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One of the cooler comics making its debut at last month’s MoCCA Art Festival (that I didn’t mention in my post-convention wrap-up only because I wanted to write about it in its own column) was the over-sized newsprint comic anthology, Pood by Big If Comics.

I picked up my copy at the show, and it was truly an awesome comics experience, both to hold and to read. Pood has that same old newspaper comic section that DC tried to recapture with its Wednesday Comics, but Pood is more like the indie version of this approach.

The comic section is 16 pages, each page featuring a different story by a different creative team who are able to use the full 17” x 22 ¾” layout to find the best way to tell their story and turn each page into its own big, beautiful piece of art. And believe me, there are some unusual page layouts in here, enough to give the Wednesday Comics artists a run for their money.

Pood came about from a collaboration between Kevin Mutcch and Alex Rader of Blurred Books and Geoff Grogan of Look Out! Monsters.

They assembled an impressive list of today’s cutting-edge alternative comic creators including Eisner Award Nominee Joe Infurnari, Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, Hans Rickheit, Connor Willumsen, Sara Edward-Corbett, Chris Capuozzo, Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri, Lance Hansen, Andres Vera Martinez, Fintan Taite, Henrik Rehr, Bishakh Som, Mark Sunshine, and Tobias Tak.

The genres covered range from everything from sci-fi, Western adventure, bizarre drama, to slapstick comedy.

I’ve read the whole thing from first page to last and found it to be an incredibly entertaining read. It’s an experience you won’t find easily matched in today’s comics.

And luckily, for those of you who were unable to pick up a copy of Pood at the MoCCA Art Festival, it is now being solicited in Diamond’s May Previews. It’s listed under Big If Comics with the order code: MAY100817.

The listed price for Pood is only $4, which is a pretty great value, especially since many of the pages are in full-color. That’s cheaper than Wednesday Comics and about the price of a regular-sized, ad-filled comic in today’s market.

But the best news of all is that you don’t have to take my word for it. There’s a great Youtube video that will show you all around the comic, let you see the page layouts and give you do everything but actually read the comic. You can watch it here.

Though if you do want to read it, there’s also the iPhone version. I suppose this is necessary to spread the word and reach an audience that might not normally come across it, and it’s also a great way to preview the stories before purchasing a copy, but I can see how the digital experience could possibly come close to reading this thing in it’s full-sized glory.

Then, last but not least, there’s the Pood blog that will keep you up to date on all things Pood.

Be sure to check this out on at least some level. It’s something that you won’t want to miss.

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Tyler Chin-Tanner started his own publishing company, A Wave Blue World, where he wrote and drew layouts for Adrenaline, its flagship series, Adrenaline and wrote its latest graphic novel, American Terrorist.

© 2010 Tyler Chin-Tanner.  All rights reserved.
Email: tyler@awaveblueworld.com
www.awaveblueworld.com

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