‘Blackhand Ironhead’ debuts at Panel Syndicate

The first issue of David Lopez’s new “pay what you want” comic features family, superheroes and surprises.

Former Fallen Angel and Captain Marvel artist David Lopez returned to creator-owned comics today with Blackhand Ironhead, “comedy about family, with superheroes, not about superheroes.” Like all of Panel Syndicate‘s titles, you can pay what you’d like for the first issue.

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David Lopez teases new project from Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate, the digital imprint founded by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, has published a small yet impressive set of “pay what you want” comics since they launched in 2013, including The Private Eye and Barrier from its founders and Albert Monteys’ Universe.

Now it looks like another creator is joining the line-up, as artist David Lopez has been posting process art and a logo for a new project titled Blackhand Ironhead.

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Vaughan, Martin, Vicente debut new pay-what-you-want series ‘Barrier’

The first issue of the “unconventional drama about violence, language and illegal immigration” is available from the Panel Syndicate site now.

Following the teaser from last week, Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente have launched another pay-what-you-want digital series, the five-part Barrier.

In an email from their Panel Syndicate imprint, the creators described the comic as an “unconventional drama about violence, language and illegal immigration.” The first 53-page issue is available now for download from the Panel Syndicate site.

Barrier follows the award-winning The Private Eye, which the three creators launched in a similar manner back in 2013.

Check out some preview art from Barrier by Martin and Vicente below.

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‘Crime has no borders’ in new Vaughan/Martin teaser

‘The Private Eye’ creative team teases a new project from their Panel Syndicate label.

Looks like the band is getting back together, as the creators of the excellent “pay as you go” digital comic The Private Eye — Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente — appear to be reuniting for another project from Panel Syndicate.

Both Panel Syndicate and Vaughan teased the new project on Twitter:

Vaughan also clarified that this is NOT the exclusive The Walking Dead comic that was announced last summer at Image Expo — which is something else we still have to look forward to.

The Private Eye was an interesting experiment — two top-of-their-game creators going out and creating something wonderful, then offering each issue digitally for whatever price their audience was willing to pay. It seems to have worked, as Vaughan said last September:

Even though readers can still pay whatever they want for our DRM-free files (including nothing!), artist Marcos Martin, colorist Muntsa Vicente and I are proud to reveal that The Private Eye is already well into the six figures for both issues downloaded AND dollars earned … and that’s without advertising, corporate backers, Comixology-like distributors, or even a Kickstarter campaign.

If you prefer print, a hardcover of The Private Eye is due out from Image Comics next month. And you can check the teaser out for the new project — in English and Spanish — below.

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