If you like Frank Miller's Daredevil or Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you should read on to learn more about Charles Pazos' The Bends!
One of the things I really like about the self-published and crowdfunded projects that I highlight here in Kickstart My Heart is the punk rock, DIY attitude that drives creators, without corporate backing or fame or fortune, to find a way to get their projects out there for the world to read. Why do they do it? Purely for love of comics, or at least that's what I like to believe. As fans of comics, I think we owe them our support, because the up and coming creators of today are the superstar big shots of tomorrow, and I want those superstar big shots to remember the Outhouse so they can deliver unto us sweet, sweet unique hits, the currency of the internet.
With that in mind, today, I want to show you The Bends by a future superstar big-shot, Charles Pazos. Charles is a writer AND an artist, and he handles both duties on The Bends. He told me that the work is inspired by classic Frank Miller, and he is also a fan of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I can see that for sure, but I would also add that his work reminds me of The Great One Brian Bendis and Michael Oeming on Powers.
What I love about this project is that Charles didn't wait for crowdfunding to create his comic. He went out and created it on his own first, and now he's looking for funding to print it. Though The Bends is available digitally right now on Graphic.ly, Charles just started a Kickstarter campaign as well, and it has already raised $60 of the $750 he is looking for to fund a limited print run.
First, read on to find out more about Charles Pazos and The Bends, and then head over to Graphic.ly to read the comic right now, and after that go pledge some money and get yourself a print copy!
Interconnected events unfold as we meet two men, Aram Delonte and David Nieves, who together are putting in work for a powerful and mysterious man in this fictional crime-noire tale based in Miami.
Charles Pazos has been into comics since buying his first Superman and Transformers comics when he was 5 years old. Charles' favorite series of all-time is The Dark Knight Returns and the original run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (you know the run that ripped off Daredevil). His favorite superhero is Batman because he is into detective stories. Charles wants to write and draw all of his comics so you may not hear from him for a short while on another graphic novel, but he is going to release some freebie digital comics based on some of the characters he is creating for his IP development company: Exit, Inc.
What is The Bends about?
The Bends really is a state of mind. It's similar to having 'the blues', it's a noire state of mind. It's depressing, it's grimy, it's ugly. It's definition in the dictionary is: decompression sickness from trying to rise from the depths too quickly. The world of The Bends is inhabited by characters that chose the wrong paths to rise from economic depths.
What have you worked on before, and where could readers check it out?
This is my first graphic novel. Before this I worked on some short films and I worked at various broadcasting companies in miami doing post-production. I have semi-retired from doing post-production and I am concentrating on being a writer-director of film and sequential art.
For some of our less indie-savvy readers, what might they be familiar with to which The Bends could be compared?
If you dig this, check out Frank Miller's work on Daredevil in the early 80's. There are trade-paperbacks that you can get that chronicle Elektra and Daredevil's infamous encounter with the Hand and the Kingpin, as well as Foggy Nelson's encounter with The Kingpin, which was hiarious stuff from Miller. Even though that's superhero stuff and this is not, it really left an impression on me when I got heavy into comics. Also, in the film world you could say this comic is in the same vein as Pulp Fiction and Burn After Reading, but with original twists. If you like this book and are into film, check those movies out.
Your book is available digitally at Graphic.ly. Why digital over print?
Print is coming soon. I love print, and I respect it. The only downside is the use of dead trees. I am getting a campaign started on Kickstarter to finance the 1st print run. This is a limited release on Graphic.ly for the moment, and it will expand to a larger audience soon thereafter.
Why should readers check out your book over all the others out there?
I think I bring an original look art-wise and I think my compositions are different than the usual mainstream comic. Also, there are no superheroes to be found, just real people. It's a very grounded work for the most part. If they are into crime-noir they may be into this... and it has moments of levity so it's not a grind to read and it has some intense and personal action scenes.
The Bends on Graphic.ly
The Bends on Kickstarter
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror