Heavy Metal Magazine #297

Heavy Metal Magazine #297, the Winter Special, is available now at the Heavy Metal store, in comic shops, book stores, and digital outlets! Below is a preview of a page from a story written by me, introducing Jason Goungor’s and my creator-owned character, “Chris Never.” Our story features colors by Omar Estevez and lettering by Micah Myers. Edited by Hannah Means-Shannon. [Note: this story spins out of a prose story I wrote years ago here.]

[Written by Jeffrey Burandt. Illustrated by Jason Goungor.]

MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN

Artist Jason Gongour and I have an 8-page story in MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN, available now!

Our story is based on the song, “Reckoning Day,” from the album Youthanasia. Below is a page from our story, featuring colors by Raul Manriquez and lettering by Jaime Martinez.

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And here is the publisher’s description:

This year marks the 35thanniversary of the release of MEGADETH, to which the band is set to release their ultimate greatest hits compilation, WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS, on March 22.  To further celebrate this, MEGADETH has partnered with premiere comics publisher, HEAVY METAL, to create the ultimate fan experience with a 350-page anthology of comic stories inspired by all the songs on the album. The collaboration, titled

DEATH BY DESIGN, features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world, all inspired by the songs from the album.

The project, carefully curated by DAVE MUSTAINE and HEAVY METAL, is a powerful book that gives both insight and understanding into the universe of MEGADETH and its harrowed mascot, VIC RATTLEHEAD.

AOC and the Freshman Force from Devil’s Due Comics!

AOC and the Freshman Force hits comic stores on May 15, 2019! This anthology from Devil’s Due Comics includes stories by Jill Thompson, Christa Cassano, Elizabeth Marley Kim, Kit Caoaga, Tim Seely, Josh Blaylock, Dean Haspiel, Jason Goungor, Adam McGovern, Bob Sikoryak and many more, and features a story written by me, illustrated and lettered by Sean Von Gorman, and colored by Paul Mounts!

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Order directly from the publisher here. Order from Diamond here. Variant covers available at tons of stores, including Midtown Comics (NYC), Third Eye Comics (MD), First Legacy Comics (TX), Wonderworld Comics (MI), and Collector Cave (NYC/The Bronx)!

As reported by Forbes, “A portion of the comic book’s sales will benefit two charities, RAICES, a nonprofit that serves immigrant children, families and refugees, and the USO, which supports military service members and military families. The comic’s official website notes that “Neither Raices, USO, nor Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez have endorsed or are directly affiliated with this project or Devil’s Due Comics.””

 

 

Rainbow Boy in “Persist”

Check out the latest Rainbow Boy story by Jeffrey Burandt, Sean Von Gorman, Paul Mounts and Oliver Mertz, published in the 120 Project Anthology, a trade collection of progressive essays and comics stories, available in print and digital. All sales of the 120 Project Anthology are donated to the ACLU!rb2_p1_medrb2_p2_medrb2_p3_medrb2_p4_medrb2_p5_med

Gonad the Ballbarian is live on Webtoons!

Gonad the Ballbarian is live on Webtoon! Co-creator Blake Sims and I are working hard on the most savage depiction of a barbarian testicle ever to grace the internet! Please start a Webtoon account, subscribe to Gonad the Ballbarian, then like, love and comment on our comic! We’ll be releasing 4 episodes in pretty quick succession over the next few months, so please subscribe so that you don’t miss an episode. When you’re finished reading an episode, please tell us what you thought in the comments! Also, please share Gonad on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit or wherever you hang out on social media. Destiny commands you!

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Gonad the Ballbarian is a wandering warrior who fights for glory across the planet Perenium, a hostile but magical land choc-a-bloc with venereal villains like the Crimson Patch, Lady Swelling, and Simplex. Join Gonad the Ballbarian and his otherworldly allies in their battle against Death Wart and his crusty cronies! That jerk known as Destiny demands a victor, and the fate of all Perenium is at stake!! Gonad the Ballbarian is He-Man told as a dick joke–think, “Game of Thrones,” meets, “Rick & Morty.” 

That all said, we think that Gonad the Ballbarian is NOT an adults-only comic, but we wanted to play it safe with Webtoon’s publishing policies. So if you are comfortable with your 15+ kid watching Rick and Morty, or reading MAD Magazine, and your kid thinks nuts and dongs are as funny as we do, we think this comic is acceptable for said kid.

Rainbow Boy in “Love Rock Love”

In celebration of Pride Month and on this 49th anniversary of the NYC Pride March, I am sharing the full episode of Sean Von Gorman‘s, Paul Mount‘s, and my Rainbow Boy story, “Love Rock Love,” as it appeared in the New York Times bestselling, Harvey Award-winning Love Is Love anthology from IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment.  Spearheaded and curated by Marc Andreyko, we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to tell this story and to help heal families and communities through art. Thank you, Marc.

Love-Is-Love_Rainbow-Boy-col-TEXTThanks for reading, and keep an eye out for more upcoming Rainbow Boy stories from this creative team, including the upcoming 120 Project Comic Anthology!

Odd Schnozz Reviews, Press and Podcast Appearances

REVIEWS

Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad is an accessible, enjoyable origin story that’s alternately sweet and suspenseful, but always delightfully weird.”

Geek Dad 

“Mix King of the Hill with Daria and blast it with gamma radiation, and you’ll have a good sense of the wild world that newcomer Burandt and Culver (Edison Rex) have created.”

– Publisher’s Weekly

“[I]ntense action filled panels, eye-popping color and all from a female fronted (squeak!) punk rock brood… get your hands on this piece of punk perfection…”

– Broke Ass Stuart

“The story is crazy, the art colorfully off the wall, and the soundtrack is fun to hum along. Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad is a total entertainment package.”

Fan Girl Nation

” [R]eally well paced […] Jeffrey Burandt, the writer, does a good job of setting the stage while drawing from all of these different touchstones without getting hacky or trying too hard. Dennis Culver’s art is classic, clean, and easy to follow.”

Topless Robot

“Robo-animals, hard rocking teens, and secret spy guys, oh my! […] [W]riter Jeffrey Burandt succeeds in keeping the levity and humor that have become the signature tone of Odd Schnozz and The Odd Squad. […] Culver’s clean lines heighten the action by ensuring each panel flows seamlessly from one to the next; never blurring the exposition making each twist and turn vibrantly clear.

EatGeekPlay

 “…[A] ton of fun. Great art, fun read.”

Comics Bulletin

“[A] fun and crazy adventure awaits you. Check it out!”

– Geek Hard

“…[S]uccessfully combine[s] two of my favorite things: music and graphic novels.  Bravo.”

AudioFuzz

Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad should be your squad goals. Right down to the garage band you wish you had in high school to the scooters that you and your crew can be cruising […]”

Pulp Cultured

“One of the most pleasant surprises all year was this digital first story about a high school punk band in Plano, Texas, that finds talking cyborg animals and a government conspiracy right before a big battle of the bands starts. […] Good for transitioning a music geek into a comics nerd.”

The Robot’s Voice

“[A] fun book [that] read very well. Hip but still fun [….] It felt like something I could watch my kids get into. Really really cool [….] I’ll be placing an order for it.

Black, White & Read All Over

“Fun characters and a good premise. I want to read more of this.
Rating: BUY IT”

The Two-Headed Nerd

“★★★★★”

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LISTS

The Best Comics Of 2015

-Den Of Geek

2017 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List (grades 9-12)

-Texas Library Association

Recommended Titles For Young Adults (13+)

-Diamond Bookshelf

Comics We Crave List

– io9

Best Comics Of the Week

– Captain Blue Hen Comics

Recommended Trade Paperbacks

-Acme Comics

TRV’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Comics

-The Robot’s Voice

Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels: June 2015

-Diamond Comics

PRESS

An In Depth Look at Jeffrey Burandt’s Graphic Novel Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad

– Popwrapped

Burandt, Culver Take Odd Schnozz From Digital To Print

– Comic Book Resources

It’s Rockers, Mad Science and a Soundtrack For Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad – Talking With Jeffrey Burandt

– Bleeding Cool

Jeffrey Burandt On Music In Comics With Oni Press

– The Beat

Author Incorporates Plano Elements In Graphic Novel

– Plano Star Courier

Americans UK Bring Sci-Fi Rock and Comics To Music Scene

– Greenpoint Star and Queens Ledger

PODCASTS

Comic Book Club on the Nerdist Network

Midtown Comics Podcast

Hurry Up And Wait!

Radio Free Hipster

Making Comics Gutter Talk

Let Me Touch Your Mind 6-29-15

Purchase Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad, written by Jeffrey Burandt, illustrated by Dennis Culver, colored by Ramon Villalobos, and published by Oni Press, from OddSchnozz.com, Midtown Comics, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ComiXology, Target, your local comic book store, or where ever books are sold.