Some good readin’

Hard to believe that it’s Comic-Con season already! NEXT WEEK is when the nerds take over the city of San Diego. I’ll be with TopatoCo at booth 1229 — an easy booth to remember because we’re just on the other side of the aisle from booth 1-2-3-4. YOU KNOW THIS BY NOW.

If you won’t be in San Diego, but still want to read some good comics, my friend and yours Ryan Estrada has just launched something called The Whole Story. In his words:

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!

It’s like the Humble Indie Bundle for comics! And one of the comics he’s selling is called Fusion Future, a collaboration between Korean artist Nam Dong Yoon and a whole bevy of English-speaking cartoonists — including myself — who’ve “translated” his work (probably correctly). Check it all out at the-whole-story.com — the work that’s up now will only be available for a couple of weeks!

I want to see Ryan do well, not least because he is one of the authors in our upcoming Machine of Death 2 (out next summer). Another MOD2 contributor is artist Tony Cliff, whose comic Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant was just nominated for the Harvey Award this year.

I read Delilah Dirk when Tony submitted his portfolio for MOD2 and I fell in love with it! It’s a wonderful, swashbuckling adventure full of gorgeous art and fun action. (It’s the picture at the top of this post!) I recommend you go read the whole story right now for free at delilahdirk.com.

All that should keep you busy for a while