This is a review on 'The H-Boyz' #1 from Graphic Artists Inc....
My thanks to Clay Henss, (a.k.a. Clay Hatrison), who sent this in for a possible mention / review in my blog...
So what's this H-Boyz all about?
First, I must place a 'Disclaimer / Warning' on this blog post of mine! Similar to what Clay and Blake Hatrison posted on the cover of the comic book itself.
That would be: "Adult Content" & "Viewers Discrection Advised".
Why? Well right on the cover itself, at the bottom, is the promo: "Introducing the New Lords of the Underground... The H-Boyz!".
And that is exactly what this comic book reminds me of, comics from the late 1960's - early 1970's that I'm currently selling a collection of in our own online store! (Unabashed plug here, LOL!)
Let me say this, though. When and IF You go to their web site, Clay (Demonchild) and Blake (B-Boy) want to be in Your face, daring you to read further!
They'll throw a lot of 'bad words' at you and other phrases to introduce you to their publication. They want to be known as the "nefarious duo known as the H-Boyz".
Here's a comment from them about what they are doing with this comic: "The H-Boys represent a new era in underground comix, hateful music and the proliferation of the dont-give-a-___, DIY aesthetic. We are the new overlords of the underground, and we command you to kneel before your death rock gods".
Due to the 'standards' my blogging host server has, I shouldn't list the titles of the short illustrated stories in their comic book here in this post.
I did note that both of them contributed artwork for the comic that is supposed to "act as an autobiography of our heinous exploits".
Well, so far their efforts to secure a publisher "brave enough" to bring their work into print and mass produced form has been "fruitless", to use their own word for it.
Well, there's a reason for this guys!
This comic ain't for the masses!
That's why there is the 'self-publishing' route to go to. And You are going to have to market / market / market it yourselves to get your work known!
In all seriousness, the art ain't half-bad. Matter of fact it is pretty darn good. The situations that they place themselves in is 'typical' for an underground comix.
Nothing really new there for those that have read underground comix for years... but it would definitely be new and loud for those that hadn't read underground comix before!
But this genre is NOT for everyone! Heck, it is probably a really limited niche to begin with... And with the 'In Your Face' attitude in print, it just might turn off the readers you want to attract. Then again... it might not...it could be a niche within a niche sales market.
As I have mentioned in another review I posted on another underground style comix, (that of Iota Arcane's Imaginary Slave), this series also had a CD with music tracks. Unfortunately the CD itself is 'Sold Out' per their web site 'store' tab.
So what's my final thoughts on this...?
If You are into underground comix, then you should give it a try. Please note that is NOT for underage readers, PERIOD. There is some commercial value to this comix, but you can't be upset at the language and situations mentioned in this comix. You have definitely been warned!
This is NOT a 'mainstream' comic book, and is NOT meant for everyone... And this could, (probably?), mean YOU!
You too can view a few 'censored' pages of it, and even order it at your own mind-rotting peril at:
My thanks to Clay for bringing this publication to my attention. AND...My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
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