Now comic fans can, too.
The Amazing Joy Buzzards are a rock and roll adventure band of Beatles and Rolling Stones proportions who solve mysteries, fight giant robots and evil witchdoctors, and explore the supernatural all with the help of their mythical Mexican wrestler friend El Campeon.
The band consists of three main characters: Biff Ashby is the lead singer and the group narcissist/trouble maker, Gabe Carlyle plays drums and is the level-headed one whose father, a famous archeologist, vanished, and StevoVargas is the multi-talented bassist/martial arts expert/ race car driver.
El Campeon is a mystical being that comes into the band's life when needed. "He's sort of like Mr. Snufulufugus," Smith says.
As for the villains, the two remain tight-lipped for now, but promise the action starts off from the get-go.
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No waiting in line for CDs or T-shirts from the merch table here. And if readers really get into the book, they can even become honorary members of the band.
"Part of the charm of the book is that we wanted to do a non-superhero book but with a superhero aesthetic that's almost like you're hanging out with your best friend Stan Lee as you read the book," Hipp says.
If the book is nearly as fun as Smith's version of how the book got picked up by Image, then readers are in for a treat. In his words:
Wizard World LA wasn't far away and I was hanging out and drawing with my friends at our hangout coffee shop in Burbank when Rick Cortes' mysterious friend comes over to hang out and mentions his book Hawaain Dick. I look up from drawing in my sketchbook and calmly say 'You're B. Clay Moore.' We talked and I asked him to find out what's going on with our book from Eric Stephenson over at Image. That weekend I went to Wizard World. I still haven't seen this mysterious Stephenson, and I get varied descriptions of him. He's a giant was one. Another person told me that he looks like Iggy Pop.
"Do you know where I can find Iggy Pop?… I mean… Eric Stephenson. I can't find Stephenson who disappeared, but I do find Larsen and talk to him when he wasn't being mobbed for sketches. I talked to Jim and he said 'Stephenson sounds like he really likes the book.' Erik is alone from being mobbed and it is like the Red Sea has split open for me in this one moment in. Larsen says 'We're doing this book' like it was the most natural thing in the world. Everyone but me knew that the book had gotten picked up.
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For Smith, landing a book at Image Comics has been a dream come true. Not a bad way for the writer to celebrate his birthday, which falls on the Saturday of the convention.
"I wake up with a smile on my face -- we're doing a book with Image," Smith says in excited disbelief. "It's kind of like that scene at the end of Star Wars when they all get medals and the confetti drops."
CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland contributed to this story.