I am in the most boooooring conference ever this week, but you know what’s never boring? Indie comic news! There’s no dysfunctional group work on Incredible Indie Tuesdays!
With the first arc wrapped up and the trade on the way, Southern Bastards occupies a unique place in the comics marketplace. So much of the indie market focuses on sci-fi/fantasy elements, whereas Southern Bastards is all down-home country crime. Or so it seems. Beware of spoilers in the interview, if you aren’t all caught up like I am!
If you love digital comics, you owe it to yourself to check this Humble Bundle out. Oni has some of its latest series up as a pay-what-you-want, DRM-free bundle with profits going to benefit Direct Relief, a charity providing medical care to countries in crisis. The Humble Bundle is smart for publishers, who get a profile boost and tons of new readers who will hopefully come back for more. For readers it’s a great way to sample lots of comics, many of them still on-going, for a seriously good deal.
Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips are moving their creator-owned noir series Criminal from Icon to Image and re-releasing new editions. Icon is owned by Marvel as an answer to DC’s Vertigo line, so it’s not surprising that they’re taking Criminal to Image since they have a long-term contract with the publisher. If you haven’t checked out Criminal but are at all interested in crime comics, I highly recommend picking up the first volume. Not only because it’s noir-y goodness, but Brubaker has hinted there may be more Criminal on the horizon.