The 22-page limited edition ashcan copies of Raygun Roads, the creation of Owen Michael Johnson, have only gone and knocked this fella’s boots off! Madness.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this indie book yet, or indeed the incredible-looking Raygun Roads multi-media project, which includes a music album – designed by Andy Bloor, with Indio and Mike Stock also part of the team, here’s the essentials, should you be a publisher interested in adding this book to your catalogue…
Raygun Roads is a psychedelic science fiction comic concerning an imaginary pop-culture icon who – along with her cosmic punk band The Kittelbach Pirates – kidnaps Vince Paradise; the teenager that concocted 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 Ullysses Pomp – head of D-Void and mastermind of The Infinity Loop Death-Trap, a mechanism with the power to destroy all teenagers.
A full-colour flip-book, Raygun Roads & The Infinity Loop Death-Trap Of Ullysses Pomp is our Owen’s letter to vinyl records, outsider ‘beat’ culture, and the transformative power of pop music.
“It’s a satire on the state of youth unemployment,” he says, “and the government’s failure to take responsibility. It’s just a piece of candy-floss nonsense.
Do you feel neglected? Then it’s time to get infected!
Here’s some fab images from the project…
Working with UK Comics Owen has published the ashcan with the aim of promoting the book. The final book is a full 49 page flip-album (just like vinyl) due in September.