webcomic, Atomic Fist Punch, is a hit with kids and their
Maxwell first debuted his webcomic, Atomic Fist Punch, last spring,
the Whitefish Bay resident was blown away by the response.
"Within a few hours of launching, we had an animation studio
contact us about turning the webcomic into a TV show," Maxwell
importantly, Maxwell says, is how readers have embraced the series.
The webcomic, designed to appeal to children and adults alike, has
received accolades from both generations. "Itís definitely
striking a chord with kids," says Maxwell. "And parents have
gotten behind it because itís safe for kids to read, but the content
isnít dumbed down either."
An avid comic
book reader as a child, Maxwell turned his children onto the genre at
a young age. "I basically forced them to read it," he quips.
But his son and daughter truly enjoyed the comics Maxwell fed them and
it wasnít long before they became the inspiration for Atomic Fist
The Comic guy.
characters in Atomic Fist Punch are based around their
personalities," Maxwell says.
centers around brother and sister duo Xander and Zoe, whose eccentric
inventor father has been kidnapped by evil robots bent on taking over
the world. The siblings team up to rescue their father and combat the
indestructible robots (led by their fatherís own creation Zero-1)
using their own invention ó atomic fists, which amplify Xanderís
punching power by 500 percent. "Itís really an old-school
adventure comic," Maxwell explains.
The comic series
is serialized with new pages posted to the Atomic Fist Punch website
each week. Maxwell, who sees webcomics as the next generation in
graphic storytelling, likes the format because itís easily
accessible. "Anyone can read it as long as they have a computer
and Internet access," he says.
launch, Atomic Fist Punch has gained a loyal following through word of
mouth and social media. Once the first story arc is completed, Maxwell
says there are plans to add interactive features to the webcomic. An
iPad game based on the series also is in development.
For Maxwell, who
has worked professionally as a film maker and freelance illustrator
for the last 15 years, Atomic Fist Punch is the realization of a
childhood dream. "My family has been incredibly supportive,"
he says. His wife, Amy, serves as editor and media coordinator, and
children, Xander and Zoe, have the final say on storylines.
the final veto and tell me whether itís cool or not," says