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"Harvey is a struggling artist living in Los Angeles. Fat Boy is his kung fu-loving cousin from Hong Kong," explained Shum to CBR News. "Together they have funny crazy adventures with Hollywood celebrities and rock stars. It's written and inked by me and penciled by E.W. Clayton (the creator of Dr. Grave).
"Harvey is a young guy in his 20s. He's way into the celebrity culture and easily star struck. R-Squared is Harvey's best friend. Fat Boy is Harvey's cousin from Hong Kong. He is normally a calm and easy going type of guy, but when he gets pissed off, he goes crazy and uses incredible kung fu on the source of his anger and screams out dialogue that rivals that written by Shakespeare and David Mamet. I just thought it would be funny to have these group of guys interact with Hollywood types.
"The plot is just basically Fat Boy and Harvey's adventures in Hollywood and the people they encounter. It's Cervantesque."
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Even a humorous look at racism or racial tension is something uncommon in an otherwise diverse comic book market and when asked why he thinks that is the case, Shum says, "Probably because most comic book writers are white."
"Fat Boy & Harvey" features a lot of pop culture satire, from a very direct shot at "Friends" to a few pokes at Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. "I just thought those subjects lend themselves to jokes more easily," Shum explained. "At least for me."
While still funny subjects to many, parodying N'Sync, Limp Bizkit and "Friends" might seem a bit dated to some… and Shum isn't going to argue that point. "Yeah, I feel the story is a bit dated. I wrote 'Fat Boy and Harvey' #1 in 2003 and E.W. penciled it in 2003. It just took me so long to ink it because of numerous reasons. I still think the story is amusing nonetheless and readers should keep in mind that I was going after these celebrity folk when they were at the height of their success as opposed to their cellar dwelling status now. It's funny how two years can change so much."
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Even though the one-shot originated in such spectacular locations and the brainstorming sessions have, according to Shum, attracted the hottest women in the world, "Fat Boy & Harvey" isn't a sure thing for a return. "Currently, 'Fat Boy and Harvey' is just a one-shot. I really enjoy writing Fat Boy's dialogue when he's fighting, so I can see more stories sometime in the future."
Still, Shum says that there are exciting things in the future for fans of his work and he reveals, "Dave Sim and I are writing the next 'Gun Fu' story. Image is collecting the 'Gun Fu' one-shot and the four-issue 'Lost City' story into a trade paperback to be released this summer. I have other creator-owned books in various stages. I am also forgoing my four years of eligibility in college basketball and making myself available for the NBA draft. Word is that I'll be a lottery pick (I won't play if the Clippers draft me)."