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

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!

Yo Gabba Gabardine

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.  yogab1yogab2yogab3yogab4yogab5yogab6yogab7yogab8

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

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.

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CHARACTER DESIGNS BY BLAKE SIMS

[Top left: “Death Wart.” Top right: “The Hermaphrokite” & “The Crabbies.”

Bottom left: “Gonad the Ballbarian.” Bottom right: “Red Groinya.”]

Just Super 4 – How the Gentleman Gets His Mask Back

Just Super is a series of vignettes about super-people reimagined as yet another wave of gentrification in the big city, co-created by me and artist ZEES. This fourth episode was illustrated by Ben Rosen, and originally published on the now defunct Trip City, an online arts magazine.

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After the villains, come the artists. After the artists, come the bars. Then the coffee shops and boutique stores. Once the boutique stores arrive, here come the heroes! Capes and cowls are just another wave of gentrification here in Zap City, jewel of the Meta East Coast. Think you’ve got problems? My landlord was bitten by something radioactive on the subway, and has since gained the proportional strength and stench of a rat! Just super.

 

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[“Le Girl” character design by ZEES.]

Just Super 3 – The Tragic Air of Miss Chiff

Just Super is a series of vignettes about super-people reimagined as yet another wave of gentrification in the big city, co-created by me and artist ZEES. This third episode was illustrated by James O. Smith, a bit darker than the rest, and originally published on the now defunct Trip City, an online arts magazine. (Note: I had to cut up James’ amazing two-page spread so that it’s legible within the format of this blog; I have posted the original layout at the end of this entry).

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After the villains, come the artists. After the artists, come the bars. Then the coffee shops and boutique stores. Once the boutique stores arrive, here come the heroes! Capes and cowls are just another wave of gentrification here in Zap City, jewel of the Meta East Coast. Think you’ve got problems? My landlord was bitten by something radioactive on the subway, and has since gained the proportional strength and stench of a rat! Just super.

 

[Character Designs by ZEES]

 

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[Original 2-page spread by James O. Smith.]