There are a lot of kids' stories about ghosts. There are a lot of kids' stories about friendship. But what if there was a kids' comic about ghosts... who are friends?!? That's what James Kochalka's Johnny Boo books are about and they're delightful, combining simple stories, good lessons, colorful artwork, goofy humor, and ghosts and monsters, to create an appealing series of tales that can be laughed over and read again and again.
If you had told me five years ago that we would one day get a comic where James Kochalka explored the inner desires of the Putty Patrollers and their eternal conflict with the Power Rangers, I would've said that you were living in a world of dreams that was but gossamer. And yet, here we are. Tomorrow, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual 2016 hits shelves from Boom Studios, and along with other stories, like an origin for Goldar and a brand-new Bulk and Skull adventure, that's exactly what we're getting.
Clearly, this is something we needed to know more about, so ComicsAlliance spoke briefly to Kochalka about why he decided to put the spotlight on the Rangers' faceless foes. Check it out, along with an exclusive preview of his story!
Back when James Kochalka's SuperF*ckers first debuted in 2005, I was absolutely in the target audience for it. Instead of fighting any form of space crime, Jack Krak and his gang of a-hole teens leaned pretty hard into just being jerks, and it was great. And now, it's back --- which is pretty impressive when you consider that they blew up the planet at the end of the last story.
Check out a preview of next week's all-new SuperF*ckers Forever #1!
Way back in 2005, James Kochalka launched SuperF*ckers at Top Shelf as a four-issue miniseries, and it was fantastic. If you've never read it, it's essentially a parody of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes that takes the idea of super-powered teenagers forming a club so that they can hang out with each other (and exclude everyone who doesn't mean their relatively arbitrary standards of having cool powers) and combines it with the very true fact that teenagers can be genuinely horrible people. So ...
Here at ComicsAlliance, we've gone to bat pretty hard for IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, but the ongoing story in the comics isn't their only avenue for telling stories of mutant mayhem. For almost two years, TMNT New Animated Adventures has been on the shelves, tying into the cartoon that's currently running on Nickelodeon, telling kid friendly stories that are frequently pretty weird. And now, it looks like they're going to get weirder.
This August, IDW is relaunching the cartoon tie-in as TMNT Amazing Adventures, and for the first issue of the new book, they've got a variant cover by Samurai Jack's Andy Suriano and a backup story by James Kochalka - and I never knew how badly I wanted to see what that guy has to say about Michelangelo until now.
In putting together this summer's superhero-themed SpongeBob Comics Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #2, United Plankton Pictures dug deep and left-of-center for inspiration and riff material. How deep, and how left-of-center? Well, the book includes, "I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planktons!", a rather meticulously assembled homage to the work of Golden Age oddball artist Fletcher Hanks and his Stardust The Super-Wizard, by Paul Karasik and R. Sikoryak.
That story follows a few featuring more traditional targets of parody, like a Western-themed story starring SpongeBob regular Mermaid Man, who is basically just Silver Age Aquaman with sea shells over his nipples and a starfish in the middle of his face, and another in which Squidward becomes Batman parody the Squishy Knight and SpongeBob becomes "Multi-Purpose Sponge, the hero with a different costume in every panel" (which allows for panel after panel of SpongeBob dressed as various Marvel and DC superheroes).
Nearly four years after a Kickstarter campaign netted $11,200 for its development, Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork from developer Pixeljam and cartoonist James Kochalka is about to hit your iOS device very soon.
The game is due out during the first quarter of this year (and that's already a third over). It mashes up Space Invaders and Galaga-style shooting with platforming for a major retro gaming experience. Check out a trailer after the jump.
James Kochalka has a Christmas present for us all.
A brand new comic, Superf*ckers Save Christmas, is available for $1.99 on ComiXology as of today. The issue's story started out an episode of Cartoon Hangover's Superf*ckers animated series, but as the episode never saw fruition, Kochalka adapted as a comic.
As reported earlier this month, writer/artist James Kochalka is ending American Elf, his daily four-panel "sketchbook diary" comic, after a 14 year run. With 2012 winding down, we thought it best that ComicsAlliance's last post of the year showcase the final installment of this fun, compelling, and often thought provoking series...
Unless you count those Silver Age stories where Superman writes his memoirs in a giant golden book in the dead language of the planet Krypton, I've never been a huge fan of diary comics. The one exception has always been American Elf, the long-running "sketchbook diary" that James Kochalka has been doing every day for more than fourteen years...