Now that The Word has been picked up by its first syndicating partner, the awesome site LightningOctopus.com, I’ve been thinking…
You see, what LightningOctopus does is catalogue, promote and document all of the cool and hidden geek culture that’s lying around Phoenix. Turns out, there’s a hell of a lot! So what I wanted to do for you this week, dear readers, is give you a little insight into the comic book culture of Phoenix.
Now before I begin I won’t even pretend that I’m going to do anything other than scratch the surface. I say that because inevitably someone will be left out and I only have so much space to put words into each week. To start off with, there is a massive amount of comic shops in the metropolitan area known as Phoenix. Some might even classify it as glut, or maybe you would prefer a plethora? The latest survey that I just made up says there is 1 comic shop to every 5 comic fans! Now that’s a lot! No matter how you look at it, you’re sure to find a place that will service your needs as a comic nerd to your satisfaction.
On the good side, since there are so many shops there are also tons, if not mega-tons of events and happenings all over town on any given weekend. Go to these shops, go to their websites and get on their mailing lists! You will not be disappointed the next time your favorite creator like Brian Bendis or Matt Fraction comes into town and you don’t know about it.
Not only are there amazing shops, but the amount of stellar comic book creators in the Phoenix valley is insane! I’m talking about people like John Layman! Have you ever heard of Chew? Yeah, he just won an Eisner for that little comic of his. If you are not reading Chew, you fail at comics! Not only do we have the Mighty Layman, but also David Lapham of Stray Bullets fame. Let’s not forget Tony Parker, artist on the Boom Studios hit Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
Ok, so what, we have a few professionals living in Phoenix, who cares? Yup, I knew you were thinking that. But here’s the great thing … we have one of the most active and vibrant indie creator communities anywhere. Just go check out TinyArmy.com – a collection of some of the best creators, illustrators and designers in Phoenix. They meet monthly and are a great place to network. This is just one example of the locals coming together to help promote the scene.
Just look at past posts on LightningOctopus to see even more great events.
I could sit here all night and rattle off creators that are making phenomenal comics and web comics, locally, like Eric Mengel, Ben Glendenning, Denny Reccelli, Madame M, Glenn Curren, Jeff Pina and the list could go on and on, but I’m almost out of beer and let’s be honest, that’s more important at the moment.
So if you’re a local creator, or if you’re a local wanna-be creator there are tons of resources out there for you to take advantage of. More local creators is a win-win for everybody. So get your ass in gear and get the hell out there.
It will be worth it.