Friday, December 28, 2012
Aces Weekly - Don't miss out!
One of the new British comics launched this year was Aces Weekly, an anthology of brand new strips by a variety of creators. Similar to the traditional weekly comics of old in fact, but with important differences. Aces Weekly is exclusively digital, and all the strips are creator-owned. When you buy Aces Weekly you're not lining the bulging bank account of some big corporation. The comic is based on a profit-sharing scheme and although all the work is done up front for nothing, any profits are then divided equally amongst the contributors.
Aces Weekly is the brainchild of V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd, who set up the concept with his own money earlier this year. The editor is Bambos Georgiou, who has numerous years of experience as an editor, writer, letterer and artist, and the contributors range from all over the world. Each volume of the comic consists of seven weekly issues for just £6.99 / $9.99 / €7.99 - a pound an issue! You can't say fairer than that.
The beauty of digital comics is that they're always available, so for those of you who haven't yet subscribed, here's what you're missing. In Volume One...
SHOOT FOR THE MOON
by Alexandre Tefenkgi and Mauricet
by Phil Hester, John McCrea and Matthew Wilson
VALLEY OF SHADOWS
by David Jackson and David Lloyd
RETURN OF THE HUMAN
by JC Vaughan and Mark Wheatley
by David Hitchcock from a plot by Kerry Hitchcock
by Lew Stringer
THRUD THE BARBARIAN
by Carl Critchlow
by David Leach
A TALE FROM GIMBLEY
by Phil Elliott
by Mychalio Kazybrid and Bambos Georgiou
by Estéban Hernandez
by Lucy Stone and Rory Walker
...and in Volume Two, which began a few weeks ago...
THE CAT THAT CAME TO CALL
by Kathryn Layno
SANTA CLAUS VS THE NAZIS
by Benjamin Dickson and Gavin Mitchell
by James Hudnall and Val Mayerik
THE KEPT WOMAN
by Algesiras and Yishan Li
by Ferg Handley and Kev Hopgood
by Henry Flint
Remember, Aces Weekly is exclusively digital. There's no point in 'waiting for the print edition' because there isn't going to be one. Producing a print edition would bump up the price considerably (due to paying printers, distributors, and retailers) and would make it unfeasible. I appreciate that some people can't access some digital comics because they require an iPad, but Aces Weekly can be read on any computer or tablet device. (Except, I understand, for small devices such as iPhones.)
Intrigued? Want to support a new UK / international comic? Follow the link to the Aces Weekly website and subscribe today!