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Tales of the Starlight Drive-In #1
Publisher: Visionary Comics
by Rick M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/29/2012 22:28:32
This was a refreshing change from the drek that you usually get free. This book was well drawn and well written. It had a nice old-time feel and stayed true to itself.
I am looking forward to another issue.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tales of the Starlight Drive-In #1
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Godlike Issue #1
Publisher: Tall Tales Publishing
by Rick C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/07/2011 19:00:56
Artwork was crap, story was crap. This is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with comics today. Have you ever seen a REAL comic book? Do you think THIS looks ANYTHING like a real comic book? Be honest with yourself.
First you need to learn to draw. I see some very raw talent there, but you really need to learn the basics at least. Then, learn to tell a story. This meandering crap may work in a movie, but a 22 page comic needs to move. You can't just slowly get to the point you're going to make. And if you're going to give away a preview, make it the most interesting part of the book! You want the person who picks it up to be compelled to buy the full book. 7 pages of some old man passing out in a desert is NOT going to make anyone give you money for the rest of the story.
If you are 16 yrs old, then this is a great first effort. You need to do some serious work to get to the point where you present your work to the world, but this is a nice start. Just don't be packaging this as if it's your great American novel.
Good luck.

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Thanks for the criticism. All feedback is appreciated.
After much thought, I have to offer a bit more opinion than what was offered in my initial response. I am always open to criticism, but this review really comes across with more maliciousness than legitimate criticism. Yes. I have seen a “real” comic book. I assume your definition of a “real” comic book is one that has been published by Marvel, DC, or any of the other “Industry Standard” companies out there today. Does this look like a Marvel or DC title? Absolutely not, and I am very aware of that, nor do I try to present it as such. It does however look like a “Real” indipendent publication. I also do this as a hobby. If it were up to Marvel or DC’s standards of publication, title would cost $3.99 at a comic shop, instead of $0.00 per digital distribution. The story intentionally moves slow. Sorry I didn’t “grab” you. The story is about human character interaction. Good character development takes time. This is something that comics in general lacks. I can handle a bad review. I knew that when I made my work available to the public there would be bad reviews. I also know that comic readers are some of the most critical people on the planet. I guess what really bothers me is the amount of time that went into trashing me and my work. The review wasn’t written on a level that judged the work with any amount of professionalism, it’s just one spiteful trashing after another. What I find truly amazing is that I could find no indication that you ever reviewed anything else on this site, and your scathing review takes on this “I was ripped off” attitude. “Artwork was crap, Story was crap.” I can live with that. “This is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with comics today.” Woah, back up. That’s a pretty strong statement. To me this says everything that is bad in mainstream comics got carried over here, and I really don’t think there is any truth to that. I have tried extremely hard not to make Godlike another superhero comic. The industry has enough of those already. It isn't action packed, it isn’t colorful, it isn’t filled with musclebound guys and buxom women in tights...posing. When I conceptualized Godlike, my intentions were to completely steer away from everything that a superhero comic is. Rather than just flip through, decide that you don’t like it and move on, you had to offer a review that wherein, you go out of your way to be abrasive, and at times, downright hateful. Some could even argue that Godlike is an example of what is right with comics today. Digital distribution gives me the chance to get my material read by an audience on some level. And that’s all I, and many others like myself, have ever wanted. In the old days before digital distribution, work could only be distributed by a company who fronted the money to print the work. Now anyone can put it out there, anyone can read it. But akin to seeing a local band at a local bar for a $5 cover charge, or paying $130 to see Bigtime Megaband, you sort of know what your in for before hand. The same is true with indie publishing. You have to approach it with an open mind. With anything like this, you will get bogus reviews. You will get over zealous, supportive friends and family who give ridiculously good reviews to the product. I wish I could put a stop to this, or make them review this based with more knowledge on what a comic is. Sadly, I can’t, and if you were mislead into thinking this was going to be amazing by some of the other reviews here, I apologize. Art is subjective. I respect your opinion of my work, but “You need to do some serious work to get to the point where you present your work to the world” basically says that because you don’t like it, no one else should see it. I’m not trying to be arrogant here, but I have seen, on plenty of occasions, (most notably during the mid 90’s) work that was set to print that was FAR worse than this. “You need to learn to draw” Is a pretty powerful statement as well, perhaps this is just your idea of constructive criticism. Have you made any contributions to the comics industry, (amateur or otherwise), that I could check out? I would like to know, because I want to know if I am being criticized by someone who has done something similar, and what I should aspire to put out, or are you just an opinionated fanboy? “If you are 16 yrs old, then this is a great first effort.” I’m 35. I’m an amateur. I know that. I didn’t go to college for art or writing; I went to work to support my family. I work a 40+ hour a week job, and I am a full time dad. Again, this is done as a hobby. Something I enjoy to do, it was never conceptualized to be the next “Kingdom Come”. I’m not pretending to be the next Stan Lee, or the next Jim Lee. This was written and distributed knowing that if I put it out for free, someone waiting at a doctor’s office or a bus stop could download it on their mobile phone/tablet and kill a few minutes, completing my goal of someone reading my work. I knew that most people would go for the free quickie rather than the $2.00-4.00 Marvel title. It was never packaged as the "Great American Novel" nor will it ever be. I am nothing if not humble. This is nothing more than a piece of work put out by someone who enjoys comics. Issue 2 will be here at the end of this month. Issue 3 will be here a month after that, and so on, and so fourth, until the story done being told. Godlike it will continue to be free until I feel that it is up to an industry standard. It may be free forever. I’m really not pressed, and I gave up on “Making it” in the comics industry a long time ago. If it was really as bad in the review as you say it is, I can gladly give you a refund.
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