Cosmic Scoundrels is one of those comics where everything about it is the best thing about it. Created a few years ago by Homestar Runner co-creator Matt Chapman and Samurai Jack artist Andy Suriano, the series follows the adventures of two spacefaring crooks who find themselves dealing with intergalactic hijinx that --- according to the creators - are inspired by nothing so much as '70s cosmic superheroes, 2000 AD, and blacklight posters.
Until now, the series has been running as an irregularly updated webcomic, but this week, IDW announced that it had picked up the series for a print release starting next year, complete with new content that's exclusive to the print versions. We checked in with Andy Suriano to learn about his artistic approach to this cosmic world, and the weird ideas that have shaped it.
In this grim and cheerless world of ours, there are two extremely rare occasions that can make any day roughly one thousand times better: The release of a new Achewood strip, and the release of a new Homestar Runner cartoon. Neither one happens often, but when they do, it's like the skies have opened up and we have been presented with a beautiful gift.
This week, we got the latter: A brand new H*R cartoon from Matt and Mike Chapman (alias the Brothers Chaps), featuring Strong Bad, Homestar, and a brand new character. But has Homestar returned... just in time to die?!
Today, Disney XD debuted Two More Eggs, a new series of 40 short cartoons by Mike and Matt Chapman, alias the Homestar Runner creators the Brothers Chaps, airing both on television and at Disney XD's Youtube Channel. And if the first three are any indication, they're going to be exactly the kind of weird that H*R fans want to see.
Cosmic Scoundrels was already one of my favorite comics before I even started reading it. The creation of artist Andy Suriano (of Samurai Jack) and Matt Chapman (the co-creator of Homestar Runner), it was the product of two creators whose work I've obsessed over more than just about anything else in the world, which made it something I was pretty much fated to love. Fortunately, it paid off with a rollicking, two-fisted space adventure of a couple of dirtbags in a ship called the S.S. Fistpuncher and one of the most ill-conceived heists in galactic history.
We recently honored the webcomic as part of our best-of-the-year awards, but to find out more about the origins and influences of Cosmic Scoundrels, I talked to Suirano and Chapman to find out how it all got started, why they printed it as a massive 11 x 17" convention exclusive, and just what Matt Chapman's favorite comics are, as well as getting an exclusive look at art from the development of the series.
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that I was going to love Cosmic Scoundrels. The very idea of it, two bros cruising through space on a starship called the S.S. Fistpuncher, hijacking precious cargo from malevolent aliens and just generally pissing everyone off, is right up my alley from the start. I've been a sucker for outer space buddy comedies for as long as I've been reading, so I'm already on board before I even hit page one.
But then, if you tell me that it's written by Matt Chapman, one of the creators of Homestar Runner and the actual voice of Strong Bad, and drawn by Andy Suriano, an animator who worked on Samurai Jack and the new Mickey Mouse shorts? There's just no getting around it: I was going to love this comic from the moment it was made. And fortunately, it really is that good.
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