Time for some Bad Machinery

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Got a hankering to see schoolgirls and schoolboys solving mysteries that involve curses, football, supernatural creatures and mothballs?
If those things ring your bells, then you will love….

Bad Machinery

Bad Machinery
Bad Machinery is a webcomic set in the fictional town of Tackleford, England, written and drawn by John Allison.
The story involves two groups of schoolchildren that attend fictional “Griswalds Grammar School” who spend their time solving mysteries.
The groups interact, but each is unaware of that the other group is out solving mysteries, just like they are.
Rest assured thouhg, the whole thing is far less “Fantastic Five” than it sounds.
This strip has humour, action and mystery all with a very British sensibility to it.

Visually, Allison’s artwork  is a joy to look at. There is detail (such as in the background scenery) but the overall feeling is simplified and not too over-drawn.

(By the way, I have no idea why this comic is called Bad Machinery. If you do, please let me know in the comments below).

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You are a Bad-ass Charlie Brown!

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Ever wanted to see what your childhood comicstrip memories would look like, if all the characters had ended up in a post apocalyptic world?
Well, wonder no more, as I present to the following webcomic for you to delight in….

Weapon Brown –
Warning : this webcomic is for adults only, and many panels are not safe for work.

Weapon Brown
Weapon Brown is a parody of all the comic strips you read in the paper when you were growing up. Jason Yungbluth has taken these characters and set them loose in a desolate post-apocalyptic world.
Charlie Brown is now a cybernetic warrior who roams the lawless wasteland with his dog Snoop by his side.

All the characters you remember from the funny pages as a kid now have blood thirsty appetites, mutations and cybernetic parts.

The strip has a fantastically fun feel to it all, whilst still retaining a gritty, road warrior vibe.
As well as the fantastically detailed art, I had immense fun trying to see how many comic strip references and characters I could pick out. It’s like a pop-culture comic quiz jammed inside of a Mad-Max film.

Jason Yungbluth is the artist & writer for this strip and he produces a highly professional and refined piece of work.
The comic is fast paced, action packed and well illustrated. It is also quite a respectful tribute to the original comic characters while parodying them a the same time

Weapon Brown is part of Jason Yungbluth’s Deep Fried webcomic site, but it has proved to be so popular that it’s going to collected as a stand-alone graphic novel by the end of 2010. Start reading it from here, but be aware that you may have to jump a few of his other Deep fried strips before returning to the story.

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Fun Western Comics

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Even though I grew up on Superhero comics, I have always had a soft spot for comics set in the Old West, for some reason.
This may be due to my father making me watch too many Clint Eastwood westerns when I was younger.
The two comics I am recommending this week, are humorous tales that are set in the Old West.

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Reed Gunther

Reed Gunther
Reed Gunther is an all ages comic book set in the old west. There is a very small similarity to the old TV series “Gentle Ben”, as the main character Reed Gunther, travels with his best friend Sterling, who is a bear.
That is where the similarity ends though, as Reed & Sterling battle supernatural monsters, track down slimy villains and catch a runaway trains.

Created and produced by brothers Shane and Chris Houghton, this series is full of fun and excitement. The art is professional and captivating, while the storyline never fails to inject humor or kookiness without losing track of the excitement.

Breckinridge Elkins

Breckinridge Elkins

Breckinridge Elkins is a story originally created by Robert E. Howard, who is best known for the creation of Conan theBarbarian, and all of the heroic fantasy that followed it.
For many, Breckinridge Elkins is a fantastic introduction to all those who are unaware that Howard was anything other than “that Conan guy,” and it shows he was more than capable of creating a story with a humorous lighter touch.

“Mountain Man” is the first in the series, adapted and illustrated by Gary Chaloner himself and colored by Cayetano Garza.
As a big fan of Chaloner’s art style, I am thoroughly enjoying this webcomic adaptation of the story. Chaloner also posts his rough layouts of the strips too, which is a great resource for readers and comic artists to get a glimpse behind the curtain and see how these become the final finished pieces.

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Satanists and the Thug life.

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The comics I am recommending that you check out this week, are two Australian strips which are currently shown online and will soon be gathered into graphic novels.
Showing your art & story online before you publish is becoming a very common way to build a fan base for your printed graphic novel before it actually hits the shelves. It is smart marketing, if you ask me.

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McBLACK is a graphic novel about the daily life of the thug, assassin, arsonist and small businessman Whiteface McBlack.
He used to be a private dick, but he gave it up in order to pursue on his true calling: murder, sabotage, theft and arson.

There’s shootings, stabbings, beheadings, machete attacks, hand grenades and exploding vehicles – so this is basically your standard slice of life drama….
Or, it would be a standard slice of life drama, if your daily life brought you into contact with mutant cyborg bikers, redneck triads, a wrestler-turned-monster-truck-dealer and a variety of other heavily armed freaks and weirdos.

This comic is presented online in a full page graphic novel layout, and has a fantastic dark, noir style feel to it’s art.
It is pencilled by the talented Jason Franks and the art is perfectly inked by Dave Gutierrez. You can get the McBlack graphic novel now, over at Black Glass Press.

The Sixsmiths

The Sixsmiths is a strip about an ordinary family of Satanists who have fallen on hard times.
They are your normal, everyday, suburban family. They go to work, go to school, buy groceries and attend church regularly. The only difference is that, when they go to church they worship Satan and cannot WAIT to experience the joy of living in Hell in the after-life. The Sixsmiths, this is one heckuva comedy and one helluva family.

The Sixsmiths is the work of J. Marc Schmidt and Jason Franks (yes him again).
Schmidts art style is wonderfully simplistic and clean, which allows the storylines to not be overshadowed by the art.

Schmidt is also the author of the graphic novels EGG STORY and EATING STEVE, available from Slave Labor Graphics.
The Sixsmiths is about to be released as a graphic novel later this year.

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