Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Ugliest Kid on Earth Gets Collected

Sometimes, the Ugly Duckling does get everything in the end. That's not to say that beauty is king, but it is rather difficult to make a name for yourself if you don't have the "Hollywood" beauty. Image Comics has a character who thrives on ugliness though and that character will see the first four issues of his now ongoing series get collected in TPB form. That's right ugly fans: Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth will see the four-issue miniseries in one volume, showcasing the talents of MK Perker and Ken Kristensen.

"It was always our hope that we'd be able to make TODD an ongoing series, but it wasn't just the critical and commercial success of TODD that compelled us," said artist Perker. "It was public service! I don't think it's hyperbole to say that armageddon is upon us. And with the next story arc, 'Charlie Rose's Table: Public Broadcasting Satan,' Todd is the only thing that stands between Charlie Rose and global catastrophe."

The new arc takes a look at the unholy intersection of comic book conventions, public television, and paranormal investigation, as Todd unwittingly uncovers a conspiracy that literally goes as deep as the depths of Hell. It starts in September, fresh off the TPB's release August 7.

"The survival of PBS in American culture has always been difficult to explain," added writer Kristensen. "A television network with high artistic standards, educational programming, and a ratings juggernaut in Downton Abbey? Clearly they've made a deal with the devil — and starting with issue #5 TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH will unearth the ugly truth."

Full press release below.

THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH GETS COLLECTED

TODD also to become ongoing Image Comics series

Image Comics and the creators of TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH have discovered that the endless hopefulness of a cheerful kid unaware of the rampant dysfunction in the world around him cannot be contained in a four-issue miniseries. Starting in September, TODD will become an ongoing series, following the publication of the trade paperback collection of the first, critically lauded story arc in August.

The new TODD arc by MK Perker and Ken Kristensen takes a look at the unholy intersection of comic book conventions, public television, and paranormal investigation, as Todd unwittingly uncovers a conspiracy that literally goes as deep as the depths of Hell.

"It was always our hope that we'd be able to make TODD an ongoing series, but it wasn't just the critical and commercial success of TODD that compelled us," said artist Perker. "It was public service! I don't think it's hyperbole to say that armageddon is upon us. And with the next story arc, 'Charlie Rose's Table: Public Broadcasting Satan,' Todd is the only thing that stands between Charlie Rose and global catastrophe."

"The survival of PBS in American culture has always been difficult to explain," added writer Kristensen. "A television network with high artistic standards, educational programming, and a ratings juggernaut in Downton Abbey? Clearly they've made a deal with the devil — and starting with issue #5 TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH will unearth the ugly truth."

TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH Volume One (ISBN 978-1-60706-777-1) will be in stores on August 7. The new arc of TODD, UGLIEST KID ON EARTH will start in September.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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