In Texas comic book companies are their unique tradition. From San Antonio to Houston, writers and artists have come together to produce their own unique properties. Both books that are parodies of comic book concepts, giant robots, armored heroes and even super powered amphibians are territory Texas creators will approach.
During the Comicpalooza entertainment convention, held at the George R. Brown Center in Houston, TX, a duo of brothers brought new and fun kids comics to the show.
Their publishing company based out of San Antonio, TX, Gud Fit Entertainment is their vehicle for publishing their work.
AJ and Tony aided by their mother began their efforts a year and a half ago, and have since published three issues of their première title Super Newts, and a web based comic, The Adventures of Dorse and Doose are their current properties.
“We work regular jobs, and produce are books, ” stated AJ at a recent interview , ” On average we work about 80-100 hours a week at our normal jobs and to produce our books.”
AJ and Tony produce the art and stories for their comics, their mother acts as their guide and keep them level.
“Mom helps us to stay focused and keeps us on track”, said AJ.
And he carries a great deal of passion for their characters:
“I love animals especially amphibians, and since most salamanders can regenerate, I thought that would be a great super power to have. So, we have this brother and sister team of amphibians who wear costumes and battle ad guys in their own little world of animals. So far we are on our third book. We also have our own web comic; it’s a comedy with a dog and horse named Doose and Dorse. Dorse is a big red horse who was adopted by the dog, Doose. So, this horse thinks it’s a dog and acts that way even though it’s a horse. We have a lot of fun with it and it can be pretty silly sometimes.”
However the move to electronic media is not unique to Gud Fit. One of the Houston area’s own local studios has expanded to the electronic age by producing their comics for Amazon’s reading device.
Mental Diversions comics have recently added purchasable copies of some of their comics for the Kindle.
In a recent interview Terry Wagner, founder and team leader of Mental Diversions, was looking forward to the future of his company.
“We don’t have a big following yet, but it’s growing. Our fan base appreciates what we do and they enjoy our work.” he said.
“I tell the guys (in the studio) that we need to keep going and that I see our company growing and our comics reaching more people.” he added.
Several of Mental Diversions creative team came from a now defunct Houston based studio Space City Comics.
Taking a creator first approach, rather than a property first approach, such as publishers marvel and DC, he ensures that his employees are properly compensated for their work and they know that they are appreciated.
“These guys work really hard on their books, and they love what they do. They should be treated well; I feel that’s what’s important in this business.”
Among the properties produced by Mental Diversions are Fusion, about a young man who finds a battle suit that gets him into trouble, Spandex Avenger, a play on current super comics, and a Kindle offering of NASA toons, a comic look at the space shuttle program, something that’s part of the Houston area community.