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Raygun Roads project gets set for full launch at Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Regular readers will recall we plugged the upcoming launch of indie project Raygun Roads back in July – an incredible-looking multi-media project that includes a music album, written by Owen Michael Johnson, designed by Andy Bloor, drawn by Indio and lettered by Mike Stock.

Owen has dropped us a line to tell us the full album will be complete at the end of this month – and that the first Raygun Roads show it will debut at is Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

“I’m really proud of how it’s shaping up,” says Owen, who recently launched an art competition that’s open to any medium – be it writing/art/music – to dream up a Raygun universe-inspired item that could win you a page of original art from the comic.

Dang! This Raygun Roads comic must be pretty hard hitting!

Dang! This Raygun Roads comic must be pretty hard hitting!

The 56 page Raygun Roads & The Infinity Loop Death-Trap of Ulysses Pomp is a post-modern psychedelic  science fiction comic concerning a fictional pop culture messiah, Raygun Roads who – along with her cosmic punk band The Kittelbach Pirates – kidnaps the teenager that invented her.

Exploding through the wall of the job-centre in their Suicide Machine, The Kittelbach Pirates rescue Vince from murder at the hands of his personal spiritual virus, D-Void. Raygun and Vince take a road trip through his psyche with the intention of assassinating Ulysses Pomp – head of D-Void and mastermind of the Infinity Loop Death-Trap; a mechanism with the power to destroy all teenagers.

Raygun Roads ashcan cover

Raygun Roads interior art

Influenced by counter-culture, the work of Jack Kirby and Moebius, and 1960’s pop-music (the flip-book is split into SIDE A and SIDE B – the story dictates flipping like a vinyl record), Raygun Roads is a punk-rock sugar-bomb in the vein of The Invisibles and Bulletproof Coffin. It’s an allegorical piece of trash about recession politics, our unemployed young and the raw cosmic power self-expression.

“A smart and witty comic book that ticks off all my pop culture boxes…” enthuses Storm Dogs and Bulletproof Coffin writer David Hine, while Brendan McCarthy (Shade The Changing Man, Zaucer of Zilk, Zenith) calls it “Good work! Paul Pope meets Shaky Kane…”

• Check out the web site designed by Inigo Saen, which includes the comic, music created by Steve Harrison, details of the Raygun Roads tour and more (mature content warning!):  www.raygunroads.com

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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