Peter Krause’s Commentary on Ahoy’s New Superhero Comedy, My Bad
There’s a new superhero universe coming to comic stores this week. However, Ahoy’s My Bad isn’t a typical take on the genre. Instead, writers Mark Russell & Bryce Ingman, and artist Peter Krause are embracing a more comedic take on heroes.
Krause has also shared a few of character designs from the series, in addition to his artistic comedy. However, it’s important to give new readers a taste of what’s to come. That’s why we’re featuring a few pages from My Bad #1 by Russell and Krause. The first story introduces The Chandelier, a very familiar-looking vigilante. He’s not only a billionaire, he’s also a world-class jerk and a coward at heart.
Additionally, we have pages from another short story in the issue by Ingman, and Krause. Within these pages, would-be supervillain Emperor King has a very wonderful dream. Regardless of his rude awakening, Emperor King may also have his nemesis in a trap. Unfortunately, EK’s trap may have also worked too well in this case.
Now that you know what to expect, here’s Krause’s commentary:
“The Accelerator is our speedster superhero from another planet. This design also came together quickly as I wanted a red and blue costume with yellow highlights.
Additionally, the body suit is paired with pads that accentuate the shoulders. One challenge I gave myself is not to use any lightning bolts on the uniform.
Our only real difficulty was deciding on skin tone. We finally settled on blue—Kelly Fitzpatrick had to rework some of her coloring files. Thanks Kelly!”
“Emperor King is spoiled, rich and has a ridiculous hairstyle. EK also changed a bit from the original sketch. His crown became more ridiculous, and we refined the logo.
Also, he has a bit more belly than we see here. Emperor King is crazy fun to draw.”
“Originally, the Chandelier wore a lamp on top of his head and you could also see his eyes. Writers Mark Russell and Bryce Ingman put forth the idea of maybe covering part of the face with the light fixture, and after I sketched it Kelly thought it looked cool. Who are we to argue with our colorist?”
“Even though he is a “hero”, the Chandelier has much in common with Emperor King. Jamington is completely self-absorbed—he also views everything as to how it affects him.
His civilian identity has a yuppie, upper-income East Coast vibe.”
“RH is our ever-optimistic good guy. Bryce also suggested that his costume reflect what highway workers would wear—bright oranges and yellows with a stoplight as his emblem.
His uniform has a low-class cosplay look. RH’s gloves are also the cheap cloth type you’d buy at the hardware store, and he wears hiking boots to finish the outfit.”
“Manchild is short and dweeby. He also wears oversized clothes that stretch to fit when he gets mad, large and green.
I thought it would be fun to equip him with the fashion misstatement of socks and sandals. When he gets big, the socks also stretch, but the sandal disintegrate. Manchild goes through a lot of sandals.”
“Yates is our classic butler and is modeled as such from vintage movies. There is also more to him than meets the eye, however– so Yates bears watching.”
“Insta-Graham is one of oodles of villains that Mark and Bryce scripted—I don’t know if I’ve ever designed so many characters in one series. Naturally, IG has social media powers.
Mark asked that his mask/headgear look like a classic Viewmaster (you younger readers can google that!). I added the selfie-stick with the phone—pure fun.”
Ahoy Comics also shared the solicitation text for My Bad #1:
“A sharp super-hero spoof from a stellar team that includes co-creators of Irredeemable and Second Coming! In Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King has devised not only a sadistic death trap for his arch-enemy, The Accelerator, but also the means to penetrate the top secrets of his other arch-enemy, The Chandelier! Important new comic book universe begins here, we say sarcastically!”
My Bad #1 will hit comic book stores this Wednesday, November 3. You can also check out the covers by Krause and Jerry Ordway below.
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