Official Press Release
Nearly three years have passed since the Hopeless-Savage family had their
debut in the original ONI PRESS COLOR SPECIAL, so it’s only fitting that Oni
Press celebrate this anniversary with the first issue of the third series in
the popular franchise. Debuting in June, TOO MUCH HOPELESS SAVAGES! reunites
the Eisner-nominated creative team of Jen Van Meter and Christine Norrie.
And to make things extra special, we’re moving the action off the North
American continent-the entire family is taking a trip to Hong Kong!
“GROUND ZERO was very much based around the family home,” Van Meter
explained. “Though the comics have been about showing the Hopeless-Savages
as a normal, loving family, we shouldn’t forget that the initial concept was
they are a very special family that just happens to form a cohesive unit. As
we saw in the first series, all of the children are involved in various
exceptional endeavors. That includes Arsenal.”
The initial impetus for Arsenal’s trip is a karate match in Hong Kong,
rematching her against a brutal rival from her days of early competition.
She is accompanied by her boyfriend Claude and his brother Henry, who
happens to be the boyfriend of Arsenal’s brother Twitch (how is that for
complicated romance?). Claude and Henry are going to be introducing their
significant others to their grandmother for the very first time-and that
includes the question of how she’ll react to Henry bringing a boy home.
“I am looking at balancing a lot in this story line,” Van Meter continued.
“The title is both a play on how much is going on and a riff on the
Hitchcock film THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. As if the fight and the themes of
love and acceptance weren’t enough, I am throwing in a bit of international
intrigue with Arsenal unwittingly coming into possession of something that
both the British Secret Service and the bad guys want back. And on top of
that, the rest of the family come along after them to escape pressures that
are making their homelife a bit rough. It all comes together in one
explosive traffic jam of action. Trust me.”
“I’ve missed drawing this book,” Norrie said. “Originally, after CHEAT, I
was going to do a longer romance project, but I wanted to tackle something
more familiar and a lot less serious. Jen told me what she was thinking for
this arc, and I knew I had to draw it. I love China, I love Hong Kong. I
want to depict scenes as beautiful as in SHANGHAI TRIAD, and I want to draw
action that would make the Hong Kong masters proud.”
Joining Van Meter and Norrie this time around is newcomer Ross Campbell. “We’re continuing our tradition of giving new artists a shot on HOPELESS
SAVAGES,” Rich said. “I think our track record with Christine and Bryan O’
Malley is pretty impressive, and Ross is the perfect guy to pick up the
baton. In fact, we had originally considered not doing flashbacks this time
around, but his art seemed so well-suited for a young Arsenal, we decided we
had to give him a place to lay down some ink.”
A student of SKINWALKER cover artist Durwin Talon’s from the Savannah
College of Art, Ross has an extensive digital portfolio available online at
“For me, every HOPELESS SAVAGES series is a wonderful reunion,” Rich
concluded. “It’s like our own holiday, where we get back together with our
loved ones and have a massive story banquet. It’s yummy for my tummy!”
TOO MUCH HOPELESS SAVAGES! is a four-issue miniseries. #1 ships to comic
book stores on June 4, 2003. It contains 32 pages of black-and-white story
and art. It will retail for $2.99. Color covers will be by series artist
Christine Norrie, who will also contribute a short Kung-Fu Space Girls
back-up story to the debut issue.
Readers looking to sample HOPELESS SAVAGES, and who missed out on it as a
selection for the inaugural Free Comic Book Day, should stay tuned to
http://www.onipress.com, as a downloadable pdf of the very first issue will
be the main selection in the Free Comic section for the month of March.
Both of the HOPELESS SAVAGES collections are still available. The first
volume can be ordered using the Diamond Star code STAR15891 or the ISBN
1929998244. HOPELESS SAVAGES: GROUND ZERO, the second volume, is being
released on March 19, 2003. Retailing for $11.95, its Diamond order code is
JAN03 2350, its ISBN 192999852X.