Archeologists of Shadows of Volume 2 Review

Yes, apparently that is also a correct way to spell archaeologists. Here’s my review of the second OGN from Septagon Studios that blends sci-fi, fantasy, and some stand out visuals.





Work In Comics Site

I meant to mention this a while ago, but here it is now. Below is the press release for the new Work In Comics website. It’s a great idea to get similarly minded comics fans together on creative collaborations. The people behind the wonderful Septagon Studios are behind it, who we featured in Extra Sequential. Check out all the details below.

Work In Comics is a job and collaboration platform which is designed specifically for the needs of putting together comics. Users looking for work or looking to hire will be able to come to Work In Comics to find potential prospects. Why go surfing all over the net when you can come to one place and find what you’re looking for?
The site is designed to gather comic book creators in all areas of comic development to help fulfill their needs of various comic services. Work In Comics is built upon the experiences of many independent creators, and how their careers in the comics industry could have used one or two fewer challenges; this platform will serve as an aid for those creators. Work In Comics provides an all-in-one platform to help aspiring creators build their comic team.

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The website also offers various services such as a Creator Announcement section where creators are free to post upcoming events, convention appearances, or project launches, a Work In Comics blog where users will be able to get the latest tips and advice on how to get involved in the comics industry, and more. Best of all, Work In Comics is a FREE service.

Many more great features will be added shortly; we encourage our users to read the various guidelines and help topics in order to get started in creating their first post. We also encourage our users to provide feedback and suggestions through our “give feedback” feature on the Work In Comics blog, so as to help improve the site.

Some Features of Work In Comics include:
• Targeted Job Postings
• Multiple Search Options
• Upload Your Resume and demo reels
• Subscriptions and RSS features.
• Post Your Announcement
• It’s ALL FREE!

About Work In Comics:

Our goal at Work In Comics is to help you find fellow creators in all areas of comic development. It is a place where people looking for work in comics can find opportunities, or create their own. We have great tools and resources available to help get you started on your way to building your comic team and getting your comic project realized.

• Find a Writer
• Choose an Artist
• Search for opportunities
• Build your comic team

Work In Comics

Opportunities. Resources. Collaboration.

Work In Comics Video demo and FAQ

Work In Comics Blog and Tutorials at:

Work In Comics founded in 2009, a division of Septagon Studios, Inc.

Masks #1 Review

masks01p1Septagon Studios launched in 2003 with the aim of becoming a company priding itself on diversity and creator freedom. Their output has been minimal but judging by Masks, their quality hasn’t. For fans of Dave McKean (frequent Neil Gaiman collaborator) or film-maker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) writer/artist Aaron Rintoul’s debut effort with the studio is a class act and bodes well for his future. If he can continue to showcase his unique talents like this, he can’t help but be noticed.

Masks is a 3 issue mini-series that seems tailor made for those whose comic book tastes are a bit less obvious; for readers who prefer films with subtitles and going to art galleries on the weekend. Fanboys who live on a diet of spandex and multi-part epics-beware, Masks isn’t for you. But it should be. I’m a follower of superheroics from Marvel and DC just as much as I am of indie black and white books from smaller publishers. It’s only been the last three years in particular that I discovered the world behind the spandex curtain though, thanks to Craig Thompson’s Blankets, and I continue to be entertained and inspired by what small press publishers bravely create. I’m also glad I can discover hidden gems like this. Despite themes involving murder and abuse, there is no overt adults-only vibe in Masks, although the aforementioned stripper shows some brief nudity. Masks will mainly appeal to mature readers and for regular comic readers looking for a different flavour in their habits.

This is the kind of creative endeavour that can only be told in a comic format. With vague thoughts of the films The Fountain and MirrorMask in the back of my brain after I read this, I realised that pair of arty, meandering films are probably the closest cinematic equivalent. With a focus on fantasy and imagination rather than any linear narrative it’s not soon before you realise the story, as such, isn’t the highlight. This is billed as a photographic poem, and that description fits like a glove. Not that Masks needs any focus other than the gorgeous art. Let me say that again-gorgeous.

At times the photographic elements are obvious, and at others Rintoul’s keen skills as an illustrator are given the spotlight, with a diverse array of collages and pretty pics. His work also exhibits the clean textural quality of Adi Granov, and in a brief strip club flashback it looks like stills from a basic CGI film. The page layouts are simple enough and retain a simple pace.

Rintoul’s strength here clearly lies in his skills as an artist rather than a writer and has wisely put his effort into the latter. There should be more multi-media books like this on the shelves instead of even more flashy pencillers. Our medium has a greater sense of variety than the top sellers each month indicate. Granted, it’s easier to use phot-manipulation when you stories don’t centre on superheroes throwing skyscrapers at each other. What story there is focuses on Sara, and is told from her perspective as she apparently tracks a killer through his victims dreams. This isn’t particularly clear but will presumably become so in the remaining two issues of this mini-series. This introductory ish has minimal exposition, with captions more about building a broad gothic atmosphere rather than leading to a climactic showdown between Sara and the unknown killer. With typical genre shots of owls, clocks and masks the pages flash between rust coloured scenes straight from the set of the latest Saw film, to something out of a brightly lit 19th century masquerade. If you were to grab 3 random pages from this issue you’d swear they were form three different, and very talented, artists. Yet there is a great unity through the twenty two story pages. Septagon have wisely given Rintoul a blank canvas and appear to stand by their mission statement in giving creator’s unlimited freedom to display their wares.

If you’re unsure about giving this series, watch the moody trailer or better yet, download the entire first issue for free at Wowio. Your eyes will thank you for it.




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