THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH Takes on Satan… and PBS?
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Jennifer de Guzman
Larry King writes introduction to comic book comedy sensation
Debuting in 2013, TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH introduced the world to a happy-go-lucky kid who remains cheerful in a world designed to crush his spirit. In the first volume of this dark humor hit by Eisner Award-nominated artist MK Perker (Air, The Unwritten) and writer Ken Kristensen (The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist, Indestructible), Todd took on an axe-murderer. In volume two, due out in May, Todd confronts something even darker: the unholy intersection of comic book conventions, public television, and paranormal investigation — a conspiracy that literally goes as deep as the dark abyss of Hell.
"The survival of PBS in American culture has always been difficult to explain," said 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 Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth will unearth the ugly truth."
TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH VOLUME 2 features an introduction by news talk titan Larry King (yes, that Larry King!). It will be in comic book stores on May 7 and bookstores on May 20.
TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH VOLUME 2: CHARLIE ROSE’S TABLE: PUBLIC BROADCASTING SATAN
- ISBN 978-1-60706-983-6
- 104 pages, full color, paperback
- In comic book stores May 7, in bookstores on May 20
- Previous volume TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH VOLUME 1 (ISBN 978-1-60706-777-1) available now.
Praise for TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH
"Todd is a classic dark comedy and is a must read for anyone looking for one of the most off-beat comics ever."
– Jimmie Gillespie, The Outhousers
"A cautionary tale of the human spirit triumphing over a stacked deck of inborn adversity. I laughed and laughed hard at almost every other page. I don’t mean those conciliatory titters we give writers when they try to make a joke, I mean outright belly-aching guffaws."
– Rob Patey, Ain't it Cool News
"M.K. Perker’s art is simply outstanding. He blends caricatures with a highly detailed cartoon sensibility. The mixture of styles makes the absurdity and off-the-wall dark humor jump off the page. Perker can handle anything you throw at him and Kristensen can’t throw enough. The fun these guys are having is palpable and they leave it all on the page. 5/5 stars "
– Russell, Johnson, Unleash the Fanboy
"Perker is one of the most consistently brilliant artists out there. He has a skill for pulling off dark and macabre things with a sense of whimsy. He perfectly balances the story’s gags with the more detailed character work and dramatic moments. 4.5/5 stars"
– Cody Farrell, Comic Book Therapy
More of Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth
Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #8
December 31, 2013
"CHARLIE ROSE'S TABLE: PUBLIC BROADCASTING SATAN," Conclusion
Our first Christmas issue! Holiday Gift Bonus: Todd Fold Out Origami with every issue!
In this thrilling conclusion to the PBS arc, Charlie Rose unleashes the full force of his demonic power, Peggy’s home pregnancy test catches fire, and Gus discovers Todd has the highly marketable power to restore virginity.
Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #7
November 20, 2013
"CHARLIE ROSE'S TABLE: PUBLIC BROADCASTING SATAN," Part Three
Charlie Rose’s insidious brainwashing scheme turns Gus and the town into mindless PBS-starved zombies, with Todd and Marxman-the-demon-hunter helpless to stop him. And when the world’s most dangerous cosmetologist fails to improve Peggy’s looks, there’s nowhere to go but down. Meanwhile, Satan’s son, Craig, has a breakthrough during family counseling.
Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth #6
October 2, 2013
"CHARLIE ROSE'S TABLE: PUBLIC BROADCASTING SATAN," Part Two
Todd gets caught in the crossfire between Charlie Rose and a half-crazed demon hunter. Meanwhile, Chief Hargrave continues searching for his ideal black partner. Peggy sees a back-alley cosmetologist about improving her looks. And Gus finds a way to hide the fact that Sandy has, well, been dragged to hell.
Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth #5
September 25, 2013
"Charlie Rose's Table: Public Broadcasting Satan" Part One
After picking up some cursed swag at Granby Comic-Con, Todd uncovers a satanic cabal headquartered at PBS. His dad, Gus, concocts an elaborate ruse to keep his latest financial windfall alive. Meanwhile, Police Chief Hargrave searches for his “perfect Glover”–a black partner that will boost his political popularity.
Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #4 (of 4)
April 17, 2013
"CANDY WITH STRANGERS," ConclusionWhen his best friend and mentor gets thrown in solitary confinement, Todd becomes an easy target for an Aryan Nation assassin. Meanwhile, his father accepts a marriage proposal that was never given, and his mom comes face-to-face with the Maniac Killer.
Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #3 (of 4)
March 13, 2013
"CANDY WITH STRANGERS," Part TwoTodd's new prison mentor metes out some ugly justice on the convict that stole Todd's stuff. Meanwhile, Chief Hargrave stumbles into the clutches of the Maniac Killer; Todd's mother tries to raise bail money the old-fashioned way; and Todd's dad learns there's a dark side to his celebrity crush.
Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #2 (of 4)
February 13, 2013
"CANDIE WITH STRANGERS," Part TwoTodd, imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, falls into the crosshairs of the Aryan Nation. Meanwhile, his father stalks a celebrity Scientologist, his mom gets laid in a parking lot, and a headless Girl Scout is mauled by junkyard dogs.
Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth #1 (of 4)
January 16, 2013
This series, a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, follows the misadventures of America’s most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang.
First issue: Todd wants desperately to make friends, but every kid he approaches winds up decapitated. Or worse. Meanwhile, Todd’s mother is on a mission to get even with her husband who she believes is having an affair.