I spoke with some independent artists trying to break onto the comic scene. I'm a big supporter of those attempting to live the dream. I, too, dream and am about to wake the fuck up and make some shit happen. But I digress.
Chris and Mike at www.wyrlwynd.com have launched their fantasy/sci-fi project Kantara. It is their spin on wizards and dragon lure. A good basis for a series. Excellent first issue.
Gordon and Michelle Hurley at www.twistedtreecomics.com have launched three titles. I opted for Hunger, Gordon's zombie-based story. The great thing about this first issue is that it develops the main character well. I like it when you can get to see a character in their everyday life because it allows the reader to feel for the character. You know what's important to him and what he has to lose when all hell breaks loose. So much happens in this 32 page issue that I'm excited to see what happens next.
I encourage anybody reading this to check out these two new creators/publishers in the world of independent comics. I love a good Batman story arc, but the big boys have had their turn. Let's give the little guys more than a glance. If anybody doubts self-publishing, I urge them to check out Bone by Jeff Smith. Though, I'm sure any serious comic book reader knows about Bone. I'd known about Bone since the '90s, but didn't give it a read until last year. I was sorry I waited so long. I now own the collection.