We’re back with part two of our annual festival of comic goodness we call HOLMES INCORPORATED. Today’s cover is brought to you by the letters “Daniel” and “Wong”, who turned in an action packed image that gives our family something to do on a slow Tuesday. YIKES!
Yesterday we sneak peaked you into the first of TWO all new volumes for this summer, showing off FIVE (5) amazing new tales of the Holmes family in all their generations. Today, we bring you the second (2nd) of TWO (2) issues this year, with yet ANOTHER five fantastic features, and it’s also, officially, a doozy!
If you need to read the other slam-packed issues of Holmes Inc. , they’re all up online for FREE here!
Onwards to the new stuff! WOO HOO!
Starting off the issue with a bang (literally) we have newcomer Dave Franciosa showing off his splash page skills over a roller coaster ride of a script by Sam Noir. Blow out the hero’s knee with a gun blast from a mysterious monster at the door, and set the scales at life or death…. THAT’S how you start a story! I’ll bet you want to read more, right?
There’s that Franciosa fellow again, doing layouts this time, with Jason Roussel and Matthew Tavares finishing the pencils, and Christopher Yao inking, over top of character and prop designs from Rachael Wells. This issue features a couple of jam stories by the whole Holmes Inc. Bullpen (we were over-abundant with eager writers to the tune of two) and had to create art-teams to give life to a couple of our instant classic scripts.
Well, when James Cooper wrote a tale that absolutely everyone in the group wanted to work on, that’s what happened. And it turns out that there’s some advantage in splitting up the layout/pencils and inks because the pages look better than the sum of their parts. Who knew?
First time contributor Taran Chadha didn’t work on the jam story because he was busy showing off his multi-level skills on a story he wrote, drew and grey toned all by his own self. And WOW is the only word we can use. Only the really good ones make it look so easy.
With an utterly charming script from Holmes Inc. super-veteran Mike Marano (who doubled as assistant editor for this star turn…ye editor is SO proud), we see our next jam story. This time laid out by the inimitable Rachael Wells and, penciled and inked by the whole gang (including some special guest stars from previous issues!) this story introduces us to another of Mike’s fantastic guest star characters! Is she a new love interest for Edgar Holmes….or will she DESTROY HIM?!?
Ye editor pitched in with an art job of his own this year, with a story by second time Holmes Inc. author, Oliver Ho, that I had to get my hands on. It’s spooky meets science-y, wrapped up in a mystery, and I got to draw Chinese Water Dragons, so everybody wins.
If you’re in Toronto, come on down to the FanExpo convention, meet the creators, and pick up your own copy (while supplies last, I suspect we might sell out of these mini-masterpieces).
ALSO: Come on down to the FanExpo to hear me give out FREE lectures on creating comics for fun and profit. Today’s lecture (
which is, I think going on in the early afternoon 6:45pm Room 705) is called “How to Write a Plot in Under an Hour!” There’s room for lots of people, so bring a friend!
Ty the Guy OUT!
For your Bonus Moment? A map of Hall E