A Month of Self-Published Comics: Izzy Challenge #5

This month I am posting a review of a different self-published comic book each day for the rest of the month! Here is an archive of the books reviewed so far!

Today I'm featuring 50 States Jam: Izzy Tours America, which appeared in Izzy Challenge #5 by J.B. Winter.

I feel a bit weird reviewing 50 States Jam: Izzy Tours America, because it's such an accomplishment of effort that whether it is a good comic or not seems a bit petty to determine once you figure out all the effort put into this comic, which costs a BUCK!

In the comic, writer/artist J.B. Winter takes his Izzy character (a cartoon mouse) on a cross-country tour of the United States of America, and his travels are told via a "postcard" of sorts from each state.

Well, what Winter did was he drew Izzy in 50 different poses, then sent the drawings to 49 cartoonists from 49 other states (Winter drew his own state, Missouri) who filled in the background of Izzy's adventure in their respective state.

How freakin' pain-staking and amazing is THAT?

The end result included the following cartoonists:

Alabama - Kirk CreelAlaska - Lee PostArizona - Keith O'BrienArkansas - Kenneth SiemensCalifornia - Jeff PlotkinColorado - T. MotleyConnecticut - Isaac CatesDelaware - Margaret CrosbyFlorida - Mark MorehouseGeorgia - Jon ChadHawaii - Jon MurakamiIdaho - Steve WillhiteIllinois - Joshua W. CotterIndiana - Tom CherryIowa - Brian PayneKansas - Dale MartinKentucky - Steven DotyLouisiana - Jason ReevesMaine - Michelle SouliereMaryland - Michael MunshawMassachusetts - Larry JohnsonMichigan - Matt FeazellMinnesota - DannoMississippi - Darren SchwindamanMissouri - JB WinterMontana - Jason JamNebraska - Scott StewartNevada - Aberrant PressNew Hampshire - Colin TedfordNew Jersey - Mike StornioloNew Mexico - Danny GreenNew York - DC McNamaraNorth Carolina - Mark McMurrayNorth Dakota - Jason SiebelsOhio - Max InkOklahoma - KC GreenOregon - Justin KellyPennsylvania - Steve PetersRhode Island - Jack TurnbullSouth Carolina - J. Chris CampbellSouth Dakota - Sarah MoreanTennessee - Kevin WilliamsTexas - Barry RodgesUtah - Nick PerkinsVermont - Mogan PielliVirginia - Brien Wayne PowellWashington - Mark CamposWest Virginia - Raven PerezWisconsin - Tea KrulosWyoming - Gloria Pike

Amazing, isn't it?

So yeah, the end result is a slight story (a cute one, but still slight), but good golly Miss Molly, that's a sure lot of work put into this comic!

And it could be yours for a BUCK!

Check out a sample page (courtesy of the estimable Shawn Hoke)...

If you'd love to read this epic story, head over to Winter's online shop here and nab yourself a copy!

If you would like to participate in the month with your self-published comic, there might still be time (depending on how fast you mail out comics). Just check out the Review Copies section to see where to mail a review copy of your comic.

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