Eric Powell‘s Goon hits the twentieth anniversary milestone next year, and the writer and artist turned publisher is planning to bring his most famous creation (previously published by Dark Horse) to his own Indy press Albatross Funnybooks, and undertake a signing tour in the US with limited editions and merchandise to celebrate the anniversary.
“In 2019, award-winning cartoonist Eric Powell and his publishing company Albatross Funnybooks will debut an all new Goon comic book series,” says Eric in a press announcement, “featuring never-before-published stories.
“For almost two decades, the Goon’s whiskey fuelled adventures have thrilled fans, critics, and creators with their bold creativity, classic style, and irreverent humuor. When Albatross Funnybooks debuts The Goon #1 next spring, it will mark the first new Goon stories to be published since Dark Horse published The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time comics in 2015, and it will kick off a year-long, 20th anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic Goon graphic novels, limited edition Goon tiki mugs and more.
“The fact that we feel confident bringing the full library of my flagship title over to Albatross going into our third year of expansion fills me with excitement and a new enthusiastic energy for what’s to come,” said Powell. “With Albatross, we focus on making fun, eclectic comics that stand out for their individuality and creative quality, as seen in our lineup of titles like Hillbilly, Spook House, ‘Namwolf, Galaktron and Megaghost. It’s with this idea of keeping the fun in our Funny Books that we are steering this new Goon series.
“I’m returning to the roots of the series with a heavy emphasis on the weird, twisted humour the book has been known for. The world around us is dark enough right now. I want to make readers laugh – and forget their troubles for a little bit.
“It definitely feels like it’s time for The Goon.”