Well, well, well . This is gold rush time for new digital comics imprints/initiatives.
Not only did MonkeyBrain roll out its lineup today, but we also have The Whole Story, a new portal for original graphic novels for some of the top indie creators including:
A new graphic novel by Ryan Estrada (Flight: Volume 4) , Box Brown (Everything Dies) and the English-language debut of Korean cartoonist Nam Dong Yoon.
Ryan North (Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics)
Meredith Gran (Marceline and the Scream Queens, Octopus Pie)
Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Incredible Change-Bots)
Malachai Nicolle (the 7 year old writer of Axe Cop)
Katie Cook (Star Wars Comics, Fraggle Rock)
C. Spike Trotman
Michael “Mookie” Terracciano
and Dorothy Gambrell.
Strips written by
Don Hertzfeldt (the Oscar-nominated director of Rejected)
Doug TenNapel (the creator of Earthworm Jim)
David Malki! (Wondermark, Machine of Death)
David Hellman (the artist behind Braid)
Josh “The Comics Curmudgeon” Fruhlinger.
The site has debuted with a downloadable preview —which looks fantastic—and best of all, after you read the preview, you can download the final for name-your-own-price through July 22nd.
BUT, in a nod to the appeal of Kickstarter, the more you pay, the more exclusive content you unlock, like additional stories and podcasts.
Like you are not going to want a story called Robot Cat.
Just to recap, in case you are confused, unlike MonkeyBrain which is going through comiXology, The Whole Story allows you to purchase DRM-free downloads of GNs by some of the best cartoonists working.
I’m Ryan Estrada, and I frigging love comics.
But I’m going to level with you- buying comics online can be a pain in the butt. Most of the services out there are geared toward what’s good for the middle man, not the customer. But luckily, I also make comics. And know a lot of others who do too.
So we spent most of the last year putting together an amazing collection of brand new books. And built a site to get them directly to you in the way that I would like to buy comics. Direct from the artists, at whatever price you think is fair, without having to register an account or download an app.
My dream is that if this takes off, I can start offering advances to awesome cartoonists so that they can focus on making the best comics they can. I can focus on making new graphic novels full time. And overall, the world will have a lot more great comics!
So MonkeyBrain + The Whole Story = LOTS AND LOTS MORE AMAZING COMICS.
We live in the best of times, right?