There are a few DCC folks in this volume of FUBAR, but really I’m reblogging for the sentiment.
Zombie Hunter S Thompson (and bats!) drawn in the front of someone’s copy of ‘American History Z’ yesterday.
AHZ is the third volume of the historical zombie comic anthology FUBAR, put together by Jeff McComsey. The first two were WW2, European and Pacific theatre, and Vol 1 was my first ever published comics work! FUBAR has grown, made the NYT Bestseller list, had a Free Comic Book Day book, had several special issues and connected a whole lot of Small Press Commandos from around the world. Aside from the fact that it’s quality reading and great value (63 contributors, over 40 stories, $17) and both me and Mick are in it (and Kyle, who writes Igor, and Graey painted the back cover, and…I could go on), FUBAR is a goddamn inspiring story of one man saying “I want to make this happen” and then going out and damn well doing it.
It’s self published. A truck delivers a pile of thousands of books to Jeff’s apartment and he carries them from the curb to his basement. He organizes all the Kickstarter rewards, he wrangles scripts and art and pairs people with stories and, ultimately, gives a shit about every stage of it. It’s a campaign; at conventions, in stores, online. Yes, he has lots of help beyond people contributing stories and art, Steve Becker is his right hand man in all things FUBAR, and there are many others, but really, it’s all down to Jeff.
So, you have a problem with comics today? You don’t like what they’re putting out over at Marvel and DC, or maybe you just want to add variety to your reading? Vote with your wallet. Put your money where your online meta is.
I’m not saying buy FUBAR (although, if you want AHZ I’d act fast, there will probably never be another print run of it or any of the other current volumes of FUBAR), but definitely start trying new things. Or, start making new things! Yeah, it’s a tough market to crack and you’ll probably never make much money, you’ll lose some most likely, and definitely lose sleep, but the small press is a friendly place and you’ll make friends and comics. Mini comics you print and staple up yourself at the copy shop. Anthologies. A few issues of an epic series that trails off because your life goes mad. A web comic. A pile of thumbnails or scripts you’ll get to one day. The script you’ll never write or draw because you’ll never feel like you’re good enough (do it anyway). A graphic novel. A series. A mini-series. Something that would be better as a film.
Be the change you want to see, write the stories you want to read, inspire people, be generous, be friendly, be interested, be excited, follow through and deliver. Stop saying “one day I will” and go and goddamn do it. Who cares if you aren’t amazing yet? You’ll get amazing by doing stuff, not by wishing you were.
If it weren’t for Jeff looking over my woeful first-ever attempt at a comic and saying “yeah, I’ll print this”, I wouldn’t be doing comics at all.
Find out more about FUBAR here.