When we heard that Larry King, the legendary journalist and host of CNN's Larry King Live from 1985 to 2010, was writing the introduction for the second trade paperback of Image Comics' TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH, we were overcome with excitement. You see, not only is TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH a great book that our own Jimmy Gillespie called "a classic, dark comedy" and "a must read for anyone looking for one of the most off-beat comics ever," but Larry King just happens to be a close personal friend of ours! So we invited Larry to The Outhouse to tell us all about it!
The Outhouse: Larry, thanks so much. It's an honor.
Larry King: The honor is mine, Outsiders. You guys deserve the Eisner this year.
OH: It's actually... Wait, really? An Eisner?
LK: Sure! Why not?
OH: So. Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth.
LK: Great book.
OH: Right? How did you get involved in this?
LK: Listen, before we get to that, I want to talk to your readers about something.
OH: Sure, anything.
LK (turns to Outhouse readers): Outsiders, have you heard about Garlique?
LK: Garlique. As in Unique.
OH: Yeah, we know what it is. But--
LK (interrupting): Do you have problems with high cholesterol? Lots of people do, but not everyone knows about Garlique. It's an herbal supplement that promotes cardiovascular health and can even reduce cholesterol.
OH: Are you even allowed to say that? Is it FDA approved? Are there studies?
LK: Garlique is 100% natural, and odor-free.
OH: That doesn't answer the--
LK: Wouldn't you like to have all the health benefits of garlic, but without the strong taste and bad breath?
OH: Well, yeah, who wouldn't? But that's not--
LK: Look for Garlique in your local CVS Pharmacy. Bye now.
OH: Now hold on! I thought we were gonna talk about Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth!
LK: Oh, I'm sorry! We're out of time!
LK: I've got to get over to The Bleeding Cool and talk with my good friend Rick Johnson about OmegaXL, an all natural anti-inflammatory joint pain supplement that's proven to--
OH: Oh, fuck it! Here's the press release:
THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH TAKES ON SATAN… AND PBS?
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