Man, I have some cool friends. Zack and Nick Keller, both of whom I have worked with on previous audio projects, wrote a comic book series for Death Head Comics called Death Head, a story about a family, a hidden danger in the woods, and a deadly mask. (A note for all you young artists: you want to work on cool projects? MAKE COOL FRIENDS.) I was approached to see if I could make an audioplay out of the first issue (half of the first issue, really); partly in hopes that Dark Horse might want to turn the entire series into an audioplay, but mostly just because it seemed like a neat idea.
And it was.
This features the wonderful talents of two more of my friends, Nathan Bock and Reut Sklar. I work with Reut at the day job and Nathan and I went to high school together (see previous note). Oh, and it’s best experienced with headphones.
It’s release also coincides with Dark Horse Comics’ release of the trade paperback of the entire Death Head series. If the audioplay piques your interest, you can find out what happens later in the story by picking up a copy. Get one from Amazon, Dark Horse, or select comic book stores.
Being a fan of comic books, but also being extremely lazy, I endeavored a few years back to make an entire graphic novel using only stick figures. I created three characters: Jude Judo, an ex-NYPD detective who wears a propeller beanie and carries a whip; James Judo, a Kung-Fu master with a huge from (the character was created ages before Afro Samurai); and Jose Judo, a scarred, unhinged, but brilliant scientist living in the jungles of Brazil with a large hunting knife. Together they were the Judo Brothers, and they ended up being the leads in a cast of many peculiar and fanciful characters, such as the time-traveling (but only by one minute) Draven Daraven, the prophet clown Gronzo, and Sumo the fighting talking hippo.
I never ended up making the comic (I refer back to my statement on “laziness” and “me”), but I fell in love with the characters and ended up making a trailer for it. But the Brothers and their friends might just grace the pages of this blog, so keep your eyes peeled.