This is "Went to Tell Everybody," where I spotlighted different cool independent comic book series based on submissions from the indie comic book creators themselves via a set Q & A with the creators themselves. Essentially, the creators speak for their own work and "Went to Tell Everybody" will give them a place to do so!
This is a ostensibly an ongoing weekly feature, so if you would like to see your work spotlighted, as well, there's no time limit or anything like that. So you can submit at any time. It's not a first come/first serve thing, ya know? However, sending your comic in isn't a guarantee that I'll run a spotlight on it. I'm not gonna just promote anything on here, ya know? So if we go a while without an edition of this feature, it is because I don't have something that I'm okay with putting my name on a spotlight of it. Click here for the current submission guidelines.
Today, we look at Amazing Age, Matthew David Smith and Jeremy Massie's all-ages superhero comic (Christine Brunson is the colorist on the book).
You can pick up a copy of the comic here.
What is your comic about?
"Amazing Age" is about a group of teenage friends who get sucked into the world of comic books that one of them created when they were younger. Now, they have to become superheroes in this world and stop a catastrophic war between the heroes and villains from occurring. It's unapologetically a classic silver-age type superhero comic. It's been compared to something like Teen Titans and New Mutants meet Chronicles of Narnia and Stranger Things, so I'll take that!
What made you choose the comic medium for this story?
Comics were the only medium of choice. Amazing Age is a comic book love letter...all the stuff that Jeremy, Christine, and I loved about comic books when we were growing up is showcased here. All three of us were raised on a healthy diet of Claremont-era X-Men; that definitely shows in this book.
What aspect of your comic are you the most proud of?
That's tough to narrow down, because this book is a true passion project. But I have to say that it's pretty surreal to have all of these characters on the printed page. Every hero and villain in this series was created by me between the ages of 6 and 15. I've had some of these characters in my head for over 30 years now! If you follow me on social media, or if you check out the back matter in the graphic novel, you'll see plenty of drawings of the cast from when I was a kid. It's just fun to finally share all of this with someone other than my close friends and family, haha. We did a store signing for Free Comic Book Day and a kid actually came in dressed like the main character, Mr. Might. I never dreamed that someone would be cosplaying one of my earliest childhood creations. That was definitely humbling and awesome!
What’s the one piece of philosophy and/or advice that has informed your comic book work the most?
I maintain that the best thing ever told to me was by my good friend and comic creator, Benjamin Marra. I've known Ben for a number of years and we were tabling together at a con about 3 or 4 years ago. I was telling him about some various comic ideas, but I always seemed to end it with, "but I doubt that's good enough to really go anywhere." After awhile, Ben basically told me that I had to just do it. I'm not gonna be everyone's cup of tea or top pick, but if that story is itching to get out, I need to just do it and believe in it. Someone out there is gonna enjoy it or relate to it. His words really stuck with me and definitely gave me a little confidence boost.
Since this is “Went to Tell Everybody,” tell everybody about another current comic book series that you would like other people to know more about.
I hate to say it, but I am so far behind on current comic reading! Not to sound like a promo, but besides Amazing Age, Alterna Comics is putting out some really great stuff with their newsprint line...The Wicked Righteous, Zero Jumper, and Lilith Dark, for example. Also, my buds Bob Frantz and Kevin Cuffe had a successful Kickstarter for their comic Metalshark Bro. It's pretty wild...bloody violent stuff with metal! Check it out!
Again, if you're interested in Amazing Age, you can pick up a copy of the comic here.
And of course, once again, if you're interested in seeing YOUR independent comic book spotlighted in this feature, click here for the current submission guidelines.