Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day 165: Preview the new comic book!

Please take the opportunity to preview the first four pages of Day 165 from Source Point Press. If your local retailer carries Source Point Press comics then grab a copy! If your local retailer doesn't have Source Point Press in stock then demand they order some of the best indie comics.

Day 165 is a war themed comic book series inspired by the Twilight Zone and War Stories where soldiers experience the unexplained during their 165th day of service. In the upcoming issue of Day 165, a group of British paratroopers will be lost behind enemy lines. Pvt. Donnie Smith is an avid comic book reader and wants to be more like his idol, Colonel Joe Monroe. Smith is under the supervision of Sgt. Freddie Hayes, who has nothing but disdain for comics. Both Smith and Hayes will be forced to confront enemies new and old.

Story: Tony Wright
Script: Frank T. Allen
Pencils, Inks, and Color: Joe Haemmerle
Letters: Magnus
Publisher: Source Point Press

Day 165 by Tony Wright on Scribd

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kav and Tony Break It Down: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #98

Kav and Tony are two webcomic collaborators and lifelong comic book fans having fun reviewing titles from the Golden and Silver Age of Comics. They know these comic books were published with a young audience in mind, but they couldn't pass up the opportunity to make fun of goofy covers, ridiculous plots, silly dialogue, and pseudo-scientific shenanigans.  

Kav: Back in the 60's DC did a survey and kids chose gorillas as their favorite cover feature, so they went way overboard on the gorilla covers. They popped up everywhere. Jimmy Olsen and the science fiction titles seem to have taken the brunt of the damage. Here we see the inevitable final result of this nonsense-Jimmy being forced to marry a gorilla by a Witch Doctor Superman. Many times where there was a gorilla, a witch doctor wasn't far behind. We see Jimmy's new wife already screaming at him about something. Get used to it buddy. Of course Lucy Lane has to be present whenever Jimmy is humiliated. I read a lot of these Jimmy Olsen stories and Superman is always depicted as the trickster character from Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Kinda helpful but mostly not. In 'Midas of Metropolis' Jimmy had to spend a million dollars to get a million in 24 hours. He was down to his last 10 cents, it was Sunday, and everything was closed. Superman just stood there grinning instead of telling Jimmy to put the dime in the parking meter before he gets a ticket. He got the ticket. I've had friends like this. Don't ask me what Superman is stirring in the pot but it's an appropriate image for sure.

Tony: Superman is not only just a witch doctor, but he's the local witch doctor. Hopefully, Jimmy's health care plan has witch doctor Superman in his network. Also, I'm not fully convinced that Supes successfully completed an apprenticeship to earn his degree or certificate or whatever in witch doctoring. Dude probably didn't even do a residency. Why does local witch doctor Superman need a fire when he can boil that pot with his heat vision? I can only imagine the absurd plot that unfolds in this issue.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tony Wright Interviewed for the Ninja Starship Podcast

The Day 165 Kickstarter campaign is still underway and please take some time to check out our supernatural war themed comic book which will be published by Source Point Press. We're doing everything we can to promote our campaign and Tony Wright, the co-creator of Day 165, was interviewed by Jimmy McKnight of the Ninja Starship podcast to talk about the comic and the rewards we have for our backers.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Day 165: The Kickstarter Project

Greetings! It has been ages since I've posted something to Champion City Comics, but now is a great time to update our readers because I have some fantastic news. Source Point Press will be publishing a comic book version of our webcomic Day 165, a supernatural war themed title that will appeal to many readers.

The concept behind Day 165 is that each episodes deals with bizarre and fascinating things that happen to soldiers during their 165th day of service. I grew up reading GI Joe, Fightin' Army, Fightin' Marines, and The 'Nam. Also, I loved The Twilight Zone and Amazing Stories. It was great to blend war comics with supernatural and sci-fi tales.

Day 165 started off as a webcomic in 2012 by Tony Wright (writer), Giovanni Ballati (pencils, inks, and letters), and Joseph Haemmerle (color). We received positive responses from readers and decided to begin a second issue, which would be 24 to 25 pages instead of another 11 page webcomic. There were some ups and downs with getting the comic book developed, but the creative team became Tony Wright (story), Frank T. Allen (script), Joseph Haemmerle (pencils, inks, and colors), and Magnus (letters). We completed the comic book this year and Source Point Press agreed to be our publisher.

This is an exciting first step in what I see as an awesome partnership. Please click on the comic book cover below to see our Kickstarter campaign, which ends on October 1, 2016.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The History of Champion City Comics - Part VIII - Naira I & II

Naira was s science fiction series created by Victor Pozzi, the artist for Westwood. Victor pitched the story to me after we completed Westwood and he needed me to develop a script based on his ideas. I was very happy to assist Victor because he had developed an excellent story.  Naira is the tale of a science officer for an intergalactic agency that discovers a rare species of plant capable of curing many diseases on a planet that's in the middle of a major conflict between two tribes.

This is the first issue of Naira that we completed in 2010, which would later be published in an anthology from Twilight Star Studios.

We decided to create another version of Naira c.2014 that would be a weekly webcomic series at Tapastic. The project did not last long due to scheduling conflicts and commitments to other projects. We did introduce a new character and we added digital lettering.

There is a sequel to the first issue!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

History of Champion City Comics - Part VII - Comic Book Reviews

I launched Champion City Comics in October of 2009 and we experienced only a handful of hits. Our webcomics production increased in 2010, which led to an estimated 300 to 800 monthly page views. Those numbers were low and discouraging because I was doing everything possible to promote our work via social media and by connecting with other webcomics creators in various forums. 

We had a great line of webcomics available, so I decided to add something else to Champion City Comics which would generate more traffic. Comic book reviews made the most sense because it was my thought that people could enjoy reading reviews of their favorite comics while discovering new and exciting webcomics.

If we were going to post comic book reviews on a daily basis then people had to be recruited to write reviews. A few motivated souls accepted my invitation and we started updating the site on a daily basis with comic book reviews and some other comic related articles that would bring in traffic. The gamble worked and our page views started to soar. It was October 2012 when we had over 20,000 page views for the entire month. I was very excited to see that we were on the right track, but when I reviewed the statistical information for our site, I noticed that people were just checking the reviews and our webcomics were getting little attention. A review of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue was our top read for the month.

That was the moment when I realized we should stop writing comic book reviews. I love making comics and I love reading comics, but I learned an important lesson that both may not always coexist peacefully. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The History of Champion City Comics - Part VI - ...And We Formed A Band

This is the first Champion City Comics project that was - and still is - trapped in development hell. Creators of comic books and webcomics all have special projects that seem destined for greatness, but they somehow never blossomed. ..And We Formed A Band was my first of many development hell projects.

Writers are told to write what they know, and I know a thing or two about rock and roll and forming bands. Music has been a part of my life since I was a kid, and a goal I set for myself in college was to form a band. There were some unsuccessful attempts, but I finally struck gold following graduation and successfully formed a band. We were together for about a year and half. I had to quit the band when I was hired for a job in another state.

...And We Formed A Band was my first attempt at doing a webcomics project that didn't involve crime noir or science fiction. It was a story about two friends that attempt to fulfill their dreams of starting a band, but there are a series of ups and downs involving an overly energetic 80's cover band drummer, psychotic ex-girlfriends, an annoying techno band, and a crazy ex-Vietnam vet who thinks he's the second coming of Jimi Hendrix.

I started writing the story sometime during 2010 when I was introduced via email to an artist named Christopher Alvarez. Christopher sent me a link to his artwork and I noticed this piece he completed of a rock band, which instantly gave me the creative spark to begin ...And We Formed A Band. We worked on the basic premise of the story and I sent him a few script pages for his comments and suggestions. Christopher sent me four pages that he penciled, inked, and lettered. I've embedded those pages below for your to read. Personally, I think he did a great job with the art and it would have been wise if I found someone to do digital lettering.

...And We Formed A Band only had four completed pages, plus we didn't even have a cover created for the project. I decided to post the pages to Champion City Comics to see what the reaction would be from readers, and it earned some nice stats when it debuted in 2010. After it debuted, ...And We Formed A Band went straight to development hell.

Some projects are meant to be and others fall apart due to a variety of reasons. Work schedules and other commitments couldn't keep ...And We Formed A Band going, but it is one of those projects that I have tried time and time again to raise from the dead with no no success.

Tony Wright is the owner of Champion City Comics. Follow him on Twitter @TonyDougWright.