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Now Available: The Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit Vol. 6!

Brutal Blade Vol. 6 is live and on the air! With this book, we reach the midpoint of the Bruno the Bandit archives, and also reach a turni...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 6

Introducing Bruno's mom, Eunyce.  Little here suggests that she will later be known as Eunyce, Warrior Hottie, just as Ambrose's off-screen appearance does not hint of his own rogue-ish background.  Still, a scoundrel like Bruno does not just happen overnight!
Also, is it just me, or do you see a little of Aunt May in Eunyce's design?  I know Ian's a fan of old-school Spidey, so it wouldn't surprise me a bit!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 5

Poor Bruno; even when he wins he loses. 
I know that Ian's a huge fan of Charles Schulz's work on "Peanuts" and I can't help but think that a significant portion of Bruno's personality is informed by the eternal loser, Charlie Brown.  There's a pathos to Bruno at times that mirrors the angst of Charlie Brown, likewise matched by an eternal determination to get up and try again.  He may be defeated right now, but you'll soon see that you can't keep a good bandit down...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 4

Long before Deadpool ever even knew there was a fourth wall, Bruno was breaking it, stepping through it and stealing your lunch money!


Friday, January 27, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 3

An important figure steps briefly on stage - Maledict the Wizard!  Bruno always has a dicey relationship with magic of any sort; a relationship nicely encapsulated in the figure of sometime ally and oft-time foe Maledict.  Of course, just as Bruno is a ne'er do well as a bandit, so is Maledict not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed as a wizard, which only makes him all the more appropriate as a constant foil to our anti-hero.
Also very important to note:  This strip marks the first time that the phrase "Son of a Witch!" is used, one which I have come to see as a signature expression for Bruno.
Don't forget to click through to see the strip at full size.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Forever Free....

I've only recently discovered the DivShare, the cloud based storage service I used to host the free book "Why Comics?" has shut down.  It's not a huge loss, as I didn't have a lot else stored there, but it would have been nice had they sent out a notice to their subscribers. 
In any case, it means I have to redirect readers who might want to snag a copy of the free book, so you'll notice that the sidebar on the left now points to the listing at DriveThru Comics.  You will have to register for a DriveThru account to get the book, but membership is free, and by joining up, you will also get access to the free issue of "The Journals of Simon Pariah", Issue 1A - "A Pair of Boots". 
If that's not enough of an incentive, you also get access to all the other free content on DriveThru. I know it's probably not the smartest thing to recommend someone else's books, but I enjoy their content myself, and can't dispute the amount of good work they have on there.  A few recommendations, if I may:

  • Artesia #1 from Archaia Entertainment - the art in this series is just beautiful.
  • Dork Tower #1 from Dork Storm Press - THE comic for gaming geeks, and I just love Jon Kovalic's art.
  • Deadworld Vol. 1 #1 from Caliber - Zombies!  Long before anyone had heard of the Walking Dead, Vince Locke was ruling the zombie genre with this book.
  • Dead Future #1 from Raven Warren Studios - Zombies again! In space no less!  Zombies in space!  What more do you want?

And that's only a small portion of the free books they have available there.  Go grab them all!  Just make sure to read ours first!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 2

Welcome back to another installment of The Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit.  Today, we're featuring the first appearance of Bruno's sidekick, who's been in the strip nearly as long as our eponymous bandit, Fiona the Micro-Dragon.  The Abbott to Bruno's Costello, the Martin to his Lewis, Fiona shows every indication from the outset of being smarter and more capable than Bruno, a facet of their relationship which would remain constantly true.
As an interesting bit of trivia, I have a collection of early pre-publication copies of the first few Bruno stories in my files in which Fiona has a different name, one which Ian decided not to use in the end because it bore too much similarity to another comic strip character.  I always have and still do prefer the original name, but it's Ian's baby, so who am I to argue?

Be sure to click through to view the strip full sized.


Friday, January 20, 2017

The Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit!

With the kind permission of creator Ian McDonald, I'm going to start posting the occasional Bruno strip from the archives, highlighting what I consider the "Brutal Best" of Bruno the Bandit. The strip has had some high points, comedically, historically and artistically, and I'd like to give a few of these a new moment in the sun. To kick things off, we have the very FIRST strip in the series, introducing us to our hero and his world. Ian's style was not nearly as polished here as it would be in later strips, but I think he did a fantastic job of setting up the tone and environment of the strip in just a few panels. You can also quite clearly see his sword and sorcery comic book roots, definitely a defining factor in the development of the strip. Enjoy!