The one thing you hear people complain about in comics is there aren’t enough all-ages books on the market. My response to that has always been: “Comic companies are in business to make money. If family friendly books were in such a high demand then we’d have them all over the place. But the buying audience wants brooding heroes with dark pasts and violent villains.”
Maybe that’s starting to change.
There is a company some of you may never heard of, its called Action Lab and they are producing a few titles like Princeless, Fratured and Vamplets. At this years San Diego Comic Con they debuted a new six-issue mini-series called Skyward by Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Popgun). Well, Dale and Action Lab must be very pleased with the response as they have recently announced that Skyward is now an on-going series and they are bringing in a plethora of talented artists to create variant covers.
“I’m thrilled to announce that Skyward, my new creator-owned series, is now ongoing,” says series creator Jeremy Dale. “We are simply overwhelmed at all the amazing feedback from the fans! This will allow me to tell more stories with these amazing characters, as well as tell them in the manner they deserve.”
Some of the artists they have lined up to do covers include: Stephane Roux (Witchblade, Zatanna) for issue 3, Mike Norton (The Answer!, Battlepug) for issue 4, Khary Randolph (Fanboys vs. Zombies) for issue 5, Randy Green (Teen Titans) for issue 6, Phil Noto (Infinite Horizon) for issue 7, and Chris Giarrusso (G-man, Mini Marvels) for Issue 8.
The other announcement was that Skyward starting with issue 3 and all the regular Action Lab books are going to drop their price from $3.99 to $2.99. Its very rare to see a publisher dropping their price. To drop it a full dollar on all-ages titles is unheard of.
If you, like me, weren’t that aware of Action Lab or Skyward, then I suggest you look for them at your local shop or check their website. Because everyone has been calling for more family-friendly all-ages comics, we’ll here is one definitely on the rise.