Showing posts with label webcomics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label webcomics. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Red Devil and The Curse of Tragg Magnar - A Webcomic Series

Who likes pulp comics or those awesome action and adventure packed comic strips?

We have a brand new Red Devil story for our fans. The Red Devil and The Curse of Tragg Magnar is an exciting new adventure for The Red Devil and Kid Diablo, agents of The Danger Bureau. Did you read the first series? If not, then click here to read the first episode of The Red Devil.

In this story, Red Devil and Kid Diablo must protect Dr. Khatria Durani who has knowledge of a weapon which will destroy the infamous demon named Methalius. The Red Devil and Kid Diablo must act quickly to stop two of Methalius' agents who are in pursuit of Durani.

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Art and Lettering: Joe Haemmerle

The Red Devil & The Curse of Tragg Magnar by Tony Wright on Scribd

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The History of Champion City Comics - Part II - Discovering Webcomicland

The original Champion City Comics logo designed by yours truly c.2009 using MS Paint. You're welcome, Internet. 

October 2015 marks the six year anniversary of Champion City Comics. I've decided to write some rambling pieces about our history, which I hope you find to be somewhat informative and not too terribly boring.

My thought process for starting a webcomics page six years ago was something along the lines of "If you build it, they will come". Yes, I was pretty clueless when it came to the concept of webcomics, website development, site promoting, search engine optimization, and everything else affiliated with the undertaking. It would have been helpful if the 2009 version of me realized that putting something online does not mean it will easily be discovered by the billions of people surfing the web.

Researching webcomics at the time was very interesting because some comic creators were predicting the impending death of printed comics. Some are still awaiting that death. Webcomics were supposed to be the next phase of publication due to the rise in use of tablets and smartphones. Why pay for one overpriced comic when you could have access to an unlimited digital library for free or at the same cost? Also, webcomics did not impose a financial burden on creators, plus there was a great deal of freedom in the creative process.

Before I started Champion City Comics, I thought about printing my own comic books or graphic novels. There were a few eye-opening articles I read that put into perspective for me the hefty price tag for printing and distributing my own comics. A few thousand dollars was something I could not afford, so that's how I made my way to the digital wonderland that is webcomics. Remember, this was the pre-Kickstarter era of comics.

There were sites out there like Drunk Duck that hosted webcomics. What's nice about them is that you upload your webcomic pages, type in some information, and it's available for viewing. I decided against that at first because it would be a good idea to have a site solely dedicated to my work instead of being lost in a crowd of webcomic creators. Just because your webcomic is on a site like Drunk Duck doesn't mean it will have a hundred or a thousand instant hits. Those sites do have a history of becoming "good ol' boy networks" where you need to scratch some backs in order to get some views or get buried. Also, I had a few experiences with Drunk Duck where I could not find my posted comics. I'll write more on that later, ladies and gentlemen.

Politics and cliques didn't tickle my fancy, so that's how I ended up on Blogger. I knew some people that started blogs using Blogger, so that was my choice for hosting Champion City Comics. The financial cost of starting this site on Blogger in 2009 was ten dollars and that included the registration of our domain name. Setting my account to automatically renew on a yearly basis was simple. Although the cost was minimal, the platform I chose was not user friendly for webcomics.

A few quick searches provided me with some helpful tutorials for improving the appearance of my site. I immediately discovered that Blogger didn't really seem to be the ideal spot for my webcomics. Sites like Drunk Duck allow you to navigate easily from page to page of a webcomic, while Blogger doesn't have anything like that for webcomic creators. Blogger still doesn't have anything like that, which I find somewhat frustrating because catering to webcomic creators worked for hosting sites like WordPress.

I knew there had to be a way to have a successful Blogger page featuring webcomics. It took me some time to get it right, but the discovery of the embedded PDF seemed to be a lovely fit for Champion City Comics. Scribd and Issuu were two sites I discovered while doing some PDF research. If I had a twenty-two or twenty-four page comic, I could convert those pages into a PDF which would be converted at Scribd or Issuu as a digital file I could embed on my site. Take a look at Dr. Death vs The Vampire which was embedded using Scribd and The Champion City Fire which was embedded using Issuu. This would be a good time to mention that those comics have some spicy language and some violence which might not be your cup of tea.

The site was created and the comics were embedded as PDFs for easy viewing. It seemed to me that Champion City Comics was on the right path to success, but that was not the case. Not long after our launch, I discovered an article by Sean Kleefeld, a comic book expert and industry researcher, where he showed how the embedded PDF was not the best fit for creators. His 'Exhibit A' for the article was none other than Champion City Comics. Ah, fame.

I have more to write about webcomics and I'll put another article together for tomorrow. Maybe. I hope.

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

Monday, May 5, 2014


Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Pencils: Erik Roman and Joe Haemmerle

Color: Joe Haemmerle and L. Jamal Walton

Inks: Joe Haemmerle and Cristian Docolomansky

Letters: Joe Haemmerle and Magnus

Synopsis: Dublin O'Darby (The Red Devil) is an international crime-fighter who works for Sebastian Coronado, the director of an organization dedicated to combating cartels of evil. Joining The Red Devil is teenage sidekick Charlotte Murphy (Kid Diablo). In the exciting first issue, Red Devil and Kid Diablo track down a dangerous ninja, Silent Noise, who has stolen a mysterious ring which once belonged to a diabolical group of demon worshipers known as the Order of Methalius.

The Red Devil by Tony Wright

Friday, January 3, 2014


There are some personnel changes for The Red Devil, our original webcomic series. Artist Erik Roman is taking time off from the story, but is being replaced by Joe Haemmerle who has been our artist in the past. L. Jamal Walton is now handling the color work for our story. Cristian Docolomansky will continue to do the inking while Magnus is our letterer.

I would like to share with you an upcoming panel that was pencilled by Joe Haemmerle and inked by Cristian Docolomansky. Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Champion City Comics is pleased to announce that we have started Chapter 2 for The Red Devil at Tapastic. Our international crime fighter has returned and this time Red Devil and Kid Diablo are tracking down an old friend named Nick Logan who is in possession of an artifact once owned by the Inca ruler Manco Capa. This artifact is believed to be the key to an underground city where a rumored ancient staff is housed. The Red Devil and Kid Diablo must get to Nick Logan first before he is captured by The Order of Methalius.

Click here to read The Red Devil at Tapastic!


Friday, July 12, 2013


I decided to make a list of sites I use to promote my webcomics.

1. Facebook - I've created a group page for Champion City Comics which can be found here, but I've joined some group pages dedicated to webcomics and they have been helpful in promoting my webcomics. Overall, Facebook has been a great site to use for promoting webcomics and developing professional contacts.

2. Twitter - I recommend all webcomics creators use Twitter to promote their webcomics. Twitter and Facebook bring in plenty of traffic for my webcomics. You can follow me at @TonyDougWright.

3. Reddit - On a bad day Reddit brings me 1 pageview, but once in a blue moon I can get 2,000 pageviews in a day. Reddit is a tough crowd to win over, so good luck.

4. Linkedin - It's a place for professionals to develop contacts, but it has generated some traffic for my webcomics.

5. Google+ - This site seems to be the Betamax of social media. I still post my webcomics updates at Google+.

6. The Webcomic List - Join the forum and introduce your webcomic to the members. They can be a tough crowd, but they do have some very helpful members.

7. Comic Vine - They have a general forum, but nothing really dedicated to webcomics. If your webcomic is a pop-culture webcomic then you could take advantage of forums dedicated to Marvel or DC characters.

8. Comic Book Resources - I've used their forums to promote webcomics with some success. The INDEPENDENT forum is where I post my webcomics announcements.

9. Comic Related - This was the first site to promote Champion City Comics and I will use their forums to promote webcomics.

10. Digital Webbing - You can promote your webcomics in the forums, but this is a good place to find an artist or a writer.

Tony Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. Check out his webcomics Day 165 and The Red Devil at Tapastic. 

Monday, July 8, 2013


My wife is a big fan of home decor blogs. She will usually show me images from those sites because they will use a paint color in a room that sparks a painting vision in my wife's head. A few weeks ago she showed me a blog that featured a picture of a paint color that she wanted to use in our kitchen. As I looked at the blog I noticed the author had posted a message that stated she was quitting the blogging game because nobody read her blog and nobody commented. Big mistake.

A good way to lose readers is to complain about nobody reading your blog. When I was a disc jockey for a college radio station, there was a sign posted that read, "DO NOT COMPLAIN ON AIR ABOUT THE FACT THAT NOBODY IS LISTENING. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE LISTENING THAN YOU REALIZE." I spent a summer at that station and these three guys would call in with requests. There were moments where I felt like I was doing all of this work for three people. I did follow the rules as stated on the sign and didn't complain on air. A few months after finishing the show, some people I knew would tell me, "Hey! I heard you on the radio over the summer." People were listening to me on the radio. People are reading your blog, so don't complain.

Just because you start a blog doesn't mean you're going to get a million hits in one day. I'm under the impression that rookie bloggers believe a large number of people will magically find their blog.

You need to get the word out about your blog and you need to connect with other bloggers who blog on the same topic. Champion City Comics is one of many blogs dedicated to webcomics and it has taken me four years to develop a steady readership. I've created professional relationships with other bloggers who have given me some valuable advice. Most importantly, you have to be consistent with your blog. You can post every day or once a week.

When you post that you're shutting down the blog because nobody is reading then you have pretty much enraged the majority of your readers and readers remember the names of blog quitters. Nobody goes to a blog to read your pity party post.

People are reading.

Tony Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. Check out his webcomics Day 165 and The Red Devil at Tapastic. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Champion City Comics writer Bob Toben has returned with a vigilante tale titled The Spider. Bob's alternative comics style fits perfect for this story and we hope you enjoy. We are in the process of creating a link to this comic to Drunk Duck, so for the time being we are posting the images to this comic on the site.

You can click on the first image to start a slide show to view the entire comic.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I thought I would share a webcomic that debuted at Champion City Comics last year. Middleburry was a superhero crime story that I was working on with an artist by the name of Beniamino Delvecchio. The story ended after a few pages, but I am looking for artists to continue work on this series. You can contact me at if interested.

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Art and Lettering: Beniamino Delvecchio

Overview: Charlie Moore is a skilled thief blessed with the gift of invisibility. Charlie steals cars, jewelry, and drugs and holds them for ransom and uses the money to pay the medical bills of his mentor. One day, Charlie steals a suitcase of drugs and soon discovers he stole from a very dangerous cartel.

Recommended if you like: Criminal mixed with some almost-superheros


Monday, April 1, 2013


Champion City Comics is currently working on a 64 page full-color steampunk anthology that we will self-publish this year. We know you are excited and we will keep our fans posted on a regular basis. Champion City Comics team members are working on their projects and we even have Steve Bryant of Athena Voltaire fame on board as our cover artist. Do we have anything else to report? YES! Part of the steampunk anthology will include a brand new story featuring our super-sexy crime-fighter The Red Devil!

If you haven't checked out The Red Devil then click here and enjoy this pulp inspired action comic by TonyDoug Wright, Erik Roman, and Joe Haemmerle.

Synopsis: Dublin O'Darby (The Red Devil) is an international crime-fighter who works for Sebastian Coronado, the director of an organization dedicated to combating cartels of evil. Joining The Red Devil is teenage sidekick Charlotte Murphy (Kid Diablo). In the exciting first issue, Red Devil and Kid Diablo track down a dangerous ninja, Silent Noise, who has stolen a mysterious ring which once belonged to a diabolical group of demon worshipers known as the Order of Methalius.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


This tale follows the day-to-day adventures of Mr. Bob Toben who has been described a curmudgeon, a surly fellow, and a total a-hole. Maybe the people are right or maybe he's just one misunderstood dude. Take a read of the comic below and enjoy. WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.


Am I An A-Hole? by Tony Wright

Monday, October 8, 2012



Thursday, February 23, 2012


Article by TonyDoug Wright

It was sometime during the month of January when Pop Candy posted a link to Matthew Bogart's webcomic, The Chairs' Hiatus. This rock and roll webcomic caught my attention immediately because I love rock music and comics. The story follows the life of Mary Sozer, a has-been rock star who is trying to get her life together following the painful break-up of her band, The Chairs. Mary's recovery period comes to a halt when her former band mate, Nel, comes to visit.

I wrote a review of The Chairs' Hiatus and decided to see if Matthew Bogart wanted to do an interview for Champion City Comics. He agreed and I am very thankful. Please enjoy the interview.

Matt, please introduce yourself to all the good kids at Champion City Comics.

I’m a cartoonist living in Portland Oregon. Last year I published a digital / print graphic novel called The Chairs’ Hiatus (it’s a free read on my website).

I’ve been away from comics for a long time and I’m super excited to be making work, and honored by the response that it’s gotten.

Click to enlarge - THE CHAIRS' HIATUS

What artists and writers have inspired you?

Anis Mojgani, Joe Besch, and Aaron Krolikowski are my biggest inspirations as of late. All three are friends who do different kinds of work (poetry, painting, and comics respectively). They have been making good work so consistently, with such dedication, I can’t help but be inspired.

As far as what I’ve been reading, Jason, Jordan Crane, and Chris Ware have been looming large in my mind recently. Merlin Mann's writing and podcasts also help keep me working. In particular, a talk Merlin gave with John Gruber at South by Southwest a few years ago. The talk was about how to make a successful blog but I think it’s fantastic advice for anyone who wants to work on any creative project.

My first exposure to your work as THE CHAIRS’ HIATUS. What was the inspiration for that comic?

Strangely enough, the idea for The Chairs’ Hiatus came from the fear that I would never get around to making it.

After graduating from art school I’d seen my artistic output steadily drop until I wasn’t creating much of anything at all. Before I started work on The Chairs’ Hiatus I had been effectively away from comics for over seven years. I never decided to give up but effectively I had, and that frightened me. I think this happens to a lot of people.

I felt trapped. I knew that if I never went back to comics I would regret it deeply, but I didn’t know how to find a way back in. I had convinced myself I couldn’t make anything of any consequence until the circumstances were right, (the right idea, the right tools, the technical proficiency, the right schedule etc) but the right circumstances never seemed to come.

The truth was that I didn’t really need to wait at all. I had convinced myself that I had to wait because I was frightened by the amount of work involved, the sacrifices I would have to make, and the idea that what I ended up making wouldn’t be as good as what I had envisioned.

As the years started to pile up I decided I would rather have a finished book that might not live up to my expectations, but that I had learned from, than wait forever for a set of dream circumstances that would allow me to create my ideal comic on the first try.

To get the ball rolling, I made myself write every day about whatever moved me. Then I’d try and take whatever came out and bang it into a dramatic story with a beginning, middle and end. Of course, the idea that I identified with the most was of a character who had given up on their art and their subsequent journey back to a creative life!

After adding and subtracting elements to make it flow better dramatically, Mary's story ended up being drastically different from my own. The Chairs’ Hiatus isn’t really autobiographical but the original inspiration did come from years of trying to get myself to sit down and make what the book became (which is something I am very proud of).

Satellite Beach and Song Comics are also rock and roll inspirations. Do you consider yourself a lost soul of rock and roll?

He he. No. I can see why folks might think that but no. I don’t think of myself that way.

I do occasionally play music, and years ago, I was in a band that released a couple of albums but music is much more of an occasional hobby for me than something that might lay claim on my soul. I’m sure some little musical details in my comics are drawn from life but I think the main reason music shows up in The Chairs’ Hiatus and Satellite Beach has more to do with needs of the story than rock and roll itself.

Satellite Beach was drawn as a submission to the 2002 SPX anthology the theme of which was “travel” . The reason it features musicians is because I thought a rock band on tour was a novel take on the theme.

The Chairs’ Hiatus is about musicians for a different reason. I knew I wanted to center a story around characters that care about making art, but when you do that you can run the risk of alienating parts of your audience if they don’t care for the art that your characters make.

With The Chairs’ Hiatus I decided to make Mary a musician instead of, say, a writer, painter, or cartoonist because it allowed me to show her being creative without ever having to worry about if what she was creating is going to be to the reader's taste. Because comics are soundless, you can just assume that when the characters are playing instruments, they are probably playing music you would enjoy.

It’s also, from a visual sense, it's more dynamic to draw someone playing a guitar on stage than writing or drawing at a desk, and from a storytelling standpoint it’s more dramatic when people make art in front of a live audience.

Click to enlarge - SATELLITE BEACH

Do you have any projects in development at this time?

Why yes I do and I am so, SO excited about it! I’m working on my next graphic novel which is tentatively titled Oh. It’s The End of the World. It feels drastically different from The Chairs’ Hiatus to me. It centers around a larger, younger cast of characters, and how they react to the news that the world is coming to an end within the next few months.

I’m trying to concentrate on making it exciting, quirky, and funny while occasionally surprising you by being serious and dramatic. It allows me to explore some pretty exciting ideas such as: how morally would you behave if there were no consequences? Is it important to you to feel like a good person? Then you also get to juxtapose that with the question of what would you do if you had a sense of humor and total chaos was not off the table?

It’s going to be in full color, which is fun and an exciting challenge. Although I’ve been posting periodic sneak peeks of it on my twitter stream, I’ve decided that I’m not going to publish each page as I finish it as I did with The Chairs’ Hiatus. I’m going to release it in large chapter size chunks.

To check out Matthew's work, please visit his main site. 

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