A hearty hello and welcome to all our guests at BlackShipBooks.com! However you found us, we’re glad you’re here, and we hope you’ll enjoy your stay.
Black Ship Books is a comic book publisher and creative collective founded in 2011. With titles like Gia Giantess, Weird Zombie Horror, and Horror Haikus, we have devoted ourselves to two simple ideas: First, that comics are, and should remain, a uniquely versatile and dynamic medium for storytelling; and second, that any good story, no matter the genre, deserves an opportunity to prove itself worthy of the respect and attention afforded other works of art and literature.
In the tradition of Black Ship’s past and ongoing work in comics, this website is a continuing reflection of those two ideas. Moving beyond the realm of comics, we want to open a conversation–lots of conversations, in fact–about how concepts like literature and art are defined in the modern world, and about how changes in technology and the way storytellers relate to their audience are transforming those concepts.
Whether it’s video games, films, television—or comics, it’s our goal to examine the impact of well-known seminal works, but also to pick apart the inner workings of plot and narrative, sometimes of forgotten gems or cult classics. A movie like Source Code may be an entertaining sci-fi thriller, but what unique storytelling choices set its plot apart from that of similar films? How does the rise of Marvel’s cinematic universe reflect new trends in how we consume diverse media, and in how the lines between those media may be beginning to blur? Does a TV show like Game of Thrones add to the mythos of Martin’s books by breathing new life into the characters and growing the fanbase, or does it cheapen the source material by using it as the basis of little more than a sex-and-violence-ridden visual feast?
These, and thousands more, are the questions we want to ask, all while helping to shine a spotlight on the best of our friends’ and colleagues’ work in the field of comics—especially the kinds of independent comics that may too often be overlooked by the larger “geek”-oriented media outlets. We want to talk about what excites us when it comes to storytelling, and we want to know what you think, too. This website is for you as much as for us, and we hope you’ll add to the conversation. Agree with us, disagree with us; as long as our articles get you thinking about what makes a story great, or not so great, then we’ve done our job. And, while we may take time here and there to plug our own books, that’s what this site is really about.
The ride is just getting started, so jump on in; the water’s fine! You can follow us on Twitter and on Facebook, and if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the site, feel free to drop us a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,