When GWAR Trolled Donald Trump And Kickstarted A Comic Book

RHOODO_28_01GWAR: Orgasmageddon, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rockers GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).

Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books….

Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.

In addition to the main story, every issue contains extras – shorts featuring X-Cops (GWAR's cult-favorite 1990s side project, lampooning corrupt police) and the follies of Sawborg Destructo, GWAR's fearsome but mostly incompetent nemesis from Planet Scumdogia. Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by Bob Gorman (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and Matt Maguire (Sawborg Destructo).

To entice pledges on the Kickstarter, the team has come up with a treasure trove of goodies to reward loyal backers. Items range from comics and exclusive Kickstarter covers to limited edition T-shirts, original painted art on drum heads from GWAR themselves, painted baby GOR-GOR character dinosaurs, stage-used GWAR props, andautographed merchandise, such as posters signed by the entire band, including the late Dave Brockie/

The Kickstarter can be found here and ends on November 25, 2016! Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding so it must hit goal by November 25th to be able to make the project.

We had a chat,

BC: Why comics?

Matt Miner: Why comics? Comics are rad, Rich. Man, I… I thought you knew that.

BC: Why this comic?

Matt Miner: Someone needs to tell this crazy story and I was the guy who volunteered and then coerced friends Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (art), Marissa Louise (colors), and Taylor Esposito (letters) to join me. GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a massively fun story about alien rock stars stomping through human history, killing mostly everything in their path. It explains a lot about the crappy situation we find ourselves in right now with the state of this garbage world. Some would say it's satirical and has an element of social commentary, but if you ask the guys they'll probaly say it's mostly gore, fart jokes, excessive drug use, and blood spray. Sawborg Destructo, that ultimate douchebag, has me and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer tied up in a basement right now and he'll kill us if we can't raise the money to make the book and escape from him.

BC: What would you really do to Trump if elected?

Matt Miner: I'll keep my head down and make comics. I'm not super thrilled with any of the candidates, but to me, Trump is a literal monster. Mockery and disembowelment on the Kickstarter page is good enough for me. The one thing I'm certain of is that no matter who wins the election, we're gonna get some damn fine political protest punk rock music out of it.

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I'd probably steal GWAR's dick-shaped time machine and stop this madness from happening at all.

Matt Miner: Oh yeah, that's a better answer. I wanna go with what Jonathan said.


BC: If the Kickstarter generates excess moolah, what will you spend your hard gotten gains on?

Matt Miner: Knock on wood, but if that happens I'd like to put it toward a fifth issue of GWAR: Orgasmageddon and, if we're super super fortunate and this thing catches fire then let's do another GWAR series!

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: Yeah, more GWAR! Extra issues, more content, that kinda thing. I'd personally like to see a GWAR Annual-style issue with stories by some of the other creators out there who are fans.

BC: What one thing (apart from backing this comic, or listening to your music) could each and every person do to make America GWAR again?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: Well, we've got a plan to Make America GWAR Again, and let me tell you, it's the best plan. The best. It's tremendous. Ask Sean Hannity. Nobody knows how to Make America GWAR Again better than us, nobody. And we're gonna do it, bigly. And big league. Both.

writer: Matt Miner, and GWAR

art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

colors: Marissa Louisse

letters: Taylor Esposito

editor: Brendan Wright

Main cover art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Josh Jensen colors

Make America GWAR Again KS variant: Christian DiBari art, Mike Spicer colors, Taylor Esposito design

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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