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Ace Kilroy by Rob Kelly and Dan O’Connor returns today with a new strip daily.
What is Ace Kilroy?
“THE YEAR IS 1937. Another World War is brewing in Europe, and the United States Government, headed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is doing all it can to prepare. However, recent intelligence from that part of the world has uncovered an even more disturbing, almost unbelievable, set of facts: that the world’s worst supernatural monsters, thought only to be the stuff of nightmares, are real! Even worse, that Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich has unleashed a multi-pronged effort to turn those monsters to the side of the axis powers!
“President Roosevelt, backed by a small band of his most trusted advisers, has decided to commission decorated World War One veteran and soldier of fortune Ace Kilroy to go undercover in Transylvania and see if the threat is real–and if it is, to stop it…at all costs.
“ACE KILROY harkens back to the classic American newspaper comic strips of the mid-20th Century like Dick Tracy, Steve Canyon, and Buz Sawyer. We feature a new black and white daily installment every day, with an extra-large “color supplement” on Sundays!”
Check it out now, right here!
A message from the creators of Ace Kilroy:
Dear Friends of Ace –
Dan and I are proud as punch to announce Ace Kilroy has been nominated for an Eagle Award, the comics industry longest-running award. Out of the dozens of entries that were in the initial round earlier in the year, it was announced today we made it to the final five contestants and are now officially nominated.
Voting is now open, so we implore you to head over to the Eagle Awards official ballot: http://www.eagleawards.co.uk/nominations/ …and vote for Ace Kilroy in category #19, Favourite Web-Based Comic.
Dan and I have been doing Ace Kilroy entirely on our own, and just receiving this nomination is a thrill. If we were lucky enough to win, it would be a huge PR push for us, and would help get the word out about the strip to literally thousands of potential new fans.
Voting is open NOW, and ends April 2nd. Please show your support for us and Ace Kilroy, and spread the word about the nomination far and wide.
Thank you for your continued support, and wish us luck!
Rob Kelly is a guy who understands passion, and the concept of the phrase “labor of love.” Not only is he the man behind The Aquaman Shrine, he is also the writer of the smashing new webcomic Ace Kilroy, along with artist Dan O’Connor. This is his newest labor of love, and with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can help make this adventure last a good long time. It’s worth it!
Ace Kilroy is a loving tribute to the high adventure comic strips of yesteryear. My first glance at the work, which started on Halloween this year, conjured memories of Steve Canyon, and sure enough, that’s one of the strip’s inspirations. I have fond memories of the newspaper strips as a kid, reading their adventures in the black and white dailies and then in full color on Sunday – and this is the method of webcomic Ace Kilroy.
The man, Ace Kilroy, is the spitting image of Clark Gable, and a classic soldier of fortune in the late 1930s. Summoned by President Roosevelt to combat the monsters of our childhood like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man, who might now be working with Hitler’s sinister Third Reich. It’s clean cut but gritty action with a square-jawed hero facing off against the solid evils of monsters and Nazis. Really, Ace Kilroy is everything you want in an old-fashioned (and that’s a good thing) adventure comic. It’s good versus evil, where the good guys wear white and the bad guys wear black. You know who to root for and you know who to boo and hiss. Like I said, it’s a good thing.
Rob Kelly has an extensive background studying both comics and film, giving his sequential storytelling flow and cinematic flair. Dan O’Connor has an artistic style that perfectly matches the era and feeling needed for the strip. Together, they make the noir adventure breathe and jump off the page. Their Ace Kilroy really is a 1940s adventure movie and/or comic (take your pick, it’s both) come to life. Less than two weeks in, I am hooked.
And Rob and Dan are doing this great old-fashioned comic strip with a twist of contemporary internet promotion, and also using Kickstarter to fund it. So if you dig Ace Kilroy, become a backer! Find Ace Kilroy at the following links:
The Actual Webcomic is here.
A quick who’s who background file on the characters can be found here.
The Blog, behind the scenes at Ace Kilroy is here.
Ace is on Facebook here.
You can even follow Ace Kilroy on Twitter here.
You can find the official Kickstarter page here.
And to join Ace’s Allies, click here and become an official backer!
Join the adventure!
Just ask comic book genius and hack Chris Wisnia, the creative force behind Tabloia and he’ll tell you. Maybe. But if you can guess the masked vigilante of the week, maybe you’ll get more. Here are the ‘sketchy’ details…
Web Comic AND WEEKLY CONTEST! The Spider Twins Companion! A Vital Compendium of Crude Bay’s most notorious, thrilling, sexy, and dangerous masked vigilantes!
Every week, you are invited to write in and guess the vigilante’s name!
Every guesser is entered into a drawing to win a FREE SKETCH!
Go to tabloia.com every Monday for a mugshot, every Tuesday for a full-body shot with descriptions of key attributes or skills, and every Friday to see if you are the winner, posted alongside the character explanation and action shot!
Fun, fun, fun, don’t miss it!
The 24 hour comic challenge is for a cartoonist to completely create a 24 page comics story in 24 straight hours. A “24 hour comic” is any comics story you make while facing the challenge, even if you take more than 24 consecutively-awake hours to make the comic or if you end after 24 hours with a story that’s shorter than 24 pages. For more details on the challenge, click here.
Is this really the best way to make a great comic?
Probably not (although some really cool comics have been made this way), but that’s not the real goal. The goal is to have the experience of trying. It’s a creative exercise that can teach you a lot about what you’re capable of.
Who came up with the concept of 24 hour comic?
A cartoonist namd Scott McCloud. Scott is the leading theoretician in the comics field, a position he achieved with the release of Understanding Comics, an analysis of the comics form in the comics form. Head on over to www.ScottMcCloud.com to learn more about Scott and his insights.
How many 24 hour comics have been done?
Over 1000 people have taken the challenge so far.
Who is the youngest person to have drawn a 24 hour comic?
Duncan Lowell, who took the challenge at age seven during the first 24 Hour Comics Day in 2004.
What is 24 Hour Comics Day?
It’s a celebration of creation of 24 hour comics. The first day was held in 2004, and a second is scheduled for 2005. This is a day when people are encouraged to create 24 hour comics. Some folks gather at the official event sites to work on comics side by side, while other folks work on their stories at home alone or in private gatherings. Many of the official event sites are open for the public to come and watch the effort.
So, if I want to do a 24 hour comic, I have to do it on 24 Hour Comics Day?
No! Hundreds of folks did 24 hour comics before there ever was a 24 Hour Comics Day! Whenever you feel moved to do one and have 24 hours to spend, do it. The “Day” is just a good time for doing them in groups. Also, many people who have always wanted to do a 24 hour comic find it’s good to have that one scheduled day to keep them from just putting it off.
My friend and I want to work on a 24 hour comic together…
No, you don’t. If you and a friend do a comic together, that’s not a 24 hour comic. A 24 hour comic is one person’s work, making it more of a marathon effort. But… so what?! If you and a friend want to spend 24 straight hours together collaborating on a comic, great! Do it! In fact, many of the 24 Hour Comics Day event sites have folks working on collaborative comics, as well as other people doing their own thing in an atmmosphere of creativity.
Where can I go to read 24 hour comics?
Lots of folks post their 24 hour comics on their websites. And there are now books collecting some fine examples of 24 hour comics.