We’ve been steadily doing nothing for in these last couple of months of 2013. It’s been irking me tremendously. We’re in a constant rut between lack-of-motivation and time issues and it’s been effecting this project to the point I can no longer evidently hide it and I’m slightly embarrassed.
After talking with Estevan, we decided to take a shot at creating a magazine and releasing it…whenever. Most likely monthly, but promises are hard to keep when you’re lazy.
This magazine will be simply titled “Drawn Words,” and it will feature multiple comic artists and illustrators, as well as indie-comic reviews, interviews, and other tidbits. Possibly more outside of the comic realm come next issue.
We’re really excited to be presenting this magazine that will be debuting this weekend. We’ve worked hard on it these past two weeks.
We are having a call for submissions to comic book artists, illustrators, and writers. We will be taking submissions for doodles (rough sketches, preferably uncolored) for a section in our magazine, reviews (not limited to comics, but limited to things with high artistic merit), short comics (3-panel or 3-pages, it’s all good here), and editorials/features. Anything anyone would like to submit to us, even a simple drawing, can be sent to me at kevin (at) drawnwords (dot) com. This magazine will strive for a long while if we can have more people in on this project.
We’re trying to showcase the greater underground of comics and illustration. We’re releasing our first issue soon. It’ll be small, but there will be more to come in the second edition.
High Score: A Microcomic Anthology on Videogame History is a collection of charming short comics published by 2D Cloud, featuring works from artists Hanna Blumenreich, Peter Wartman, Eric Schuster, Saman Bemel-Benrud, and Toby Jones. The comic was originally a reward given out to those who pledged to Rusel DeMaria’s Kickstarter for the third edition of High Score: An Illustrated History of Electronic Game, but 2D Cloud has allowed for this wonderful mini-comic to be purchased online via their shop.
I’ve never seen a more delightful collection of comics compiled in such a small amount of space before. Through 24 pages, this mini-comic presents five different artists with exceptionally different styles, retelling a piece of video game’s past. Hanna Blumenreich tells a tale of being a young female gamer, with the help of radical coloring done by Raighne Hogan, the microcomic’s editor and designer. Peter Wartman recalls his first playing of a Metal of Honor game. The most vibrant and interesting story comes from artists Eric Schuster and Saman Bemel-Benrud, who illustrate the history of one of the worst video games of all time: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 game console. Toby Jones gives a great laugh with his gamer jokes, with the final pages of the anthology end with impression images by Raighne Hogan’s nostalgic gaming art.
The actual book measures 4″ x 5″, so it’s pretty tiny, bearing 24 small pages. I’m new to this microcomic scene, but it was a surprise to see such a fantastic short print released in such a tiny package. It definitely works though. High Score: A Microcomic Anthology on Videogame History is an entertaining read, and at $4, it’s a fresh addition for any comic collection.
We recently reviewed Lauren Barnett’s debut full length comic book and best-of collection, “Me Likes You Very Much.” If you’ve read our review on the book you already know how much we enjoyed it. If you haven’t, take four minutes of your time to read over our short review of Barnett’s title.
We’re giving a lucky couple of our readers a signed copy of the comic book for absolutely free, given they do the following:
- “Like” our Facebook page.
- Retweet this specific tweet about our giveaway.
- Comment this post.
Just do one of the above actions and you’re in. Already “like” us? Reteweet us. Comment our post. Do whatever — more entries means more chances of Estevan and I seeing your entries and choosing you. Or not. We’re really just choosing a random two people from any of these three ways of entering and mailing the signed off books to them.
We have two copies of the book signed by Barnett herself that we’d love to give away for lucky folks to enjoy. This giveaway is simple, but please make sure you have a way of us contacting you. If you comment on this post, don’t use a fake email like firstname.lastname@example.org (unless that’s your actual address) unless you want us picking someone else. Other users will be contacted via Facebook and/or Twitter.
Good luck. The giveaway starts immediately and the date we choose winners will be exactly two weeks from now: June 9 at midnight.