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.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.