Comicverse: Behind The Counter is a spinoff of The Comicverse, which is a sci-fi rom-com weekly webcomic about a comic book shop on a space station written by Bianca Alu-Marr and drawn by Steve Peters. Comicverse: Behind The Counter is a behind the scenes look at the Comicverse world illustrated by guest artists who all bring their own unique visual interpretations of the characters and settings.
Comicverse co-creator Steve Peters says: “I am enjoying my work on The Comicverse immensely, but I am also a writer. Since I am 100% committed to promoting The Comicverse, yet need to scratch that writery itch, I had the idea of working on a Comicverse spinoff series that I would write and draw, which I started working on in 2012. In the interest of fairness, I suggested to Bianca that she write some stories for other artists to illustrate, which could become a Comicverse spinoff of its own.”
Bianca says: “Neil Gaiman says about writing, ‘I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.’ I felt the same way while writing the stories in this compilation, and being able to collaborate with such talented and diverse artists, whose unique styles enhanced my words. It was pure joy and fun, with not a hint of work. And it helped that I loved to explore the stories on the cutting floor, or behind the scenes in the Comicverse world that may not have had a chance to shine. I hope you feel the same way, and check out Comicverse: Behind the Counter.”
The first artist is Steve’s cousin, Daniel Spontón, an Argentinian cartoonist. He draws pictures for a magazine called Genios in a “Where’s Waldo”-type style, and Steve had him do an image in that vein for a wraparound cover for his publication, Yes Fanzine #2. Daniel’s story for Behind The Counter is drawn in a different style, with lovely pen and ink work. It is a story within a story, in a comic book that Ying the dragon is reading to learn more about his own kind, called “The Dragon’s Pearl“.
The next artist is Zinc Comics creator Brian Payne. He illustrated a story called “Oh, No They Di-in’t” for us that he has described as Comicverse’s equivalent to the Cantina scene in Star Wars!
The third artist appearing in Comicverse: Behind The Counter is Dre Grigoropol, also known as Dretime, who Steve met at Philly Comix Jam in 2009, and their work has appeared together in several publications since then. She asked Bianca to write her a story about romance, so Bianca wrote a story called “Dark Is The New Sexy“, which features Devon the emo kid, who first appeared in The Comicverse #3.
The final contributor to Comicverse: Behind The Counter is Hans Rickheit, who did a lovely illustration of Ying reading comics.
Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1, published by Awakening Comics, September 2013.
Black and white, manga-size, 40 pages.