By Adam Schifani
Looking for comics from local artists and writers? If so, 901 Comics has what you are craving. 901 Comics is hosting a concert at the Hi Tone, 412 N. Cleveland St., Memphis, TN 38104, on Saturday, August 12 at 8 p.m. to fund the publication of a local comic anthology. It will cost $10 at the door to get in the concert, and all proceeds will go towards the printing costs of the anthology.
The bands Shame Finger, Heels, Devil’s Right Hand and The Ellie Badge will be playing the concert, and 901 Comics will be hosting a silent auction. Those who attend the event can also purchase art from local artists, toys, variant comics and signed comics. People will also be able to enter a raffle for a comic signed by Stan Lee!
The road to this concert began when co-owner of 901 Comics, Shannon Merritt started a comic book creators club at the shop. As local writers and artists got together and began creating comics, Merritt pitched the 901 Comicverse to the local creators. Merritt suggested everyone create 8-page stories to put in an anthology that would be published by the shop in a black and white format.
Local artists and writers like Dean Zachary, Dale Martin, Greg Cravens, Gabe Deranzo and Arthur Frawley have worked hard to put their work together for the 901 audience. The stories touch on subjects like superheroes ruling over the world, the sinking of the Sultana, a Civil War steamboat, and a stoned ninja. Zachary, an artist published by DC and Marvel comics, has created a silent comic, which is a comic with no words on the panels. His comic will feature a woman who knows kung-fu and a massive tiger traveling through a post-apocalyptic world together.
Frawley, a junior at Rhodes College, wrote a comic about a dystopian future in which superheroes rule the world, and normal humans live poor lives because they are not powerful and cannot afford the protection of the heroes. However, individuals can gain powers which cause people to do stupid and dangerous things to get powers. Look for Frawley’s and Zachary’s work in the 901 Comicverse anthology.
Frawley said the entire experience creating this anthology has been great. He said Merritt has been on top of the whole process from scheduling meetings to mapping out a timeline for all the creators’ work to be done. Frawley and Merritt said this is a great experiment, and everyone is learning a lot from the process.
Merritt is hoping the concert will provide enough funding to cover the cost of publishing this anthology, and he is aiming to release the collection at Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention this November 17-19.