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‘Battle Pope’ returns in June, Joe Casey contributes

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‘Battle Pope’ returns in June, Joe Casey contributes

Official Press Release

[Battle: Pope: Wrath of God #1]
Battle Pope: Wrath of God #1
[Battle: Pope: Wrath of God #2]
Battle Pope: Wrath of God #2
[Battle: Pope: Wrath of God #3]
Battle Pope: Wrath of God #3

After a six month hiatus (not counting the Battle Pope Volume 2 TPB
in March) Battle Pope is ready to take the comic shelves by storm. Battle
Pope: Wrath of God is a 3 issue bi-monthly mini-series that will begin
shipping this June from Funk-O-Tron. The story picks up right where the Battle Pope
Christmas Pope-tacular left off. While Mary was visiting her son and Pope’s
sidekick, Jesus on his birthday, she and Pope had a few more-or-less
romantic interludes. Now God has found out, and he is not too happy. Pope
Oswald is about to find out what it’s like to be on the Lord Almighty’s bad
side… it’s not a fun place to be. As Battle Pope creator/writer Robert
Kirkman can certainly testify.

“I’ve had to pick up frogs out of my lawn on more than a few occasions.”
Remarked Kirkman. “I’ll be tossing in some of my personal mishaps with the
“big G” into the story… for realism.”

Filling out the other half of the Battle Pope team is regular artist, Tony
Moore. He’ll be penciling and inking the 24-page main story in each issue.
By main story we mean the Battle Pope story… because each issue of Battle
Pope: Wrath of God is going to be a 40-page hunk of comic book goodness
featuring two complete back up serials.

First up is Chaser’s Moon, arguably the most well received chapter from the
recently completed Inkpunks: Quarterly anthology. Each issue of Wrath of
God will feature a 6-page chapter of Chaser’s Moon by the original creative
team, writer Kimo and artist Pernilla Poblenz. Chaser’s Moon is a world
where the industrial revolution didn’t replace the supernatural and mythic,
merely enhanced them. Genghis Khan has ruled as Emperor over the Pacific
Rim Territories that compromise much of Asia Minor and Japan south of the
Tokyo Wall, for nearly nine centuries. When his only daughter disappears
without a trace, Khan assembles a team of legends, myths, and forgotten gods
to find her. They are the Chasers. His daughter’s name is Moon.

“To be able to tell a story this grand in scale in 8 and 6 page chapters is
a feat in and of itself” Says Kirkman “Kimo is a writer to keep an eye on.
The tales he weaves are a wonder to behold… almost as dazzling as
Pernilla’s art.”

[Chaser's Moon]

Now to get to the OTHER J.C., none other than teen heartthrob Joe Casey, I’d
have to draft another press release to list this guys accomplishments in the
comic industry. For info on his contribution to Wrath of God we conducted a
mini interview:

Funk-O-Tron: You’ve written the flagship characters for the top two
company’s in the industry… why on earth would you want to do a back up in
a small press book that gets a fraction of the circulation?

Joe Casey: First of all, I’ve got two words for you: Creator-owned. Writing
the franchise characters is fun and always good for a subversive laugh. But
true, satisfying subversion lies in being in complete and utter control of
both the concept and the work. Secondly, I was a big fan of the short
serials that appeared in British anthologies like 2000 AD and CRISIS (circa
late 80’s/early 90’s). Some great alternative work appeared in those
magazines, and there’s never been an American equivalent. So, this kind of
format… eight page segments that make up a longer, continuing narrative…
allows me to scratch that creative itch.

FoT: Why Battle Pope?

JC: The real question should be, “Why NOT Battle Pope?”

[Immigrant Song]

FoT: What can fans of your other works find in Immigrant Song that they
can’t get anywhere else from you? I.E. what’s this thing about?

JC: I guess we’ll all find out when the thing hits the stands. The real
excitement for me is that IMMIGRANT SONG is designed to be a sprawling epic
served out (for now) in eight-page chunks. The subject matter is
appropriately twisted and iconic at the same time. My message to readers:
whether or not the town of Bucksnort, Kentucky has any sort of resonance for
you, I hope you check out the series and see what all the fuss is about. You
won’t see inbreeding like this in other comic books…

FoT: You’re obviously not putting this thing together on your own, not that
you couldn’t, but who rounds out the Immigrant Song team?

JC: The secret ingredient of doing quality work is picking the right
collaborators. Jason Latour is drawing the hell out of this strip. He’s got
a unique style that really gives the material the right flavor (considering
its demented nature). My good friend (and HIP FLASK creator) Richard
Starkings — along with his fine COMICRAFT cohorts — provides the usual
lettering finesse that graces most of my work.

All this talent rolled into one 40 page package has got to be pretty pricey
when you get to the check out in this June, right? Not so, says publisher
Robert Kirkman:

“In a world where larger publishers are releasing black and white 24 page
books at $3.50 is was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain Battle
Pope’s standard of quality at the current price of $2.95. While talking to
Olga, my printing rep at Quebecor, I found out that a page increase would
not cut in to profit margins a great deal, and it would allow me to feature
cool back-ups in the books that would counteract the slight price increase.”

As a result of his findings you’ll be getting 24 pages of Battle Pope, 6
pages of Chaser’s Moon and 8 pages of Immigrant Song, for a measly $3.50!!!
A steal at twice the price!!

Battle Pope: Wrath of God arrives in stores this June with a cover price of

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