Words and Photography by Cassie Miller
From start to finish, God-Awful comics are a “labor of love” for creator Ronald Good, who grew up in Lancaster. The operation is entirely a solo endeavor with Good doing everything from drawing and writing, to printing, photocopying and stapling the finished product.
Good says, “It’s total involvement.”
Based in science fiction, fantasy and horror, God-Awful comics provide a variety of stories and plots unlike the comics of the superhero genre. Good draws his inspiration from the 1950s Tales From The Crypt comic-book series as well as other EC comic books. He also finds inspiration in old-time radio programs and pulp-fiction publications from the 1930s and 1940s.
Prior to creating God-Awful, Good created The Eternal Highway, Binary Echo, First Friday Funnies and Tommy Robot.
Good’s most recent issue, titled “Middletown,” is a what-if scenario based around Three Mile Island’s partial meltdown in 1979, and despite the publications small stature, it has received a “better than anticipated” following.
When asked what he hopes people will take away from his work, Good says, “My primary goal as a comic artist is to tell a good story. Storytelling is the most important job on a comic book, whether you’re a writer or artist, the story is what keeps the reader coming back.”
Good has been self-publishing since 1993 and encourages other comic-book artists to do the same. He says the medium is best suited for people interested in telling their own stories.
“To make movies or video games, you need a big budget, but you can make your own comics for dirt cheap if you don’t want to get too fancy,” he says.
In the world of comic books, not everything is black and white. There is an art to the perfect team, an art to, well, the art and an art to writing a convincing story. These three individuals are continuing the grand tradition that is storytelling.