Yukon's Brian Winkeler, already an award-winning comics writer for his work in Image Comics “Popgun” anthology, is bringing his brand of humor to digital devices with the digital comic-book series “Knuckleheads.”
“Knuckleheads” has been released as part of the Monkeybrain line, available via the comixology app or online at comixology.com. Winkeler is teaming with artist Robert Wilson IV, formerly of Oklahoma City, for the series.
In the series, Trevor K. Trevinski and Lance Powers are fairly typical roommates, until aliens visit Trev and give him The Crystal Fist. The Fist is a cosmic weapon that the underachieving Trev mainly uses to cheat on video games and steal cable. But when the city is attacked by a monster, Trevor is pressed into duty.
A special edition issue was originally released in print in 2010 in local comic shops. Since 2010, the series has been reworked, and will now appear in color digitally, courtesy of Norman-based comic-book colorist Jordan Boyd. Thomas Mauer, of Germany, provides lettering for the series.
“It was four years ago when we started this ... and Robert just really felt like he wanted to do it over,” Winkeler said. “His work has really grown, and he's a more confident draftsman. So he started redrawing from the original script.”
Once Wilson began redrawing, Winkeler decided he also wanted to rework parts of the original script, as well.
“We kept some of the original dialogue, but changed a lot of it,” Winkeler said.
Winkeler, who is creative director at Robot House Creative, says reworking the script has given him the opportunity to write in bigger action pieces.
“Especially in issues 2 and 3, the action is really big,” Winkeler said. “My focus this time is to be able to adapt me wanting to have these characters, have these character moments, and have really fun back-and-forth dialogue, which is one of my strengths; but also to serve Robert really wanting to draw big, cool fun, action, and not hamper him with a zillion panels.”
The monster fight will continue through issue No. 3. A new issue of “Knuckleheads” is expected to be released every six to eight weeks.
“We've got 12 issues plotted out for the ... first story arc,” Winkeler said. Each issue will be 10 to 12 pages plus a pinup by an outside artist. There's a chance the finished story arc could be collected in a print edition.
“That's sort of the golden ring. It's amazing and awesome that they've invited us to have this opportunity, but as much as I enjoy digital comics, I can't sign iPads,” Winkeler said.
“The idea of having something out there with our names out there ... that's been my dream, really,” Winkeler said. “If that happens, that's really the hope.”