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AFCD Creator Showcase: Alan & Helen Spinney

Written by The Indie Huntress on Thursday, April 28 2016 and posted in Blog

AFCD Creator Showcase: Alan & Helen Spinney

A quick look at the comics this duo is offering for Alternative Free Comics Day on May 7th!

Source: Alan and Helen Spinney

Hey everyone! Your indie huntress has returned! Our webmaster Jude Terrorr has been working around the clock to bring Alternative Free Comics Day to life and has enlisted me for assistance. What is Alternative Free Comics Day (AFCD), you ask? Well let me tell you more about that! It is an event that we here at The Outhouse have decided to host. The idea came from Jude last year, while he was investigating claims that small publishers were being forced out of Free Comic Book Day. Jude couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone from Diamond or otherwise about the matter and decided to take matters into his own hands. Thus, Alternative Free Comics Day was born. Jude made the point of,

"anyone who wants to offer free comics should be able to do so. Free comic book day doesn't just have to be limited to Diamond distributing. It's 2016, we have the internet. Let's make a digital free comic day for independent creators." He added that, "we aren't knocking Free Comic Book Day. It is an important event for comics and a great deal for all involved. Alternative Free Comics Day is going to be available so that anyone who wants to participate, can."

Alternative Free Comics Day is a not-for-profit organization that solely exists to help creators get their comics into the hands of more fans and colleagues. The site will belong to everyone involved and also be featured on multiple websites. It is our mission to strengthen the community of independent creators everywhere. We encourage you to take part of this movement and connect with your fellow creators to broaden your horizons and expand your reach among new fans. To make this work we need YOUR help in sharing this project as much as possible. The more creators we have involved and sharing it on social media, the more success we will have. While the deadline is a bit short for this year, the following years will be even stronger. Our site has been open a mere week and we already have several participants. Which leads me to this article here. As a part of promoting Alternative Free Comics Day, we are featuring various creators involved in the site. Today we are introducing Allen and Helen Spinney.




Please tell us about yourselves. 

We are Alan Spinney and Helen Spinney! We're the creators and self publishers of Brittle Hill, an original comic book mini-series.

Alan has many years of experience in the advertising and graphic design industries, and Helen is an oil painter with a strong sense of storytelling.

This is our first time producing a comic book series. The first glimmer of Brittle Hill began in Nov. 2013. We discussed the idea for Brittle Hill during a long car drive, and had the basic structure of the story figured out by the time we arrived at our destination. We worked on the first issue until its launch May 2014 at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. We released next two issues at other regional Comic Conventions, and then the 4th issue appeared in April 2015. We consider the 4th issue to be a 'season ender' for Brittle Hill. The comic series is written, drawn, and printed locally.

What comic will you be offering for the event? 

We will be offering the first three issues of the Brittle Hill miniseries. The fourth issue is available from Comixology or from our website.

Brittle Hill is the story of three teens who live in a small town who discover interesting colorful characters in their neighborhood. It turns out that these characters are made of candy. And they're dead. They are Candy Zombies, back, and don't know why they're back or who they used to be. This all-ages title has proven very popular in our region, and we want to spread the word about this adventure!


Who are the members of the creative team on this book? 

Alan Spinney and Helen Spinney are the creators and writers.

Alan pencils, inks, letters and colours the book; all except for the dogs; Helen pencils the dogs.

We collaborate on ALL aspects of Brittle HIll: we brainstorm the contents of each issue, then we break down the issue, page by page, to pace the story.

We write the dialogue together, then revise, revise and revise.

As it is a 16 page book, each panel and word balloon is precious. We are 'ruthless' editors: we like a tight, tight story that the reader will enjoy reading over and over again. We want the reader to be pulled from panel to panel, so we take special care in composing the layout of the pages, to lead the eye through....

Where can you be reached at if people want to know more about you or your work?

Please visit our website for more information, and to download the fourth, "season ender" issue of Brittle Hill.

Feel free to leave comments or ask questions on the Contact page of the site. We would love to hear what you think of Brittle Hill!!

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