GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON Kickstarter Campaign
Writer: Matt Miner
Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colors: Marissa Louise
Letters: Taylor Esposito
JUST LAUNCHED on Kickstarter – GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books! Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series? Hell no! There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!
-Courtesy of GWARKickstarter.com
When Bag & Bored got the news that a GWAR Kickstarter Campaign was being launched we knew we had to seek out this depravity, and see exactly what was going on. It turns out that, once again, the Grammy nominated Scumdogs of the Universe, GWAR, would be entering the comic book realm! We had to know more.
Lucky for us, writer and all around cool dude, Matt Miner was able to squirm his way free from the basement he has been held captive in, and give us a little insight on this GWAR Kickstarter project.
How did you become involved with this GWAR: Orgasmageddon Kickstarter project? Were you a fan?
Hey man! Thanks for asking, this is super exciting for me all around. Let’s put it this way… when a lot of comic writers get into comics they have dreams and aspirations of writing established characters, right? Lots of folks want to write Spider-Man, or Batman, they want to write Frank Castle blowing away a bunch of child traffickers or Green Lantern saving the world with his power ring – or whatever! But I had different ideas. I wanted to write GWAR. Really, really bad, I really, really wanted to write GWAR. I’ve had my eye on this prize for years, and finally felt I was at the point to approach them late last year – I went to Richmond, was introduced through a mutual friend, and we started the ball rolling.
So, am I a fan? Yep. I have multiple GWAR tattoos including a huge Oderus Urungus memorial piece that takes up half a forearm. I’ve been into GWAR for more than half my life, hahah. I went through a house fire about 10 or 12 years ago but one of the things that miraculously survived was a photo of me and a friend from ’95, we’re covered in blood after an X-Cops show (X-Cops was a 90s GWAR side project, lampooning corrupt cops), and we’re beaming smiles from ear to ear because we’d just got to hang out with the band afterwards. I brought that photo with me to the comic pitch meeting, like a big dork, to prove that I was in it deep and truly loved the band.
GWAR seems to be made for the comic book medium. With their over-the-top personas and the in-depth mythos they have created, was it difficult writing for an already established world?
You know, I thought I had a pretty good idea of the GWAR mythos, but once I started coming up with storyline ideas I found out real quick that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. There’s a lot of stuff, back story and personalities, and how the characters are interconnected that I wasn’t fully aware of. Some of those stories and character points exist only in the minds of the GWAR guys themselves, so I had to be let in on a lot of nuance and character stuff. It’s been pretty rad, to be honest.
I feel like GWAR’s use of satire is lost on the majority of people not “in the know”. Was that something you feel you had to address writing the story?
All my work has a political or ideological point of view, so it’s kind of a natural fit for me to write GWAR. Instead of handling subjects with nuance or subtlety, I get to hit it with a gigantic hammer, gut it open, and dump its guts on the ground. GWAR is poltical and way smarter than people give them credit for – they just don’t take life that seriously and prefer to make fun of the awful things around us instead of letting it get to them. The story we’re telling is a “GWAR through time” adventure, so our lovable alien rock god monsters will be destroying human history in an attempt to get back to the present and take down Mr. Perfect, who’s trying to assimilate Sawborg Destructo like he did to Oderus.
Will Oderus Urungus make an appearance?
Well, it’s a time travel book, so anything’s possible!
Off the subject a bit, as a vegan, have you run into any challenges, on the production end, while putting together your creator owned projects like Liberator?
Well, no, because Liberator wasn’t about turning people vegan, it was a vigilante story about young heroes who take illegal and clandestine action for severely abused animals. It was all about saving fighting dogs and lab animals and taking down abusers, not about dietary choices. I was really proud of how well received the Liberator and Critical Hit (Liberator’s sequel) books were in the mainstream comic market – I think we did a great job of telling a highly political story in a fun and high energy way, exploring multi dimensional characters and discovering why they do the things they do like putting on masks and torching a fur farm.
You’ve worked with Jonathan Brandon Sawyer on Critical Hit. Was he a deliberate choice for this book?
Oh definitely – Jonathan’s one of my comics pals and he’s a metalhead and a punk, like me, so he was the obvious choice when I was thinking of who to approach for the book. His work is eye-popping and highly detailed, it’s just SO DAMN GOOD. Also super stoked that Marissa Louise is on colors – her work on Jonathan’s lines really brings the book to life… she makes really smart color choices. And Taylor Esposito’s absolutely killing it lettering – another one of my comics pals and his stuff is just magic. In addition to the 4-issue main story, we’re featuring short backups by GWAR and Slave Pit folks, plus pieces by other folks in the comics world.
Trying really hard to keep the creators to existing GWAR fans – but we’re crafting stories that literally anyone can pick up and enjoy. It’s blood soaked mayhem and fun for all – it’s satire mixed with carnage and cursing and monsters and robots and aliens and dinosaurs. It’s going to be a lot of fun. A LOT of fun.
Do you now consider yourself part of Slave Pit Inc?
I’m sure that’s not something I get to decide for myself. What I’ll say is that I’m a friend to the band and I’ll do anything to make this comic work out for them. They’re great guys and I’ll make GWAR comics for as long as they let me.
Before I let you go, is there anything people need to know about the Kickstarter?
The Kickstarter can be found at www.GWARkickstarter.com and it runs until November 25th – the goal amount is high, because I want to be sure the creators can all afford to eat while they’re making comics. The book’s been green lit by a publisher, but that’s on the understanding that page rates will be paid by the Kickstarter – right now Sawborg Destructo has us tied up and bleeding in a basement, he’s holding us captive (see the video) and the only way we can get free and make this comic is to fund the dang Kickstarter, so get on it, folks! Great rewards available for every level of comic fan, GWAR fan, and just fan of fun.
Rewards range from single issues and Kickstarter exclusive covers by some of comics’ top talent to Kickstarter exclusive T-shirts, to original art and all the way up to merch signed by GWAR and even original stage used props from the band! Want Mitt Romney’s decapitated head? You can have it! Osama Bin Laden’s still-bloody skull? You got it!
Jonathan Winchester is a writer from Dallas, TX where he lives with his wife Maddie and their annoying cat. He believes Han was the lone shooter, that nothing looks better than a silver age comic in Mylar, and that there is no better feeling than walking into a dimly lit movie theater.