Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Free! Online Comics by :01 Books!

If you're like me, you don't have the time and money to keep running to your local comics shop to keep buying up all the books you find the least bit interesting. You can go to your library (which I strongly recommend) and if you can't find what you can request it or reserve it. Another option is totally free and doesn't require you to leave your computer/laptop/tablet/Ipad/smart something.
:01 Books (or First Second Books for those of you trying to figure it out) has four comics titles you can read online for free! Called TBC (To Be Continued...), each title is unique, and not your standard super hero sci-fi fare.
Zallara's Paradise is pulled right from the pages of today's news as a man searches for his brother in Iran. Set amid the chaos of fixed elections, zealous and radical leaders, attempted uprisings, and a nation full of people faced with daily uncertainties and moving to the proverbial boiling point, this story offers great cultural insights into a part of the world many Americans hear about, but know little of outside of the standard headlines.
Sailor Twain or The Mermaid on the Hudson is a historical fiction/fantasy piece set in the late 1800s with a younger Mark Twain as the captain of a riverboat running along the Hudson and New York state. At the heart of the story is the disappearance of another man, and Twain recounts the story to a mysterious woman who must know the man's fate and if the stories she has heard are true.
Tune I haven't had the chance to look at yet, but according to the blurb below the link, the story begins in 2010, but in which dimension is the big question? Kinda sounds like the TV show Sliders, which would be really cool!
And last (no, really, it's the last link- at the bottom of the list) is Save Apathea, which doesn't seem to be a comic as much as it is a comics-related blog. Still, some good and imaginative stuff to search through on here.
All of these titles I would rate for the 12 years and up crowd, given the use of some language in a couple of the titles (not a lot of it, but it is there and I'm just warning you!). Read and enjoy!

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