Published on September 22nd, 2016 | by Richard Boom
The Women of Darby Pop, released in September 2016
WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1, a double-size floppy, releases from Darby Pop Publishing and Magnetic Press on September 28th. The female-centric anthology was created by the winning writers and artists of Darby Pop Publishing’s second “Breaking into Comics” contest.
The WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1 is a unique collection of short stories that introduces readers to a wellspring of new talent while simultaneously shining a spotlight on female characters from nearly every book Darby Pop has published to date including Indestructible, The 7th Sword, Dead Squad, Side-Kicked, Dead Man’s Party, and Fake Empire.
- “Work-Life-Balance” written by Mark Weller, art by Tony Donley (Atalanta from Side-Kicked)
- “Past Due” written by Adam Breen, art by Elvis Gonzales (Cynara Veil from Dead Man’s Party)
- “Freetown” written by Adrian Reynolds, art by Danny Flores (Mary from The 7th Sword)
- “The Fairy Queen” written by Forrest C. Helvie, art by Nikkol Jelenic (Titania from Fake Empire)
- “Clinical Trials” written by Austin Bridges, art by Christopher Sisneros (Dr. Nash from Dead Squad)
- “First Time” written by Jeff Burns, art by Brent Hibbard (Atalanta from Side-Kicked)
- “Ride Along” written by Matthew Cody, art by Kenya Washington (Lucy from Fake Empire)
- “Youth is Wasted” written by Michael Thompson, art by Danny Flores (Ayala Tal from Dead Squad)
- “Life’s Beauty” written by Richard Casey, art by Lee Bokma (Superfecta 5 from The 7th Sword)
- “My Sister’s Keeper” written by Andre Mateus, art by Kate Davis (Charli from Fake Empire)
- “Looking for Redemption with Blind Eyes” written by Brett Harris, art by Pedro Moreo
- Letters by Troy Peteri (Stingray from Indestructible)
Here’s a sampling of brief synopses from 4 of the 11 stories featured in WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1:
- “Past Due” — When a client refuses to pay assassin Cynara Veil her agreed-upon fee, she “gently” shows him the error of his ways.
- “The Fairy Queen” — Tasked with finding King Oberon a worthy queen, Ariel seeks out Gloriana — a powerful and dangerous fairy of the woods — and finds she’s in for the ride of her life.
- “Clinical Trials” — Before the success of the Dead Squad…there were, of course, multiple failures. To wit: when one of Dr. Nash’s prototype serums “malfunctions,” the good doctor is forced to rely on more than science to save her hide.
- “Ride Along” — It’s not easy being the Tooth Fairy, and the job only gets tougher when her “black sheep” sister, Lucy, opts to tag along.
Jeff Kline, Darby Pop Publishing’s founder, explained: “For the second year in a row, we sent out the call to aspiring writers and — this time around — artists. Hundreds participated. And the overall level of professionalism was astounding. Hopefully, Darby Pop Publishing has given just a few of the countless, passionate Creatives out there an opportunity to shine.”
The specially-priced WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1 will be available for purchase at comic book stores nationwide on September 28 for only $3.99. This Previews World “Certified Cool” publication can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code JUL161751.