I’ve followed Antarctic’s progression over the years and I am constantly amazed how it is ahead of the curve when it comes to publishing comic books.
For example: Zombies-Antarctic did them first, American Manga: ditto, exclusive creators: likewise-the list goes on and on.
It says a lot about a company and its founding father when top tier talent stay loyal to it over the years. Granted some have done additional work for the ‘Big 2’ but they still stay loyal to Antarctic and turn out some the best independent creator owned properties in the business.
While Ben Dunn is the proprietor of Antarctic Press he is also a talented artist and writer.
Paper Dreams: The Collected Art of Ben Dunn is a small square bound, paperback book containing not only Ben’s Antarctic work but a plethora of other projects and non-Antarctic comic book characters as envisioned by Ben.
It’s a remarkable collection of art from a true industry professional.
One of Antarctic Press’s longtime artists is Ron Espinosa. Known for his incredible detailed drawings, Ron is a true workhorse turning out story after story in all genres. He continually amazes me with his talent. Is there nothing he cannot draw and draw well?
Gorgeous women? No problem. Complex machinery? Piece of cake. Grand vistas and towering architecture? A walk in the park.
Recently Rod turned out four #1 issues all of them related to Steampunk.
Steampunk Halloween finds the shipwrecked crew of a royal ship on a deserted island. After a run-in with its mutinous crew the surviving officers and royalty discover, to their dismay, that it’s not just the mutineers they need to worry about-can someone say the undead!?
Steampunk Red Riding Hood turns the fairy tale on its ear as Granny is transformed into a werewolf hunting techno-head, Red Riding Hood her Steampunk enhanced warrior and the wolves into Werewolf gangs that bully and blackmail the human population.
Eventually the two opposing sides unite against a common foe.
Steampunk Cinderella offers a new twist on happy ever after where Cinderella has a talent for technology, the Fairy God Mother is replaced by the ghost of her father and while she winds up not getting the prince she wanted she still gets the ‘royal’ treatment.
Steampunk Corsairs finds the amorous female crew of a Victorian submarine plundering the treasure of the Spanish armada and stealing a valuable map to the mystical land of Europa. Look for a lot of chills, spills, thrills and frills of the scantily clad Corsairs.
All of Rod Espinosa’s titles are pure delights to read and look over again and again. Is it any wonder he has been nominated for an Eisner Award?
Victorian Secret Girls of Steampunk Masquerade 2013 showcases the beautiful art of longtime Antarctic collaborator Brian Denham. If you like looking at Victorian Steampunk beauties then this is the book for you and check out the Airship Enterprise.