Two Cannons are better than one, right? For years, cartoonist friends Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon (no relation) have partnered on a variety of projects, including their own production company Big Time Attic. This week, the two Cannons debuted their first digital comic book magazine, titled “Double Barrel.” Get it?
Zander is best known as comic legend Alan Moore's collaborator on “Top Ten” and “Smax.” Kevin’s last graphic novel, “Far Arden,” was one of the most acclaimed of 2009. Junot Diaz called the swashbuckling Arctic adventure “one amazing slice of storytelling magic.”
The duo thought it best to give readers a taste of their next projects right away. Thus, “Double Barrel” will serialize each artist’s next graphic novels. For Zander, that’s “Heck,” which chronicles a high school football star’s journey into the underworld. For Kevin, it’s “Crater XV,” the sequel to “Far Arden.”
“Double Barrel’s” debut 122-page issue will showcase the first few chapters of “Heck” and “Crater XV,” plus some other yarns. Here’s a breakdown of the duo crafting the illustrated intro. The issue costs a measly $1.99 and you can find it on Comixology and other ebook sellers.
After 12 months, both stories will be collected into separate hardcover graphic novels, published by Top Shelf.
The Cannons are celebrating the release of the magazine with a party at their studio Thursday (7-10 p.m., 1618 Central Av. NE, suite 216, Mpls). Toast their newest creation with a Nordeast beer and Italian munchies by food truck Messy Giuseppe.
Here are a couple of self portaits of the Kevin (left) and Zander (right):