Mark Waid has been writing in the comic industry for over 25 years, delivering some of the most memorable runs for major publishers. Waid recently announced that, while he loves working with print comics, he would be starting his own website, offering free original comics on a weekly basis. Waid and John Rogers launched their new site, Thrillbent, this week, and you can already read two digital comics, no matter what electronic platform you are using. Waid wrote, “Thrillbent was created because John Rogers and I believe strongly that comics can and will be a thriving mass medium in the digital age if–IF–they’re created for modern media devices and not exclusively for printed pamphlets that are overpriced, uninviting to new readers, and abominably distributed in only a relative handful of storefronts nationwide.” This is a bold move in an effort to gain new readers, and a huge step forward in the comics industry. Check out more details below.
The first two digital comics released are “Insufferable” and “Luther”. “Insufferable” will be an ongoing series so far as we can tell that brings Waid together with Nolan Woodard and Peter Krause. The first issue is summary read: “What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag? What on Earth could draw the two of you back together again?” Waid will be releasing new chapters each week, the first of which is out now, the second will hit on May 9.
“Luther” is a zombie story of Waid’s that was actually released while back. in weekly installments. Now you can read it all for free. It follows the story of a man who cleans up after the zombie apocalypse. This short, one and done, tale is fantastic and it showcases how awesome digital comics can be.
More details on “Thrillbent”:
“THRILLBENT is a digital comics site created by acclaimed comics writer Mark Waid and television writer/producer extraordinaire John Rogers. It is an experiment in new-media publishing. Nothing about it is carved in stone; the site will change and evolve with the help of your feedback and constructive criticism. There will be glorious successes, there will be crashing failures, but most of all, there will be the courage to challenge 75 years’ worth of accepted “rules” about what comics are and aren’t.
This is NOT an attempt to “kill print.” Mark, John and their collaborators all love print comics. Mark alone writes what seems to be about one out of every three published these days. Print and digital can co-exist; we’re just trying to level the playing field between the two.”
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