New issue of Star Pilot

Issue 12 of Star Pilot is now appearing online.  Issues 1-11 are available here for the low, low price of $1.50 each, or the even lower price of $15.00 for the whole series.  It’s highly recommended.  Issue 12 gives the backstory of the mysterious Julio Clemente introduced in issue 11.

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Star Pilot #11

If by some odd chance you are one of the sad souls who has not yet discovered the independently produced comic book series known as Star Pilot, take heart- issues 1-10 can be yours for the amazingly low price of $11, and issue #11 is now available for a mere $1.25.  I defy any comics fan to look at the series’ home page and not place an order.  The guy has created a world anyone can enjoy losing herself or himself in for a quarter of an hour.

Star Pilot #7

Jules Jupiter, from Star Pilot #1

I’m glad to say that I’ve received an advance copy of Star Pilot #7, the latest installment of our favorite photocopied comic book. In this one, Jules Jupiter, super-intelligent simian who sometimes flies among the stars and sometimes acts as a roving sleuth here on earth, travels to a fictional country where a dictator has spent 30 years or more trying to erase all awareness of history from the minds of his compatriots.  Jules meets an old man who tells him of a legendary pop star from the 1970s whose music might restore freedom.  In an apparent nod to Star Wars, the old man reveals himself to be this pop star.  As in that venerable film Old Ben Kenobi resumed the name Obi Wan and took up the light sabre again after he revealed his true identity to R2D2 and company, so Julio Clemente resumes the name JuCle and takes up his electric guitar again after he has told Jules Jupiter his story.  The story reimagines this pop culture classic in a nonviolent form.  There are no explosions, no shootings, no sword fights,only music and the prospect of a negotiated settlement.  That fits with the peace-minded ethos of the previous issues, but is still a surprise in the ultra-violent world of comics.  Check Jules Jupiter’s online store to see when it will be available for purchase.  Issues 1-6 are there now, at the amazingly low price of $1 apiece.

Star Pilot 6

I just found issue 6 of my new favorite comic book, Star Pilot, in my mailbox.  It’s another good one.  It has to with the violin, mountaineering, and helicopters.

Star Pilot: The Motion Picture

Yesterday, I recommended the independent comic Star Pilot.  Today, I embed a video version of the first issue, created by the book’s author.

Buy Star Pilot here.  Each issue costs a single US dollar.  I’ve read them all, and can testify that they are worth that price many times over.  Issues 4 and 5 are particularly interesting; in those, the author develops a remarkable approach to storytelling.  Each has a story that seems to be on the point of ending, when in fact the main part of the story is only beginning.  But the best way to read them is in sequence; issues 1 through 3 not only are enjoyable in themselves, but also make the depth and complexity of issues 4 and 5 a great surprise.

Recommended: Star Pilot

Here‘s an independent comic book that’s surprisingly good.  Here‘s a review.