Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A few weeks ago, I mentioned CulturePulp, Mike Russell's fun and funky comic tour through Portland. It looks like you're going to be seeing a lot more of Russell in the near future, especially if you're a fan of Joss Whedon's Serenity 'Verse. Russell was the editor of the now-defunct Serenity Tales, an archive of fan-made Serenity comics. Now Dark Horse, which publishes the Serenity comics, has approached Russell about putting his funny fan comics in the back pages of the upcoming Serenity one-shots. I was not terribly enamored with the previous Serenity comics, but between Patton Oswalt writing the new Wash-centric story and Russell's backup pages, it might be worth picking up.
It's also yet another example of Dark Horse reaching into the Internet ether and bringing new talent to print. After all, they've published Achewood and Wondermark, and are currently running a miniseries of Felicia Day's popular web show The Guild. It's something I don't think larger publishers do enough, so it's nice to see Dark Horse onboard.
Oh, and you can check out the full version of this particularly bloody fan comic -- illustrated by Russell and written by Mark Bourne -- over at ComicsAlliance. Also head over to CulturePulp to see Russell's comic on Browncoat culture.