Any time a new issue of Skullkickers hits the stands is cause for celebration, but today is cause for extra-special-super celebration. Why? Because Skullkickers #18, “Son of Tavern Tales” includes a story written by ME.
Entitled “Dues or DIE!”, Chief Skullkicker himself, Jim Zub, described the story as being “about union rules and special songs,” so it’s pretty much exactly like the second season of The Wire. But it’s actually even BETTER than The Wire because it’s drawn by the incredible Ivan Anaya, with colors by the equally amazing Owen Gieni.
That’s a panel from the story itself up above (with lettering by the aforementioned and multi-talented Jim Zub), but you should check out the entire issue, especially seeing as it contains a murderer’s row of independent comics talent, including: John Layman, Rob Guillory, Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore, Blair Butler, Enrique Rivera (of “Living with Edo” “fame”), J. Torres, Alberto Alburquerque, Charles Soule and Michael Mayne.
Wander down to your local comic shop and request, nay, DEMAND a copy. Or just direct your browser over to Comixology and buy your comic book there, as if we were living in some kind of crazy future where all content was made available digitally.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on September 26, 2012
A month or two back I was invited to participate in the upcoming Aliens Among Us black & white anthology by the fine folks at Elevator Pitch Press. They’ve self-published several anthologies already, including Don’t Be Afraid, a horror-themed book, and three volumes of Great Zombies in History, which is pretty self-explanatory. Comprised of folks who participated in Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience classes, I was actually the first non-CEx-er to take part in one of their anthologies, but given that I started my comics career as a Marvel intern under Andy’s cruel tutelage, I like to think of myself as a de facto part of that growing alumni group.
Aliens Among Us is, probably pretty obviously, an alien-themed book, and to help bring my story to life, I brought in the obscenely talented Enrique Rivera. I’ve wanted to work with Enrique for a really long time, as I knew he was a talented guy, but he really stepped his game up for our story “Living with EDO.” It’s a jokey, modernized take on ALF, with a goofy alien that lives with different families as part of a reality show and Enrique absolutely killed it with incredible character design and exaggerated facial expressions that are reminiscent of the great John K. of Ren & Stimpy fame. (In case you aren’t aware, that’s one of the biggest compliments I can give a cartoonist, as Ren & Stimpy was a formative experience for me.)
“Living with EDO” is definitely going to be one of the more comical stories in the anthology, as most folks involved went the more dramatic route. Since I was working with Enrique, however, I really wanted to play to his comedic strengths, and also I’m kind of a huge closet ALF fan, and the idea of spoofing the show (with a kind of grotesque twist, natch), really appealed to me. Check out the splash/title page two for “Living with EDO” below, and make sure to head over to Enrique’s DeviantArt page, where he has pencils and inks for page one and page three, as well as character designs for EDO and some family members.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 15, 2012