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We make mobile games for core gamers, but we’re also big fans of many things, among them comic books.
Remember when people said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? Well, that was just a bunch of bombastic balderdash. Without comics, we wouldn’t truly understand the art of visual aids or how story in the form of illustrations can make a theme resonate with us forever.
Good v. Evil, Tradition v. Modernity, Celebrity v. Anonymity, Life v. Death…
Comics allow us to judge ourselves by what appeals most naturally to us and what we find reflects the kind of hero– or villain– we are trying to become. These are the all-time favorite comic book series at Industrial Toys.
Y: THE LAST MAN | VERTIGO
“A mysterious ailment kills every man on the planet… except one. Nuff said.”
– Alex Seropian, Founder, CEO
UNCANNY X-MEN | MARVEL
“Yes, it’s a Top 10 title, but it’s also one of the first “mainstream” series to tackle complex issues like discrimination, outcasts-as-heroes, and the rescuing of a society that fears and despises them. Also, it kicked off the mutant movement, introduced some of the coolest powers in superherodom (Longshot is awesome– FINE, he has a mullet but his power is LUCK! C’mon, man…) and gave me one of my Life Quests: to own every issue of the series.”
– Tim Harris, Founder, President
ROAD TO PERDITION | PARADOX PRESS
“Who doesn’t love a ruthless yet honorable enforcer for a crime syndicate? People that are dead inside, that’s who.”
– Brent Pease, Founder, CTO
“For the record, Watchmen is the greatest graphic novel of all time. Full stop. That said, I think I’d have to say Astro City is my favorite comic series of all time.
Astro City has continually delivered deliciously complex story lines set in a superhero universe that resonates with elements of the classic comic licenses. But unlike its more established forebears, Kurt Busiek‘s creation has consistently delivered stories packed with amazing characterization and real emotional impact.
I think it has something to do with the fact that the focus is on the story over the characters. The Astro City team aren’t rushing to show how cool their creations are or trying to position them for possible licensing deals etc. Instead they are trying to tell stories about people – super-powered or otherwise.
I’m going to steal this opportunity to offer up my “honorable mention” in the same category – a series that has never gotten the kind of widespread attention and success that it deserved: Buck Godot – Zap Gun for Hire. This series, (which spans two graphic novels and a too-short run of indie comics) was created by the venerable genius talent of Phil Foglio and sports one of the most amazing and unique comic book settings I’ve ever encountered. Check it out for yourself. It will blow your mind.”
– Hardy LeBel, Founder, Executive Creative Director
CIVIL WAR | MARVEL
“Captain America goes rogue. Captain America. Goes. Rogue. So awesome…”
– Paul Bertone, Lead Designer
EVANGELINE | FIRST
I don’t think this qualifies, but if it does I think Bloom County was the best Comic Strip series of all time. It was brilliant dry humor that helped me suffer through the 80s. I read all of the books. It was a sad day when Breathed decided to quit.”
– Mike Dekoekkoek, Director of Development
BATMAN… ALL OF THEM | DC
“Rich depressed billionaire who likes to kick the squat sauce out of meanies; What more could you ask for?”
– Aaron Marroquin, Art Manager
“Asking my favorite comic book series of all time is like asking someone what their favorite sexual position is – it completely depends on mood and parties involved.
If I had to narrow it down, my all-time favorite would be between Preacher, We3, and All-Star Superman, for different reasons. But the thing they all have in common is they’re all great stories, told in such a way that is optimized in the comic book medium. Turning them into TV shows or CG movies or whatever would dilute the original story from its current form.
Those three books are great examples of what comic books do well and do best when it comes to telling stories in a certain way. It’s why I’m so intrigued in video games as a burgeoning complex storytelling art form. We’re discovering that there are stories that could only be told well as video games, and I want to explore the hell out of that.”
– Mike Choi, Artist
AXE COP | DARK HORSE
“Am I the only one hoping for a movie deal?”
– Jonathan Culp, Engineer
WATCHMEN | DC
“Watchmen was so well-formed around its themes that while reading it I felt like if any little thing was changed about it, the balance would be thrown off. It’s hard to deny that it took some masterful craftsmanship to make. Coincidentally, the movie changed more than a few little things about it, and boy was that balance shattered. ”
– Ben Bharier, Level Designer
“I am in a bit of a pickle because the only traditional comic/graphic novel I have read to completion is Alan Moore‘s Watchmen. While I enjoyed it i have no point of comparison to bestow upon it the moniker of my favorite comic book series of all-time.
Instead I would like to nominate Scott McCloud‘s “Understanding Comics” as my favorite comic reading experience. It’s an exploration of sequential art and storytelling presented as a graphic novel. The way the information is formatted helps illustrate and reinforce the concepts McCloud is explaining, which makes it some of the most engaging reference material out there. “
– Ryan Sullivan, 3D Artist
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN | MARVEL
“So… I’m a comic book noob, I hadn’t read anything before coming to Industrial Toys. Having Mike Choi in the office, I felt a little odd having never checked one out, so I picked up a volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. I got addicted and am burning through the series. The humor, characters and story arcs are all Amazing. I’ll be checking out more of the Marvel universe after I finish this series, but for now, Spidey is number one.”
– Travis McLain, Design Intern
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN | CASTERMAN
“I stumbled upon Tintin at my local library when I was younger and I immediately loved the characters and Hergé’s clean, simple art work . At the time, I loved the fact that out of all the comics at the library, Tintin was the only comic with a hard cover. The ever-curious and determined Tintin working with the always-drunk Captain Haddock makes a great team for adventure. Aside from being a visual masterpiece, the recent Tintin animated feature was, in my opinion, a great adaptation of the comic and really captured the spirit and look of Hergé’s characters.”
– Ruben Avoian, 3D Artist Intern
SCOTT PILGRIM | ONI PRESS
“No comic series has even come close to the impact Scott Pilgrim had on me. It takes all of my favorite parts of manga and mixes it with ludicrous humor, nerdy absentmindedness and the fantastic use of grey tones and shading which made me a fan right away. O’Malley has a fantastic way of dignifying the humor of lazy ass 20-somethings which was what I needed at the time.
Admittedly, I related to Scott a little too much because I turned into a mega fanboy. I saw the movie about six times in theaters (the screen with the obnoxiously loud sound), bought a samurai sword, dressed up like him for Halloween (easiest costume ever after I had the sword down) and listened to that soundtrack for months.”
– Johnny Skwirut, Marketing/Production Intern