Every month, Indie Edge brings the ever-changing, ever-diversifying world of independent, creator-owned comics directly to you. If you’re looking for more of the expected – something familiar and safe – then you are in the wrong place! RUN NOW! These titles are right on the fringe of the mainstream, outside the borders of conventional tastes, and have dove completely over the edge of and headfirst into independent thought.
Good. Then Natasha “Cannondollx” Stagmer proudly welcomes you to the “Indie Edge!” This month, she takes a look inside February’s PREVIEWS! Check the video out above, and then take a deep dive with each title below.
What do the comic book figures Static, Hardware, and Icon all have in common? Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans gives an answer that goes far beyond “tights and capes.” Milestone was the brainchild of four young black creators who wanted to part from the mainstream and do their stories their own way. Milestone focused on the African American heroes in a town called Dakota. Milestone’s creators aimed for exceptional stories that addressed racial issues without alienating readers. Tracing the company’s history and discussing its creators, their works, and the fans, this book gauges Milestone alongside other black comic book publishers, mainstream publishers, and the history of costumed characters.
Kelsey Wroten’s Cannonball fires the reader straight into the messy life of Caroline Bertram: aspiring writer, queer, art school graduate, near alcoholic, and self proclaimed tortured genius. Stunningly drawn in a classic style, with big truths and biting wit, Wroten’s debut graphic novel is Art School Confidential for the Tumblr generation.
Abigail struggles to get through her every day life as a single woman in a small town. She can only imagine how difficult it will be now that she is pregnant and will soon be a single mother. Hopeless and alone, with nowhere to run or hide, she weeps… Though she wasn’t truly alone at all. In the shadows, her cries are heard and answered, but not the way she had intended. As always, Mr. Teeth, with open arms and a toothy grin, is waiting in the shadows with his band of misfits, The Rejected.
A tale of murder, grief, crime and violence inspired by real life events. A visit to the supermarket goes horribly wrong when masked robbers open fire and kill unsuspecting customers. After witnessing the deaths of their loved ones, Marielle and Stella, two women from very different backgrounds, bond to pick up the pieces. Soon their pain and desire for justice in the face of ineffective police work boils into a quest for vengeance driven by a dark, dark rage.
A true daughter of the fearsome O’Malley clan, Grace spent her life wishing to join the fight to keep Henry VIII’s armies from invading her homeland of Ireland, only to be told again and again that the battlefield is no place for a woman. But after English conspirators brutally murder her husband, Grace can no longer stand idly by. Leading men into battle on the high seas, Grace O’Malley quickly gains a formidable reputation as the Pirate Queen of Ireland with her prowess as a sailor and skill with a sword. But her newfound notoriety puts the lives of Grace and her entire family in danger and eventually leads to a confrontation with the most powerful woman in England: Queen Elizabeth I.
The high-octane, sci-fi action-adventure continues as our heroines rescue the tormented animals from a secret military testing lab, only to discover the experiments being performed are darker than they could have imagined. The animals have been weaponized… and they are on the hunt.
Pam Harrison is one of the first and best known CGI artists in Independent Comics. Her work with the historical fiction series House of the Muses earned her the 2008 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant for Outstanding Series, and she continues her storytelling in a gripping sci-fi space opera adventure, A Deviant Mind, that far transcends its original LGBT audience. Her work has also appeared in ALPHABET Anthology, Dark Mischief horror anthology, Voices Against Bullying and more.
Her current series is the long-running scifi space opera A Deviant Mind, updating Sunday-Wednesday-Friday on http://adeviantmind.com/