7th February 2008
A mobile phone with a built-in gun? Not
the usual type of device we cover, but then Contraband
is not your usual type of graphic novel.
Set in what is perhaps the not-too-distant
future, Contraband pictures a society addicted
to violent, user-generated content - posted to the "Contraband"
network. Imagine YouTube gone very, very bad and you'll
get the idea.
Perhaps we're not there yet, but several
involving YouTube show worrying signs that the future
portrayed by Contraband is not as far-fetched
as it sounds.
The plot centres around a character
called Toby who decides to become a "citizen journalist".
After attempting to film a secret transaction, Toby
is drawn into a dangerous web of violence, greed and
On one hand, Contraband examines
the social aspects of violence and voyeurism, on the
other hand it's a fast paced unusual story with some
very attractive artwork (see some details below). In
our opinion, Contraband looks like an intelligent
and interesting read.. and yes, the mobile phone with
a gun does make an appearance.
One interesting feature about Contraband is
the background of its writer, TJ Behe who has done
extensive work in the mobile content industry, combined
with illustrations from Phil
Elliott, an experienced artist who has done work
for Marvel and DC in the past.
Contraband is available now for
download from EyeMelt
digital comics, or is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk,
and several other outlets. Further information on can
also be found at ContrabandComic.com.