Digital Webbing Presents #1


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Digital Webbing Presents #1


  • Words: Various
  • Art: Various
  • Inks: Various
  • Colors: Various
  • Publisher: Digital Webbing
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2011

Digital Webbing has been a stalwart of the creators’ community for years. If you’ve ever made an attempt at creating your own comic in the modern age, you’ve likely posted an ad on their boards. Even with the mainstream embracing comics as never before, there are pitifully few resources available to aspiring creators, but Digital Webbing has always been one of two or three reputable sites that get bandied about the Internet when searching for talent.

After a lengthy hiatus, the site’s flagship anthology, Digital Webbing Presents, makes a welcome return in digital form this spring. Available through Comixology, DWP #1 offers fans an eclectic table of contents featuring a variety of genres and styles. While some stories are hit or miss, the overall quality of the book is superb, showcasing high production values, excellent storytelling, and solid art.

The cool thing about anthologies – especially for us reviewers – is we don’t have to like every story included in the book. In fact, I would argue, most of us go in expecting to dislike at least one or two offerings. Or maybe I’m just that cynical. Whatever the case, there’s a little something for everyone within the digital covers of DWP #1.

From bizarre encounters between aliens and zombies to narcissistic interstellar pleasure-seekers to aerobatic excitement in the grey skies of World War II, DWP #1 succeeds in honestly representing the sheer variety of unique tales populating the imaginations of today’s up-and-coming talent. If only the shelves of our local shops boasted such variety. One of the most refreshing qualities of DWP #1 was the total and utter lack of superheroes.

Across the board, all of the stories featured exceptional writing, although I found the pace in the first story, “Roswell, Population: 37,” to be a little choppy. The visuals by Ayhan Hayrula are absolutely stunning, though. If I have one critique about this anthology it’s that the art and story aren’t always of the same quality. The opening story features superb art but an uneven script. The middle tale, “Kid Lightspeed”, possesses exceptional dialogue and pacing but falls short in the art department, with a disconcerting style fusing the worst of Todd McFarlane and the Dodsons.

My favorite story by far, “Barnstormng”, is the only tale to truly strike a harmonious relationship between the writing and the visuals. Collaborators C.J. Kirby and Juan Moreno manage to strike an exceptional balance between their respective media. Both creators infuse their story with heart and craftsmanship, evident in their attention to detail and the emotion permeating the script.

Traditionally, anthologies are a tough sell. Traditionally, they were published in print, though. Despite an uneven first issue (and again, this is more a matter of personal taste, than anything else), I have high hopes for Digital Webbing Presents, in its electronic format. As an ever-increasing number of publishers seek out established, “branded” talent rather than take a gamble on unproven rookies, there aren’t enough creative outlets for newbies these days. With its characteristic focus on quality and dedication to the brick-and-mortar creation of good, solid comics, Digital Webbing has set the bar high with its relaunch of its titular anthology.

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