sohmer is creating Gutters
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At just 35 years of age, Ryan Sohmer has amassed a body of comics writing work that rivals those twice his age.
In 2003, Sohmer created Least I Could Do, a newspaper-style strip that is published online daily at www.licd.com . The strip follows Rayne Summers, a not-so average narcissistic 20-something who is living a life that is best described as "consequence free." Joining Rayne are his best friends, Noel, John, Mick, and Issa. Over the years, the cast has ballooned to include over 30 different characters, each one playing an intricate role in the life of Rayne Summers.
In the midst of all this, Sohmer worked as freelance writer and columnist. His "According To Me" column was published in over 100 newspapers in Canada and the United States.
Least I Could Do has enjoyed immense popularity, regularly seeing over 30 Million page views a month. Nine volumes of Least I Could Do strips have been published.
Sohmer also created and writes the incredibly popular comic Looking For Group. A fantasy-comedy, Looking For Group centers around a group of warriors including the heroic Cale, and the wildly popular Richard The Undead Warlock. Looking For Group is published twice a week at www.lfgcomic.com and has been released in six hardcover collections. Looking For Group enjoys a readership of well over a million people, both online and in print.
In 2008 Sohmer and deSouza won a Shuster Award for their work on both Looking For Group and Least I Could Do.
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As most of you know, Gutters ran online for a few years, amassing an impressive amount of pages and readers. Unfortunately, given the nature of parody, Gutters had no way to generate enough revenue to pay for itself.
We want to bring Gutters back.
The Comic: Gutters
Gutters, available to be viewed at www.the-gutters.com was a series of of standalone pages that parody the comic book industry and the heroes and characters that dwell within. Think of it as an editorial cartoon targeting comic books, and you’ll understand where we’re going with it. Gutters is written by Ryan Sohmer (me), Edited by Jeff Moss with Lar deSouza as Art Director and Ed Ryzowski serving as colorist. As for who will be doing the actual art, well, that’s where things get interesting (and slightly different). Rather than have one artist pencil each page, we elected to have a rotating roster of professional artists, among them some giants in the comic book industry alongside new and emerging talent.
How Much does it cost to make Gutters?
Again, that is just art, and the bare minimum. In a more ideal scenario, we'd have a budget of $500 per page.
My hope is to bring Gutters back, at 3 times a week, to it's former glory. I miss making it more than I can properly express, and with Patreon, we may finally have a model to make it work.
But, at the end of the day, that's up to you.