In all the years that I've been going to comic book conventions, I'm pretty sure that Ben Marra is the only person I've ever walked up to and said, "I'd like to buy one of everything you have." His comics, and I mean this in the absolute best way possible, have the aesthetic of weird, stapled together drawings done in the back of math class once he'd finally perfected the Van Halen logo, and while that's probably not for everyone, it is exactly the VHS action movie-meets-80s black and white boom aesthetic I am into.

Now, everyone's getting the chance to hand over their hard earned cash for some of Marra's most bizarre comics. Not only is the completely bonkers Terror Assaulter: OMWOT: One Man War On Terror getting a full-length release from Fantagraphics, Marra has launched a Kickstarter for an oversized version of Blades & Lazers, printed with metallic blue and fluorescent pink ink.


Blades & Lazers by Ben Marra


Blades & Lazers tells the story of two brothers, the barbaric, silent, sword-swinging V'Larr and the trenchcoated, shades-rocking, laser-blasting V'Ronn, and... well, that's about it, basically. You can probably fill in the rest of the plot yourself just with the knowledge that this is a comic called Blades & Lazers. It was originally published through Marra's Traditional Comics imprint as two minicomics, but the Kickstarter is funding a collection of those two stories, plus additional material, at 9" x 12" --- twice the size of the original minicomcs.

The campaign has a relatively modest goal of $3,500, and as of this writing, it's over three quarters of the way there already. If you want to read more, you can read a few pages of B&L right here.


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