I'm still a little shocked I'm writing a post like this...but I was approached with a pre-release copy to review..for the first time ever...and I'm still shaking a little as I type this!
Introducing Richard Kemp
In asking Richard Kemp to describe himself he says:
“I can’t remember not being a cartoonist. I couldn’t read the comic books that I would absorb and make my own stories up for. That passion never went away. Even though I couldn’t always put pencil to paper, the stories never stopped forming in my head. Everything has finally come together and I am able to get these stories out to the world!”
War Priest #1 (Ashcan Comics Pub.) (May 2020)
One of the eccentricities that annoys me from time to time in books is lettering. Especially lettering of any sort of magic user speaking an incantation, a demon, or a god. We’ve all seen the white or red twisted “demon speak” and I wonder why people aren’t creative enough to play with changing that trope more. Above is another example of where Kemp changes the method. The woman in the lower left is beginning a demonic summoning ritual, and instead of using twisted English, the use of her runic symbols is a nice change! (but I digress from the story…)
What should you do: Book 1 is one of the May releases over at Ashcan Comic Pub. and I highly recommend the read for anyone who likes books about faith (without proselytizing or being blasphemous), anyone who likes post-apocalyptic stories, stories about mysticism, or really, anyone who is looking for something good to read. It is work like Kemp’s which will solidly keep Ashcan on my radar as a publisher and more importantly Creators like Kemp!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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