We’ve seen and discussed the need for fan participation in pop culture; in this day and age fan-fiction/film/comics are vital for a property to survive. This is why it comes as no surprise that a new fan-comic based on Half-Life has surfaced.
Created by Ross Joseph Gardner and Michael Pelletier, and illustrated by Heath Heil and lettered by Rachel Deering, the first issue started releasing toward the end of October, and concluded at the beginning of December. The comic book will total six issues, each of which will clock in at roughly 30-40 pages, telling a wholly original story within the Half-Life mythology.
When reading the wording in the group’s press release, the word issue instantly popped out, as it leads one to believe they are selling copies of this comic. Fortunately, this is not the case, because a team of lawyers would descend upon them faster than locust on harvest day. There is also the question of using known characters from the game in the series, but the group has addressed this as well.
Our intention from the outset was to stay clear of the established cast of characters and storylines present within the canonical game-world, allowing us to focus on new stories and new characters taking place in locations as yet unexplored by Valve’s releases, whilst staying true to the essence of their universe.
Still, I wonder how long before the APW Team receives a C&D on this? Providing it is set in the world, and they aren’t using elements that are copyright Valve, they should be okay.
If you want to check out A Place in the West, the first two chapters/issues are done and awaiting your clicks.