Strange Kids Club Magazine is back for its fifth issue, and it needs your help! Never heard of Strange Kids Club? Stick around to find out what you’ve been missing.
Strange Kid and his pals, Lando and Orwell, are back for a comically cosmic misadventure that takes them across time, space and reality. This time, they’re blasting off to outer space where they meet their cartoon hero—Bronarr: Space Barbarian—and must team-up to save the universe from the evil Lord Gammax in a homage to Saturday morning shows like Thundarr and Masters of the Universe.
Based on characters created by Rondal Scott, Editor-in-Chief of Austin-based Strange Kids Club, writer Benito Cereno (Tales From the Bully Pulpit, Hector Plasm) and illustrator Jonatan Cantero bring to life a brand new chapter in the saga of Strange Kid—a boy with an unusually big imagination and the ability to turn his wildest dreams into reality. His best buds are Lando, a smart but relatively normal kid, and Orwell, a giant purple chupacabra who only speaks Spanish.
“It’s hard to work with these characters and not project my own quirky sense of humor onto them,” said Rondal Scott. “My hope is that other people will connect with them as well, unleashing their own inner strange kid in the process. Luckily, I have great collaborators in Benito and Jonatan who understand what I’m trying to accomplish and have the amazing talent to translate it onto the page.”
Not convinced? Well, don’t take my word for it. Check out some critical praise from previous issues:
“Vibrantly illustrated by many of today’s top talents… [with] artist interviews and gooey handfuls of dark humor.” – Rue Morgue Magazine
“A morbid romp through the media culture of the 1980’s.” – Comic Booked
This issue introduces a new character, Bronarr: Space Barbarian, who fans of the “sword and planet” sci-fi subgenre will surely recognize as an homage to heroes like Thundarr, Blackstar, Conan and He-man. Some may even recognize references to Zed from the obscure 1974 film, Zardoz, starring Sean Connery. Without a doubt, Bronarr is a crazy mix of pop culture nostalgia, tongue-in-cheek parody and slam-bang action!
Strange Kids Club Magazine #5 also features interviews with up-and-coming comic artists, gag strips, parody articles, a Sectuars toy retrospective, creepy clown “horrorscopes” and more! Want to see more? Check out the official Kickstarter page or StrangeKidsClub.com. Be sure to check out the pledge rewards, too. They have some pretty sweet merch. (You know you want that Stargoolian Pillow Pal. Just admit it.)
Also check out a full review of a couple of back issues of Strange Kids Club.