.
1. Flash Gordon is camping on Mongo. It is night. He sits by the fire. Dale Arden is asleep, and Flash and Hans talk.
HANS: You never told me my boy. How did you get the name 'Flash'?
2. A close up of Flash, thinking about a painful memory.
3. A dorm room in Yale. A young Flash of about 16 is topless in bed and looking sad and disappointed. Next to him in bed is a female laughing hysterically. She has is also topless but the bed sheet covers her breasts.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Optimus: BUMBLEBEE, DISTRACT HIM! WE'VE GOT TO GET THIS TRUCKLOAD OF ENERGON AND COORS LIGHT OVER STATE LINES BY NIGHTFALL!
Bumblebee: ROGER THAT, OPTIMUS!
Caption: CROOKED COP BEHIND THEM, 100 MILES OF HIGHWAY IN FRONT OF THEM!
CAN OPTIMUS AND BUMBLEBEE GET A TRUCKLOAD OF ENERGON TO AUTOBOT HQ IN TIME?
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Five wide panels, same POV each time.
Panel 1: Optimus Prime stands on one side, staring across a ruined human city at Megatron on the other. Megatron has his arms wide, taunting. Optimus remains still.
MEGATRON: You arrive at last, Prime, as you always do.
MEGATRON: Never first.
Panel 2: Optimus now begins to slowly, deliberately cross the distance between them. His body language should not be aggressive. Megatron remains smug.
MEGATRON: Always after the carnage, to deliver pitiful words of comfort.
Panel 3: Optimus, still calm, is now halfway to Megatron, who still taunts.
MEGATRON: Tell me, Prime, what have you to say about the death and destruction I have wrought this time? What petty moralising shall you comfort the lost with?
Panel 4: Optimus is now, still cool as ice, right in front of Megatron, who has his hands on his hips, confident.
Panel 5: Optimus lands a mighty sucker punch on Megatron, sending the villain backwards.
END OF PAGE
Monday, June 2, 2014
1 - Sparkplug stands before Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and potentially a few more Autobots. Sparkplug is distraught, tears openly flowing from his eyes.
SPARKPLUG (1): I'm ruined!
SPARKPLUG (2): I spent all my time helping you. Giving advice, repairs, and anything else you've ever asked of me.
2 - Sparkplug sits down on the ground, overwhelmed by the slings and arrows of life. He holds his head in his hands, doing little to slow his outpouring of tears. The Autobots are stunned.
SPARKPLUG (1): And because of it, I've lost my job.
SPARKPLUG (2): My wife left me.
SPARKPLUG (3): And now the bank is repossessing my house.
SPARKPLUG (quietly): I can't even afford to move out what little I have left.
3 - Optimus Prime moves towards Sparkplug (who is still on the ground) and places a hand on his shoulder to comfort him. Optimus looks apologetic and sorry.
OPTIMUS (1): I'm so sorry. We had no idea.
OPTIMUS (2): Don't worry, we'll make this right.
4 - Optimus Prime, in truck mode (with his tractor trailer), is parked outside the Witwicky homestead. There is a big "REPOSSESSED" sign outside the home. Bumblebee and other Autobots gleefully carry boxes of Sparkplug's possessions to be packed away in Optimus' tractor trailer, moving him out of his lost home. Sparkplug watches this sequence of events, crying.
AUTOBOTS (whistling): ♫
1. Optimus Prime sits in his seat in Cybertron Parliment. He is their leader - the governing body. In front of him a Decepticon stands, yelling at a seated Autobot. Both are dressed in robes. This is a parliamentary debate. The war has been over for years.
The war has been over for years.
The Autobots were victorious over Megatron and his guerilla forces.
2. A close up of the Deceptacon yelling his vitriol.
I was elected to lead.
Only this battlefield the weapons of choice are name calling--
3. A close up of the Autobot leader smirking smugly as he is being yelled at.
--and looks of smug self-righteousness.
4. A close up of Prime. He is bored. His eyes are distant.
This is what I fought for.
5. Prime is out on the road on Earth, speeding along a highway in his truck form. He has run away.
It is not a victory I can be a part of