In a fast-paced digital world, the little sites often get overlooked; but one website is trying to spotlight the things that make these smaller websites so special. Technology Digital welcomes you to the first ever Spotlight Monday! What is Spotlight Monday you ask? It’s a weekly article that spotlights one lucky website or blogger and gives them the attention they deserve. Be sure to check in next week to see who we shine our light on next! This week we are spotlighting an up-and-coming comic book publishing company, Swampfox Media.
What makes this comic book company so special is the fact that they start with comics, but go so much further than the average publishing company. Imagine reading an awesome comic with incredible art. Now imagine that there is a song for every page, a soundtrack for every book, and a sense of exhilaration whenever they combine. Swampfox collaborates with local indie musicians like Panic Manor or Onion Stew and creates a captivating new way of telling stories and exposing talented musicians and artists to a much broader audience.
Lee Newman and Robert Goodhal are the leaders of Swampfox Media. They had a lot to say about their publishing company and what they see for themselves in the future.
What made you want to get into the comic book industry?
Lee Newman- I’ve always had a passion for comic books. I still remember my first comic. It was an Amazing Spider-Man guest starring Nova and Night Thrasher. I thought they were the coolest bunch of heroes ever. I still have that book even though I read it and re-read it so much its more or less in tatters.
What is your favorite part about working in this industry?
Robert Goodhal- I've always been a fan of comic books, so it’s awesome to get to not only make my own, but also to get to meet so many of the artists I grew up reading. People like Randy Green and John "Waki" Wycough of Tsunami Studios have been really awesome to us at Swampfox Media. So many artists and writers have been really open with us about their experiences, their personal ideas, and what they're working on.
Where did the idea to combine music and comics come from?
Lee Newman- I think I always like the idea of providing a more cinematic experience. Full immersion is an awesome thing. There was just this point where I was looking around me and said, "There are way too many awesome musicians I know to not make this happen."
Where do you see Swampfox Media heading in the next 3 years?
Robert Goodhal- We've only been in business for about one years, so we would definitely like to get to the point where this can be all our full-time jobs. We'd like to continue to build and expand the universe of Heralds & Heretics and No Rest for the Wicked, obviously. We'd also like to expand our range of Children's books, add some younger age titles to our comic books, and continue to partner with local musicians to help give sound to our books, and recognition to their talent.
Anything you want to say to the fans and new comers?
Lee Newman-For those who have an idea, do it! Tell your story! With the costs of making your own books so low, digital distribution, and websites like Kickstarter, there's no reason not to tell your tale. For the fans, thank you so much for the support! You're the reason we do what we do!
Thank you Swampfox Media for spending time with us and answering our questions! Do you want your website or company to be a part of Spotlight Monday? All you have to do is send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will begin the process of getting your site the exposure it deserves!