​​Howard Wong is an award nominated writer and creative consultant. His passion for creative content and narrative development has led him to work in animation, comics, high-end collectible toys, intellectual property development, transmedia narratives, mobile & web games,​ marketing and creative content development. His creator-owned and collaborative works in comics have been nominated for the Comic Book Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favourite Graphic Novel, the Ghastly Award for Favourite Horror Anthology. Howard himself was nominated for the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer and received Diamond's Gem of the Month for his creator-owned work.


He can usually be found traveling or eating somewhere on earth. Sometimes both at the same time.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Crystal Fractal Comics', Redoirk #1 Press Release

CRYSTAL FRACTAL COMICS EXPANDS ITS UNIVERSE WITH FOUR NEW TITLES.

Crystal Fractal Comics (CFC) has released four new books, building upon its line of comic books with new titles including Redorik #1, Entropy #1, The Crossing #2 and The Legend of the Sleeping Giant.

 The Crystal Fractal Universe(CFU) is a mystically based comic book world where powerful mages and sorcerers come together for a mystical event, known as “The Crossing,” where 15 such individuals attempt to enter the first level of hell; the dream realm. During the event, something goes awry and each is sucked into a different portal and lost to the time stream indefinitely. CFC’s latest titles add to the premise set in CFU #0 by expanding the scope of CFU stories with the second issue of The Crossing, which fills in the back story of the CFU, by introducing the Poisson brothers as they battle out of the 15th level of hell in Entropy, and by exploring the life of a young man named Justin Henderson in Redorik, a book which was recently reviewed by The Outhouse comic book blog.

“Mr. Wong decides to focus on Justin's character and painting the world around him. Even the introduction to the issue seems somewhat out of place; however, what the introduction does do is give readers of CFC's other titles clues that there is a link between them all, without confusing or overwhelming any readers who simply wish to read this title without distractions. I cannot help but think that in reading the introduction, you won't be tempted to check out the other series,” said Jeff Haas, of The Outhouse.

 Crystal Fractal Comics is a Toronto-based comic book publisher founded in 2007 by publisher Derrek Lennox. Its first release was published in 2008, while two more followed in 2010. CFC aims to diversify the comic book industry with its dynamic, original content and is also a forerunner in its efforts to help preserve First Nations culture and history with its adaptations of First Nations’ legends. The Legend of the Sleeping Giant is the first book of its kind, adapting the Fort William First Nation legend of the sleeping giant from the Thunder Bay, Ontario area to comic book format.

For more information, media requests: 

Derrek Lennox, Founder/Publisher
Crystal Fractal Comics
647-990-2959
dslennox@crystalfractals.com

Andrew Ardizzi, Senior Editor
Crystal Fractal Comics
416-802-2526
aardizzi@crystalfractals.com

Redorik #1 Preview

Here are the preview pages for Crystal Fractal Comic's Redorik #1 written by me and art by Pedro Maia.


From Redorik Issue One Preview
From Redorik Issue One Preview
From Redorik Issue One Preview
From Redorik Issue One Preview
From Redorik Issue One Preview

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Redorik #1 Reviewed by The Outhouse

Redorik #1 from Crystal Fractal Comics is reviewed by The Outhouse (you can click here or read it below).


Credits & Solicit Info:


High school student, Justin Henderson, discovers his friend is running packages for the local mob boss. Dealing with his new found abilities that he believes are "super powers", Justin also worries about grades, how to get the girl, and wonders if all the thoughts in his head are really his own. 

Written by Howard Wong
Art by Pedro Maia
Based on the story concept by Derrek Lennox








Review:


Redorick #1

Written by: Howard Wong
Art by: Pedro Maia
Published by: Crystal Fractal Comics

Rating 5 out of 5

Redorick is the latest release from upcoming Canadian publisher Crystal Fractal Comics. It tells the story of a boy named Justin Henderson, who seems perfectly normal, albeit a bullied outsider, until he starts experiencing strangely vivid nightmares. In these nightmares he hears an ominous voice chanting his name. The black letter boxes and white type instill this voice with a sense of danger, as does the slightly psychedelic quality of the artwork. Later, the strangeness becomes even more pronounced when Justin's arm enters some kind of void in school locker. This issue does not spend a lot of time explaining these bizarre occurrences; instead, Mr. Wong decides to focus on Justin's character and painting the world around him. Even the introduction to the issue seems somewhat out of place; however, what the introduction does do is give readers of CFC's other titles clues that there is a link between them all, without confusing or overwhelming any readers who simply wish to read this title without distractions. I cannot help but think that in reading the introduction, you won't be tempted to check out the other series. But back to the story itself...

The world of Justin Henderson is a rough one, easily recognizable as an urban neighborhood. There are gangs and drug pushers. In fact, the middle third of the story has Justin and his friend conned into becoming drug mules. Fans will appreciate Justin's underdog quality. Within one issue he is duped and bullied, and then there are those nightmares.

The realism of the story is reminiscent of Mr. Wong's other series from Image, After the Cape. This is clearly a story that exists within the grey areas of the world. But Justin is not the only thread in this story. There is also a priest who doubts his faith, which leads to very exciting scenes on pages 13 and 14. You'll know which ones I mean when you read them. It's both jaw-dropping and comment-worthy. After page 21, things really get moving when the psychotic character of Carnivale is introduced. This introduction is action-packed and bloody! The last page will certainly have you anticipating the next issue.

Also of note is the art, which perfectly matches the realistic quality of the comic. Mr. Maia does a wonderful job of creating each character. You can tell a lot about what is occurring in a character's mind, by the detailed expression on their face. And again there is that page fourteen. Awesome! Let's not forget the final splash page either. The grittiness of the artwork fits the final third of the comic best. The gangster looks genuine. They look mean and like people you do not wish to ever meet.

All in all great job by all, and great issue.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Redorik #1

From Crystal Fractal Comics comes Redorik! It's an origin superhero story where nothing is what it seems.

"What kind of superhero would come out of a path that was jaded through a tragedy brought on by greed, sex and desire? Add to that if you were losing your losing your mind to the darkness."




High school student, Justin Henderson, discovers his friend is running packages for the local mob boss. Dealing with his new found abilities that he believes are "super powers", Justin also worries about grades, how to get the girl, and wonders if all the thoughts in his head are really his own. 


Written by Howard Wong
Art by Pedro Maia
Based on the story concept by Derrek Lennox



Click here for more details.

Here's an interview I did for it here.

Where can you get a copy of it? Click here.