Image Comics have just announced that MK Perker and Ken Kristensen’s “Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth” is worthy of an ongoing series. The four-issue miniseries from earlier this year offered a collision of comedy, sex, and harsh violence, following the exploits of “America’s most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang”. This is one of those books that is absolutely nuts but works because it fully embraces the comics medium.
Image Comics and the creators of TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH have discovered that the endless hopefulness of a cheerful kid unaware of the rampant dysfunction in the world around him cannot be contained in a four-issue miniseries. Starting in September, TODD will become an ongoing series, following the publication of the trade paperback collection of the first, critically lauded story arc in August.
The new TODD arc by MK Perker and Ken Kristensen takes a look at the unholy intersection of comic book conventions, public television, and paranormal investigation, as Todd unwittingly uncovers a conspiracy that literally goes as deep as the depths of Hell.
“It was always our hope that we’d be able to make TODD an ongoing series, but it wasn’t just the critical and commercial success of TODD that compelled us,” said artist Perker. “It was public service! I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that armageddon is upon us. And with the next story arc, ‘Charlie Rose’s Table: Public Broadcasting Satan,’ Todd is the only thing that stands between Charlie Rose and global catastrophe.”
“The survival of PBS in American culture has always been difficult to explain,” added 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 starting with issue #5 TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH will unearth the ugly truth.”
TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH Volume One (ISBN 978-1-60706-777-1) will be in stores on August 7. The new arc of TODD, UGLIEST KID ON EARTH will start in September.