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Exclusive: Image Announces ‘Kaptara’, From Chip Zdarsky & Kagan McLeod: ‘Gay Saga’ In A Weird Cosmic Toybox [Interview]


Sex Criminals co-creator Chip Zdarsky and Infinite Kung Fu author Kagan McLeod plan to take readers to colorful, strange, and rather gay new worlds with their new Image ongoing title Kaptara this April. Announced by Zdarsky himself and Image publisher Eric Stephenson at the one-day Image Expo in San Francisco on Thursday, the book sees a waylaid earthman sent on an odyssey through peculiar worlds inspired by the action figures of the 1980s, on a mission to save his home planet.

The two Toronto-based writer-artists have known each other for years, and as they told ComicsAlliance, the roots of this collaboration go back to the studio they once shared. Kaptara is written by Zdarsky and illustrated in full color by McLeod, an acclaimed magazine illustrator making his return to comics. The story offers echoes of Flash Gordon and John Carter, and of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga, only... gayer. More gay. ComicsAlliance met with the team to find out just how gay, and to get the ball rolling on Motivational Orb mania.

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#ZDARSCON: Live (Pre-Recorded) At Chip Zdarsky’s One-Man Toronto Convention [Interview]


Chip Zdarsky is clearly his own man. While other comic creators took their places behind their tables at Toronto's Fan Expo comic convention this past weekend, the co-creator of Sex Criminals set up his own independent 'Zdarscon' in a park across the street -- in the shadow of the CN Tower and a short distance from the Blue Jays baseball game at the Rogers Centre. Even his co-author Matt Fraction wasn't invited.

The day started with torrential rain, followed by blazing heat, but Zdarsky was attended at all times by Alex Hoffman, the life model who provides the likeness for his Sex Criminal character Jon. ComicsAlliance found Zdarsky seated on a sun-baked armchair on a wheeled platform, with his recently won Eisner Award bolted to a table. We grabbed five minutes with the writer/artist to ask... why, Chip? Why?

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Parting Shot: Michael K. Williams and Kagan McLeod Show You An R. Kelly Party In Comic Form


If you've never heard of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet, you are missing out on a cultural event of epic and (perhaps unintentionally) hilarious proportions. Described by Kelly as a "hip hopera," it's a series of songs and corresponding videos telling the story Sylvester (played by Kelly), who engages in a one night stand that turns into a seemingly never ending story of sex, lies, adulterous midgets hiding under kitchen sinks, and all sorts of crazy s**t, and features a set of characters that includes a midget named Big Man, a cop mockingly referred to as "LL Fool J," and a character named Pimp Lucius (Also R...

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War Rocket Ajax #102: Kagan McLeod Talks ‘Infinite Kung Fu’ [Podcast]


Prepare yourself for the ultimate technique! Infinite Kung Fu creator Kagan McLeod joins Chris and Matt on this week's War Rocket Ajax podcast to talk about the martial arts epic that it took him ten years to create and the influences that inspired him from the world of movies...

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ComicsAlliance’s 11 Best Comics of 2011, #11 – 9


As 2011 draws to close, ComicsAlliance has assembled its annual list of the best comics and graphic novels of the year, with the help and input of our editors, writers, and readers. Like any list, it is naturally subjective, but we've packed it chock full of eleven comics that have awed us, excited us, and entertained us over the last 12 months and books that we're passionate about recommending...

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Kagan McLeod’s ‘Infinite Kung Fu’ Trailer is Infinitely Awesome [Video]

If our enthusiastic write-up of Kagan McLeod's Infinite Kung Fu wasn't enough to convince you of this graphic novel's great worth, perhaps this new video trailer will make you see the light. Produced by Top Shelf Productions, the video goes beyond the style of most comic book hype clips and actually animates moments from McLeod's epic, time-spanning 460-page martial arts/zombie/western/funk opus about a hero of infinite skill...

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‘Infinite Kung Fu’ Combines Martial Arts, Zombies and Funk [Preview]


The summer of Top Shelf continues with Infinite Kung Fu, a massive 464-page zombie martial arts epic by writer-artist Kagan McLeod. Employing the genre tropes of both kung fu, horror and Western films, Infinite Kung Fu pushes the concepts to the extreme by dropping its hero Lei Kung into a world besieged by zombies and under the threat of a brutal emperor and his five kung-fu armies...

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