Square Planet Comics - Richard and Theo’s Funny Books

Richard and Theo Plan 52 Funny Books in 1 Year

Sometimes it feels like everyone with internet access is illustrating and marketing their own novels or comics. So how do you set yourself from the pack? By attempting a newsworthy record, perhaps.

The artists at New Zealand-based publisher Square Planet Comics, or at least two of them, have decided to make 52 different 8-page comic books in a single year. The comics will be released on a weekly basis and will be free to read online, with purchasable collections planned.

Square Planet Comics - Richard and Theo’s Funny Books

According to creators Richard Fairgray and Theo MacDonald, Richard and Theo’s Funny Books will “range in tone, genre and style; ranging from formal and traditional comic storytelling to experimental, to single panel cartoons. There’ll be stories of vampires, astronauts, super heroes, ghosts, everything you would want from a company doing this many books.”

Square Planet Comics - Richard and Theo’s Funny Books

To be entirely honest, I wouldn’t know if this is a world record or not, I just made that bit up in the name of hyperbole. Is there a way to check such things? Regardless, it’s a considerable feat and it’ll be interesting to see if Fairgray and MacDonald reach their lofty goal.

Carl Doherty has written about movies, video games, comic books and literature for almost a decade, forging ill-informed critiques for numerous websites, blogs and publications that no one has ever heard of. His debut novel, the epic fantasy comedy Welcome to The Fold, is available now on Kindle here (UK) and here (US).

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