First things first: rest assured that THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD will return in a few short weeks with Volume Two. The creators haven’t taken a break; on the contrary, they’re working ahead so we don’t lose any time come the holidays. We’ll announce the return date very shortly.
But we still want you back here every Friday, and to prove it, we’re giving something special away for free.
Among the debts I owe Alex DeCampi is a big one for turning me on to MOTH CITY, a digital comic by an all-in-one talent from New Zealand named Tim Gibson. I visited Tim’s site at Alex’s recommendation and was immediately taken with how Tim was using the tools of digital to unspool his story. It was immediately apparent that, philosophically, we were of the same mind: pace it however you like, use techniques and layouts made for digital that aren’t effective in print, but always allow the reader to set the rhythm at which s/he reads. Here are some examples of where I thought Tim was getting digital storytelling massively, massively right.
MOTH CITY goes through genres like Governor McCaw goes through indentured factory workers. Season One of Tim’s four-season story laid out the turbulent 1930s Oriental setting and set up the multiple factions vying for power. Season Two looks to resolve some of the early mysteries while diving deeper into the rabbit hole, about which more shortly. More action, strange alliances, new and violent horror elements and further insight into the cast of characters.
Tim originally released MOTH CITY on his site a page or two at a time. I asked if he’d be cool with us serializing it on Thrillbent in larger chunks comparable to how we do our other ongoings (ten to twenty pages/screens per week), and the editor in me put in some time suggesting where I thought the most effective chapter breaks might be. My memory is that we went back and forth on only a couple, and of course they were only suggestions, but Tim remained gracious and enthusiastic all the way.
I’ll be perfectly candid and offer another reason why I wanted MOTH CITY on this site: because it’s (a) not at all a story I would ever think to write and (b) totally beyond my predicted level of interest if you were to tell me what it was about rather than show me. In other words, it wasn’t the story which drew me in initially, but rather the way in which it was told. (I have since wised up.) Regardless, I really like how unique it looks on Thrillbent, and once I relaxed into Tim’s methods, it gripped me.
Tim wrapped the first volume (first season, he calls it) on Thrillbent a few weeks back with a terrific, gripping ending. If you followed it weekly, you know what I’m referring to. If not, we (thanks to Tim) have an offer for you. Today and through the weekend, right-click HERE for a FREE PDF download of the high-definition, DRM-free Volume One with some bonus material to help you catch up on this smart, smart comic. Normally, we sell this material on our storefront for a small fee; while we want to push digital sales to support creators, we’ve always balanced that with a for-free outreach philosophy to increase digital comic readership as well.
If you’re keen on what you’ve been reading here at Thrillbent in general, if we’re on your radar, then I know you’ll find MOTH CITY compelling. Read Volume One now, then come back next Friday for the debut of MOTH CITY Volume Two.
What are the effects of McCaw’s bio-weapons and who took them?
Why was McCaw’s chief scientist murdered and who was behind it?
Just how will the world’s largest military, and their hardline representative Major Hong, respond as things on the island spin out of control?
And what if early bio-weapons were introduced to one of the world’s most devastating conflicts, the Chinese Civil War?
Find out starting next Friday.