Sketching Comedy Presents: Underdogs!
On today’s show we discuss The Underdogs in Comics! You may recognize many titles and artists out there, But did you know that there are more to graphic novels than just super heroes? Our own, sketch comedians Imran and Phil are back live on the drawing boards.
Today we are discussing a couple of underdog comics that Phil & Imran wanted to bring to your attention, the first Phil is going to discuss is THE HUMANS which the series focuses on the Humans outlaw biker gang based in an alternate 1970s Bakersfield, California, described as “a high-octane, no-holds-barred, ape-biker-gang chopper cruise back into ’70s exploitation genre bliss,” where the dominant species are anthropomorphic apes, and humans (called “Skins”) are used as pets or slaves, similar and Spiritual Successor to Planet of the Apes.
The Humans – by Tom Neely & Keenan Marshall Keller
Tom Neely is an artist living in Los Angeles. He is best known for the cult-hit indie comic book Henry & Glenn Forever, which he created with his artist collective The Igloo Tornado.
Neely’s art has been featured in galleries in California and New York, in magazines, literary journals and on album covers for bands like Isis, Melvins, Groovie Ghoulies and Green Day. His debut graphic novel, The Blot, earned him an Ignatz Award and made it onto several of the industry’s Best of 2007 lists as well as The Comics Journal’s Best Graphic Novels of the decade 2000-10.
Chew by Jon Layman & Rob Guillroy
The next in our Underdog episode, Imran is going to tell us all about “Chew” which is an American comic book series about a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent who solves crimes by receiving psychic impressions from food, including people.
Once an editor for Wildstorm, a branch of DC Comics, Layman turned to writing comics full-time in 2002, mainly for Marvel Comics. He also worked on several comic books based on licensed properties, such as Xena: Warrior Princess and ThunderCats, as well as crossovers like Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness.
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