“Comics are a unique genre of literature,” Matt says. “In one way, they are novels with pictures. But they’re also like a movie story — only with still pictures. Unlike with movies, the budget is minimal, and the imagination of the artist brings the words of the writer to life.”
Jason Young, who works as a manager at Maverick’s Cards and Comics, is creating the artwork for an upcoming comic, due out this spring, “Defenders of the Planets #1.”
“What I love about underground or indie comics is that there is no corporate agenda behind what’s published,” says Jason. “Artists and writers work on these books in their spare time, and out of love for the genre and for creating. Sometimes they work alone, but sometimes it’s a bunch of friends getting together, so there’s a community aspect.”
Sparkle Comics certainly embraces the community aspect — about a dozen friends, who are artists, writers or both, are working on creating comic book series, with the hope of launching four comics per year in various series. As the independent comic book company’s website states: “We make comics by friends, for fans, and span the genres of action, adventure, fantasy, and horror for pre-teens and up.”
Currently, issues of the debut comic book are available at area comic book stores, including Game Swap; Maverick’s; Super-Fly Comics and Games; Bell, Book & Comic; and Jim & Dan’s Comics. Soon, Matt says, fans will be able to order copies via Sparkle Comic’s website.
In the meantime, keep up with the company's newest publications via its website, www.sparklecomics.com, or its website, www.facebook.com/SparkleComics.
UPCOMING LITERARY EVENTS
· Sunday, Jan. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene — the Antioch Writers’ Workshop (www.antiochwritersworkshop.com) will sponsor its first Free Mini-Writers’ Workshop of the year, on the topic of “Point of View” led by author Rebecca Morean (www.ramorean.com). The event is free and open to the public.
· Sunday, Jan. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Public Library (1776 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood) — Jennifer Sommer will present a session on “Writing in Dialect: A Study for Writers.”
· Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Wright Memorial Public Library — The Wright Library Poets will meet to share poetry and hone craft. Poets of all levels are welcome. For more information, contact Elizabeth Schmidt, Schmidt@wrightlibrary.org, or call 294-7171.
· Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene — Kristin Bailey introduces her newest children’s novel, “The Silver Gate.” Kristin’s first novel was “Legacy of the Clockwork Key.” She briefly lived in the Dayton area.
· Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene — Chris Bohjalian will introduce his new novel, “The Sleepwalker.”