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In Maps & Legends

Comix Talk for Thursday, February 3, 2011

There's a lot to catch up on this morning so let's get to it:




REVIEW: Ed Sizemore reviews Ben Costa's Pang the Wandering Shaolin Monk.


Rigby, by Lee Leslie, may have already ventured into the world of high fantasy, but now the heroine and her eponymous webcomic are venturing into the world of print comics. Pre-orders are currently open and will run until February 11. This is RiGBY’s first official print appearance, and the 20 page, full color comic will only be available at conventions and signings after the pre-sale. Those fans pre-ordering the comic will also be treated to a high resolution digital version.

IN MAPS & LEGENDS, illustrated by Niki Smith and written by Michael Jasper, continues with its fourth issue on February 2, 2011. With Bartamus' world falling apart around them, LaVonne, Jeremy, and Antawn venture deeper into unknown territory, while Kait travels into the darkness between worlds -- and she's no longer alone.  Smith and Jasper were named "Digital Creators of the Year" (along with Alex de Campi) for their work on IN MAPS & LEGENDS in 2010.  Artist Niki Smith is an artist and writer who is currently working on a handful of creator-owned comic projects such Some Did Rest. Her work has also appeared in several English language and German comic anthologies.  Writer Michael Jasper has published three novels, a story collection, and over four dozen short stories in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Polyphony, Writers of the Future, and the Raleigh News & Observer, and other fine venues. His most recent novel is A Gathering of Doorways (Wildside Press, 2009).

Comix Talk for December 2, 2010


DEAD TREES: Tom DellAringa writes that his sci-fi and humor comic Marooned - A Space Opera in the Wrong Key! is now taking pre-orders for a second book "Mars Wars." The book collects the second year of strips, and two bonus stories, including the origin of Captain John and his sidekick Asimov. In addition there are great illustrations and "Sunday Comics" (1-2 page Marooned comics) by guest artists like Ramon Perez of Kukuburi and Mike Maihack of Cleopatra in Space

ONE FEWER HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAYS LEFT: I09 offers its list of 10 graphic novels that would make good gifts.  Also always worth looking at is The Comic Reporter's gift guide.  Any other quality lists worth linking to?

BUSINESS: Cory Doctorow links to Jeff Price's essay series on life today as an independent artist (bottom line -- it's better opportunities for most than ever).  I often tend to see parallels between comics and music -- I usually find reading about music reveals something applicable to comics as well.

INTERVIEW: GraphicNYC has an interview with Frank Miller.   Robot6 has an interview with Mike Jasper and Niki Smith of the webcomic In Maps and Legends, and an interview with Brian Clevinger of 8-bit Theater fame who is writing a Captain America story.

Relaunch of In Maps & Legends

Another interesting launch this past week!  Michael Jasper and artist Niki Smith relaunched their webcomic In Maps & Legends on September 1st.  They won DC's November 2009 Zuda contest, but their run there was cut short by the abrupt shutdown of Zuda by DC. 

So the creators have cooked up a multi-outlet publication plan with the first issue for sale at 99 cents at a variety of online distributors:

The comic is about a young woman caught up in a plot between our world and another:

Kaitlin Grayson considers herself just an artist until she gets recruited by a strange man named Bartamus, who shows up at her place in the middle of the night and demands she use her skills to save his dying world. Soon Kait gets caught between two worlds, and if Bartamus’ world falls, Earth is next — along with untold other worlds.