Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3138:
This was another publication given to me at the recent Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con in Artists Alley for possible review in this blog.Kevin Woody, who is the creator of this anthology, is pictured at the above right holding a copy at his booth. We talked for a while and Kevin submitted a copy for a possible review in this blog.
So what's this anthology about? Here's the background info from another web site:
"My website is www.betweenmars.com. My book, titled “Kevin Woody’s Between Mars,” will be a collection of three short stories, the bulk of which is a 41-page story about a 19th century Chicagoland town that doesn’t know what a beard is because a masonic-like society of barbers has kept beards a secret from humanity for centuries. I’m currently posting the comic on my website every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. The book will be 52 full color pages for $12.”
So what's 'My Take' on this anthology?
Front Cover / Back Cover: The front cover shows a spaceman using a saw on what apperas to be an air hose.
Turning to the back cover, as it a 'wrap-a-round' cover, it is a little surprising to see the scene...!
Okay, so what's this publication going to look like inside after that twist?
Inside Front Cover: Is a pencil sketch of a character with the word 'Enjoy' underneath the sketch.
Splash Page: Is an actually the Table of Contents showing that there are 3 stories:
'Pogonotomy' starts on Page 2.
'The Forgotten Daughter of Zeus' starts on Page 44.
'Glutenous' starts on Page 49.
So the majority of the pages in this publicatin center on one story...
Okay, so I start reading this first story. It's not like the wrap-a-round cover in style or content...But...I find the storyline to be very interesting...
And the artwork produced in sepia tone...It's pretty darn good! There's some full panel pages, some multi-panel pages, and the story is well paced. Well done, even though I'm wondering why the publication is titled 'Between Mars'??!!
The 2nd story start off in color, and is set even earlier in time than the 1st story. Back to the time of the story of 'The Forgotten Daughter of Zeus'?!
I don't get it...The story and art is okay, nah, actually it is pretty good also, although done in a different art style, but now I'm wondering, did I miss something...Somewhere along the line here?
The 3rd and last story - Now this story is in black and white,. Yeah, B&W! And yeah, cute...kinda funny even...But still, it has nothing to do with the other two stories in this publication, let alone with the Title!!!
Final Page - The Inside Back Cover: The short, (and I mean short!) story of the origin of Woody!
Okay, it's got me stumped!
I see on the bottom of the back cover the web site for this publication: www.betweenmars.com.
Maybe the answer is there? But why should I look there for the answer to my question ever since I opened the publication to the first page?
Yes, if I had an iPad or iPhone with an app to check online what this publication is supposed to be; I could do so. But if I was a browser and saw this in a LCBS or a brick-n-mortar book store, why should I have to?
It's either a Master Marketing Gimmick, or something to drive the browser crazy before purchase. Or both...?!
So I go to the web site. I find that Woody has been working on this since 2005, per the copyright on the web site.
Yet, after going through all the pages, at least I believe I saw all the pages, as there are links to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, etc., I still don't have my answer to my question.
Why is it titled 'Between Mars'...???!!!
Well...maybe I'll have to ask on the Facebook Fan Page for: Kevin Woody's Between Mars!
This is where I normally would give my My Thanks to the creator of the publication for bringing their publication to my attention. Well...even though the 'Title' is still bugging me, the artwork and storylines inside the pages of this publication are definitely worth taking a look at! Thanks, Kevin!
And My Thanks again to ALL of YOU reading this blog and our earlier archived blog posts. Now over 3,135 total posts in number!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
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