Roger Langridge, whose done some stellar work over the last few years on titles like Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Popeye, Snarked and The Muppets, has a new comic available for purchase online. Originally created as a minicomic that he sold at the 2-D Festival in Ireland, Langridge is now selling The Fez online himself for one pound. It is also coming to comiXology in the near future.
“I love minicomics. To me, they are the most perfect form of comics – comics in their most refined state,” he said on his blog. “They are a formal embodiment of comics’ most attractive feature: comics, unlike film or theatre or even music, require no collaboration, no real financial resources to make happen. One person can do it all. With minicomics, that person is not only producing the work, but more often than not printing, assembling and stapling the things as well. If comics are the people’s artform, minicomics are its most accessible manifestation.”
He goes on to wonder if a “digital comic” qualifies as a “minicomic.”
“I don’t know if I’m that bothered about the label, to be honest,” he said. “If I’m concerned about anything, it’s that being sold as a proper comic alongside a lot of slickly-produced material might give readers unrealistic expectations. The nice thing about putting a physical minicomic into somebody’s hands is that the format has a kind of in-built humility to it. It says, ‘Don’t expect Maus here. This is just a bit of fun.’ I hope that, even without those visual cues, Comixology’s customers will approach this throwaway, trifling bit of fluff in the right spirit.”
I can’t imagine being disappointed by anything I bought with Langridge’s name on it, but it is a good reminder to read the whole description before buying something online so you know what you’re getting.
You can buy the comic on Big Cartel or watch comiXology for its availability there.