The Saga Continues!

Hi gang,

Here's the newest issue of Mime Hunters. Thanks for all the positive comments after Chapter One, readers! It only gets better from here. Chapter two develops Herbert and Pablo a little more, uses black and white more creatively, and has some good action sequences. I hope you enjoy it.

Not much to write about this week, except for that I sure do love the front cover of this chapter. I think it's a big step up, visually. Other than that, stay tuned for next week! And tell all your friends!


The Saga Begins!

Hello gang,

Welcome to Mime Hunters - - a brand-new adventure comic by me, Beau Alessi, with much much much help from Emily du Houx. Every Thursday night I intend to post a link to the next 8-page chapter of this story. Here's where it all begins. Click the picture to see the comic!

First, to clear up some early confusion, Pablo (the goat) is part robot, and those are flames from his turbo-engine shooting out of his ass. I assumed it would be obvious but many were baffled.

Beyond that, if you want to hear some meandering thoughts on why I spent the last 9 months drawing these, read further...

A few words: I'm not really a comic aficionado, more of an enthusiast. Which is to say, this is a very amateurish piece of work from someone who's not extremely familiar with the medium. I'm hoping that I managed to bring some kind of "outsider's perspective" to the world of superhero comics, maybe.

I also know that there's a thriving internet webcomic community, but from what I can tell, those mostly deal with comedy-oriented 3-panel strips, or some variation on that formula. They also have a lot to do with videogames, computers, or indie rock. This is different, in that it's a more long-form serialized "superhero" comic. Although I shun that label as well, because most superhero comics seem to have some kind of "enormous breast quotient," and I'm not talented enough to draw enormous breasts. Again, like I said, when it comes to comics, I don't really know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, maybe, I thought the world could use a crudely-drawn, amateurish adventure story about some dudes who fight mimes. Maybe with some comedy? And some violence? And maybe, just maybe, a message of some sort? Or not?

I am actually proud of the final product. As the weeks go on, if you choose to follow this, you'll see the art improve drastically, and an actual plot develop. It might be worth watching, just so you can see a running document of the creative process at work, or some such thing. And I think it has a good ending. Maybe in another year, Mime Hunters: Volume 2 will be ready to go online? We'll see...

So, yeah, add this to your bookmarks, or RSS feed, or whatever, and spend a minute reading it each week! And tell all your friends! I think it might be a worthwhile investment of your time. At the very least, keep it in mind when it's a slow Friday at work and you need any kind of minor stimulation to ease the pain.

One last thought: COMMENTS are appreciated! I want to know what people think, both in regards to the comic, but also (this is important!) in regards to the site I've built to display it. Since this doesn't follow the usual 3-panel format, I had to think up my own way of displaying it on the web, and I'm not sure how it's gonna look on all of the different computers out there. If you try to read the comic, but your web browser isn't handling it correctly, let me know!

And with that, I'll shut up! Thanks for checking this out!


New Header!

Well, I put together a pretty cool (I hope!) image for the main banner of the site. In a few days, I'm going to post the first chapter, and then continue once a week from there.

The comic is 120 pages, and I'm very proud of it. It turned out to be a lot less stupid than I thought it would be when I started, although it's still pretty stupid. It's going to be fun to watch the art improve from chapter to chapter. I'm excited about the whole thing.

Friday, September 24th: this is the place to be!