Welcome to Hicksville Comics

Well, it’s taken me a while, but I’m finally joining the wonderful world of online comics. Henceforth, this site will be my primary way of serialising long stories, replacing the old paper pamphlet format of Pickle and Atlas. I’m making the shift for a number of reasons – from my growing enthusiasm for the internet to the appeal of weekly deadlines – but for those who still love paper, never fear: everything will end up as book collections as well.

So – I’m starting with two ongoing serials:

The American Dream: this is a totally new story that I’ve been working on for some years (I think I began writing notes for it in 2003 or 2004). Not sure exactly how long it will be, but probably less than 100 pages, and I plan on putting up a few new pages per week.

Sam Zabel & the Magic Pen: I already published the first chapter of this story in Atlas #2 & 3 (from the wonderful Drawn & Quarterly), so the first 26 pages will look pretty familiar to anyone who read them there. But I’ve now added colour (which I’d always hoped to do eventually), and of course from chapter two onwards, it’ll be all new.

Future serials will include Atlas (I’m in the process of reworking the opening section, complete with some new material), and various other things; I plan to have two serials running at any given time.

I’ll also be gradually adding short stories, some of which were drawn for recent anthologies, along with old stuff that’s hard to find. First up are Siso and The Physics Engine, both of which were drawn for anthologies of New Zealand writing.

As I’m kinda new to this webcomics thing, please forgive any early hiccups – and be aware that I’m still ironing out a few kinks in the coding, etc.

And feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment!

20 Responses to “Welcome to Hicksville Comics”

  1. Sara says:

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. I look at my “Hicksville” page on the wall every day (The captain sighed and once more shouldered his heavy pack …) and long for more stories. Seeing your art here is like seeing an old friend again. Thank you.

  2. Craig in TX says:

    Dylan, you rock. I’ve been waiting for more output from the Hicksville factory for years, and I’m so psyched to see you back in the game. Thank you very much for your past (and future!) work.

  3. DerikB says:

    Excellent! No more interminable waits for issues of Atlas. Welcome to the wonderful world of webcomics.

  4. This is the best news I’ve had in ages! I just reposted an old review of Hicksville to my blog and exhorted all twelve of my readers to check out the new site: http://www.chrisroberson.net/2009/03/dylan-horrocks-launches-hicksville-site.html

  5. Wonderful, haunting stuff, Dylan. SISO is mind-bending.

  6. chuck mcbuck says:

    I can’t contain my excitement! Thank you for this!

  7. Calvin Reid says:

    Congrats. I’m a huge fan of your comics and this will be a regular stop for me on the web. Fabulous!!!!

  8. Adrian Kinnaird says:

    Great looking format Dylan!
    Also loving the colours on Sam Zabel. Very exciting to see web-comics revolutionizing the NZ comics scene (WordPress here I come!).

  9. Stephanie Boluk says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I loved your beautiful serials (and what you did with seriality) in Hicksville. I can’t wait to see how you do this in the online world. Hooray for the release of the next _Atlas_! Way to go Dylan!

  10. Don says:

    Yay! I’ve been waiting FOREVER (in internet years) for more Atlas!!

  11. Brad Brooks says:

    Congrats on the new site, matey. Looks (and reads) great. Can’t wait to be swept up into the world of Hicksville again.

  12. Toby Morris says:

    Woo! Looking great man, exciting stuff

  13. Kerry says:

    Well done! This looks great, and I love that you used the FB ’25 things’ one here … 🙂

    Nice to see so many spots of colour graphic from the start! 😀

  14. Penina says:

    Dylan, this is great! Looking forward to reading everything!

  15. gabby schulz says:

    yay, there’s hope for the internet yet.

  16. L. Nichols says:

    Awesome! I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

  17. Nick Abadzis says:

    Always great to see new work from you, Dylan. I’m a big fan of yours so it’s good to know that now I can come here for a fix. Congrats on the lovely site!

  18. I just caught up with everything on here. It looks GREAT Dylan! I’m really enjoying your color choices and I’m thrilled that we’ll get to see some new pages from the Atlas story. Keep up the great work!

  19. Michael Peterson says:

    Thank you for coming back.

  20. Rob Clough says:

    This is great news for comics. Can’t wait to read everything.

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