Bellanger and Johnson are bona fide digital comics pioneers. The two first worked together at Zuda, DC’s now defunct digital imprint, on Bellanger’s Bottle of Awesome and both have numerous e-comics credits to their name.
Johnson, who was front and center at just about every major digital comics initiative the Big Two have spearheaded since the marketplace first opened up, describes Insta★COP as “an homage to 80’s, vigilante police movies.”
He says the two came up for the idea for the series during a stroll around downtown LA where many of the 80’s cop movies the series derives inspiration from were filmed. He mentioned to Bellanger, “how much interaction he and other artists receive on Instagram when they post pics of their artwork. I pointed out that social media is a surprisingly untapped channel for delivering comic stories. Especially, when you consider the hurdles of building a single site and then marketing it to generate traffic”
With Insta★COP, the two are trying to, “make content easier to find, and share, by delivering it across whatever channels people are using. There’s no app to download, no RSS feed to subscribe to, no URL to remember, the content is just a part of your network if you like or follow it.”
You can like, follow or otherwise patrol Insta★COP across any of your existing networks here:
Here’s the official PR…
KILL SHAKESPEARE ARTIST AND FORMER MARVEL/DC DIGITAL EDITOR LAUNCH SOCIAL MEDIA COMIC SERIES
Insta★COP, an homage to 80’s, vigilante police movies breaks new ground and debuts across Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
September 24, 2012 – Forerunners in the digital comics landscape, illustrator/creator Andy Belanger (Black Church, Kill Shakespeare, Bottle of Awesome) and digital comics editor/evangelist Kwanza Johnson (DC Digital, Zuda Comics, Marvel.com) join forces to pioneer social media channels with an 80’s pastiche comic series titled, INSTA★COP.
INSTA★COP debuts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr with updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; following a traditional, three-panel strip format delivered across the unconventional lines of popular social media platforms. The story is about a Texas motorcycle patrolman, named John Cop. Cop is the baddest dude on the force, with a passion for justice and dealing it out by whatever means necessary (usually violence). INSTA★COP is a darkly comedic, action comic that has fun with the simplistic, but entertaining genre of police films that spawned the slow-motion, CGI-enhanced, explosion-fests people love today.
Insta★Cop is digital comic series created and owned by Andy Belanger and Kwanza Johnson, utilizing social media channels to deliver entertaining comic narratives, wherever people are consuming content.
ABOUT KWANZA JOHNSON
Futurist with a black belt in storytelling, ePub, SMO & heuristic GUIs used to Kung Fu content strategy & intuitive user experiences. Kwanza has trail-blazed the digital comics landscape for over a decade with both Marvel and DC Comics. He ❤’s comics, hats & bacon.
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ABOUT ANDY BELANGER
Andy Belanger works as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator out of the MONTREAL-based STUDIO LOUNAK. He does work in the mainstream and children’s comic market, plus a wide variety of work for the Canadian Film and Television industry. Andy has worked for such comic publishers as DC Comics, Wildstorm, Devil’s Due, and Boom! He is currently the artist on IDW’s new series “Kill Shakespeare” as well as three self published works one of which being the total ode to Heavy Metal titled “Black Church”. Andy B is also currently developing new full length YA graphic novels based on past literary classics with a contemporary twist. He loves dogs and cats and anything with monsters!
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