Weird Crime Theater Pre-Order

 
book-mockThe culmination of 12 years of tinkering with writer Kumar Sivasubramanian, this 150-Page Giant is a near-psychotic fever dream collection of the comic book adventures of Granikos “Granny” Kinkade and Melissa the Conqueror – two low-paid subcontractors working for the government to terminate with extreme prejudice: sasquatches, mummies, paramilitary poets, Amelia Earhart, Inca-cursed blow-up dolls, robots, demon gangsters, stoners, Sploochies (don’t ask), fishermen, Glenn Miller, rogue Russian scientists, invisible cats, and decency.

All book pre-orders ship September 30th, 2014

¥2000
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WCT Field Report #7: The Final Battle

They say that the hardest part of any project is finishing the damned thing. Well, it’s been a just over a month since my last post here and I’m getting near the end. Working at fever pitch now, I’m churning out about a page a day. If this keeps up I’ll be done-done be the end of the month and we can get this sucker off to the printer.
All good news, but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for waiting patiently while I run to the finish-line. In fact, the countdown has already begun. Count with me.
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WCT Field Report #6: The Story So Far…

It’s been a month since my last update and tho I’ve been posting a bit to the INSTAGRAM, I thought I’d do a small art round up for the people who might have missed them.
These are images from things that are being retouched or redrawn or drawn for the WEIRD CRIME THEATER graphic novel. I will update you again on my progress in the next few weeks, or so, as I get closer to completion of the book.

You can click the pic for a larger view.

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WCT Field Report #5: Granny’s Lament

Yes, my friends, it has been too long. 2 weeks since my last post and my insta has become very slow and obtuse. I hope if nothing else, this seemingly semi-circling of wagons will be taken as a sign of my focusing on the book to get it out on time. I expect to be done with all the art and layout of the book at the end of June/beginning of July. That being said, I’ll be slowing down these field reports to a when-there-is-news pace.

Granny was originally meant as an homage to one of my favorite musicians- ex-dirty rocker and master of disaster, JG Thirlwell. Over the past 30 years that I’ve been listening/rabidly fan-worshiping, I’ve picked up on a few of Mr. Thirlwell’s isms. For example, cigarettes. I’ve also tried to infuse a lot of the characters and attitudes present in his music- The over-the-top poses, the always-cool demeanor, false machismo.
Kumar, I have to admit, topped all of that by naming him Lesbian. I was initially shocked but it did grow on me quite a bit. So much so that it was equally shocking when, at the suggestion of Dan Vado at Slave Labor, Kumar changed Lesbian’s name to Granny! I argued for a number of years that it be changed back and I think as a kind of compromise Kumar made Lesbian Granny’s middle name.
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WCT Field Report #4: Meet Melissa

The past few weeks have been really busy with art that I’d kind of like to leave spoiler free for the book. So rather than go yet another week without a post, I’d like to introduce or re-introduce you to some of the main characters of Weird Crime Theater.
This week: Melissa.
Back in 2002 at a friend’s house, I was watching Conan the Barbarian and wanted to use the barbarian meme in a modern setting. The town I was living in at the time, Hachioji, Tokyo, seemed to be flooded with high-school girls. It seemed obvious and I liked the idea of the attitude of Conan set in the physicality of one of the local schoolgirls. I started sketching the idea down around the same time I was hanging out with Kumar in Tokyo. We had gotten to talking about doing a new series where I offered up this idea for an X-files type story with the Scully part played by a barbarian schoolgirl who acts just like Conan.
Kumar later named her as he was writing the first script and I developed her look as I started to visualize the world she lived in. She was part Scully and part Conan. But also with a dollop of Thora Birch and a heartful plenty of Traci Lords. I just like small pouty lips, I guess.

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WCT Field Report #3: Dead Poets

I worked on DEAD POETS SOCIETY toward the end of 2005 and most of 2006. I remember this story was originally 16 pages or something like that. At that time it seemed way too short and the Cerebus cameo was only 1 or 2 pages. Everything was soooo tight. I think that was the first time I asked Kumar to change the length of the story so it’d have some breathing room.
But that was 9 years ago. Today, it looks quite roomy and I think a 16 page story might have been okay. But the Cerebus cameo grew to 3 pages and are pretty well done so I wouldn’t change those.
Still, this was just the third story. The characters have developed quite a bit as has my drawing of them. The “old-manness” of Granny became much more evident in later stories. Perhaps a reflection on my own age as I started this project at the tender age of 32 and am now writing this at the ornery age of 43. To that point, Granny has always been older than I and as a 30-something, He was a 40-something. Now that I’m a 40-something, Granny must be in his 50s.
Melissa, of course, is a high school girl. And although her age hasn’t really changed that much, I feel that she looks more like a freshmen in the first story and more like she is on her second go round as a senior in the last few stories.
For the sake of continuity, and to alleviate what feels to me like some “eye-sore” art, I’ve made some corrections. In fact, more than a few on this story in particular. Some of them being subtle face-lifts of the main characters and some complete re-dos of panels that just didn’t work.
Below are a few of the changes next to their originals. Can you tell which is which?

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WCT Field Report #2: Origins

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In 2002, it had been a few years since my American comics debut and I was beginning to envision new characters and stories for my next project. One night, I was watching Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian at a friends house. I got to thinking it’d be cool to make some epic sword action comics. But how about instead of Conan it was a high school girl who thought she was Conan?
At the time I was also thinking of pairing her up with another character I had in my head based on a musician I liked/like. The idea was to make some kind of X-files throw back. I could tell stories with these two and add social commentary about how “The Man” was trying keep our heroes down. In fact, the idea was that they’d be thrown in to ever worsening situations because their boss figured it was more profitable to kill them off rather than fire them. But somehow they’d always come out unscathed.
Later, I told the idea to Kumar, who was interested in doing another comic after our short collabs in Dark Horse Presents #152, #153. He named the characters and began to flesh out the world and I started sketching characters based on his ideas that eventually became the first story.

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WCT Field Report #1

Welcome to the Weird Crime Theater Field Report.
In this series I’d like to talk about the process of making my first graphic novel. A behind the scenes look at my progress while drawing, editing and designing the book.
Past the giddiness of the kickstarter win and past the emotional highs that come with that, it’s now time to get to work. This week I’ve been looking at the pages I’ve drawn and looking for dips in continuity. For the most part I’m happy with the work I’ve done but this project wasn’t always drawn in the best of conditions and occasionally I wound up with panels like the first one below.
I’m not too sure what happened here but life was a bit of a roller-coaster back then. A lot has happened in the last 9 years. I’m now in a much better place both mentally and artistically. So I was able to redraw the panel in a much more dynamic and lucid manner. It is my hope that, although I believe there is something to the art produced at the “original moment” of comic production, the new panels will lend themselves to a better overall reading experience.
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At this point I’m about one-third of the way through the book. The first stories needing the most work, are taking the most time. Things will begin to speed up shortly and I will be drawing the final 2 stories needed to complete the book.

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Funded!!!

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Well, my friends, sorry for the lack of updates on this site as of late, the campaign was intense! But now that dust has settled, I’m happy to announce that we’ve been successfully funded on Kickstarter and a gorgeous 142-page book is now forthcoming!

I’d like to thank everyone again for heir support both monetarily and mentally. We couldn’t have done this without you.

Over the next few months I’ll be working to get this project print ready and will be updating to this site weekly again. And check out my instagram and tumbler for more behind the scenes shots!

Stay tuned, friends, this is going to be awesome!

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Kickstarter Update #1

 

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UPDATE
: This piece has already been snapped up. It was gone in less than an hour. Thanks!

 

Hi, Mulele, here. At 25% after just 2 days, I feel we’re off to a really strong start. I’d like to thank everybody who’s pledged so far for launching our Kickstarter in such grand style.

This illustration is a promotional piece for this Kickstarter campaign. It is also a sample of the illustrations I’ll be doing for the HOMICIDE and CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE levels. Of course those will be in black & white.

I am also offering this Illustration above to the first person who requests it for anyone who has pledged at the HOMICIDE level and wants this particular drawing as their pen sketch reward. I’ll even throw in a full color giclée print to go with the black & white line art for this piece.

(If we get multiple requests for it, it will go out on a first pledged, first served basis. We may do one or two more of these.)

We will be posting more art HERE as the campaign progresses, but if you need more instantaneous Mulele, I’ll is posting daily updates on art for the project and almost nothing else on my Instagram and Twitter: http://instagram.com/muleleredux or @muleleredux on instagram And @muleleredux on twitter.

A message from the writer:

My Fellow Droogies,

Well, we’re just over 48 hours in and the response has been dizzying! Both of us are sincerely grateful to all of you who have pledged or shared so far for your support. We are stoked!

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas for us, please do not hesitate to send us a message or post a comment.

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