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]

Just Super 2 – Bibbin’s Bodega

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 second episode was originally published on the now defunct Trip City, an online arts magazine.Just-Super_2_02-1Just-Super_2_02-2Just-Super_2_02-3

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.

 

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 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.]

ODD SCHNOZZ is chosen for the Texas Library Association’s 2017 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List!

Odd Schnozz & the Odd Squad was chosen for the Texas Library Association’s 2017 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List!

The Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List is an annual list of recommended graphic novels for middle school and high school students. Odd Schnozz & the Odd Squad is listed as recommended for grades 9 – 12.

To see the full list click here: http://txla.org/groups/Maverick

To read more about the Texas Library Association click here: http://txla.org/about

Congratulations to my co-creators Dennis Culver and Ramon Villalobos!

Hang Ten

A young man with scruffy cheeks and chin-length hair told me to hang ten today. He was what I can only describe as the surfer type, with matching attire as you might imagine. When I got home, I did exactly as he instructed: I hung ten.

After hanging the first five, I admit my satisfaction. Hanging another five seemed superfluous—but then I had never hung ten before, and had no experience by which to judge whether hanging five was in any way more appropriate than hanging a full ten. Besides, the young man had clearly told me to, “hang ten.” If anything, I consider myself to be diligent in my obligations to others. So, despite my own satisfaction, I continued the act of hanging.

Hanging the sixth was quite a different experience. I felt a distinct rush, not unlike brushing against someone you secretly admire, or spotting an enemy advancing towards you from across the street.  My breath shortened and blood quickened. That young man knew what he was talking about! I quickly hung a seventh.

By the eighth, I was reeling. My entire body—every freckle, every mole divided by a hair, every fingernail, wrinkle and tooth—my every part burned with erotic possibilities . But soon my reverie waned, so I hung a ninth. Alas, the bliss brought began to walk apace, stepping further in stride with each passing moment. Oh, that ninth hanging! Pure torture! Would the tenth return the sexual—no, no—the spiritual satisfaction that the eighth had provided for the seventh?  The seventh for the eighth?  Or would this hanging of ten simply cast me further from what I can only describe as a “sphere of  gratification?” Depressed, I sat in silence for many a moment, contemplating the various possibilities. My heart hung heavy while awaiting the act decision would bring. Not knowing what to do, I sat there, exhilaration fleeing my body, dispersing outwards into the chilly night. Shaking, I hung the tenth.

Nothing.

It was gone.

Several days later, I saw the surfer guy across the street and quickly advanced upon him. Meeting his eyes with my own, I uttered two distinct words. The surfer’s eyes widened with horror.

Blood + Brains

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BLOOD + BRAINS by Jeffrey Burandt and Dean Haspiel was first published in December of 2012 in Image Comics’ Creator Owned Heroes #7, which you can buy now, digitally, on Comixology by clicking HERE.

Pitched as a full-length graphic novel, Blood + Brains takes the “vampires vs. zombies” premise, and pushes it to a whole new, adrenaline-infused level, where the ubiquitous zombie horde is but the first wave of monsters our protagonists must survive as they head out on a death-race, cattle-drive against werewolf motorcycle gangs, chupacabra long-haul truckers, and creepy, cancerous mutants. Penny Dreadful meets Mad Max.

Bleeding Cool says, “Smart storytelling can bring new life into any convention, walking dead included. And that is what “Blood + Brains” delivers, smart storytelling and new life […] into a trope that constantly seems to be on it’s last, undead legs.”

The Comics Beat says, “[D]eliver[s] something readers have simply never seen before, imploding any expectation of the familiar. [….] “Blood and Brains” retools zombie narrative by removing excess accretion and celebrating its potential in creator-owned style.”

Unleash the Fanboy says, “[Y]ou can’t help but love it.”

Adventures In Tasteful Living

My first published comics work was a special promotion for Amstel Light that ran serially in Details Magazine for 3 months in 2006, drawn by Terry Taylor, and developed by then Promotion Director Kristin Joker. Interesting note: the pitch that got me the job became Just Super 1, but Amstel or Details or both didn’t want to go with supes.

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