Whether or not you know Smosh likely depends on your age. The comedy duo of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla are major YouTube stars, with an audience of more than 36 million combined subscribers — mainly teenagers and tweens — but remain little-known to older folks still consuming the bulk of their entertainment the old-fashioned way.
The new media stars take on a classic American art form this spring, with a “Smosh” comic scheduled for release in May from Dynamite Entertainment. CBR has the exclusive first details of the comic, planned as a six-issue miniseries depicting the story of the “Super Virgin Squad,” a group of superhuman (but evidently unlucky in love) defenders of the socially awkward. The series will include a “That Damn Neighbor” backup story, appropriately enough about a bothersome neighbor.
“We couldn’t be more excited to share Smosh Comics with our fans and especially the ‘Smoshers’ who’ve stuck with us over the past 10 years,” Hecox and Padilla said in a joint statement. “The opportunity to explore creating content in new ways with our characters has been the driving factor behind many of our recent projects, and we’re thrilled to provide another way for our audience to get the Smosh content they crave.”
“Smosh” the comic will be written by Michael McDermott, who has written for the zombie anthology “FUBAR,” and co-written and drawn by Yale Stewart, best known for the unlicensed Justice League-as-kids webcomic “JL8,” along with art by fellow series artist Franco Viglino. Hecox and Padilla are credited in Dynamite’s press release as having developed the story with Dynamite editor Rich Young. This is Stewart’s first work at a major publisher since a 2014 controversy where he was criticized for his charity efforts and accused of personal misconduct, which he subsequently acknowledged and apologized for.
Smosh have been active on YouTube since the platform’s early days, posting their first videos in 2005 and steadily building a large fanbase. In three different instances between 2006 and 2013, Smosh was the most-subscribed YouTube channel, a distinction now held by PewDiePie. In 2015, the duo starred in “Smosh: The Movie,” and both are slated to provide character voices in “The Angry Birds Movie.”
“Dynamite’s continuing mission as a publisher is to find properties that will grow our comic audience,” Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci said in a statement. “Smosh shares a passion for the comic genre and has built an incredibly massive and loyal audience. That combination made it clear to us this would be an ideal partnership, both strategically and creatively.”
“Smosh” #1 is scheduled to debut on May 4.