British indie publisher Orang Utan Comics Studio have made their move into the realm of digital publishing with the launch of their highly anticipated sci-fi action/adventure series Young Gods for free online.
The Young Gods series, which sees a team of teenage “Extra Humans” employed by a government agency to police the Extra Human community, will be available to read in a purely digital format via the ground breaking online publishing platform myebook.
Orang Utan Comics Studio were the first organisaton to sign up to myebook’s publishing partnership plan when it went live earlier this week.
“I think we recognized the huge potential of myebook about 30 seconds after first being shown it,” said Orang Utan Comics Studio’s Managing Editor and Young Gods’ creator, Ian Sharman. “It’s an ideal solution for small studios like ourselves who want to get our work in front of as many people as possible but don’t have the capital to finance large print runs.”
Ian Sharman has been working on Young Gods since he was a teenager, gaining the initial inspiration while listening to the Little Angels album of the same name. However, the road from original idea to the comic book page has been a long one, and finding the right creative team to bring his ideas to life proved very challenging.
“I think we went through seven artists, including at one point myself, before we found Ezequiel Pineda,” Ian reveals. “His unique style was exactly what I was looking for, allowing the focus to shift from the overblown superheroics to the diverse characters that make up the team.”
Ian feels the addition of Mauro Barbosa as colourist proved that lightning can strike twice, as his dynamic colours proved to be the perfect complement to Ezequiel’s art. “I’ve been incredibly fortunate,” Ian continued, “finding not only one, but two extremely talented artists with the same passion for this comic that I have.”
Orang Utan Comics Studio plan to make the first part of the Young Gods graphic novel available via myebook in the middle of November, but until then you can get a taste of what’s in store by reading a six page preview, available on myebook now. Click the graphic left to read.
For people who prefer to read their comics on the move, rather than sat at a computer, Orang Utan Comics Studio are also exploring other areas of the digital revolution in comics, making Young Gods available to download to your mobile phone via ROK Comics (first episode above).
Ina and his team say the success of Young Gods will almost entirely depend on fan support, on word of mouth and the book spreading across the internet in a viral fashion, and they’re hoping fans will ’embed’ ROK Comics and myebook players and the YouTube promo (see below) for the various versions of Young Gods on their own web sites to speed the cause!
• To find out more about Young Gods, read character bios and creator profiles, visit www.younggodscomic.co.uk
• For more information on Orang Utan Comics Studio visit them online at www.orangutancomics.co.uk