Starburns Industries Press kicks off its summer season on Wednesday, with three new digital-first series debuting on ComiXology before being collected in trade paperbacks upon series completion. The publisher will also produce Starburns Presents, its 2019 Free Comic Book Day offering. The three series are Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted, Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia, and Long Ago and Far Away.
“These series are the epitome of the SBI brand, created by very funny writers and artists but revealing surprising depth and poignancy,” said SBI’s VP and Executive Editor Brendan Wright in a statement. “Each one made us laugh like idiots, and we didn’t want to wait to release them, so going digital-first lets us bring them out quickly and charge a lot less while still being able to release more at once, thanks to the lack of print costs on each series.”
Gryffen is being serialized in half-length issues for 99¢ each, while Wrestletopia and Long Ago and Far Away are serialized in full-length—and some extra-length—issues for $1.99 each. Schedules range for each, but debut issues will all be available May 1.
Check out series descriptions and preview pages below, then be sure to grab copies of these comics from SBI Press via ComiXology on Wednesday.
Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted
Writer: Ben Kahn (Heavenly Blues)
Artist: Bruno Hidalgo (Once Upon a Time Machine)
Letterer: Sal Cipriano (The Batman Who Laughs)
Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo follow up their acclaimed Heavenly Blues with Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted, a genderqueer space opera following Captain Lyla Gryffen’s campaign against the fascist Sovereign Reach. Once pride of the Reach, Gryffen disappeared six months ago at the edge of the galaxy, only to return one week ago—deeply pissed off. Building a crew from a hostage Reach soldier and the imprisoned smartest man in the universe, Gryffen is out to put a stop to the Reach’s exploitation of worlds, the stagnation of science, and the tyranny of green Jell-O!
Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted will run twelve 12-page issues for 99¢ each. Issue #2 will release on May 15, with subsequent issues released every three weeks.
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia
Writers: Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin (Lumberjack Man)
Artists: Dan Schkade (The Spirit) & Kendall Goode (WWE)
Colorist: Marissa Louise (Hex Wives)
Letterer: A Larger World (Ninja•K)
Creators Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin bring their cult classic to SBI Press, where the story will be completed for the first time! “Boy Scout” Bob Schultz! Cousin Orville! Mini Macho! Kodiak Jack! Spanish Rose! Don Fong Wong! These are the megastars of 1984’s AWF. “Rock ’n’ Roll” Rory Landell isn’t getting the respect he thinks he deserves, so one crazy night he ups the game, declaring himself the Galactic Champion of the Universe. But it turns out AWF fans aren’t the only ones listening, and the denizens of planet Wrestletopia aren’t going to take a challenge like that sitting down! Soon the Earth is enclosed in a metal cage, and true Galactic Champion Manifest Destiny is on the hunt for Rory, who may or may not be passed out drunk somewhere.
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia will run six extra-sized issues for $1.99 each. Issue #2 will release on May 15, with subsequent issues released monthly.
Long Ago and Far Away
Writer: Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds)
Artist: Fernando Pinto (Monarchs)
Letterer: Troy Peteri (KISS)
Comedian and Comedy Film Nerds cohost Chris Mancini breathes new life into fantasy realms with adept humor artist Fernando Pinto! Decades ago, Jason saved the world of Elvenwood from the witch queen Nexis as the Child Knight. Today, he’s an unhappy manager of a comics store, where his disbelieving coworkers have to hear his ridiculous tale over and over. When the denizens of Elvenwood return to seek Jason’s help again, it turns out it’s all true, but will Jason be the hero he once was? Or will he just make things worse because he grew up to be a complete jackass?
Long Ago and Far Away will run eight standard-length issues for $1.99 each. The series will be released weekly.
According to a press release from SBI Press, their FCBD offering will also feature an excerpt from Wrestletopia #1, the complete first chapter of Gryffen, the prologue for C.W. Cooke and Kelly Williams’s upcoming digital-first Nasquatch, an excerpt from the next chapter of A.C. Medina, Mina Elwell, and Kit Wallis’s Hellicious, an original story from the world of Eben Burgoon’s B-Squad, and a preview of Josh Fadem’s A Whole New Set of Problems. Kelly Williams’ cover art combines characters from each of these stories.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.