Letter from Rob MacKinnon, the founder of Vigilante Comix
I often ask myself, why would a grown man still love comics? I have thought of many answers, but the best one I have come up with is: You can take the boy away from comics, but you can’t take the love of comics away from the boy. He may grow into a man and become interested in other things, but deep down, he will always yearn for the special thrill that only reading a good comic book can give you. There is something liberating about reading a fantastical story accompanied by exciting and imaginative artwork. It is inspiring to read about a team of heroes fighting against the forces of evil. It is also empowering to see a beaten down protagonist find the courage to rise up to the challenge facing him or her. Furthermore, it is cathartic to vicariously experience both the bitter taste of defeat and the sweet tang of revenge.
The bottom line is, there are very few story-telling mediums that offer the same combination of dynamic visuals and dramatic thrills that comic books do. So it is not surprising to me that even as a middle-aged man with a teenage son of my own, I still have a soft spot in my heart for comics. So much so, that I decided to publish my own comic book mini-series, called Deborah Daring. I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement from my cousin and a friend with industry experience, as well as a lot of inspiration from my wife. In fact, she was my muse for creating the main character of Deborah Daring. Yes, you guessed it, my wife’s name is Deborah.
My ongoing passion for comics and the support I received from my friends and family definitely motivated me to fulfill my dream of self-publishing a comic series. However, the execution of this endeavor has been made possible by the power of modern technology. Advanced desktop publishing software and the relative ease of digitally distributing and promoting comics via the web has made my dream far easier to achieve then if I had tried to do this twenty years ago. Furthermore, the current state of the comics industry is far more conducive to self-publishing. Web sites like Facebook and DeviantArt make it easy to contact artistic talent, and Kickstarter is handy for raising funds to help publish your work.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing and promoting the Deborah Daring series so far. I’ve also loved the creative process of working with artists like Jae Korim, Dennis Lehmann and Dario Carrasco. Working with premium talent like them makes the process of creating comic books a tremendous pleasure. So much so, that I have decided to expand my fledgling comic publishing company, Vigilante Comix, to include multiple books and publishing formats. I’ve already started writing them and the corresponding artwork will created over the coming months. I have grand plans to publish these additional books later in 2018 and 2019, so stay tuned!
So now that you know why I decided to start my own comic publishing company, it is the perfect time for you to find out more about our comics, including Deborah Daring, Crude Awakening and more. Read through the rest of the web site, browse the galleries and feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or want to pass along some feedback. We launch fund-raising campaigns on Kickstarter regularly, with the Deborah Daring issue 5 campaign coming in September and The Crude Awakening campaign soon after that. I’ve been very fortunate so far, with generous financial backing from friends, family and fans. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and I encourage you all to checkout my Kickstarter campaign in September and contribute whatever you can. Every bit helps!
Come back and visit the website often, as I will be posting new content frequently. I have grand plans for Vigilante Comix, so I hope you enjoy reading our comics as much as I enjoy writing them!
Aug. 5th, 2018