GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS Touches Down in October
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Jamie Parreno
Celebrated webcomic blends edgy humor and life-changing absurdity that will blow your mind and subsequently get arrested for the crime
Ryan Browne's GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS, coming this October from Image Comics, is outrageous, raunchy, absurd, violent, extremely popular, and everything you could want in a comic. NASA hires the Power Persons 5 to keep the nation's farmers from launching themselves into space in homemade rocket ships. The bad news is that NASA is wasting their money, because this gang of hooligans is going to hang out, get drunk, have extra-marital affairs, and occasionally save the day in spite of themselves.
Browne's sense of humor and relentless pop cultural onslaught caught the eye of Felicia Day, host of The Flog and creator of The Guild, who declared the comic "awesome," in addition to comics professionals like Chris Burnham (OFFICER DOWNE, Batman Incorporated), Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, Avengers), and John Layman (CHEW). They've all praised the quality of Browne's work in GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS, and his fans have been equally responsive to what's essentially a personal work. "The book comes from drawing exactly what I want to draw and then finding a logic to the story that will connect all my gags and references to superheroes and Robocop," says Browne.
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS began life six years ago as a comic written and drawn over the course of 24 hours, resulting in a madcap and free-wheeling pace and approach to storytelling. After that, Browne published GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS as a webcomic. Now, the softcover collection of GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS includes not just a fully remastered edition of the original webcomic, but one hundred pages of rare and all-new material not available on the web.
There are 21 pin-ups from artists like Chris Burnham, Rebekah Isaacs, Tom Fowler, Mike Norton, and more. The two original 24-hour comics are included, along with a reference guide that explains the parodies and inside jokes, and 18 all-new two-page origin stories written by Browne and drawn by some of the best talent in comics, including Tradd Moore, Tim Seeley, Riley Rossmo, Tom Scioli, Nick Pitarra, C.P. Wilson III, Zander Cannon, Jenny Frison, Chris Mitten, and Hilary Barta.
"The origin stories were a fun way for me to flesh out the backgrounds that were only hinted at within the first story arc," says Browne. "On top of that, I love my friends and I love forcing them to draw what I write so it was a win-win situation for me."
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS will be in stores on October 9 and is currently available to pre-order from the August issue of Previews (Diamond Code AUG130620).
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Part one of a brand new story arc! King Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger's invasion of Earth is in full swing and all hope seems lost! Good thing some new cosmic strangers just showed up with space maces!
God Hates Astronauts #5
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God Hates Astronauts #4
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The invasion of King Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger's space crab army is about to begin! I sure hope all those crappy NASA "superheroes" are ready to save the Earth. Oh, spoiler alert—THEY AREN'T!
God Hates Astronauts #3
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The awkward name-calling and gentle smooching of anthropomorphic superheroes just got awkwardly smoochier! Muggings continue to transpire at an alarming rate! Someone better call the Anti-Mugger!
God Hates Astronauts #1
September 3, 2014
RYAN BROWNE'S (MANHATTAN PROJECTS, BEDLAM) farcical cult-sensation returns with a new story: perfect for new readers! A NASA funded group of arrogant "super people" must stop a rash of farmers that have been using rocket-powered silos to launch themselves into outer space! As these Astro-Farmers fire themselves all over the galaxy, NASA must utilize their every resource (A guy with a ghost-cow head, a bunch of magic bears, and a Chicago cop with robot arms) to avoid an intergalactic incident!