Posts Tagged ‘North and South’

Happy New Year, 2014!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Goodbye 2013! All of the triskaidekaphobics can now come out of the closet and take a breath of fresh air. It’s time to move on.

Like any year, 2013 had its ups and downs with plenty of good and bad to go around.

I had high hopes for a magical year  when writing this blog to usher in the New Year twelve months ago, the manifestation of which is evident on the CO2 Comics site and in the product we’ve produced.

Besides my 52 weekly blog posts that tackled everything from creator’s rights to trademark infringement and a month-long, scathing review of the PBS broadcast of Superheroes: the Never Ending Battle,

we were delighted to introduce exciting new comic features that are available  to view for FREE everyday along with thousands of pages of other comics that have been archived here at CO2 Comics over the last four-and-a-half years:

Cid and Francis by Mike Sgier continued our commitment to diversity with its unique style of art and whimsical fantasy set in a world of elves and elemental spirits.

Two short stories, The Gold Mask and Revenge as well as the serialization of The Adventures of ROMA all by the legendary  John Workman.

15 year-old Indigo Anderson captured our attention with her youthful talent exhibited in her short feature North and South.

Most recently added has been Dreamcraft, a science fiction thriller by Craig Rippon, Sam Custodio and Bill Anderson that is sure to have you hanging on every page.

We also had the good fortune of releasing four new books in print:

Volume two of David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW  The Complete Collection.

Three graphic albums, Doggie Style by Steve Lafler, The Adventures of ROMA by John Workman and NON by Chris Kalnick.

All of which are available with the rest of our printed product that we conveniently  cataloged on this Wish List.

Purchase them exclusively at these two links:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/co2comics

http://www.amazon.com/shops/co2comics

Comico's 1st Color Books

Robotech/Macross #1 cover, Comico 1984

We look ahead to another exciting year with wonderful new projects and publications to be announced with a firm swell of appreciation of our accomplished past as Bill Cucinotta and I will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of our first full-color comic books. 1984 was a significant milestone for us when, still as publishing partners at Comico, we released the historic first issues of Matt Wagner’s Mage the Hero Discovered, Chuck Dixon and Judith Hunt’s Evangeline and Bill Willingham’s Elementals. That defining year was rounded out by the publication of MACROSS which would eventually become ROBOTECH!

As staunch supporters of independent comics we also have to give a tip of the hat to another thirty-year anniversary as Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird celebrate their 1984 creation of the phenomenally successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and proved to us all that while publishing comics is hard work, anything is possible when you follow your dreams. Thanks guys!

We can only hope that 2014 will be as dynamic for comics and for us as 1984 was. We know from experience that all we can do is give it our best shot and we will!

You are all welcome  along for the ride!

Happy and Prosperous New Year from our entire CO2 Comics Family!

Gerry Giovinco



15 Year-Old, Indigo Anderson, is the Youngest Creator at CO2 Comics

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Young Indigo Anderson is passionate about manga, anime, cosplay and making comics. That is why when her tenth grade AP World History teacher asked for a paper about the relationship between North and South Korea, she requested to do it as a comic.

Give plenty of credit to her teacher for allowing her the opportunity! The result titled North and South is a wonderfully succinct , heartfelt, eight-page insight to a piece of history that continues to impact the entire world even today. Indigo’s comic presentation that she rendered digitally with a Wacom Bamboo tablet and the Paint Tool Sai program is so eloquently executed that it belies her age.

The comic, delivered in a unique journalistic approach, not only deserved the top grade of 100 that it received as a school project but the attention of anyone interested in comics because it is clear that a significant talent is emerging into the field.

Indigo’s proud father, Bill Anderson, who has been a journeyman inker in the comics industry over the last thirty years, including his work on SKROG that appears right here at CO2 Comics, was unaware of the project until well after it was completed. His delighted post on his personal facebook page clearly established his bragging rights. Who wouldn’t want to be the proud parent of a child that they could pass forward the torch of their life’s work to with anticipation of a brilliant future?

Bill knows his daughter is passionate about making comics. He claims that if he and his wife did not force her away from her computer at times she would probably never eat, sleep, or study. This is a good measure of passion in a child. Parents should not find it necessary to force the child to practice or to struggle to maintain an interest or a regimen in an activity they are supposedly interested in. The passionate child is self motivated to the point of obsession and, though parental guidance and encouragement is always healthy, it is best to let the young enthusiast  explore their activity of choice with as much freedom as possible.

The result will be a budding phenom like Indigo who possesses a confidence in her talents that allows her to be constantly motivated to create. The ultimate beneficiary is the rest of us who will enjoy witnessing the results of her efforts.

CO2 Comics is delighted to have the opportunity to present Indigo’s work North and South as a featured comic on our site. To us it is important to acknowledge the exceptional ability of someone so young and to encourage her as much as possible to grow into the incredible talent that she is capable of becoming.

Creating any opportunity for her to achieve success as a comic creator is our contribution not only to her but to the industry and our culture.  That is our perspective about encouraging every young creator, especially one that is interested in this medium of comics that we are so passionate about ourselves.

Hopefully, presenting Indigo’s work here will not only stand as a celebration of her talents and her youth but also as a sign of encouragement to all youngsters with a passionate dream.  Indigo’s accomplishment is proof that dreams come alive when they are acted upon. It is one thing to dream. It is another to do. If you love making comics, make them. Make mistakes and learn. Let your passion be your motivation to seize every opportunity to create regardless of how old you are.

Read NORTH and SOUTH

Be sure to take time to read Indigo’s comic and be inspired to act on your dreams. You are never too young or too old to start and if you are truly passionate it would kill you to stop doing what you love.

If you know someone who is passionate about doing anything take time to encourage their dreams. Your enthusiasm about their efforts is as important as their own motivation. Here are three other CO2 Comics posts about encouragement that may be inspiring.

Encouraging Comics

Encouraging Comics – A Sketch in Time

Encouraging comics: Pros and Cons

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco




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