Howdy, folks! The Fan Expo article will be going up this weekend, it just needs a bit of editing and such. In the mean-time, I want to talk to you about a webcomic that I’m a big fan of! It’s tangentially related to my Fan Expo stuff, as I’ve met these fine folks at Fan Expo for the last two years now. Last year I picked up the first two printed volumes of their comic, and this year I snagged their newest volume as well as an awesome statuette of the main character, who is currently guarding my computer against the forces of evil.
They’re currently running a Kickstarter to put out their fourth volume, which is why I’m talking about the comic today. But before I get into that, I want to tell you about the comic itself, and why you should read it, if nothing else.
The comic is called Spinnerette, and is about superheroes, crime-fighting, and humour. As you can probably tell from the title, the main character (who is affectionately referred to as Spinny by characters and fans alike) has spider powers. After getting into a lab experiment, she winds up with six arms, web powers (but not from her wrists…), and some potent strength and healing. And she is ALL for becoming a superhero, fighting the good fight, and generally being awesome. She winds up meeting some other local superheroes, including Tiger and Mecha Maid. Yes, Mecha Maid. You can probably already tell that the comic doesn’t always take itself too seriously. There is a LOT of humour in there, a lot of parody, a lot of references to other comics, and a fair amount of fan service. All of which mixes together to make a very entertaining comic.
They’ve also built an interesting world for this comic to take place in. The comic mainly takes place in Ohio, but on occasion they venture out, heading as far north as Toronto for a visit with the League of Canadian Superheroes. Oh, and that’s a thing. I’m trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible, but in more recent issues we’ve been seeing a bit more of a couple other countries and their superheroes (or villains as the case may be). Between the superheroes, supervillains, and the varying origins (some rather similar) of their powers, there’s a lot of room here for some neat characters to befriend or battle.
There’s also an awesome and diverse cast of supporting characters keeping Spinny’s world up and running. Or spinning, I guess. Aside from Tiger and Mecha Maid, you’ll meet a host of others, including Super MILF (yes, really), a time-traveling Benjamin Franklin, the Werewolf of London Ontario, and others. With villains such as Evil Spinnerette, Dr. Universe, and Greta Gravity. Again, the comic doesn’t always take itself too seriously. Except, as it turns out, in the most recent story arc, the one that the newest volume of Spinnerette will be covering. This particular story takes a much darker turn with a serious twist on the normally lighthearted story. The contrast makes it even more gripping, and I personally couldn’t stop reading until I’d caught up completely.
I won’t lie, I am a HUGE fan of the League of Canadian Superheroes in this comic. I was from the moment they introduced themselves both in English and in French. Hoping that the next character they pick for statuette is the French-Canadian Katt O’ Nine Tails. She’s just adorable. I may be somewhat biased as a proud member of Ogeeku North, but I totally dig the Canadian references and characters.
And yes, the entire story is available on their site in webcomic form. They have three printed volumes so far, and a Kickstarter that just went live the other day for volume four. This is their fourth Kickstarter, the other three successfully backed (only one of those three projects was for an actual volume of the novel, but on that one they got a whopping 400% of their goal), so they seem to have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing. It’s also their fourth printed volume, so they’re familiar with the costs of printing and the challenges that might prevent themselves. This will also be their first volume that they print entirely in colour, as each previous volume was mostly black and white, save for certain special issues, extra art, and issue covers.
This Kickstarter also has three statuettes available, one of them brand new. They’ve got Spinnerette, the main character (I snagged that one at Fan Expo, as I mentioned), Greta Gravity (the buxom assistant to Dr. Universe who you also may spot if you watch the video on their Kickstarter page), and the newest one is the three-headed Cerberus named Minerva.
All right. I’ve talked a bit about the comic and the Kickstarter, but you won’t really know if it’s for you unless you go and check out the comic. And really, you should. The comic is well written, well-drawn, and a lot of fun. Plus it’s entirely free on their website. All it will cost you is your time. If you enjoy it half as much as I did, it will be time well spent.
If you end up enjoying your time with Spinny and her friends (or enemies), consider donating to the Kickstarter and helping them get their book printed. It’s their most interesting story-line so far, with a lot of character development, a lot of drama, and a lot more violence than we’ve seen so far in Spinny’s superhero career.
And clearly they have a loyal fanbase already in place. At the time of my writing, the Kickstarter (which has been live for less than a day) has already reached over eighteen thousand dollars or their thirty thousand dollar goal. Yowza.