There are so many great new publishers out these days, all doing something unique and fun. So which one is meant for you? What's the right direction to take? Well I can't lead you in one way or the other but what I can do is tell you about an incredible new company that is already making some waves... Emet Comics. Emet Comics is a publisher created by strong ladies with stories about strong ladies, providing a much needed step towards further diversity in the comic book industry. Maytal Gilboa founded this fancy new company, launching the website just a month or two ago. Since the launch, they have introduced a new, very cool system to get content out: email. By signing up for the mailing list you will be able to receive comic pages from these stories at various frequencies, the current of which being a tale called Hellena Rose: An Intergalactic Fairy Tale (written by E.O. Levendorf, art by Sonia Liao, and colors by Veronica Fish). The website and publication as a whole bleed safety and open minded ideals in a very admirable way. Check them out at www.emetcomics.com and sign up for there emails! Meanwhile, lets check out some of the comics they currently have available.
Story: Marilyn Fu
Art: Arielle Jovellanos
Colors: Laurie ThomasWhen natural disasters begin to occur, five individuals discover that they have abilities capable of preventing global destruction. The story mainly revolves around Summer Lee, a young woman unaware of what fate is about to throw her way.
Story: Emily Dell
Art: Mollie Elizabeth Helms
Colors: Ceci de la Cruz
Mixing various mythos from Shakespearean works, Romeo & Juliet and Guns sees two strong players from rival gangs, Jo Capulet and Roman Montoya, trying to get away from their shady lifestyles in hopes of something better, or at least different. This journey takes them both on journeys of self discovery... and violence.
Dell gives us a frame work that puts Romeo & Juliet in a modern setting, however she adds a very fresh spin on it giving it new life. This isn't just some remake of a classic story, this is an action packed thrill ride that is bound to shock a few readers and introduce some killer concepts along the way. Helms's art involves a lot of incredible human figures as well as some intense, badass action sequences, while de la Cruz's neon colors and well placed light sources bring even more life to each panel.
Story: Melissa Jane Osborne
Art/Colors/Letters: Veronica Fish
Also playing off of an older tale in some ways, this story revolves around the questionably sane Wendy, who is hospitalized after her family is involved in a tragedy brought on by a large white light, resulting in her brother disappearing. Wendy is convinced that he was spirited away to a possible Neverland, and her therapist thinks it would be best for her to draw what she thinks to uncover the truth.
Osborne doesn't stray from hitting some emotional chords, even in the short sample we have seen so far. She does a great job of establishing the character of Wendy as a protagonist. She also makes the reader question what Wendy saw as much as the other characters do, and that's good writing! Fish has a sketchy, hatched drawing style that helps the reader see the world through Wendy's young eyes. Her colors give an element of fantasy to the story to further make the reader unsure of what is real and what may be a coping mechanism.
Writer: Jean Barker
Art/Colors: Joey Granger
Seamlessly mixing scifi elements with South African culture, Nkosazana takes place in a world where apartheid still runs rampant, and Zana is a constant victim. Teamed with her friend Bisa, the two accidentally anger an ancient spirit, and must face the dangerous consequences. (That last part is from the description, I'm stoked to see how the team does that).
Barker educates as well as entertains using various terms and traditions to show South Africa. She captures a strong bond between Bisa and Zana, which makes for a deeper connection with the reader. Though Zana gets victimized, it doesn't pull her down and she remains strong. Granger aids this feeling with INCREDIBLE facial expressions and backgrounds that are muted but textured in a very palpable way. There is a unique art style happening here, and I am anxious to see more of the scifi/spiritual elements that it will capture.
Now, those are 4 of the comics currently listed on the website, but there are more on the way. It is so incredible to see works where you can feel a passion for not only the medium, but also the cause of the company. Emet Comics is new to the comic community, but it is off to an incredible start and is only going to grow larger. Support this admirable and worthwhile company and view the above comics by visiting www.emetcomics.com! As always, thanks for reading!