Visual Assault Comics Press
Catch the wave, or get caught in the undertow
In 1991 I launched Visual Assault Comics Press, an independent comic book publishing company that began life as a true new talent showcase. What we strove to do, besides attempting to achieve a forum where serious creators could learn the ropes of the industry, was to raise comic books back to the level where quality storytelling was the acceptable standard and not the exception to the rule.
We are the Visual Assault. Two individual who came together to perserve the continuity of the fictional dream.
We are tired of the independent comic scene being dominated by the same standards as the mainstream comic society.
We are sick of not seeing people like ourselves represented in the comics industry.
We are tired of waiting for someone else to start a revolution. We are going to do it ourselves.
We aren’t a stereotype.
The Visual Assault is visible on the horizon. We are ready to build a place where we can come together and work together for a revolution and a common cause.
Our plan is produce a line of illustrated publications (call them comics if you dare!), garage kits, movies, animated features and so on.
If you’re ready to make a change and stand up for quality material, then you’re the kind of people we’re looking for.
Our actions will speak louder than words.
We had a decent 10 year run, met a lot of incredibly talented people and had a hell of a time splashing around in the creative pool.
And you never know, if situations change… we may be back.
— Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys
PS. Here’s copy from the first ad we ever ran:
BET YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IN 10 WORDS OR LESS WHAT’S HAPPENING WITHIN THE PAGES OF VISUAL ASSAULT OMNIBUS.
You’re on! First you got this ALIEN…WHO’S FROM MARS BUT NOT REALLY…(wait, do-over! That didn’t count.)
There’s this FEMALE VIGILANTE, see, WHO’S ACCUSED OF KILLING A NATIONAL SUPERHERO, BUT HE AIN’T REALLY DEAD, BUT SHE’S NOT REALLY INNOCENT EITHER…(that’s not working either.)
Okay, okay, how about the GUY WHO LIVES INSIDE THE TIMELINE WHO’S OUT TO DESTROY A CREATURE BORN TO END THE UNIVERSE, BY BUILDING AN ARMY TO COUNTER THE ARMY THAT THE…(no dice, huh?)
Well, there’s always the one about the TOTALLY LAWFUL SUPERHEROINE THAT’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF OVER 2OO PEOPLE, KINDA, BUT NOT NOW, WHEN SHE WAS A BABY…(strike that. Let’s start from the beginning.)
IN NEW YORK, THERE’S THIS THING, A 400 YEAR OLD GOLEM OR SOMETHING, BUT IT’S NOT FROM NEW YORK, IT’S FROM AFRICA, ALTHOUGH IT DIDN’T REALLY TRAVEL FROM AFRICA…(all right, enough already)