Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Obscure Comic of the Month - The Collected Evil Wee Comics

Obscure Comic of the Month takes a detailed look at a little known entry from my personal comic book collection. Some will be from major publishers, others self published projects, Original Graphic Novels, issues and Manga. What they'll all have in common though, is that I've rarely, if ever, seen anybody talk about them.


The Collected Evil Wee Comics by John Gordon Miller, Rob Miller and Adam J Smith – A Braw Book 2015

We proudly present the collected 'Evil Wee Comics' brand from Scots underground veteran John Miller. Features 'Secret Agent', 'Super Tales' & 'The Atomic Society' issues #1 & 2!

How exactly is one to describe Evil Wee Comics? My first attempt would be to say that they're a somewhat surreal homage to classic golden age superhero and spy comics, but that wouldn't be quite correct. My second attempt would be to say that they're a stream of consciousness reinterpretation of classic comics through a very Scottish lens, but that wouldn't quite cover it either.

The fact that the Evil Wee Comics are so hard to describe is in many respects part of their appeal. Explaining the plot behind the intricate, decade spanning world of the OSS and the Atomic Society is unnecessary and ultimately pointless. Plot isn't really the purpose of Evil Wee Comics, instead the whole experience is more about in the moment nuttiness and taking a journey to find out where the bizarre tangents end.

The average story in Evil Wee Comics usually starts with something resembling a plot. A secret agent must track down an escaped villain, a superhero team must fight one of their possessed members, but the stories quickly branch off into bizarre non-sequiturs about departmental budget constraints or Paul Jones – lead singer of Manfred Mann being an all round boring K**t.

Art duties bounce around a lot, with some great work by Rob Miller on the superhero fight sequences, but it's John Miller's own artwork that is the most notable. It's sharp and blocky, and often takes up only a fraction of the page, with some pages almost filled with nothing but text. It's another layer of bizarre to add onto a primarily graphic medium, with the humour of some of the strips being the slow inevitable crawl of the dialogue edging out the art.

And the humour is indeed the comic's greatest quality. Evil Wee Comics probably has more in common with newspaper strips than full length issues. It is at it's best when experienced just a coupled of pages at a time and revelling in the straight faced absurdity of it all.

Miller and Co are no slouches on depth either. It's clear that the team has a lot of love for the old Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D comics, and there are numerous nods and references if you know where to look. Likewise, the Atomic Society comics draw back to a lot of WW2 era superhero teams like The Invaders, and there's a po-faced nostalgia that's oddly not part of the many jokes on offer.

To go into more detail would probably defeat the point. Evil Wee Comics is Underground through and through, so it's not going to necessarily hold an appeal to more mainstream readers, but if you can handle the sort of punk rock weirdness of stuff like early Tank Girl then you'll probably find a lot here to be tickled by.

There's nothing else out there quite like Evil Wee Comics, and some of it just has to be seen to be believed.


Jack Harvey 2017. Evil Wee Comics is (c) John Gordon Miller, Rob Miller and Adam J Smith. Images used under fair use.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Announcing The Scars of Jocasta Lacroix

Hey folks! If you've been following my updates recently you'll have notice me mention that a new Ebook from Less Than Three would be coming soon. Well, the time for talking in hushed tones is over. It's time to announce...

After years of serving as a ranger across untold worlds and battlefields, Jocasta Lacroix is no stranger to scars, and her wife Katie knows the story of all but one. On their anniversary, Jocasta tells the story of her time as bodyguard and lover of Lady Gail Norringham, where she was drawn into a web of secrets and betrayal that led to her first encounter with notorious mercenary Carnack Cousland.

The Scars of Jocasta Lacroix is a follow up to The Reminiscence of Good King Carnack, though it's events actually take place before that story, so in essense you can read them in either order, so don't worry if you haven't read my last Ebook.

The story follows Jocasta, who was a minor character in Reminiscence and Scars seeks to explain how she and Carnack first met and just what their deal is. I've been wanting to write a full story with Jocasta for a long time, and I'm thrilled to finally see it out there.

Speaking of being thrilled, Meg Daunting returns to provide the cover artwork and I couldn't be happier with the finished piece.

I hope you all enjoy what I've come out with, and if you do, I can assure you that we'll be seeing more from Carnack and Jocasta's world in the future.

The Scars of Jocasta Lacroix will be available on June 7th for $1.99, and you can pre-order it here right now.

And if you haven't checked out The Reminiscence of Good King Carnack yet, you can also buy that here.

And while you're there, once again feel free to take a look at the great work other authors have got going on. You still can't go wrong.

Thanks for reading!