The zippiest, poppy-est, outright ginchy-est comic in the world, Madman, is celebrating its twenty-fifth birthday and IDW Limited is helping ring in the celebration with a special new hardcover limited edition collection hand-curated by series creator and multiple Eisner-winner, Michael Allred!
Press Release This is THE BIG ONE! This December, 20 years after Michael Allred’s independent comics icon was introduced to the world, a celebration of all things Madman will take the form of a gigantic 11 x 17 hardcover! The MADMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY MONSTER HC will include an all-new MADMAN story from Allred, as well as contributions from an impressive list of industry giants such as Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, and Erik Larsen.
Hardcore fans of Mike Allred’s Madman Atomic Comics title character will probably be fighting like cats and dogs over this limited edition, 100 piece, 12-inch figure from French toy designer Thierry Raynaud. Each figure comes with a signed certificate of authenticity by Mike Allred, and if you can afford the 200 Euros, you might be able to add this figure to your shelf of pride. via Limited Toys Design
Or – “The End Is Near…” Seems like only a week or so ago that I was psyched to see Madman and Mike Allred returning to comics, and now it looks like they’re going to be moving on again…Â I really hate that so many of my favorite characters and creators aren’t able to maintain monthly status, but that’s probably the price I pay for liking such personal projects.Â Either way, Frank Einstein and his friends are here for now, so we might as well dive in and enjoy the issue while we can.
Press Release MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS comes to an end this August as creator Mike Allred wraps up an entire series’ worth of stories in a final blockbuster issue and his new album, THE GEAR: LEFT OF CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, both featuring the return of characters from his highly praised hit RED ROCKET 7.
Or – “In Which I Review Entirely In Haiku…” Rapid Fire Reviews… Comics In Poetic Form. (Let’s See If This Works.)
Or – “What Happens When I Continue To Fall Behind On Everything?” What’s the scraping noise?Â Looks like the raccoon done busted out the heavy weapons, which means it’s time for another look at some of the comics that were too esoteric, too weird, or too numerous to look at individually: RAPID FIRE REVIEWS!Â BRAKKA BRAKKA BRAKKA!Â Make sure that the release lever is elevated, and that the debris shield is down, put on your safety goggles and PREpare… to REview!
Or – “An Old Friend With A New Maturity About Him…” When I was in college, my friend Bruce was the one really enamored of Mike Allred’s work, collecting Madman, Red Rocket 7, and pretty much anything that Mod Mike touched.Â I was, and remain, entertained by those books, but I suspect that to Bruce they’re the equivalent of what 1970’s Ghost Rider, The Liberty Project, and Marvel Premiere featuring the 3-D Man are to me.Â They’re HIS books.Â Like Bruce, like me, like Allred himself, Madman is a dozen years along, and age is bringing something new and different
Image Comics has announced that Madman Atomic Comics #14 will feature a collaboration between Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone. “Darwyn and I are like twins separated at birth,” Madman creator Mike Allred said in a prepared statement. “We dig all the same things and get ridiculously excited about whatever we’re working on.Â We also throw fits whenever we’re told ‘no’ by ‘the Man’, and, sometimes to our detriment, have a ‘burned earth policy’ when it comes to doing a project the way we want.Â Fortunately, we usually get the support needed to build our visions, and MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS is
Or – “Things Get Even WEIRDER…” One of the most entertaining facets of Mike Allred’s Madman stories (and, indeed, most of the rest of his output as well) is that it’s not just another adventure story. A Madman story could only take place with Frank Einstein as the main character, as his peculiarities drive the narrative, and his strange point-of-view makes even the most straightforward story a bit wonky. Now, imagine that the story is already freaky-deakier than a night spent on Quaaludes in Amsterdam with Hunter Thompson, Austin Powers, and the guy who dreamed up Snuffleupagus, talking about the symbolism
Fans of Dynamo 5 will want to check out this week’s sneak peeks from Image Comics. Also on the short list this week – Madman Atomic Comics 4, Gutsville 2, Repo 4, After the Cape volume 1, and the Nighly News trade paperback. All these titles arrive in stores next week.