So apparently the 1980s sticker card sensation Garbage Pail Kids is coming up on a 30th anniversary, and to celebrate, Topps has decided to make some more money by partnering with IDW on a Garbage Pail Kids comic. The series is planned as a "loosely connected anthology" and will feature top talent from the industry, including cartoonist Peter Bagge.
Yes, Peter Bagge. And here's the new character he drew for this occasion: Comic Con Ron.
I loved these crude, disgusting stickers when I was a kid, and if you think my humor has changed since then, I want you to look up at the video game in Ron's bag and note that "Call of Doody" is my go-to fake video game name when I claim a late artist is slacking off playing video games or need to make a comparison involving being called racial slurs by eleven year olds over X-Box Live.
So I can't even snark this. I'm just gonna let you digest the gravity of this announcement and post the press release:
Garbage Pail Kids Get A Comic-Book Series At IDW!
New Comics On The Way Starring The Wonderfully Wild Weirdos
San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) –Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic-book series from IDW Publishing. With the likes of Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!
“As a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,” series editor Denton J. Tipton said. “The profoundly irreverent stickers spoke directly to the rascal inside each and every one of my classmates, and helped us drive our teachers to the brink of insanity. I couldn’t be more happy to be working with some of the giants of alternative comics to push the buttons of an entirely new generation of educators, many of which likely remember when the poo-covered sneaker was on the other foot.”
Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman and a group of avant garde humorists including Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Tom Bunk and others, the Garbage Pail Kids debuted in 1985 from Topps, as the furor for trading cards was at an all-time high. Like MAD Magazine and Topps’ own Wacky Packages before it, Garbage Pail Kids succeeded as a tongue-in-cheek send-up of pop culture, depicting quite the opposite of the “cute” approach to all-ages entertainment of the day.
“Having grown up with GPK and sharing my name with the flagship character, I can say it’s no small honor to help shepherd the Garbage Pail Kids into their first ever comic book,” said Topps’ Adam Levine, Head of Outbound Licensing. “It’s going to be a real treat to see our friends at IDW flesh out the world of the Garbage Pail Kids so that after 30 years we can finally find out who all of these weird little guys are."
Hate cartoonist Peter Bagge, who provided the initial image of all-new character Comic-Con Ron, will be a part of the new series, planned as an anthology of loosely connected stories by a variety of talented creators from around the industry, including some of Topps’ official “GPK” artists. Be sure to stay tuned to facebook.com/idwpublishing and the Official Garbage Pail Kids Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GarbagePailKids) for a full creative-team announcement and additional information in the coming months!