Rating: 4/5 – Pay what you want for 40 pages of Indie goodness.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
Anthologies are a mixed bag, and here’s an anthology that acknowledges that fact right in the title! What are you going to get? It’s a mixed back of short stories, single page strips, an interview, and a musical download! Will you like it? I don’t know, it’s a crap shoot! Did I like it? Yes! If you want to give it a try, it’s available from Jason Walz as a “pay what you want” PDF download.
In issue 1 we get 3 short stories. I loved one, liked one, and liked (but was kind of confused by) the third. Of course, your mileage may vary. The interview with indie titan Jeffrey Brown (“a conversation about love”) was outstanding, worth the price of admission by itself. Add to this the five 1-page strips by Brown (in color!) and it’s icing on the cake.
It’s really tough to make it in the world of self-published comics and I really admire creators who make a go of it, pouring their heart and soul into their work. The advent of digital comics make it both harder and easier for creators. They don’t need to convince Diamond to carry their book, nor do they have to convince comic shop owners to order it. There are no printing costs. On the down side, the internet is a vast (nearly infinite) space and getting your potential audience to even notice your work exists is a massive feat.
If you like indie books, “slice of life”, or just a change of pace from the 4-color capes and cowls, consider rolling the dice on Crap Shoot. You may very well be glad you did.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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