Image's "Amazing Joy Buzzards" hits stands this December

Mon, September 20th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 15 September, 2004 -- This December, Image Comics will hijack

the minds of bored readers everywhere and send them on an electric thrill

ride with the world's number one rock and roll band as they battle giant

robots and evil witch doctors, and explore the supernatural with their

mythical Mexican wrestling pal, El Campeon!

In other words, this ain't your father's rock and roll band.

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS is a monthly rock and roll adventure brought to

life by writer Mark Andrew Smith and artist Dan Hipp, exploding onto the

charts just in time for Christmas.

Despite the fragile nature of the world around us, writer and co-creator

Smith thinks the time is right for high adrenaline musical mayhem on the

comic book page, and cites an array of diverse influences.

"The book draws from Scooby Doo for the fun, Speed Racer for the adrenaline

surges, and Herge's Tintin, because I loved the idea of doing a traveling

book, which a band was perfect for," notes Smith. "'A Hard Day's Night' was

a huge influence on the book, too. The Buzzards definitely have mobs of

screaming women following them around everywhere they go and they're larger

than life"

"The influences and the tone will change throughout the series and that's a

great thing," enthuses the writer. "I think that our overwhelming


and love for this project will shine through."

The Joy Buzzards consist of three main characters: Biff Ashby, the

narcissistic, trouble-making lead singer, Gabe Carlyle, the level-headed

drummer whose archeologist father has vanished and Stevo Vargas, the

multi-talented bassist/martial arts expert/racecar driver with a penchant

for kicking evil into the corner where it belongs. So who is El Campeon?

"El Campeon is a mystical Mexican Wrestler that comes to people in their tim

e of need," answers Smith. "He's a bit clumsy and messes up a lot, and when

he's not battling the forces of evil he's been known to sleep for weeks. He

loves cereal. El Campeon can be summoned by Gabe, who wears a magical

talisman and when Gabe says the magic words Go El Campeon Go!, our Mystical

Mexican Wrestling Pal spills forth from the talisman like a genie to lay the

smack down and save the day."

Image Comics Executive Director Eric Stephenson, a diehard musicologist

himself, knew Image was the perfect place for the Amazing Joy Buzzards to

call home when they weren't out blowing minds with their music and saving

the world from evil with their hard-hitting ways.

"I think the success of titles like THE WALKING DEAD, ULTRA and INVINCIBLE

shows that readers want their comics to say something new," says Stephenson.

"Mark and Dan have come up with a concept that's irresistibly fun, something

that should appeal to music lovers as well as comic book lovers. It's not a

spin-off, it's not a relaunch and it's not a revamp -- it's something

genuinely different from everything else on the rack."

Reserve your tickets with your local comic shop, and be sure to catch the

gang each month as they make comic book and rock and roll history in the


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[Editor's Note: For more on the "Amazing Joy Buzzards," check out CBR's July Interview with Mark Smith.]

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