Official Press Release
ORANGE, CA — 15 September, 2004 — This December, Image Comics will hijack
the minds of bored readers everywhere and send them on an electric thrill
ride with the world’s number one rock and roll band as they battle giant
robots and evil witch doctors, and explore the supernatural with their
mythical Mexican wrestling pal, El Campeon!
In other words, this ain’t your father’s rock and roll band.
THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS is a monthly rock and roll adventure brought to
life by writer Mark Andrew Smith and artist Dan Hipp, exploding onto the
charts just in time for Christmas.
Despite the fragile nature of the world around us, writer and co-creator
Smith thinks the time is right for high adrenaline musical mayhem on the
comic book page, and cites an array of diverse influences.
“The book draws from Scooby Doo for the fun, Speed Racer for the adrenaline
surges, and Herge’s Tintin, because I loved the idea of doing a traveling
book, which a band was perfect for,” notes Smith. “‘A Hard Day’s Night’ was
a huge influence on the book, too. The Buzzards definitely have mobs of
screaming women following them around everywhere they go and they’re larger
“The influences and the tone will change throughout the series and that’s a
great thing,” enthuses the writer. “I think that our overwhelming
and love for this project will shine through.”
The Joy Buzzards consist of three main characters: Biff Ashby, the
narcissistic, trouble-making lead singer, Gabe Carlyle, the level-headed
drummer whose archeologist father has vanished and Stevo Vargas, the
multi-talented bassist/martial arts expert/racecar driver with a penchant
for kicking evil into the corner where it belongs. So who is El Campeon?
“El Campeon is a mystical Mexican Wrestler that comes to people in their tim
e of need,” answers Smith. “He’s a bit clumsy and messes up a lot, and when
he’s not battling the forces of evil he’s been known to sleep for weeks. He
loves cereal. El Campeon can be summoned by Gabe, who wears a magical
talisman and when Gabe says the magic words Go El Campeon Go!, our Mystical
Mexican Wrestling Pal spills forth from the talisman like a genie to lay the
smack down and save the day.”
Image Comics Executive Director Eric Stephenson, a diehard musicologist
himself, knew Image was the perfect place for the Amazing Joy Buzzards to
call home when they weren’t out blowing minds with their music and saving
the world from evil with their hard-hitting ways.
“I think the success of titles like THE WALKING DEAD, ULTRA and INVINCIBLE
shows that readers want their comics to say something new,” says Stephenson.
“Mark and Dan have come up with a concept that’s irresistibly fun, something
that should appeal to music lovers as well as comic book lovers. It’s not a
spin-off, it’s not a relaunch and it’s not a revamp — it’s something
genuinely different from everything else on the rack.”
Reserve your tickets with your local comic shop, and be sure to catch the
gang each month as they make comic book and rock and roll history in the
pages of THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS!
Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a
collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to
become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are
currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc
Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three
major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image
Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre,
sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,
crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and
writers working in the medium today.
Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.
[Editor’s Note: For more on the “Amazing Joy Buzzards,” check out CBR’s July Interview with Mark Smith.]