The wandering postapocalyptic oddballs of “Bastard Road” return in “Popgun” Vol. 4, which was released Wednesday by Image Comics.
Brian Winkeler of Yukon writes “Bastard Road,” and the artist and co-creator, Dave Curd, lived in Oklahoma for about 12 years. Bastard, the lead character, and Farel, his sidekick, get into two separate but intertwining adventures in “Popgun” Vol. 4. “Popgun” is an anthology of creator-owned comic-book work.
In the first “Popgun” story in the volume, illustrated by Curd, Bastard meets the “sexy, last lumberjack of the apocalypse, Elle Natural,” Winkeler said. “She does not take kindly to his crude come-ons, and hilarity and violence ensue.”
The second “Bastard Road” story in “Popgun” Vol. 4 is drawn by Oklahoma City artist Eric Sandhop.
“(It) starts at the same place as the beginning of the first story, and it’s essentially kind of a solo Farel tale, where he gets involved in a bar fight between leather-clad government agents and lizard thugs, basically,” Winkeler said. “The end of the first story actually crashes into about two-thirds of the second story, and the end of the second story kind of wraps up the entire adventure.”
“Popgun” Vol. 4 is the first published comic-book work of Sandhop, a graphic illustrator and longtime comics fan.
“It’s extremely exciting, one of those lifelong goals,” Sandhop said. “It was really a treat to get to do it and make it happen.”
Winkeler and Sandhop will sign copies of “Popgun” Vol. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. today at New World Comics, 6219 N Meridian.
“Bastard Road” went international in 2009, appearing in the “El Manglar” Spanish anthology.
“We’re the only Americans in the publication,” Winkeler said.
And the “Bastard Road” crew has even more in store.
In the planning stages is a crossover with the Savage Dragon, one of Image Comics’ first superheroes. A four-part story is in the works to appear as a backup in the “Savage Dragon” comic book by Erik Larsen. And independent developers are starting preliminary work on an iPhone game application featuring the characters.
“We’re still having a ton of fun, and this might be a good year to see how much farther we can take it,” Winkeler said.
Writer Brian Winkeler and artist Eric Sandhop will sign copies of “Popgun” Vol. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. today at New World Comics, 6219 N Meridian. Information: 721-7634.
By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman