Comic 1 - Issue #1

19th May 2016, 7:41 PM in HOTWAB 1
Issue #1
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Shaneoid 5th Jul 2016, 7:48 AM edit delete

The first issue is up in it's entirety. HOTWAB is a mash up of all my heroic creations I've had since my younger days, mixing innocent childhood superhero concepts with my current art skills. I like the juxtaposition of these two ideas and I hope it comes over in the comic.

Initially, HOTWAB may appear as a standard superhero yarn, and it was designed with this intent. However, the idea was to work with modern day morality within the superhero genre. My main problem coming in to this comic was "what would motivate a person in to becoming a superhero today?" and I wanted to steer clear of the tropes of yesteryear such as dying parents, lab accidents, intense psychological issues, power bestows responsibility, etc. I thought being able to live a celebrity lifestyle as a hero would be a good idea for the majority of these guys (not everyone, though).

The construction of the post-modern vision of superheroes means we have a standard of what it means to be one, and a pragmatic approach to heroism challenges any conceived inherent, deontological or juridical type of moral guidance. So not every hero you'll meet in HOTWAB will be some morally upright boy scout.

I was spurred on recently to go ahead with this project after the cancellation of some of my favourite shows and yet another reboot of a few comic universes (you know who I'm talking about) and I wanted to create something which would avoid the pitfalls inherent in why these things were happening. Doing a comic motivated from a love of sequential art as opposed to vying for financial success would be the prime one.

I came in to this with little knowledge of the modern webcomics scene and wasn't aware of the fleeting or twee aspects of what have become part and parcel of the more popular ones. I created HOTWAB as a slow burner and story archs will take time. I'll also say it's not my intent to go to print with this, or go pro (ergh, deadlines!) but any help along the way would be appreciated if you're enjoying the comic :)

My art style works with exaggerated proportions, which may be misconstrued as hypersexual, however I was aiming for ridiculous exaggeration, please try and see the humour lol. If you're uncomfortable with this, I wouldn't read my comics though. Recommended age 16+


Bracey 26th Jul 2016, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
I'll be posting my observations and constructive criticisms per page or so as I read your comic. I hope you find it useful. To start with the cover is a little bland and where this is print form at the comic shop, would not be enough for me to check it out. Id recommend giving it some action and energy. What I do like however is that I can see the majority of the figures and their costumes clearly. Which will make them easy to identify within the pages to come.
Shaneoid 26th Jul 2016, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Thanks yeah I suppose this came about as a matter of circumstance as I was diagnosed with an illness so I just did a cut and paste job with my character templates. I like the kind of 'roll call' kind of thing here.
Shawnmilazzo 22nd Aug 2016, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Would love to collaborate with you as a writer on your books =D
Shaneoid 11th Oct 2016, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Hi Shawn I'm working on a specific character to do collab stuff with, should be ready by end of October
felneymike 1st May 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Actually, creating a straightforward "good vs evil", "morally upright boy scout" superhero comic would be ten times more unique and special than a "deconstruction", these days. "These days" meaning since about 1990.
Shaneoid 3rd May 2017, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Hey Mike, I appreciate that. When I went in to this, I really struggled to think why people would go in to heroics these days unless there were some selfish reason. Having studied some psychology and philosophy of mind, I'm not sure if I've become more cynical or realistic, or both!

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