Sunday, January 6, 2008
THE WAR IS COMING!!!
DC's 'Infinite Crisis' and Marvel's 'Civil War'...?? It's... SO LAST YEAR! PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR THE 'WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS'
WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS which pits nearly every indy characters from the comic book world (some known and lest known) to join forces to save the earth against KANE and ORCUS and their undead demonic minions from the gates of Hell!!!
Bedbug will be part of the upcoming milestone melee. WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS due to launch in the summer of 2008 and co-publish by Arcana following a 4-issue 'lead-in' series Penance, by WOTI creator, Dave Ryan along with Scott Lobdell, Richard Kane Ferguson and Peter Palmiotm Gerti.
WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS will feature an impressive list of contributors and characters who will be involved in the mega-project,including Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Mike Allred (Madman), Billy Tucci (Shi), Joe Linsner (Cry for Dawn), Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk) and Dave Sim (Cerebus).
For a full list of the incredible amount of Indy characters involved in this project head over to http://www.comicspace.com/daveryan
I've been drawing Bedbug for years (since 2001) and lots of sketches have stacked up. I'll start with one of my favorites - Bedbug and his daughter Elvira. See if you can't spot the Shooting Star Comic character cameos...
After years of tinkering in his father’s junkyard, Billy Ray Slaughter developed an uncanny knack for invention. Slaughter can take any object and turn it into a useful tool or a deadly weapon. Building a suit of strength-enhancing armor from found objects, Slaughter struck out to make his fortune in the big city. After finding crime to be more challenging to his talents than super-heroics, Slaughter adopted the identity of the Scrapper. Currently, Bedbug stands in Slaughter’s way of stealing the one million dollars he (thinks) he needs to impress his hoitey-toity fiancee' Olivia Van Haughten.
Weapons and abilities:
Scrapper's armor gives him enhanced strength and endurance - he is strong enough to lift a car over his head and rip an ATM machine out of a brick wall. Other than the armor, Scrapper doesn't favor one weapon as he prefers the challenge that impromptu item creation provides.
Real Name: Reginald Elizabeth Sloots
(illustration by Brian Wanamaker)