The Holiday Season has begun and for many it also kicks off a shopping frenzy marked by two of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Black Friday, of course is the day after Thanksgiving when shoppers, enjoying the day off during a long weekend, line up in front of retail stores at ungodly hours so they can savagely storm the store for “doorbuster” deals. This has become a holiday tradition for many and usually results in flaring tempers, small riots and of course a lot of bargains for the not so faint of heart.
Cyber Monday is for civilized folks who have discovered that shopping online is the way to go. Perched in front of their computer, tablet or with cell phone in hand, they can shop for anything they want on the World Wide Web and have it shipped to their doorstep. Online retailers have taken note and offer their own deep discounts that Monday after Thanksgiving.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not the only days with creative monikers. Religion has supplied some of the most notable like Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Professional Football has given us Super Sunday, the busiest television day of the year where the world parties and gather’s around the tube to watch the Superbowl.
Let’s not forget Small Business Saturday, in this tough economic environmentwhere small, local vendors are struggling to survive, Small Business Saturday is a wonderful reminder that they are out there and desperately need your business throughout the year. Small businesses, whether they are local or on the internet, generally will offer you personalized customer service and genuine appreciation of your patronage. Remember that this group includes all those small press independent comic publishers and creators, your favorite web comics and your local comic shop!
Tuesday, however, has been earning its own nickname on the comic scene now for the last three years. Here at CO2 Comics, Tuesday is a big day! We like to call it “C-O Tuesday!” It is the day that our weekly blog comes out pontificating on all aspects of the comics medium including history, technique, news and opinion. It is also a day when we take time to promote creators and projects that appear here on the CO2 Comics site.
Fans have discovered that CO2 Comics is a place they want bookmarked in their browser and to follow on facebook and twitter @co2comics. Updates are posted throughout the week as reminders for comics that are continually serialized on a weekly basis here but CO Tuesday has become our weekly kick-off and a chance to get into the heads of Bill Cucinotta and I as we direct the publishing duties of CO2 Comics.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, of course, are all about retailers getting their hands on your money. Hey, we’d like your money too, but at CO2 Comics you can read tons of great comics for FREE! In fact, we hope that you will enjoy what we offer so much that you would love to own some of it in beautifully bound books available in paperback and hardback editions. Each book is delivered directly to you hot off the press in immaculate condition!
Right now you have four great titles to choose from:
Heaven and the Dead City by Raine Szramski – This gothic fantasy is a tale of two cities, one beautiful and flourishing… the other, not quite as dead as it would seem. Raine Szramski lavishly hand-paints each panel in her unique style that brings both cities to life with a Victorianesque, Deco quality that will absorb readers into this world of magic, mystery, and adventure! 64 pages.
The Heavy Adventures of CAPTAIN OBESE Cover
The Heavy Adventures of Captain Obese! by Don Lomax – Finally collected in one handsome volume the adventures of Don Lomax’s favorite fat boy, originally published by WARP Graphics in the 1980′s, chronicles the amazing story of the world’s fattest super hero. Don Lomax is a long time veteran of adult comics, celebrated creator of Vietnam Journal and author of Marvel Comics’ The Nam.108 pages.
Ménage à BUGHOUSE cover
Ménage à Bughouse by Steve Lafler – The highly acclaimed Bughouse trilogy of graphic novels, formerly published by Top Shelf Productions, comes together in one giant package! Bughouse, Baja, and Scalawag combine to paint a full picture of life as an improvisational jazz musician set in an obviously fictional world where all of the characters are insects living in early fifties era Manhattan. On their road to success, the members of the band are tempted by the music, sex, money and the ever addictive “bug juice.”Ménage à Bughouse is an authentic look at the lifestyle of musicians and the challenges they face in an effort to satisfy their desire to create incredible music. 408 pages.
Monkey and Bird… a Love Storyby Joe Williams and Tina Garceau is another feature from the CO2 Comics site that has ventured into print as a mini comic, self published by the creators themselves! This tiny gem is lavishly colored, beautifully drawn, and written with intelligent humor worthy of any inter-species relationship. It’s a small comic, 32 pages including cover and only 4″ x 5.5,” making it the perfect opportunity to support the “little guy.”
If you are already proud owners of these books ad still feel compelled to to support CO2 Comics with your hard earned cash you can purchase some of the slick Marvel and DC parody Death FatigueT-shirts designed by Bill Cucinotta ora variety CO2 Swag available at our onlinestore.
There are also handy little donation buttons on each comic page where you can choose to support the creators individually or toss a little coin the way of CO2 Comics in general. Here is an easy access donation button if you have the urge to contribute right now!
Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season! Please be safe and responsible because we look forward to your visits and we want everyone to enter the new year happy and healthy.
Imagine sitting at that table on the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Do you think there was any tension? Pilgrims sat across from the Native American, Wampanoag people and celebrated their first successful harvest together. The Pilgrims were strangers in a strange land and relied heavily on the support given to them by the natives. Their survival depended on their ability to embrace the differences of the two cultures. In the end, their successful harvest was as simple as people helping people despite their differences.
Life in America has changed a lot in the 391 years since that first Thanksgiving and is undoubtedly much more complicated. The hostile tensions that have risen in the wake of our recent presidential election are a sign that we desperately need to sit at our Thanksgiving tables again this year with a willingness to reach out and embrace our differences again.
This is much easier to do when there is a sense of community, when we have a feeling of responsibility toward our neighbor, when we all realize that we re in this together. Big corporations and big government have made us all feel like a number on a ledger sheet that matters little. When big companies like Walmart, Papa Johns and Denny’s threaten or impose layoffs as retaliation to the Affordable Health Care for America Act, Americans need to do what we have done since before that first Thanksgiving and turn to our neighbors for support. Little guys helping each other will be what pulls this country out of the economic mess we are in today.
What does any of this have to do with comics?!
The direction of the comic market has been dictated by big companies for generations. We have all grown up enjoying the adventures of too few iconic characters. In most cases the creators of these characters have been stripped of ownership of their creations by “traditional” business practices in the comics industry. These properties today are worth billions of dollars and their trademarks permeate our culture. They have a grip on our attention and our wallets that offers the corporations that own them the confidence to do whatever they feel to elevate the bottom line.
Comics as a medium, however, has infected our culture. More people create comics now than ever before in history. There is more talent, more diversity and more product than could ever have been imagined. Too much to presumably generate secure careers for the sea of talented practitioners. Too much to be channeled through a few giant corporations who are unwilling to recognize, produce and promote the vast variety of material available.
Are there too many independent “little guys?”
Comic creators shouldn’t have to struggle, especially now that there are so many. There is power in those numbers. They need to realize their strength as a community and work with each other to raise awareness of their work and its value. They need to join forces when combatting injustice regarding their creations. The comic creating community needs to work together to reach a wider audience rather than wait for one of the few major corporations to do it for them or to rely on a single brave sole to venture forth with limited resources.
This Thanksgiving, as you sit at the table give thanks for all the other comic creators that have chosen this vocation, for each is a member of a unique community that only we can fully appreciate. Think of each member in this community as a neighbor that is as dependent as you are on the embrace of the entire comics community. Support your comic neighbors especially those that are pressing the boundaries of the medium and creating something different than what you have grown accustomed to. Broaden your tastes and experiences. Broaden the market. If we can all work together, starting simply by supporting each other, we can hope and expect a bountiful harvest of success as comic creators in the future.