Announcing Crowdsourced Comic Book!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

So my friend Matt Klokel has started a cool little business in which you send him your script for a comic book, pick an artist from the roster he has on staff, and he turns your script into a comic. (Just the graphics. As yet, he doesn’t offer actual printing.) It’s called C-BAD, or Comic Book Artists on Demand.

To kick off the business, he asked if I wanted to do a free five-page comic. Sounds like fun. But I feel like the opportunity would be wasted on my limited comic book experience. So I’m going to let you, Agitator readers, write the script. Here’s how it will work:

I’ll put up a post asking for ideas for the first page. You’ll post your manuscripts in the comments section. I’ll pick four or five (assuming there are at least that many), and we’ll then vote on which one wins. The next week, I’ll take ideas for the second page, which of course would need to begin where the first page plot left off. We’ll do this until we have a five-page comic book written and approved by Agitator readers. It will be posted to the web when it’s done. If there’s interest, maybe we’ll figure out a way to make printed copies available.

No real rules about plot or content. Just don’t be an asshole. And you don’t need to make me a character. In fact, from what I know of some of your twisted minds, I’d rather you didn’t! But whatever we end up with, well, that’s what we’ll end up with. This could be pretty great. Or it could go horribly off the rails. Which I guess is part of the fun.

Check here for manuscript guidelines, and here for suggestions on how to write a better one.

I’ll put up a post calling for scripts for the first page later this week. But first, we need to vote on an artist. You can check out samples of each artist’s work here.

Which artist should draw’s comic book?
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33 Responses to “Announcing Crowdsourced Comic Book!”

  1. #1 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Sorry, ColoredRobot, but I can’t in good conscience support anybody who would make that font choice.

  2. #2 |  Me2 | 

    I’d like to suggest that the villain be a rabidly overzealous prosecutor.

  3. #3 |  Peter H | 

    For artists, I think the noir-ish style of MichaelGrove would work well.

  4. #4 |  Cyto | 

    I’ll contribute:

    “BAM” “Ka-POW!”

    You can use that royalty free…

  5. #5 |  treed | 

    I would not make Radley an actual character, but there will be a bald dude whose head explodes. I think I’ll write around a plot where cops shoot dogs.

  6. #6 |  CyniCAl | 

    “No real rules about plot or content. Just don’t be an asshole.”

    I’m out!

  7. #7 |  Dan | 

    Plot Idea: (I’ll leave the artist suggestions to others)

    Juxtaposed situations (one per page) where civil liberties and other social freedoms we took for granted just a few years ago are now eroded and result in arrest, asset forfeiture or worse a felony conviction. One half of the page depicts the old way, the other half shows the “new” way.

    For example:
    Buying more than a few boxes of OTC cold medication in a month.
    Taking photographs of public buildings.
    Driving with cash on the interstate system.
    Raising orchids or inventing a low cost process for power cell consumables.
    Going through security at an airport.

  8. #8 |  James J.B | 

    Ok -2 ideas. One where RB “wakes up” to find that he dreamed he was the agitator – in reality he is a cop – that loves shooting dogs and doing no-knock raids- tries to Change and comes to a horrible end by a giant blunt and undead dog. kinda tales from the crypt type feel to it.

    -the second – where a hard working Internet journalist decides that enough is enough an dons a superhero outfit to stop government abuses, including a tender scene where he stops a swat team bullet that would have hit a child or dog. I give you The Agitator!!!!

    I can write more or others can add to my ideas

  9. #9 |  Ted S. | 

    Superhero puppies that foil corrupt/criminal cops.

  10. #10 |  Robert | 

    I like Dan’s idea a lot.

    And, while I applaud the idea of the C-BAD website, I would suggest that they try to expand their pool of *ahem* artists.

  11. #11 |  James J.B | 

    Another one – a swat team crashes in rural tenn. they are pursued by a pack of wild wolves (all that look strangely like RB)

  12. #12 |  chichichichia | 

    WPOTY can be the annual super villain convention

  13. #13 |  Will Beyer | 

    Dude! I can’t wait for ‘SuperAgitator’ frees Cory Maye! Going up against with witty words, pluperfect punditry, and other over-the -top alliterations.
    A plot exposing BiteBoy, the evil would be coroner/dentist- the possibilities are endless. And hilarious in a dark kind of way…

  14. #14 |  CC | 

    Dan’s idea is good, though I’m personally leaning towards the superhero puppies.

  15. #15 |  Windypundit | 

    How about an angry, vengeful spirit of a recently-shot puppy?

  16. #16 |  Odd | 

    A cute doe eyed puppy is playing in her white picket fenced yard. She gets a drink from her bowl and thinks “I like water.” She smells a flower and thinks “This smells nice.” She sees a man and thinks “Who is that?” She runs to the man and says “Hey! Why are you coming into my yard?” Then a bullet rips through her cute little head and she thinks “why?”

    A police officer then explains how while looking for a fleeing suspect a vicious dog attack him so he had to subdue it. He is given a medal for bravery.

    Puppycide: The Comic

  17. #17 |  Angie | 

    I’m with CC. Dan’s idea is good, but can we squeeze in superhero puppies too?

  18. #18 |  James J.B. | 

    Tried to post these earlier –
    1. A Tales from the Crypt type story- A man dreams he is a internet journalist that fights for the rights of those abused by the state. He awakes to find that he is a cop guilty of a no-knock assault /murder of a child and puppy. For a supernatural twist, he is killed by a large Blunt and an undead puppy.

    2. A sharp, young internet journalist lives in a world where government has run amok. Rights are trampled – then he has had enough – he dons a costume and cape – and emerges as THE AGITATOR!!!!!

    3. SWAT team goes on routine training in the Tennesee wilds. The story can then progress in a number of ways – a pack of wolves learns that the team does no-knock raids/kills puppies and then seeks vengenance; the wolves (through the use of computer tech all look similar to RB)then seeks vengenance;

    4. Another twist – in a world much like our own – we see people (never their faces) going about their business, one day a home is raided, the loyal family pet is shot, an investigation commences and concludes that all procedures were followed and nothing wrong occurred. The scene then changes to a police station, two “cops” are talking say a terrible that we had to shoot the pet – here’s the twist – the “cops” are Puppies and the pet a swat team member. a series of flashes shows all previous scenes where now you see all of the people are dogs and the pets – people.

  19. #19 |  albatross | 

    How about a five page summary, with pictures, of the Corey Maye case?

  20. #20 |  Windypundit | 

    Corey Maye was a tragedy. Kathryn Johnston was something much worse.

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  22. #22 |  Aresen | 

    A family sleeping quietly in a house at 2 AM, the little girl has her puppy sleeping on the bed with her.

    Suddenly the door is smashed in and there are blinding flashes…

    I’m too nauseated to write the rest.

  23. #23 |  croaker | 

    I actually like Dan’s idea #7.

  24. #24 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    I don’t really have a useful contribution right now beyond saying that this is fucking awesome.

  25. #25 |  Bernard | 

    By day our hero is a mild-mannered actor whose diminutive ego and string of industry-changing films make him a firm social role model.

    By night he becomes SWATMan. A swashbuckling all action hero whose quick trigger finger and slow wits are the bane of drug dealers, would-be drug dealers, casual drug users, might-be drug users, people-who-an-anonymous-informant-has-erroneously-claimed-to-be-drug users and innocuous house pets across the land.

    For bonus irony points Steven Seagal can be pencilled in for the inevitable movie version. He can even supply his own tank.

  26. #26 |  Bernard | 

    Alternatively for something more topical you could make Newtman.

    By day, a mild-mannered public servant. By night a crusader against a dizzying and incoherent array of evils that he decided off the top of his head to rail valiantly against.

    In issue one Newtman discovers that an evil cabal of venture capitalists is preventing America from establishing a colony on the moon…

  27. #27 |  BoogaFrito | 

    With a name like “Radley Balko,” how could we not make you a character?

  28. #28 |  albatross | 

    Bernard: “The Man Who Refused to Sell the Moon”

  29. #29 |  UCrawford | 

    My thoughts:

  30. #30 |  UCrawford | 

    Sorry…for some reason my last comment posted even though I didn’t submit.

    My thoughts on it…abandon the “superhero” idea altogether and go with a more “V for Vendetta” feel (albeit minus the Guy Fawlkes mask). RB is one of the leaders of an insurgent movement attempting to target corrupt politicians who twist the laws and co-opt the police forces ostensibly for “public safety” but in actuality to pursue an Orwellian love of power. The only real difference between the comic and reality? “The Agitator” is the name that the authorities give to him, rather than one he gave to himself. Of course, since it’s a comic, you’d have to up the violence quotient quite a bit. But comics minus superpowers can still sell, as long as there’s an existential crisis involved. :)

  31. #31 |  Jason | 

    Okay, here’s an idea:

    The President goes on vacation. Radley Balko is selected as a lowly reporter in his entourage. The next, UPS delivers a package which the DEA has been tracking, because a drug cartel has been sending people to unoccupied homes overnight to accept packages of drugs sent through UPS. The local SWAT team is following the UPS truck and bust in as soon as it’s delivered, committing puppycide in the process and putting the President and his family in cuffs. Quick-thinking Balko films the whole thing on his camera phone. The SWAT team, realizing who they’ve arrested and that Balko has everything on film, let the President and his family go, confiscate the phone (against Balko’s protests), and arrest Balko on charges of resisting arrest, wiretapping, drug trafficking, etc. Later that day, the President gives a speech commending the police on a job well done.

  32. #32 |  quasimod | 

    Hey, maybe the site could get a new logo out if this deal! (fingers crossed)

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