Monday, October 3, 2011

Online comics that Rule! #1 : Terry LaBan's MUKTUK WOLFSBREATH HARDBOILED SHAMAN

I first stumbled upon Terry LaBan's crazy ass medicine man Muktuk back in the late 90's when Vertigo released it as a 3 issue mini series that really didn't catch on. (Note to the youngins' out there, before the turn of the century it was very difficult for most artists and writers to self publish their works via an online comic like most do today, due A noisy beast known as a 56.6K modem, it would have taken too much of our precious time to view most comics from the internet back then, time that most comic readers agree they would have rather earmarked for viewing pictures of naked ladies doing naughty things, but I digress.)

Muktuk had all of the trappings that I enjoyed in a supernatural comic: Demons, Zombies, Spirits hallucinogenic "medicine" with a touch of humor and some nicely fleshed out characters that at the I just wasn't getting out of main stream super hero comics and like all things I was gone.

The DC series sold only moderately and unsure what else to do with the character, LaBan shelved him and moved on. Over the years, though, he continued to hear every so often from Muktuk fans, looking for art and asking him if he’d ever write more. The answer was always “no’, but when, one day, when considering his options for a thesis project that would allow him to complete his Masters in Interactive Design, he decided a web comic would fit the bill and that Muktuk Wolfsbreath would be the perfect concept to build it around.

Fast forward Thirteen years to February 2011, DC comics still owned the rights to Muktuk,  LeBan asked DC for the character rights to revert back to him and instead of giving him the run around like you think most major publishers would do, they gave him the rights to his character in a timely manor (thanks to Mumblestein for pointing this out) Terry LeBan then turned Muktuk into a online web comics written and drawn by himself as a thesis project to complete his Masters in Interactive Design course.

And now without  furthur ado, here's MUTUK WOLFBREATH HARD-BOILED SHAMAN
( updates every Monday and Thursday )

1 comment:

  1. I love this series. I'm glad that you're giving it some extra exposure.