For the Teen and up readers Blackhole Universe will travel around our world of heroes and villains! The first issue starts with the origin story of a major Blackhole villain; Cynical. The second story stars The Brick as he fights off the Five Headed Dragon Clan to protect his greatest secret!
In a lighter, all ages book, Quinn-Finity pairs unstoppable imagination with unlimited power in her first issue. The story titled “Universal Razzle Dazzle Dragon Boogers” pits Quinn against some booger stealing Punk-bots! She’ll have to become heroes like Razzle Dazzle, Popcorn Kid, and even Dragon Girl to stop them!
We’ll continue to release our books digitally as well as in print moving forward, so if we aren’t in a shop nearby, you can still get your fix! Go catch up on these titles today!
Its been a crazy road so far in the last 3 years for us here at Blackhole Comics! We’ve gone from printing a handful ashcans at Office Max to printing full sized issues in much larger print runs, we’ve got our books in multiple comic shops, and we’ve gone from selling nothing at conventions to breaking even! We’ve found some amazing artists to work with like Daniel Govar, Ruben Rojas, Brian Middleton, Luca Cicognola, Anderson Carman, Kieth Silverman, Antonio Crew, JJ Murphy, Chauncey Blakey, and John Johnston! I also like to think we found a little bit more about ourselves as well…
Our tone and our style isn’t the same as Marvel or DC, we aren’t as gritty as Image or Vertigo, we aren’t as dark or as adult as some of the other guys out there, and that’s ok. It’s not to say those sort of stories aren’t enjoyable, or even that they aren’t in our future, I think what it says is we’re focusing on light hearted superhero comics. I think that with the dark overtones in a lot of the superhero stuff out there right now, that’s a good thing.
We know that our target audience isn’t necessarily the guy that picks up 20 books a week at the comic shop, but maybe he’ll like it too, and add it to his list. We’re maybe better suited to some of the younger kids that want to get into reading comics, and need something of their own, something their generation can grow with. It’s good to know who your audience is, and I think we’re starting to figure that out. As we near completion of our 3rd different title, Quinn-Finity, we still have so many characters and so much story to tell, we can only hope you’ll be patient with us as we do our best to grind it all out!!!
Being a small local self publisher, we’re doing our best with the resources we have. We’ve come a long way, and plan to go even farther! We hope you’ll stick along for the ride. 😉 Until then though, I hope you’ll enjoy this teaser poster of things to come by Ruben Rojas! Follow us on twitter @BlackholeComics to get more info on the characters!
And of course remember… The World is Ours to Make!
Can’t go to Heroes Con this year? Still want some awesome comic swag at a discounted price though? Here’s your chance!!! Help support future Blackhole Comics projects, and look awesome while doing it! Go toour Shop, pick your favorite tee, and enter promo code HeroesCon to get 15% off your cart! Check out some of the great designs below including the new “Passing the Torch” design featuring the cover art of Proton #1 by Ruben Rojas!!! This special Heroes Con discount will only be in effect for a limited time, so take advantage while you can!!!
If you’re lucky enough to be at the convention, swing by, pick up our books on the cheap, and say hello to Blackhole Comics Cover Artist John Johnston!!! We’re hanging out at Tables AA-1827 and AA-1828!!!
We’re lucky here at Blackhole Comics to have such great support from our local comic shop Richmond Comix, and we took that to the next level recently! With Proton #1 ready to release soon, and the big Free Comic Book Day event going down this Saturday May 7th, we already had enough awesome stuff going on, but why not heap on some more? Proton #1 will release with 3 covers, Cover A by book artist Ruben Rojas, Cover B by John Johnston, and the Richmond Comix EXCLUSIVE Cover by Brian Middleton Jr!
You will ONLY be able to get this very cool, very fun cover at Richmond Comix! This book will be in limited edition, so be sure to swing by and pick it up when Proton #1 releases! When will that be? We should have an official announcement next week, but its close. So close…sniff, sniff… I can smell it. And it smells amazing!
In case you haven’t heard, Saturday May 7th is FREE Comic Book Day! Come out to Richmond Comix from 12pm to 6pm and get free comics from all the major publishers! In addition, some great artists will be on hand doing free sketches for kids including Blackhole sponsored artists JJ Murphy aka The Graphitist, Chauncey Blakey aka Liquid Lead, Keith Silverman, and Von Crew! As if that wasn’t enough, there is more… Blackhole Comics will be giving away sketch cards of our characters!
Here are a preview of just some of the awesome cards we’ll be giving away at Richmond Comix!!!
The Blackhole crew got together and said “What can we do different, and awesome for Free Comic Book Day?”, and this is what we came up with. Free sketch cards by all of us. Nick Flair, JJ Murphy, Chancey Blakey, Keith Silverman, and newcomer Brian Middleton are all contributing original art sketch cards. Kids can stop by our table, and get one of these bad boys for ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! If you like what you see, pick up the books these characters are in to get their story! But that’s not all…
Our motto here is “The World is Ours to Make”, and we’re even going to help you make it! We’ll have plenty of blank cards for you guys to make your own awesome sketch cards! We’re holding a contest for anyone to turn in cards of our original characters, and the best of the best will be featured on a winners page in our next comic, as well as here on Blackhole-Comics.com! The single best card’s artist will win a Proton T-Shirt, a Variant cover for Proton #1, and a connecting 2 card set of Proton Sketch Cards from John Johnston!!!
Here’s a preview of the Proton Prize Pack!
There are some rules: All cards will have to be turned in to Richmond Comix by June 22nd, 2016 to be eligible to win. You can enter as many cards as you want. Cards will not be returned once entered. Minor changes to prize package may occur.
This Free Comic Book Day is going to be the biggest and best yet, and the Blackhole Comics crew is proud to be apart of it! Remember, The World is Ours to Make!
The foundation of Blackhole Comics, is being laid down as we speak. We started in 2015 With Proton #0, and continued with Blackhole Universe #1. Now we begin 2016 with Proton #1!
If you were part of our Kickstarter Campaign, our launch at Richmond Comix, or came by our table at Heroes Con then you had the opportunity to start with Proton #0. If you didn’t, copies are still available at Velocity Comics in Richmond, B&D Comics in Roanoke, and here Digitally! In that milestone issue, we met Jo-Than and his home planet of Vellia. We learned that he was part of a bloodline destined in each generation to assume the mantle of Proton, and become the Cluster System’s greatest hero!
We also witnessed a great battle between Proton, and his rival Negaton that would have everlasting consequences. Now we pick up shortly after that story left off. There are new players in the game. new heroes, and new villains. In Proton #1 we get a larger taste of the planet Vellia, its culture, and the Proton lineage!
Here is a sneak peek at the process from pencils to final inks by the awesome Ruben Rojas!
Ruben and I are really excited to get this book out, and you should be too! We’re shooting for a late April/early May release, keep posted here for updates to make sure we’re on track! Also, if you want to pre-order a copy you can go to Richmond Comix, Velocity Comics, and B&D Comics to order it! If you aren’t near those shops, ask your shop to get in touch with us and order our titles!
We plan on having an amazing year here at Blackhole Comics as we continue to grow, so keep sending your support, and keep coming back here to see all the great things we have coming!
As a small press publisher out of RVA, I’m proud and excited to announce this Wednesday February 10th, 2016 Velocity Comics in the heart of VCU and Richmond will be carrying both Blackhole Universe #1 and Proton #0!
Velocity has been supplying the crazy kids on the VCU campus and the unique characters of downtown Richmond with comics for what seems like an eternity! They’re always very supportive of the local scene, and that tradition carries on as Blackhole Comics find our way to their racks! Unlike any other comic shop in town both inside and out, this is a great shop with a great staff that can help you find both books you’re looking for, and turn you on to ones you didn’t even know where there! If you’re in the Richmond area and haven’t check it out, you’re missing out! ESPECIALLY now that you’ll be able to pick up Blackhole Comics there obviously!!! Swing by and pick up your copy of Blackhole Universe #1 and/or Proton #0 while supplies last!!!
It’s already been a big year for Blackhole Comics with Proton #0 being released, but that wasn’t enough so we decided to take the show on the road to Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC! Nick Flair, JJ Murphy, and Anderson Carman held down the Blackhole table selling copies of Proton #0, prints, and other cool things! How did it go? Here is the story of our totally awesome adventure!
It started with a 4 and a half hour drive from Richmond to Charlotte for myself (Nick Flair), JJ Murphy, and my lovely girlfriend Brittany! There was almost constant comic talk the entire way there. What’s big right now, what we wanted to happen versus what we thought would happen at the show, and what we’d get from the experience were all topics of conversation. In summation, we wanted to walk away with a renewed confidence, a mistake or two to learn from, and no copies of Proton.
We arrived around 9:45am where we met up with Anderson, and set up out table. JJ and Anderson both had their 11×17 binders full of full of awesome artwork, as well as a few prints. Anderson brought his sketch book, and mini comic, as well as, a series of custom bookmarks he made! They featured characters from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Star Wars, and had cool icons on the reverse side that represented the character or franchise. They were a major hit!!!
JJ was doing commissions, and had a few original pieces of art available. We had a bit of a slow start on Friday, but then a Harley Quinn Cosplayer saw a Graphitist original of her name sake, and had to have it! It was the first of several pieces of original art JJ sold! The confidence boost was strong and almost instantly noticeable! We then decided to hit up the ‘Drink and Draw’ event that night, where artists draw original pieces and they’re auctioned off for charity!
Anderson put up a couple of pieces, and JJ knocked out the new Batman design! I took the opportunity to do a little drawing myself, drawing a Proton pic I forgot to get a picture of and starting an Amp piece, and even Brittany got in on the action! I had some crayons, so she channeled her inner colorist to enhance JJ’s Proton picture! Drawing with a beer under the summer night sky of Charlotte next to a beautifully lit fountain with comic talk a flutter all around was truly a perfect end to the first day!
As for me and my Proton comic, we did pretty darn good in my opinion. After several hours of our slow start, I was pretty concerned. I didn’t want to go home with all 70 copies! Then I sold the first one to a random passer-by who thought the cover was pretty cool! It was big for me because it was the book that caught his eye, not that he was a friend, or someone who I had to talk into buying it. He just saw it and liked it. It was a great feeling!
Here’s the face I made when I sold the first copy!
The real bread and butter came Sunday though. The last day of the convention. I still had a lot of copies, and I really wanted to get them into the hands of potential fans! I decided to offer up a heck of a bargain on the last day; I offered people Proton #0 for $1.00 or for free. The goal was to move books, and this was an effective way of doing it for sure. The thing that surprised me though, and really made me happy, was that most everyone who came up PAID THE DOLLAR!!! I thought that said a lot about the crowd at Heroes Con. When offered the choice between getting something awesome for free, or supporting a small press comic creator, they chose to support me. It was a warm feeling.
Another warm feeling came from a someone I didn’t expect at all though. If you’ve ready Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra, you know those two guys have talent. I know this, because I pick up that book in collected editions every time it drops. Einstein, chainsaws, aliens. That’s all you need to know. So I walked by the “Hickman” table with Nick Pitarra and Ryan Bodenhiem (From the Dying and the Dead, also pretty awesome in its young run), and was like ” Hey you guys are awesome! Here, have a copy of my comic!”
These guys are pro’s on the comic scene. They create books with arguably the hottest writer in all of comics right now. I just liked the idea of them reading my book. Nick Pitarra started joking with me, “Is it really a two dollar book, or is this like the thirty-eight dollar Con variant?” I laughed, and confirmed the book was only two dollars. So what did he do? HE GAVE ME TWO DOLLARS!?! I was like “I’m not pushing my book on you man, I just wanted to give you a copy!” He then told me to shut up, and take his two dollars. That was a huge sign of respect in my eyes, and probably my favorite part of the weekend. I’m keeping those two dollars as a memento.
As I offered copies of Proton to other artists and vendors, they all responded in a similar fashion. People wanted to trade me their comic for mine, prints, or buttons! It was a really cool feeling of community the way it went down. Maybe it’s a silly thing for me to be really excited about that, but I don’t care. It was awesome!
On the return trip, JJ and I again talked comics the entire way home. All four and a half hours of it. What we did right, what we could have done better, and what we want to do next. This Blackhole Comics thing is just getting started, and the plan is for it to get bigger and better. Keep an eye out for what’s on the horizon!
Thanks Heroes Con for reminding us the World is Ours to Make!!!
This weekend, Blackhole Comics will be fully represented in Charlotte North Carolina at Heroes Con! I’ll be bringing copies of our first BIG release Proton #0, a limited supply of Blackhole Comics T-shirts, and a great pair of artists! JJ Murphy and Anderson Carman will be at the Blackhole table taking commissions all week!
The pricing is super great, and for super limited time, with $5 head shots, $10 bust shots, and $20 full figure (no background) sketches of your favorite characters! (Shipping costs not included.) If you have quirky or elaborate requests pricing will be handled on an individual basis.
-JJ is constantly honing his skills, and I’ve been lucky enough to watch the constant evolution of JJ, aka The Graphitist, for the last few years! It’s only a matter of time before I’m hyping up our first team up on a comic! He recently donated 9 awesome commission pieces to the Proton #0 Kickstarter campaign! He was a large part of its success, and why the book will be available at Heroes Con!
Purchase his 24 hour Comic, Djek: Destroyer of Earth from Comixology Here!
-Anderson is currently blazing a trail of success through the halls of S.C.A.D. (Savannah College of Art and Design), where he constantly feeds his ambition to be the next Skottie Young! He has a great talent for drawing “Chimera” pieces, where you suggest two animals and he amalgamates them into one! The results are often amazing! Anderson recently drew the ominous variant cover to Proton #0!
-John Johnston is a Heroes Con vet! I first met him there a couple of years ago as my table was next to his. I was proposing several “Versus” match-ups including Dazzler vs Booster Gold, Zatanna vs Scarlet Witch, and Damien Wayne (Robin) vs Jason Todd (Red Hood) and he couldn’t help but add his thoughts. He even drew some awesome art to accompany the debates! (Pictured below!) Recently he donated some commission work to the Proton #0 Kickstarter campaign, and will be doing a variant cover for an upcoming Blackhole Project!
Blackhole Interior/Cover Artist for Proton #0, Commission Artist
-Connecting with Daniel for Proton #0 may just prove to be the best decision I’ve ever made! His awesome style and use of ink wash gives a unique and classic feel that really add character to the book. His work is almost always instantly recognizable too, which is one of the toughest things to do as an artist! To have a personal style that can be identified right away is invaluable, and he has it. Working with him on Proton was a great experience, and one that I am surely better for!
I’m not as talented in the art department as the guys above me, but I do like to sling some ink from time to time! Here are some highlights from last year’s #Inktober! I’m proud to say I did indeed post an inked picture every day of the month! I drew a lot of my original characters that’ll be showing up in future comics, so check them out!
And here are some teases for my in progress works on Cynical and The Brick mini comics with Ruben Rojas and Manuel Bracchi!
Stay tuned here for updates on how Heroes Con went for us, and follow us as it happens on Instagram and Twitter with #HeroesCon and #BlackholeComics!!!
Proton is the most major project by Blackhole Comics to date! It’s a 16 page story that introduces us to a hero from another world, a planet called Vellia. Proton is the mantle of a bloodline that has special attributes dating back longer than anyone can remember, and provides every generation of Vellians with a protector. This is the story of the current Proton as he receives word that his arch nemesis, Negaton, prepares for an attack on his home world. The art is masterfully done by Daniel Govar and if you haven’t been privileged enough to see his stuff before, You are in for a treat! Because I’m such a good guy, here is a preview page from the book:
This zero issue will be a good stand alone story, but I hope to turn it into our first On-Going series here at Blackhole Comics! Stay tuned here at Blackhole-Comics.com for progress on this project, and also remember you can donate to the project at anytime with the Paypal donate button on the left side of the page! Leave a note with your contact info with any donation, and I’ll send you a copy of Proton #0 when it’s finished with an Exclusive Variant cover! Support Independent Comics!!!