Friday, August 17, 2012

Make Mine VALIANT!

I don't actively promote comics from big name comics. I much rather promote the works of small press but, this is an exception. The comics I'm reading now are so phenomenal I feel I must share them with everyone! So, below you will find my rant about The Sumer of Valiant and why I'm reading monthly comics once again.


Back in the late 90's I stopped actively collecting comics due in large part to the Spider-Man Clone Saga... they just lost my interest. Over the next decade or so I would pic up the occasional Marvel or DC book just to keep up with the characters. Time and time again though, I'd be horribly disappointed. It wasn't always just poor writing and poor art but it was always at least one of those things that just gets to you... that whisper in your mind that says, "You just wasted your money, dude!"

So, I began buying and reading more and more indie comics. Often times I was rewarded with both great art and excellent stories and if not, I could at least feel good that I was supporting someone's dream.

...and seeing others do so, I began making my own comics with the value of quality in both art and story. W.I.C. was born. A few years before a company called BOOM! was coming out with amazing stuff and most amazing of all they were producing comics for kids! I began reading their books and studying how they run their business. I love BOOM! and KaBOOM! and highly recommend a number of their titles! That said, I still wasn't a collector anymore nor a monthly reader of any one series. I'd wait for the trade. I had come to realize there would never be another "mainstream" comic title I'd be so excited about that I would buy it on a monthly schedule... or so I thought... Quality was about to come back to comics in a very epic way...

The Summer of Valiant!

I was excited when I heard Valiant Comics was returning but not even I could have predicted how wonderful these books would be. Sure, they were known for quality art and writing and often heralded as the best of the 90's but, there was that time, not so long ago when Aklaim took a stab at bringing the Valiant titles back and left most of us, if not all of us, disillusioned. So there was some skepticism. I'm very happy to say, it was unneeded. What the guys and gals over at Valiant Comics have done is nothing short of a miracle!

In a period where so many comic companies are struggling to stay alive and thus are constantly re-inventing themselves and characters in one fashion or another (and failing miserably) Valiant has not only managed to successfully re-invent themselves and their characters but also put incredible teams on their comics!

The art is amazing and superior to many other comics, it also tells the story without the words, the way sequential art should! But on top of great art is equally great writing! From the moment you open the #1 issue of any Valiant book you are trapped; mesmerized; encapsulated by the epic tales they are telling! Unlike other companies who have for the past decade or so relied on grand universe spanning "Events" Valiant has chosen to focus on characters rather than events! Not that there isn't an event coming, or so promises the many blurbs out there about what to expect.

They have thus chosen to unite their universe of characters without alienating the reader by making the Valiant world cohesive enough for a day dreaming couch potato as well as detailed and interesting enough for the keenest of geeks!

I can't say enough about how wonderful it is to be engaged in monthly comics again. As a writer of comics myself, the level of quality coming out of Valiant is the mark of excellence I want to meet. The bar has been set. Ladies and gentlemen, let the games begin!

Long Live Valiant!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Press Release


For Details, Contact:
Benjamin J. Kreger


Warrior Innkeeper Comics
P.O. Box 580                                  
Independence, OR  97351

For Immediate Release.  04 June 2012

The Magnanimous Inventions of Ben & Mike #1 Kickstarter

June 4th, 2012, Independence, OR - Warrior Innkeeper Comics is campaigning on for financial backers to bring the comic The Magnanimous Inventions of Ben & Mike #1 to life in print. Your contribution will fund printing and marketing costs for the first issue of the ongoing comic book, The Magnanimous Inventions of Ben & Mike, 24 pages of full-color story telling by creators Benny Jack K. (writer) and Paul Johnson (artist).  Any surplus of funds will be used for development and production of future issues of the comic book.
This is your opportunity to fund a fun filled adventure comic for kids of all-ages!  Backers will receive a reward based on their personal contribution including a pdf of the comic; a signed copy of the printed comic; an exclusive to Kickstarter t-shirt, hardcover special edition of the comic, hand crafted gremlins and the opportunity to be drawn into the next issue of the comic!  Visit the link below by July 17th 2012 to submit your pledge.  Some options have limited availability and will sell out quickly.
Visit this link for more information about the comic on Kickstarter-

What is The Magnanimous Inventions of Ben & Mike?

A 24 page, full color comic book, written by Benny Jack K. and, illustrated by Paul Johnson.
The year is 1752 and Ben Franklin is about to make a great discovery… but every great inventor needs his muse.  Enter a gremlin named Mike.  After convincing the eccentric founding father to fly a kite during a lightning storm, Ben discovers more than electricity when he conceives of the most magnanimous invention of ALL time!  Join the adventure with Ben & Mike and unravel the mysteries and histories of the Universe as they fumble through Time and Space!

Warrior Innkeeper Comics – Founded in 2009 by Benjamin J. Kreger, W.I.C. (as we fondly call ourselves) is the dream of every comic aficionado.  To realize it came a hefty price.  Serving two tours to the Middle East in the USARMY National Guard, Ben wasn’t left unscathed by the war.  He used his love of the comic medium to lift his spirits and those of others, through the comical adventures of a 10-year-old Abe Lincoln and The Less Than Historical Universe he occupies.  However, he had many more stories to tell and, applying some of the money earned overseas to his dream, Ben created Warrior Innkeeper Comics as a conduit to tell those tales.

Now in its’ fourth year, the small press publisher has produced more than 6 comic books, both in print and in digital formats.  With the help of faithful fans and the generosity of backers from Kickstarter, they hope to continue to delight readers of all-ages for years to come.  For more info on W.I.C. visit us at the URL’s below. -Construction Ends August 29th!

Warrior Innkeeper Comics – Where Story Meets Style & Substance.