Scout Comics announced the upcoming Junction Jones and the Corduroy Conspiracy is scheduled to arrive in stores in February 2023.
Written by TC Pescatore with art by Iocogonzales, Junction Jones involves bounty hunters, time-travel money laundering, and a private investigator trying to solve the crime.
Junction Jones is a bio-engineered laborer manufactured with the sole purpose of being worked to death in the seedy underbelly of Junction City, the opulent vacation nexus between Time, Space, and Reality. Unfortunately, he was created with one fatal flaw: Sentience. To avoid being recycled or executed for the charge of lethargy, Jones scrapes out a living as a Private Investigator with his partner Mister Niblets, a 5th dimensional entity stuck in the wee body of a junkyard cat. Together, they illegally locate and salvage illicit organic matter that fall through gaps of reality and end up rotting in slummy alley ways. That is, until they are given an anonymous tip leading them to the decaying remains of a rare (?!) Earth hobo too hot to handle. To make matters worse, an army of undercover Junction Agents are there too – to cover up the dead body. Set-up, framed and on the run, they must solve the mystery before the law finds them first. Their only clues? A soiled business card and a telegram from Earth, circa 1938. Our part-time private investigator and his fuzzy friend will be forced to survive the worst the multi-dimensional slums of Junction City have to throw at them, if they are to unravel the train-hopping mystery and live to tell the tale.
“Junction Jones And The Corduroy Conspiracy began life as a surrealist pulp novella, a small exercise in understanding the great mythological history of an unknowable and lost America,” said series writer TC Pescatore in a press release from Scout Comics. “Through the creation of tall tales and legends detailing the secret history of hobos I had hoped to grasp at and maybe find a piece of the wonder that comes from hearing the ghostly bellow of a distant freight train at night. After meeting Luciano all that changed. His vision, talent, and intuitive understanding of the world of Junction propelled the project into new territories. Together we built a meta-textual graphic experience, an absurdist hard Sci-fi noir that not only spans Hobo and labor history in 20th-century America but in a way Time, Space, and all of Reality itself. Pages filled not only with brilliant comic artwork but retro advertisements, journals, records, zines, pamphlets, blog posts, and more, all in service of creating a fully immersive and mysterious world to enjoy. I’m incredibly grateful that Scout Comics put their trust in our strange little project and I just know we found the perfect home for the misadventures of Junction Jones. ”
Junction Jones and the Corduroy Conspiracy is scheduled to arrive on February 22, 2023.