While we were getting our SDCC promo material together, we mistakenly believed that Andi Ewington’s Blue Spear (the first spin-off from the acclaimed Forty-Five) was also getting released at the con, and a silly idea took root: what if we were to do a "parody" of our SDCC postcard, but with Blue Spear replacing Carrie? Both books were due to be published by Com.X, so it could make for a bit of fun cross-promotion.We've got some amazing creators lined up and ready to take part in this, some of whom I never thought we'd be able to convince to come on-board! Who did we convince? Well, you're just going to have to bookmark http://www.babblecomic.com/ and keep checking back, aren't you?
Even though Blue Spear wasn't actually due to get its release at SDCC, Andi still agreed to let us use the character, but the idea began to evolve... One of the key points of Babble is that everyone can be brought together under a single idea – in this case a universal language – but if we could unite Babble and Blue Spear in a similar fashion, could we apply it to other comic characters, too? Could we actually bring together more creator owned characters, from different publishers, in the same way? It's often been said that the comics scene is a close knit community, but could we really convince people to take some time out and have some fun with this?
So, we put the idea to some friends and collaborators – not just from the UK, but around the world – to see what would happen…
The response was absolutely unbelievable. People really took to the idea and we found ourselves flooded with a stunning array of artwork from some of the finest small press and indie creators from across the globe, all of them bringing their own characters to the table to join the fun.
...through September and October, we'll be unveiling a new character image every Wednesday. A gallery has been set up for all of the pictures we've received, so if you miss any of them, you can find them there. Hopefully, you'll enjoy what we've got lined up, and possibly even discover some new creators and titles in the process.
To kick everything off, though, here's the first image, our very own Carrie Hartnoll:
Carrie Hartnoll © Copyright Lee Robson & Bryan Coyle
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Over on the Babble blog, we're kicking off something new and, hopefully, fun in the shape of The Babble Project. What is it, I hear you ask? Well, here's an edited version of the original post: