Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Shawn Aldridge
Slowly but surely, everything is going to the net. Movies, television, books and now comic books. As the technology changes and becomes better, and faster, the way that entertainment is presented to the masses is also changing. Magazines and newspapers are slowly going the way of the Dodo. People can just find the information they need online, for free, from literally thousands of sources.
Is the comic book doomed to the same fate? That is for time to decide, but there is just something about holding a first edition Marvel or DC book in your hands. It's kinda magical.
Enough about that.
This past weekend I was turned on to a great online comic called, "Island, Alone", which should be right up the alley of Monster Island News readers.
Aldridge has drawn upon inspiration from such notable works as the writings of Jules Verne, Lovercraft and other various Victorian Gothic literature plus classic EC comics, and old Ray Harryhausen films.
For John Wharton discovering the island Mayda was to be his greatest triumph, but when he finds himself on its shores, not as explorer but as castaway, his greatest triumph may be just surviving the night. Wharton soon realizes, though, that surviving is easier said than done, as the island and its inhabitants are unlike anything he has ever seen. If he has any chance of returning home, he must unlock the secrets of Mayda—secrets it doesn't seem all that willing to give up. The key to its mysteries and to his own survival may lie in the hands of the only other “human” on the island, a girl who seems to have a few secrets of her own.
I should also take time to point out the great artwork from "Island, Alone" which has masterfully been penned by Rich Fuscia, who has worked for Boneyard and Tokyopop among others.
Overall, "Island, Alone" is very much like "The Land that Time Forgot" and "Mysterious Island" with a little "Turok, Son of Stone" and "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" thrown in for good measure.
In other words, plenty of action with monsters and a hot jungle girl.
You can check out "Island, Alone" over on the Zuda Comics website here: http://www.zudacomics.com/node/1774
I should also mention that readers can vote for the online comic, whether they like it or not. You will have to register with the site to do so, but it's free.
If enough people vote for "Island, Alone", DC Comics (Warner Bros) will extend the strip for another year.
Make sure you vote by February 25th, that's when the contest ends.
Aldridge is right, this is just the kinda stuff that all of here at MIN really appreciate.
Here are a few sketches that are fine examples of Fuscia's excellent artwork for "Island, Alone":
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