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Bitters Past Debuts and Johnny Saturn returns to Graphic Smash

Two more of Graphic Smash’s new fall comic debut today. Johnny Saturn and Bitters Past

Bitters Past, by Lynn Lau.Â

Lynn has done about a million comics, including Jupiter on our sister site Girlamatic. I’ve been following Bitters Past since even before it’s official launch. As soon as I saw the first uncolored, unlettered page of Bitter Past, I just knew Lynn had something, and she did not disappoint. BP is a not quite fantasy, not quite cyber-punk tale done up in what I feel is easily Lynn’s best artwork to date. Bitters Past, like all our new comics, is completely free.

Johnny Saturn, by Scott and Benita Story.Â

Like many of you, I was a fan of Johnny Saturn from the very first update. I made it one of my first priorities as GS editor to get Johnny back, and I’m very pleased to tell you in that regard I was successful. The Storys have written a press release for their return so I’ll let them speak in their own words:

Beginning Monday, September 18, 2006, popular webcomic Johnny Saturn will be returning to its original webcomic collective, Graphic Smash.

Tim Demeter, editor of Graphic Smash and Clickwheel, was instrumental to this homecoming.  [EDITOR’S NOTE: I just wouldn’t leave Scott and Benita alone until they agreed to come back.] Johnny Saturn and its archives will be entirely free and unencumbered by the subscription format, and it may be found at www.graphicsmash.com.

According to Scott Story, series artist and co-creator, this is a great time to jump on board Johnny Saturn.  We are running the series from the beginning, five days a week, until we catch up with the new episodes.  After that, we’ll update twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Also returning is series co-creator, letterer, editor, and co-writer Benita Story.  For those who have never read Johnny Saturn, please understand that this is not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill superhero story. Be prepared for one strange ride through concepts never before explored. This is the product of two very active imaginations with backgrounds in mythology and classical literature and a taste for the offbeat. What one of us doesn’t think of, the other surely does.

Johnny Saturn has been running continuously for two years, and in that time it has spun off three print collections, been featured in newspapers, appeared as a television prop, has gathered a loyal fan following, and has garnered rave reviews.

To be fair, says Scott Story, we are not exactly re-running the original episodes.  This time, all the former episodes are presented in fully rendered color, and we have added about thirty original episodes into the mix.  Plus, we’ve reformatted the entire story to better accommodate computer monitors.

Johnny Saturn tells the tale of a mystery man who is determined to stop a terrorist mastermind.  Johnny’s mission has ruined his health and left him addicted to pain pills, and, as a non-powered vigilante, he has become an anachronism is a world of high-flying meta-heroes. Johnny Saturn may be an underdog, but this is one old dog that bites back!

If Johnny Saturn is new to you, I can honestly say you are in for a treat, claims Scott. I often describe this comic to new readers as Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.  That’s an OK description, and it has the punch of familiarity to it, but I use that as a tag line because it’s shorter than saying that Johnny Saturn is post-modern deconstructionist paranormal superhero crime noir with a mythological flair.

You can read recent review of Johnny Saturn at silver bullet comics.

So there you have it, two more great comics officially join our ranks today, with five more on the way --

Stay sharp, they’re coming soon!