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!
This Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th, Blackhole Comics will be setup at Heroes Con in the Charlotte Convention Center at Tables 1827 & 1828 in Artist Alley! Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict writer/creator Nick Flair will not be able to attend, but cover artist John Johnston will be manning the ship! He’ll be signing his cover to the newly released Proton #1, and taking commissions, so be sure to swing by!!!
We’ll have copies of all of our books to date including Proton #0, Proton #1, and Blackhole Universe #1! We’ll also have some Sketch Cover variants, some original art sketch cards, and a limited number of tee shirts! We’d love to see your support, so stop by if you’ll be there!!!
Friday June 17th through Sunday June 19th, Blackhole Comics will be set up at Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina! Come out and pick up copies of Blackhole Universe #1, Proton #0, and the newly released Proton #1!!! We’ll have the Ruben Rojas cover AND the John Johnston variant cover! Oh, and by the way, he’ll be there in person! Get Both Nick Flair and Cover Artist John Johnston to sign your copy of Proton #1, or commission some original art!
We will be at Artist Alley tables 1827 and 1828, near the concession stand for easy access! In addition to these titles we’ll have some original art sketch cards, blank sketch cover variants of Proton #1, a limited supply of tee-shirts, and some prints of all our awesome covers!!!
Swing by and say what’s up, check out our books, and nerd out with us! We’ll also be hyping up our next project Quinn-Finity, featuring art by Brian Middleton Jr, so ask all about it! We have a lot of excitement about comics, and are always happy to share! Hope to see you there!
I’m excited to announce that Proton #1 will be available Wednesday May 25th at Richmond Comix! This is really big for Blackhole Comics as it picks up where Proton #0 left off, and brings us to the story we were out to tell the whole time. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of Proton #0, you can purchase the digital copy for just 99 cents below!
Written by Nick Flair and stellar art provided by Ruben Rojas, we pick up after the events of the zero issue. The dynamic of an entire star system has suddenly and drastically changed, and at the heart of it is where our story begins with two lives that were changed more than any others. Two young men claim to be the son of Proton. Is it possible? Are they both who they say they are? Will they be able to co-exist if so? Most importantly, will either of them be able to fill the role of being the star system’s greatest hero? We start to find out in this issue! Head to Richmond Comix on Wednesday May 25th and get your copy!!!
Here is a look at Covers A & B by Ruben Rojas and John Johnston respectively, the Richmond Comix EXCLUSIVE variant by Brian Middleton, and some great pages by Ruben!
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!
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!!!