While "The Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit" will be AIM Comics first official release, our first unoffically official book is already out...and it's free!
"Why Comics?" is a 30 page book compiled from a couple of older pieces of mine. The first is the titular "Why Comics?", which is a 24 hour comic I produced a couple of years ago. It explores my own perspective of the whys and wherefores of creating comics based on my own limited experience and long-time drive. It's pretty rough, but I think it's a good piece.
The second piece in the book is titled "Comics on the Cheap" and is a reprinting of an article I sold to Blueline Pro's Sketch Magazine in 2002. It was an exploration of how a beginning creator can create comics without breaking the bank on expensive software and computer hardware. It's badly in need of updating, but still makes some valid points, and a lot of the software mentioned is still available in newer veersions.
"Why Comics?" is being released under a Creative Commons, non-commercial, no derivatives licence, meaning that it can be freely shared, but not changed or sold or claimed to be owned by anyone else. It can be downloaded here.
The only thing I ask is that if you like the book, and if you're a blogger or any other kind of internet writer, that you consider writing a post, review or any other kind of article to help spread the word. Feel free to link directly to the book for download, or to email me with any questions or comments about the book, the site, or AIM Comics in general.
Thanks, and enjoy!
Why Comics? by Mike Dominic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.aimcomics.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.aimcomics.com.
Update: I should have mentioned that the book is in .cbr format. You can either download a specialized reader for this format (I recommend CDisplay for its ease of use and portability), or you can treat the file as a glorified zip file (which is all it really is) and unzip the contents to read the .jpg files contained in it. A pdf formatted version is coming soon.