Free To Read: LIKE GIANTS by Waid and Muhr

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As related here, we ran a contest at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 to find new artists. I promised to write a story for the winner that we, as creators, would co-own and publish free-to-read on Thrillbent, and today we make good.

The story is called LIKE GIANTS, an excursion into science fiction by myself and up-and-comer Jason Muhr, with colors by Marissa Louise and letters by Troy Peteri. As a storyteller, it’s scratched an itch I’ve had for a while, and I think Jason did a terrific job of translating my script into a digital-friendly format, making many smart decisions along the way.

Again, it’s available now, free to read, here. If you like it, let us know and pass the word along. Thanks!

 

Feb 24, 2016 In: Site News, Thrillbent News

Free To Read: 4 SECONDS

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Last year, at Comic Con San Diego 2014, Thrillbent ran a unique contest. I’m happy to say the results far exceeded my expectations in terms of participation and energy generated. For an hour, I listened to pitches from writers, having guaranteed in advance that we’d publish, at our own expense, one and only one: the one that most impressed me and sounded like the best use of digital storytelling techniques. The catch was, writers had to pitch their stories in fifteen seconds or less; comics is a medium of storytelling economy, and these were one-off short tales, so get to the point, said I.

I listened to over 100 pitches that afternoon, rat-a-tat-tat, and I cannot think of a better time I have ever had at a convention, because almost every pitch was clever and workable and all of them were worth hearing. There were several that I especially loved, but one by Paul O’Connor–a crime noir tale with a science-fiction element, about a clairvoyant young woman who can see only heartbeats into the future–stood out to me as the kind of story best told in digital, accomplishing things that cannot be accomplished in print. His story is called 4 SECONDS, and while such an ambitious piece of work took longer to finish than I’d hoped, it was worth waiting for just the right artist: Karl Kesel, who just gets it when it comes to doing digital-first comics and using cutting-edge storytelling techniques. Grace Allison rendered Karl’s art in beautiful color and did a stunning job.

We’re debuting 4 SECONDS on Thrillbent today, presented free for a limited time as a proof-of-concept of what makes our comics unique. If you like it–and I think you will–please tell your friends about it and share the link. Paul, Karl, Grace and I are very proud of it.

Feb 10, 2016 In: Comics, Site News, Thrillbent News

2015 Contest Results!

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As we prep release of 2014 contest winner 4 Seconds–more on that in a few days as we nail down a release date–there’s something else exciting in the pipeline. As you’ll recall, Thrillbent ran an artist-seeking contest at Comicon San Diego a few months ago. I reviewed porfolios–a lot of portfolios–with the promise I’d write a short story for the one artist who I felt could best tell a story. The artist and I would–will–co-own the story as co-creators, and we’ll publish it on Thrillbent when it’s done.

That artist is a young man named Jason Muhr, an up-and-comer whose work appealed to me because it showed a lot of range and felt like it had a good deal of humanity to it. Right now, Jason’s working on our one-shot, “Like Giants,” and with his permission I’ll be posting some pages as he goes. For right now, take a look at a small selection of the samples he showed me. But don’t steal him away until he’s finished with my script!

Muhr Samples 1 Muhr Samples 2

Nov 03, 2015 In: Comics, Thrillbent News

THE EIGHTH SEAL–Free To Read!

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Mark Waid here. I know I shouldn’t pick favorites among the Thrillbent strips, but THE EIGHTH SEAL has always been one I’m especially proud of. James Tynion IV and Jeremy Rock have produced what I think is consistently the best, most innovative and most disturbing horror comic on the web, maybe in the overall comics medium.
Today, they wrap their first arc with a dynamite conclusion–and to make sure everyone savors the full impact of what they’ve produced, Thrillbent is hosting the entire series free online, every chapter, for a limited period starting now. If you’re a fan, enjoy the first arc’s climax. If you’re new to the strip, start from installment one. Either way, none of you are going to want to sleep tonight without a light on.
Sweet Dreams.
Oct 28, 2015 In: Comics, Thrillbent News

The Harvey-Nominated Albert the Alien

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Big congrats to Trevor Mueller and Gabo as they net themselves (and Thrillbent) their first Harvey Awards nomination with Albert the Alien!
The Harveys are a big deal for comics folks, the industry’s premier awards where the nominees are selected not by any outside board but by a popular vote of comics professionals. They’re given out every year at the Baltimore Comic-Con, and we’ll be there in September rooting for it, fingers crossed for luck!
As an acknowledgement of this nomination, Thrillbent has added all of the current PDFs of Albert to our online store for those who prefer to read offline (and we’ll be adding them to Comixology in the coming weeks).
Albert the Alien is a science fiction adventure series from creators Trevor Mueller and the artist Gabo, who was also nominated for a Russ Manning Eisner Award earlier this year.
Please check out the store, and catch up on the adventures of the first student from space – Albert the Alien!
Aug 19, 2015 In: Thrillbent News

The Best Thing–And Such Portions!

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Hey! For those of you ardently following The Best Thing here on Thrillbent, the end of our first arc is live today. We apologize for the delay, but we are on the case and we appreciate your patronage greatly.

But what’s next? More Best Thing! Artist Erica Henderson, deservedly so, is getting more opportunities laid before her throughout the industry, and we’re genuinely happy for her and sad to see her move on. But stepping up to work with Seanan McGuire on the next story arc is the terrifically talented Caitlin Like. We’re going to post some of her non-TBT work below so you can see why we knew she was right for the gig, and you can find more of her art here and here.

She’s working away even now with Seanan on the next batch of chapters, and as soon as she gets a good rhythm going, we’ll schedule them and let you know when to expect them. I’ve read the first few, and trust me–they’re absolutely worth waiting for.

Caitlin Like Sample 2

 

Aug 10, 2015 In: Comics, Site News, Thrillbent News

Strangers In Paradise!

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In our continual effort here at Thrillbent Central to further our content for our subscribers, we’ve made a big score. Starting Friday, July 3, we’ll be serializing the work of award-winning writer/artist Terry Moore, creator of Strangers In Paradise, one of the medium’s most acclaimed and honored comics series.

Strangers In Paradise’s 107-issue epic, a groundbreaking romantic thriller focused on the complex relationship between its two female leads, won the Eisner Award in 1996 and the GLAAD Award in 2008, and has been a personal favorite comic of both mine and John Rogers’ since forever. We’re very proud to be able to bring SiP to you every Friday, beginning from the very first issue. Much thanks to Terry and Robyn Moore of Abstract Studio for partnering up on this. If you’ve never read Strangers In Paradise, you’re in for a huge treat. If you have, then help us get the word out and tell your friends that their $3.99 a month subscription (cheap!) now includes four (4!) issues of SiP every month in addition to our other fine content! Thanks!

Jun 30, 2015 In: Site News, Thrillbent News

Thrillbent at SDCC 2015: Come Get a Job

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At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Thrillbent held a successful and much-talked-about contest, an open pitch session for writers. The winning story, Four Seconds, is awaiting publication later this month, and it’s good.

This year at San Diego, we’re looking for artists—and just as we did last year, we’re offering the best one the prize of guaranteed publication. I will personally write a script for the winner to illustrate, our story will run on Thrillbent, and I will work with you to figure out the best kind of story to show off your talent.

Same as last year, you have to be in a certain place within a certain time. If you happen to be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, we will be holding this open portfolio review for artists at our Digital Comics Coalition booth on Saturday, July 11, 2-4 pm, Booth 1221. During that time, I will be reviewing art portfolios and looking for potential Thrillbent artists. If you’re good, we want to know about you. Moreover, we will choose ONE ARTIST for whom I will personally write a one-shot story that will run on Thrillbent later this year. Thrillbent will pay for lettering and coloring; the winning artist will share the rights to the story with me 50/50 and will be entitled to his or her share of any revenue the story generates in any form, in perpetuity. This isn’t work for hire, nor is it an attempt to get you to work for free. It’s guaranteed publication using a high-traffic showcase to demonstrate your talent.

Anyone is welcome to participate, absolutely anyone, but there are some ground rules:

  1. You must be physically present to show your artwork.
  2. Anyone who is in line by 2:00 will be given a ticket that guarantees a review. The line will be monitored and capped at 2:00. If you want to get in line after 2:00, we can’t promise you a ticket, but I will do my level best to see you if time allows.
  3. Be ready to show approximately four to eight pages of sequential storytelling. Not pin-ups, not covers, but professional panel-to-panel storytelling so I can see how good your story skills are. Look at any chapter of anything we have up on Thrillbent.com or the Thrillbent app and you’ll get some sense of how comics storytelling works.
  4. You must have a “leave-behind” —photocopies of your samples with your contact information written on them. At 4:00 when I’m picking a winner, you want me to have your work in front of me. You don’t want me to have to be trying to remember what it looked like.
  5. Inked or inked-and-colored samples only. I don’t have the time or resources to teach a penciler how to ink his or her work professionally, nor are we interested in matchmaking pencilers with inkers—that’s an alchemical process much more difficult to do well than you can imagine. Black-and-white samples are actually preferred, but if you think you’re a knockout colorist, I’ll take a look.
  6. Landscape or portrait format, either one, is okay.While the default Thrillbent format is landscape (check it out), all we really care about is whether or not you can draw and tell a story. I’m not penalizing anyone in the least for showing me the same portrait-format samples you’d show to any print-comics publisher.
  7. This is not a critique. This is an audition. There will be a line. You’re probably going to get about 30-45 seconds of my time, max, if that. As nice a man as I am, given the time constraints, I’m not going to have extra time to dole out a whole lot of constructive criticism or career advice. I know the level of craft I’m looking for, and I’ll recognize it when I see it. If you show promise, you may get a brief critique and I may ask you if we can call you later for a future assignment if you show promise.
  8. We retain the option to put more rules on the table before showtime if need be or if we realize we’ve not covered our butts legally on something.But the first seven are the important rules.

We will announce a winner within a half-hour after the portfolio review ends (probably sooner). We’ll make the announcement at the booth and through Twitter (@Thrillbent). At that point, I’ll set up a time to talk with the winner after the madness of San Diego is finished and we’ll begin the collaboration, shooting for late fall/early winter publication.

See you in San Diego!

 

Jun 12, 2015 In: Site News, Thrillbent News

The Return of INSUFFERABLE

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INSUFFERABLE. The creator-owned superhero comic I do with co-creator/artist Peter Krause. The end begins today, and I promise this–you won’t see what’s coming.

When we first launched Thrillbent, we put our best foot forward with our first ongoing weekly series, INSUFFERABLE, which answered the musical question “What if a crimefighting sidekick grew up to become an egomaniacal celebrity asshole?” INSUFFERABLE introduced the world to the protectors of the city of St. Barrington: Nocturnus and his grown son, Galahad, who detest one another but who are manipulated into one last team-up to solve the mystery of just exactly what happened to their wife/mother all those years ago.

Right from the start, Pete and I had the time of our lives producing that initial arc, which very deliberately steps back and forth between heartbreaking drama and dark comedy. INSUFFERABLE became Thrillbent’s signature series, and not long after it wrapped, we brought you the second story arc, INSUFFERABLE: ON THE ROAD.

Today, Team Insufferable–Waid and Krause, along with our invaluable partners Nolan Woodard (colorist) and Troy Peteri (letterer)–launches the final arc, INSUFFERABLE: HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE, and we’re really extra-proud of this one. We’re bringing the Nocturnus and Galahad tale to an end, and we’ve very much surprised even ourselves by the twists and turns their final adventure has taken.

Please join us every Wednesday as we tell what has become a poignantly personal story of a father and his son. I know it’s hit some strong emotional chords with Pete and myself. It’s got action, mystery, and tension–but above all, it has heart.  Come see for yourself.

Nov 12, 2014 In: Comics, Thrillbent News