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.
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 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!
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.””
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!
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.
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.
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for more upcoming Rainbow Boy stories from this creative team, including the upcoming 120 Project Comic Anthology!
This is one my favorite comix I’ve produced to date, starring JTR3 and me from our sci-fi rock band Americans UK, and co-starring The Ramones, Donna Summers, Debbie Harry, and featuring quite a few cameos. Please enjoy.
A little behind the scenes: I needed to fill 8 pages in an anthology I was self-publishing at the time, and my long-time friend Sam Vaughan pitched a longer story to me that was the same page length, but had, like, 9 to 12 panels per page, and so I edited that down to a plot based upon the big beats of Sam’s longer story, and scripted from there, using Sam’s exact dialogue from his initial submission for some scenes, adding or combining with my own for others. Then I roped in artist John Mathias, who played bass in Americans UK at the time, and who illustrated the comic using this amazing, seedy-Archie-like style. My pal Ben did a great job lettering all that jibber jabber! A wonderful collaboration all around, we created this Americans UK gem.
“Yo Gabba Gabardine” first appeared in print in Americans UK Rocktronic Mixtape 2, and online at the now defunct literary salon, Trip City.
Gonad the Ballbarian, written by me with art by Blake Sims, was originally published on Trip City, the now-defunct online magazine. Gonad tells the story of a magical testical in land of sorcery and impossible science. Think ’80s He-Man told as a dick joke. It is the best. There is a song.
CHARACTER DESIGNS BY BLAKE SIMS
[Top left: “Death Wart.” Top right: “The Hermaphrokite” & “The Crabbies.”
Bottom left: “Gonad the Ballbarian.” Bottom right: “Red Groinya.”]