Pirates, Ninjas, Cthulhu, BOOM!
July 14, 2008 11:25 PM   Subscribe

Free comics! BOOM! Studios' new web comics site, launching today, will be posting a page a day from six different titles including its Ninja, Zombie and Cthulhu Tales anthologies...
posted by Artw (13 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
That's a pretty sweet Gug on page five of Cthulhu Tales.
posted by Caduceus at 11:56 PM on July 14, 2008

I picked up some issues of Cthulhu Tales recently - the stories sometimes seem to lack an ineffable something, but a good deal of the art is agreeably awful. I especially enjoyed this portrait of a lady.
posted by whir at 12:02 AM on July 15, 2008

(er, that's awful in the complimentary sense, of course. Ia! Ia!)
posted by whir at 12:04 AM on July 15, 2008

I'm new here... is this an ad?
posted by Ron Thanagar at 1:01 AM on July 15, 2008

Once I got to Page 5 of "2 Guns" and realized that it was all covers and glowing praise blurbs (and the content looked increasingly like Brubaker Warmed Over), I bailed.
posted by Shepherd at 2:31 AM on July 15, 2008

Okay, to be fair the other series do have actual content.
posted by Shepherd at 3:19 AM on July 15, 2008

Well, I’m quite enthused by what their doing (well, I made the FPP, I supposed I’d have to) but I do wonder if starting off with meatier content would have been better – like actually getting to the end of one of the anthology tales and maybe starting another one and doing the day-by-day dripfeed on that. Probably it’s going to be better to read this in little bursts than hang on it every day, since these weren’t initially meant to be read a page at a time.

Still, that’s a LOT of material they are planning on posting there. And I’m a sucker for horror anthologies.
posted by Artw at 8:12 AM on July 15, 2008

I root for BOOM! studios, and I enjoy the hell out of a lot of the stuff they put out, and they bring in lots of people I like, and I want them to succeed.

But part of me groans a little at the endless series of internet memes they mine. Cthulu, ninjas, zombies, sure. Giving the (web) people what they want, or pandering? I go back and forth.

But the day they do LOLCats Tales, I'm done with them.
posted by COBRA! at 8:34 AM on July 15, 2008

I think they're actually doing something pretty smart there - historically, for whatever reason, anthology titles have been a tough sell in the US market, and pushing a strong theme and brand seems a good way around it.
posted by Artw at 10:52 AM on July 15, 2008

Yeah, I agree, it's smart business. And in the end, making enough money to survive's probably more important to them than nurturing the tender sensibilities of some fussy dude in Minneapolis.
posted by COBRA! at 11:37 AM on July 15, 2008

I'm totally pitching LOLCAT Tales, BTW.
posted by Artw at 2:02 PM on July 15, 2008

If they go for it, send me the submission guidelines. My principles'll go right out the window if I can haz exposure.
posted by COBRA! at 2:13 PM on July 15, 2008

Update: FWIW There's some full stories there now, and second stories starting. I kind of like the first Zombie Tales one.
posted by Artw at 1:40 PM on July 20, 2008

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