UGLIEST KID EVER COMES TO COMIC BOOK STORES
December 31, 1969
Eisner-nominated artist M.K. Perker and award-winning writer Ken Kristensen announced today that their comic book TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH launches January 16, 2013 via Image Comics. TODD, 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. The full-color four-issue mini series will hit comic stores January 16th in both digital and print formats.
An ensemble comedy, TODD follows the misadventures of a dysfunctional small-town family caught in extraordinary circumstances.
The heart of the story is son Todd â€“ a good-hearted kid who wears a paper bag on his head because he’s so ugly. Or is he? He’s never actually seen without the bag. Relentlessly bullied, Todd’s efforts to make friends get him imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit. As prison gangs close in on Todd, his fate hinges on inept cops, a tough jailhouse ally, his mother’s promiscuity, and a celebrity Scientologist who makes Todd’s father a very creepy offer he may not be able to refuse.
“In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of creating crazy characters, but with Todd we’ve tapped into the most insane parts of our imaginations,â€ says Perker. “Political correctness has no place in this book. Our goal is to create a wholly original world that will make you laugh and break your heart, by any means necessary. We make a solemn promise to our reader: no good deed will go unpunished.â€
“Though the world and characters in Todd are a hyper-real version of small town America, like all satire it deals with important real-world themes,â€ says Kristensen. “Todd explores the idea that we all live in a prison of some kind â€“ whether it’s schoolyard bullying, a bad marriage, shitty job, oppressive religious doctrines, gang membership, or actual prison walls.â€
This creative team previously collaborated on Dark Horse’s Escapist anthology and have several project in the works including a feature film Playground, with writer-producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, Freaks and Geeks TV series).