You may have noticed that the Blank Label Comics Brady Bunch grid is a little short today — six headshots instead of the usual nine, and three names missing from the sidebar. Aside from completely messing up my usual morning webcomics trawl routine (hit the BLC site, and start reading comics in a criss-cross pattern, starting from the lower right), this means that Kris Straub, Brad Guigar, and Dave Kellett have left the webcomics supergroup to try their hand at solo projects under a different band name. Or something. Wherever the metaphor is going, there’s no hard feelings and no Yoko Ono in this breakup.
Where they’re going is under the Straub/Scott Kurtz studio label of Halfpixel. Rather than a defined collective with shared responsibilities, Halfpixel will be giving the four creators a common identity for things like promotion and con appearances, but allow them to pursue their comics endeavours in a more independent fashion.
Plans for the shift have been in the works since before SPX, where one would not have known that any kind of breakup was imminent by the way that all the Blank Labellers carried themselves. Commenting on the change, Howard Tayler said this morning:
Think of this as ‘fission,’ like the nuclear kind. Counting Scott Kurtz’s advisory position there were ten of us at Blank Label pouring energy in several different directions. This split focuses that energy in some exciting new ways. Readers should expect to see big things from both Halfpixel and Blank Label Comics in the weeks and months to come.
Indeed, during a late-night rumble between Blank Label and Playground Ghosts, this reporter personally witnessed David Malki ! aim a vicious swing with a baseball bat at the back of Brad Guigar’s head. David Willis, heedless of his own safety, hurled himself between the bat and Guigar, dramatically shouting “NOOOOOO” in slow motion, despite knowing that their creator’s relationship was mere weeks from dissolution. Clearly, friendship means more to these gentlemen than mere business association.¹
Despite the fact that I got scooped by Xaviar Xerexes, there will be an interview with the four Halfpixelites tomorrow.
Updated to add: Received after press time was the following comment from David Willis:
Hey, look, they just had a thing about how I refused to wear pants, y’know? And then one day I freeball it, and PAM!, they’re “starting
a new collective.” Well, joke’s on them. Now I can lounge around pantsless without those shifty eyes. This is a new golden age.
Pants nazis. Every single one of them.
¹ Obligatory disclaimer: In truth, David Malki ! did not assault Brad Guigar with a baseball bat. It was actually a cricket bat. The Willis quote, however, is real.