Three things as I continue catching up with some old news, starting with this awesome pin-up by my good friend Gavin Spence. I love how he even worked in the zipatone effect. Thanks, Gav!
Then there’s this picture that Robot God Akamatsu‘s writer James Biggie posted with evidence of his son’s very discerning taste in literature.
And finally, my friend JK Parkin very nicely talked about Kill All Monsters in Robot 6′s Report Card column after the graphic novel hit stores last year. I’ve known JK a long time and we have really similar tastes in comics, so it makes me especially happy that he digs KAM.
He writes, “May and Copland have engaged in some pretty cool world-building, taking the basic idea and running with it until they have something special that goes way beyond what you might expect from ‘another giant monster title.’” Thanks so much, JK!
Got a fragrant potpourri of Kill All Monsters updates for you this morning, starting with a look at some of the cards Jason made last year for the Kickstarter levels that include sketches. Rather than just sketch in the books, Jason went all out and had special cards printed so that he could do something a little nicer.
Speaking of Kickstarter, we’ve talked about doing another Kill All Monsters comic a little sooner than expected. Before we release Volume 2, we’d like to put together a one-shot single issue (around 30+ story pages) that expands on the world a little while also tying into the story we’re telling in the graphic novels. We thought about doing it as a Kickstarter project, but we’re not sure that’s the best way to get a single-issue comic printed. It’s all written though and we want to do it, so it’s just a matter of figuring out the best way to go about it.
I don’t want to give too much away about it except that it’s inspired by this:
That’s a piece that Jason drew for the Monstrosity anthology and it’s not the only giant robot pinup he’s done lately. He also did this one for last year’s Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, which had a Usagi Yojimbo theme. Mike Spicer did the colors and it looks great.
Finally, Jeff Bouchard from Comic Spectrum wrote a very nice review of Kill All Monsters giving it 4 out of 5 stars. He said that he got a Kamandi feel from it (very cool) and wrote that it “provides a visceral experience from the over-the-top battles between monster and mech at the same time weaving deeper plot points that leave you thinking and wondering where the story will go.” Thanks, Jeff!
Special thanks to reader Andrew Schmidt who posted this awesome photo of his copy of Kill All Monsters to Facebook. We love it!
And another very special thanks to the folks who’ve reviewed Kill All Monsters on Amazon so far. There are currently seven reviews – all of them 5-stars – and Jason and I are so very grateful. Whatever the star ratings, it would be awesome to have some more reviews there. If you’ve had a chance to read it and wouldn’t mind leaving some feedback on the Amazon page, that helps a lot to let new people find the book.
I wanted to share this before Halloween, but the fearsome festivities got away from me. I couldn’t stop laughing and clapping my hands at this Longbox of the Damned review of Kill All Monsters, and not just because it’s positive. The Longbox of the Damned series has Atop the Fourth Wall’s Lewis Lovhaug dressing as a late-night, local-access horror movie host to review monster comics and it is awesome.
Thanks so much, Lewis, and we’re glad you liked the book!
Gonna do a better job at updating this blog with KAM news. I apologize for the radio silence; it’s been a busy summer and early autumn processing Kickstarter rewards. I’m almost done with that though, so I want to get back in the groove of posting here.
Even when it’s just a quick note to say that Rob McMonigal at Panel Patter wrote a nice review of the book. Here’s an excerpt:
May has to cover a lot of expository ground as he and Copland create this world, but I never felt like the story bogged down. We find out a lot by seeing it, thanks to Copland’s panels, and I think the serial nature of its origins as a webcomic forced May to find a way to get across the information in bits and pieces while the overall story kept moving. (There’s nothing worse than a webcomic that bogs down into days upon days of narration.) The introduction of the AI robot, learning of the Paris Underground, and even finding out that perhaps some humans are traitors to their kind all weave into the story organically. It’s some of the best world-building I’ve seen in quite some time.