Los Angeles-Silent Devil Productions announced today the addition of Division 18: The Union of Costumed Novelty Performers to its release schedule. The black-and-white comedy by newcomers Matt Bergin and Jeremy Donelson is set to run 3 issues starting in October 2007.
Division 18: The Union of Novelty Costumed Performers is the story of a bunch of thugs fronting as costumed entertainers... or maybe they're just costumed entertainers fronting as thugs. With an unlikely blend of elements from Sesame Street and the Sopranos, the comic follows Jimmy the Snake, his loyal sidekick Louie, and the cast of miscreants and mendicants who make up the rest of the union crew, as they try to make a buck without crossing the boss. If Jimmy, the sardonic, chain-smoking tough guy in an 8-foot-tall snake costume, or his dim-witted pig mask-wearing buddy aren't your cup of tea, there's also a raging Scottish street vendor, a smoking-hot French Maid/Assassin, and the chimp who drives the getaway car.
"Our goals with Division 18 have always been simply to have fun and crack each other up," says Matt Bergin, series writer and co-creator."Thanks to the folks at Silent Devil, who took an interest in the book at last year's New York Comic Con, we're getting the opportunity to expand that audience. The goals, however, remain the same... so be sure to laugh it up!"
A Brief History of da' Union
Division 18: The Union of Novelty Costumed Performers is the creation of three long-time friends and life-long comic geeks who had far too much free time at work. The cast and characters of the book grew out of a stream-of-consciousness jam comic passed around the office over a 2-year period in the early aughts until the co-creators decided to turn it into more than a 9-to-5 inside joke.
Matt Bergin, the writer and co-creator of Division 18: The Union of Novelty Costumed Performers, hasbeen making comics all his life... but mostly in crayon on construction paper, in the margins of notebooks when he should've been studying, or on notepads during important business meetings. It was during the downtime of his daily grind that Matt contributed to the comics website PopCultureShock.com, and through that site that he first hooked up with the Silent Devil crew. Thus, through blatant professional misconduct, Division 18 and a genuine comics career were born.
Jeremy Donelson, the artist and co-creator of Division 18: The Union of Novelty Costumed Performers, studied illustration at Washington University in St. Louis and has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. He was one of the contributors to the criminally under appreciated comic anthology Comedy Round-Up, and his time as the internet comic critic "The Pickytarian" was legendary among his dozens of fans.