Seriously, if that one word doesn’t make you smile and lean forward to read more, then your whole life has been a sham or you’ve been living under a rock. But not a good rock, more like a Nickelback version. Some folks look to KISS or Alice Cooper as leaders in the world of on-stage antics. However, GWAR beats them hands down, along with almost everyone else, for pure entertainment and shock effect. I first saw them thanks to an ex-roommate of mine, John Stange, a life-long fan. So there we were, watching The Skatenigs open up for what turned out to be one of the best shows I saw in the nineties: GWAR live in concert. With goo-spewing guns that shot a variety of substances (don’t ask) into the crowd and a particularly graphic scene involving the disemboweling of a variety of public figure effigies, their presence rivaled that of my own favorite band, Skinny Puppy! I left drenched and smiling; what more could I possibly want? Well, how about a five-issue comic book series from the shock rock metal monsters themselves? That’s right, GWAR comics! And they have named it GWAR: Orgasmageddon, which didn’t surprise me at all. Plus, in addition to the comics, a plethora of GWAR collectibles have been made available to fans. That’s right, this is a Kickstarter fundraiser where you pledge your hard-earned money and help make the concept a reality and you get cool stuff for doing it!
For some creators, Kickstarter is about continuing something they’ve long done or branching out from their normal material. In this case, it’s all about breathing new life into the backstory/origin of The Scumbags Of The Universe, GWAR, and by using these comics to reach new victims, er…fans. It’s not like they’re trying to take over the world, you know. Or are they?
In the main story of this amazing new series, they are thrown back in time and have to make their way back, all the while meeting, slaying, and defiling people along the way. And yes, probably in that order. In the most blood-drenched, vulgar, and despicable comic you’ll read this year (or maybe ever), we will bear witness to the actual origin of GWAR. Packed with extra comics actually drawn by the band, this series will be more than just collector’s items. It’ll be a full-on game changer for fans!
And speaking of fans, you folks are going to freaking love how easy it will be to get some spectacular merch, some of which has even been signed and/or covered in blood, urine, or some bodily fluid…don’t ask me, I still have a shirt that’s stained after twenty years. The pledge rewards start off at six bucks for a digital copy of issue one and go up from there. Twenty dollars enables you to choose from one of five exclusive special covers and receive that edition in print! If clothing is more your thing, you can get an official tee and a signed copy of the first issue for a mere forty-five smackers. Original art is even available, starting at a very reasonable seventy-five bucks! Statues, posters, playbills, and more are also up for grabs. Hell, they even have actual stage props available for the really diehard fans. The most unique items are the tattoos, though. Of course, I am a bit partial to those, so maybe it’s just me…
I know this is all about GWAR, but it I would be remiss if I failed to mention the other creative minds behind this project. Writer Matt Miner penned this monstrosity, but then after Toe Tag Riot, he’s probably pretty good at writing about gore and death so he was obviously a great choice! Jonathan Brandon Sawyer is responsible for the artwork, so he must be the most twisted of individuals since there’s some bloody gross pictures in these comics; we can all fully appreciate that, right? Colorist Marissa Louise knows all about dark and dangerous from her work on Escape From New York, so she is a wise pick for this series. Taylor Esposito handled the lettering, by the way, and his experience at DC Comics makes him a surefire hit with this team. So, yeah, it looks like this comic book miniseries is loaded with experience in all things twisted and repulsive!
Whatever your choice might be, there’s only one thing you must do: Support this Kickstarter! I’ve embedded the intro video here below for your convenience and even put up a couple of the covers in the Image Gallery, but make sure you visit the official page to see all the details and get more information than this bohab could easily include into this article. This campaign ends on November 25, 2016, but if you wait too long, the limited edition items might be gone. So watch the aforementioned video and then cruise over to their Kickstarter page and help create one of the goriest, nastiest, most vile comics ever. You know you want to, scumbag!