Killer Bad #1 Press Kit

KILLER BAD #1 is live on Kickstarter until 9/1/21! Please visit KillerBad.com and preorder your copy now. Meanwhile, here is a handy dandy press kit that includes our promo video, creator introductions, logline, preview pages, and promotional art!

THE VIDEO

First check out our shot for shot recreation of the coolest jeans commercial ever made, featuring Rob Liefeld, his art and creations! We hope we make Uncle Rob proud with this one. Lovingly recreated by Darin Murano, and featuring music by sci-fi rock band Americans UK from their smooth-jazz-funk album Luxuria. Check out the original commercial HERE, directed by none other than Spike Lee, and see how we did!

LOGLINE

KILLER BAD is a superhero-horror comic book, told with 90’s flair! When an elite super-group travels to a remote island to retrieve a powerful artifact, they are stalked by a super-slasher, serial killer. Will this be the final mission for the Sick Squad Six? Friday the 13th meets The Boys.

Written by Jeffrey Burandt (Ghost Planet, Odd Schnozz & the Odd Squad), art by Jason Goungor (Megadeth: Death by Design, The Brooklynite), with logo, lettering and design by Jeff Powell (Infidel, Deadly Class). “Killer Bad the 13th,” Kickstarter exclusive, variant cover by Paul Ciaravino (Americans UK).

PREVIEW PAGES

Character Bible

  • WAR WOUND is an evil scientist’s mad experiment gone right. A swarm of self replicating, voodoo-infused nanites circulates through his blood stream, metaphysically reversing any attack on his person. You cut him, you bleed, you dig? Otherwise, he’s dead inside. He’s been having suicidal thoughts, recently, and he thinks he may be a sociopath. Maybe his assignment as the newest member of the super-powered outfit known as the Sick Squad Six will lift his spirits.
  • DEATH CHEATER is tough, mean and can’t be killed. The biggest badass on the block and he knows it, Death Cheater lives a consequence-free life of murder and mayhem as a founding member of the Sick Squad Six. This new War Wound guy is really getting under his skin, no doubt.
  • MOLLY X is the super-seductress alter-ego of Malakiva Xin, a low-level psychic and highly accredited bioengineer. Her abilities make her interlocutors euphoric in her presence, and she easily manipulates her marks by making them dumb and horny with her hallucinogenic mind waves. Then she turns them into super villains. It’s easy to fall hard for Molly X, cuz you trip all the way down.
  • BREAK SPEED is a pretty boy, super speedster and the team’s field leader. Former captain of his high school football team, now he quarterbacks for the special ops team of augmented anti-heroes known as the Sick Squad Six, even if it’s the super shadowy Mission Control that’s calling all the plays.

PROMOTIONAL ART

Pandemix: Quarantine Comix in the Age of ‘Rona

(image credit: Mike Cavarello)

This is lovely! I have a comic in the new Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona anthology available now for only $5 on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pandemix

And at the $25 level, you can get a copy of the, “Star Wars vs. ‘Rona,” poster, teased in my header image!

All proceeds go to the Hero Initiative, which aids comics creators in need. Many thanks and much love to Whitney and Dino for organizing and curating. You can read more about the project, including all of the fantastic creators, HERE.

And you can read my contribution with artist Christa Cassano right now, below, as originally debuted on Bleeding Cool! So exciting!

(For the record, I finally took the cart back the first weekend in August, so I had it on my stoop for almost 5 months!)

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!

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.

 

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Gonad the Ballbarian

Gonad the Ballbarian, written by me, with art by Blake Sims, was originally published on January 18, 2012 on Trip City, the now-defunct online magazine. Gonad tells the story of a magical testicle in a land of sorcery and impossible science. Think ’80s He-Man told as a dick joke. I came up with it when I was 13 or so in the 1980’s. 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 1 – The Gentleman No More

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 first episode was self-published by me in my anthology series Americans UK: Rocktronic Mixtape 1Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-1Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-2Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-3Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-4Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-5Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-6Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-7

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.

[“Classy Lass” pin-up by Scott Forbes + “The Gentleman” pin-up by Terry Taylor]