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.]

 

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]

Love Is Love

I am very proud to have written a story for the Eisner-award-winning Love Is Love anthology, which debuted at Number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, illustrated by Sean Von Gorman, with color art by Paul Mounts. Our story, “Love Rock Love,” features Rainbow Boy, and takes place at Rockbar, a very real New York City venue located in Manhattan’s West Village.

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All proceeds for this book go to the victims, survivors and families of those killed in Orlando this past June. The book was released on 12/28/16, and you can grab it at your local comic shop, directly from from IDW or Amazon. Also, there is a digital version with exclusive content available via ComiXology.

Per CBR, creators include Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Cecil Castellucci, Mirka Adolfo, Paul Dini, Mark Millar, Cat Staggs, Amanda Diebert, Brad Meltzer, Sina Grace, Ed Luce, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, Kieron Gillen, Olivier Coipel, Phil Jimenez, Patton Oswalt and Damon Lindelof, plus an introduction from “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins; with Marc Andreyko, the project’s organizer, writing a story and the afterword.

DC Comics has since released the full creator list which includes creators like J. K. Rowling, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, George Perez, Taran Killam and so many more!

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“Love Rock Love” preview

Finally, here is a description of the book from IDW’s website:

The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.

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.