Since first launching his webcomic in July of this year, Observatory Comics Laszlo Tamasfi has steadily been releasing his comics. Every week Tamasfi posts a single page stand alone story, usually in black and white but occasionally in colour, with Tamasfi writing each story and the artwork being helmed by a one or two of a series of artists that he works with.
Although the stories don’t connect or relate, the subject ranges from tongue in cheek commentary to the macabre. Every Wednesday a new page is posted that Tamasfi describes as “It’s a little bit of horror, a little bit of strange sci-fi, and quite a good serving of WTF.” The stories are generally based in current time and could be set in almost any major city, while there is almost no dialogue the narrative more than covers what is happening in the comic.
The writing is tight, clever and professional with Tamasfi delivering consistently page after page. Reading one page leaves you wanting more, and soon enough you’ve cycled through the entire selection and find yourself rereading the stories.
The artists that he has chosen to work with deliver equally creative, pro quality work. And despite each story and artist being different, they all work well enough to create a fluid feel from story to story. The different artists each give a unique look that fits with the other artists work, and is seamlessly tied together with Tamasfi’s writing.
To put it quite simply, these guys deliver to goods with ‘The skills to pay the bills’. The stories are creative and use pieces from current news, past events and the world around us and would fit right in to Heavy Metal magazine. As they continue putting out pages it’s probably only a matter of time until someone snaps up a few (or all of these guys) to work on larger well known titles. Or perhaps the group will expand on one of the self contained pages and produce a full multi page story.
While Tamasfi lives in Florida the artists live around the world from India to Indonesia. So it’s no small feat these guys deliver such solid work week after week while working with such large distances. The comic is free to check out on line, (Tamasfi describes it as a labour of love) at the Observatory Comics website:
John Goodale is the author of ‘Johnny Gora’ (available through Amazon.com), and a number of articles here on TMRZoo.com. His monthly column ‘Indy Comics Spotlight’ appears here and through his blog Indy Comics Spotlight