The Examiner and Express aren’t the only papers you’ll see being hawked this Monday on your morning commute: Members of DC Conspiracy, a collective of local comic-book creators and enthusiasts, will on hand at some Metro and MARC stations handing out copies of Magic Bullet No. 2, their comics newspaper.
What can you expect from the paper? “The rule for submitting is no cursing, no nudity,” says editor Rafer Roberts. “But it’s not Archie.”
This issue features more than a dozen artists, so it’s lot more than “not Archie.” There’s Rafer’s own “Nightmare the Rat” strip, starring a demonic Mickey-esque rodent. There’s Evan Keeling and R.M. Rhodes‘ “Fifenella 2.” There’s the cover, drawn by local artist Mike O’Brien. And there’s a lot more. All but a few of the artists are from the D.C. area.
Last year, for the first issue of Magic Bullet, DC Conspiracy only printed 500 copies, and they were gone lightening fast. This time, the group printed 5,000 copies, and cut costs by using a local printer.
Which is good, because Magic Bullet is definitely still a labor of love. But a labor that’s at least breaking even. DC Conspiracy raised the money for printing through a Kickstarter campaign. Actually, they raised the money and then some—currently the group is at 133 percent of its goal. “It’s not an easy thing, and a lot of credit should go to group members who donated prizes,” says Roberts. “I know Andrew Cohen [a local sketch artist] is going to be busy for the next couple of months.”
Rafer admits that unless you knew where to look for Magic Bullet No. 1, you probably didn’t get a copy. This time, 1,000 copies will be available at MARC and Metro stations. The rest will be available at local comics shops, and later in the year at the Small Press Expo.