No Free Comics? Go to the Source!
Go to the Source
This year, Free Comic Book Day became another event canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is one of my favorite days of the year. Exclusive comics and merchandise, seeing my local shop full of people, and special sales on back issues, are just a few of the things I like about FCBD. A few weeks ago, to make up for the fact that the national event was canceled, Source Point Press put on a Free Comic Book Week. They offered free first issues of some of their titles and sales on all of their books. The following are short reviews of three of the titles Source Point offered during their Free Comic Book Week event.
The Rot #1
Written by David C. Hayes
Art by Sean Seal
Lettered by Joshua Werner
The Rot #1 is the first chapter in a three part horror mini-series. The story is about Vance Cochran, a former hit-man turned into a monster by a secret government experiment. The premise, story, and art in The Rot all come together to create a comic that reads and looks like a classic grindhouse horror movie. The art is especially interesting. Heavy shading and coloring makes it look like the figures that are the focus of each panel are being viewed through a fog. Vance’s transformation into a monster is colored in a striking shade of bright, almost neon green. These effects add extra creepiness to the comic’s macabre story. This first issue sets up a creepy action/horror adventure that is sure to delight fans of creature feature stories.
The Seance Room
No. 1: The Seed of Change
Written by Ben Goldsmith
Illustrated by Kayla K. Valero
Lettered by Justin Birch
On its surface, the beginning of the Seance Room seems familiar. After becoming stranded on a country road, a man and woman knock on the door of a strange house in search of a telephone. Once inside, they encounter the supernatural. Goldsmith’s story takes this well known premise and adds several unique twists. Instead of the story of a haunting, the plot quickly becomes a tale of remorse and redemption. All of the art is this comic looks like an oil painting; a fitting backdrop for the interior of a spooky house on the side of a lonely road. Valero does a great job of conveying emotion through close up shots on the characters’ faces. The first issue of Seance Room truly left me wanting more and excited to see what will happen in the next chapters.
Created and Curated by Kelly Williams with Matt Harvey and Jim Gibbons.
This comic collects four short stand-alone horror stories. To quote from creator Kelly Williams’ introduction, these tales are “meant to be fun [and] meant to be scary.” I’m here to tell you, these stories more than live up to that statement. Each story is introduced by a fez wearing undead chimpanzee named Monty. If that detail alone doesn’t pique your interest, you might need to get new interests. Williams illustrates all four stories and fits her art style to match the tone of each one. Inspiration for the tales include Irish folklore, summer camp serial killers, and monsters that lay hidden in the woods. I may have gotten this comic for free, but I enjoyed the short horror stories contained within so much, that I would have gladly paid for this title.
These three comics are just a few examples of the fun titles available from Source Point Press. New shipments of comics will begin again next week, but the selections will be limited as publishers ease back in to weekly shipping. This means it’s a great time to check out some back issues and catch up on newer series until full shipments resume once again. There are a lot of comics out there. Why not check out some of Source Point’s offerings? Talk to your local comic book shop about their selection of or ability to order books from Source Point Press. For another review of a Source Point comic, check out my colleague Sean Mullen’s review of No Heroine #1. In his article, Sean also talks about some of the ways Source Point Press has been helping small booksellers during the nationwide shutdowns. Check out the review and learn how you can support both a small publisher and local comic book stores across the country.