A growing number of independent comic book creators have begun producing work through Substack, a paid newsletter service that allows creators to set prices and paywall restrictions. This year, Substack is participating in Free Comic Book Day for the first time with 10 free comic book titles, including an untold story by Grant Morrison and an all-new Tini Howard and Phillip Sevy series.
Only on May 10 will readers be able to read the first issue of Howard and Sevy’s new dark sci-fi series, Phenomenocity, along with nine other titles, without having to subscribe to these creators’ newsletters. .
“This story has been living in my head for a while, but it never completely gelled until I had the idea of bringing in my comic book brother Phillip Sevy,” Howard said in a communicated. “Phillip was one of my first collaborators in comics, and we’ve been friends on a wavelength ever since. Nobody conceives a city like Phil, and there’s a way he sees technology and science -future fiction that inspires me so much. is a true collaboration – the way I love to make comics – and I’m so thrilled to be back in the creative world with one of my favorite artists.”
Sevy added, “I was looking forward to finding another project to work on with my comedic sister. When Tini approached me in 2021, all she had to say was ‘Strong Women, Mystery City, Murder and the World’. without social media” and I was 100% into it. It was great to build this world and this story with her. Our collaboration was fantastic and really created something unique and interesting that I know that the readers will love it.”
Alongside Phenomenocity, readers can check out Grant Morrison’s 1982 comic Going Home, which also features artwork by them; “Coney Island” by James Tynion IV, with illustrations by Klaus Janson, which launches Tynion’s new anthology series, True Weird; a special preview chapter of Jonathan Hickman, Mike del Mundo and Mike Huddleston’s ongoing series, The Vallars; the first complete issue of the Black Hammer series by Jeff Lemire, Colonel Weird & Little Andromeda, written by Tate Brombal with art by Ray Fawkes; the second issue of The Black Cloak by Kelly Thompson, with illustrations by Meredith McClaren; and the next chapter in Rodney Barnes’ new book, Degrees Past Rigor, with illustrations by Maan House.
The above titles won’t be free until May 10, but Substack is also highlighting several always-free titles for its Free Comics Day event. These include Saladin Ahmed and Dave Acosta’s Dragon; Viewers of Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon; Elsa Carter and Love Everlasting by Tom King; Sirens of the City by Khary Randolph and Joanne Starer; and Skottie Young’s Stupid Fresh Mess.