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Skelton Crew Studio Reveals a Paint Your Own Norgal

Skelton Crew Studio has some reveals still when it comes to their Norgal Head Lopper figure, based on the cult favorite comic series by Andrew MacLean.

Since they’ve heard from Head Lopper fans itching to customize him, in additional to traditional Norgal (with the sweet Map of Barra for the next 3 weeks!) and variant Bog Blue, they’ve decided to release exactly 100 Paint-Your-Own Norgals, which probably won’t last long.

Plans are already afoot for a show-us-your-customs contest to be judged by the man himself, Andrew MacLean. Details and prize pack to come!

They company has also released a limited edition B.P.R.D. silver and black enamel pin late last week and, frankly, it looks SO cool. Show your Hellboy pride with the announcement of the new movie.

Straight From Head Lopper, Skelton Crew’s Norgal is Here!

It’s time. He’s here. And he’s ready to Lop some goddamn Heads. Sound the horns of war!

Norgal, Skelton Crew Studio‘s MASSIVE 9-inch vinyl Viking from Andrew MacLean’s amazing Head Lopper, is live for pre-order! And there’s more. You can grab Norgal in not one but TWO versions: the gorgeous standard version, pictured above, or the hyper-limited Bog Blue variant designed by Andrew!

Or, why not both? You should probably get both and make them battle. Or pose them triumphantly on your desk. Or make them first-bump.

Norgal’s articulated at the shoulders and wrists for fist-pumping poseability and he’s ready to kick the ass of all your other vinyl figures.

You have until July 1 to order either (or both!) versions of Norgal at the early bird price of $48. The Bog Blue variant will ONLY be available for the month of June — that’s when they close the run and he rides off into the Viking sunset to slay no more. After July 1, the traditionally-painted Norgal — still limited, edition size to be set — will be priced as his regular MSRP of $55.

Need any more incentive to grab him this first month? All orders of the traditional version received by July 1 will also receive a FREE canvas Map of Barra! You know, in case you get lost and you don’t trust Agatha’s directions. Because you shouldn’t.

Review: Head Lopper #5

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Head Lopper is back! One of the weirdest, most violent, yet beautifully drawn books in comics returns, and I am excited. This title was one of my favorites last year, even with only four issues. Now, they’re four long issues, but we still only had four issues total. With Head Lopper #5 comes a new arc called “The Crimson Tower” and for good reason. This issue has a lot of blood, some heads being lopped, and more blood. It is a ton of fun. This book is part fantasy, part Viking, part eighties movie, part Adventure Time, and all awesome. This comic takes elements from all of those things and blends them into one of the most unique things out there right now in any medium, and it works very well.

Andrew Maclean writes, draws, does the letters, and designs the look of the comic book. Certainly, he isn’t the only creator to wear multiple hats in the comic book industry, but what is incredible is he is one of the ones who wear all of those hats so well. The story is great, the art is jaw dropping, the books overall design fits into the book’s tone perfectly, and even the lettering has his style all over it. The only other person that helps Andrew on the book in any of the art, is Jordie Bellaire. By now you should know who that is, as they are one of the best colorists in the industry, and the colors in this book are a large part of what makes it great. The art looks like stills from a cartoon and a great cartoon at that. There are certain scenes where I was prepared to start seeing the water move, or a torch flicker. It is that good. It looks like I paused my TV, and at any moment, I can hit play, and watch it all play out. So as far as the art goes, I don’t think you get much better than Maclean, and Bellaire.

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As for the story itself, we follow our favorite head lopper, Norgal, and the grouchy witch head on his back, Agatha. We again get some great comedy relief from Agatha and others from the book, but to me, she always makes me laugh the hardest. Maclean knows the ridiculousness of having a witch head that was a head that Norgal lopped on his journey with him, and it gives some great moments in the book. With the head lopper are Xho, and Zhaania, two warriors that have joined his side, with their own cause and quest within the tower. They arrive at The Crimson Tower, which is on an island where a race called the Fonga believe that having one of their own enter the tower will bring greatness to their people. This also gives us Bik, and Twerpal, two brothers. Twerpal is tasked with watching after his little brother, Bik by his mother, but when he finds he has wandered off, he soon discovers where he went, and that brings the both of them to the tower, and where our heroes are. From here the book has everyone that is in the tower fighting and solving puzzles to survive and escape it. This is similar to stories like The Hunger Games or The Running Man or even Krull for you eighties fantasy fans. This is where the book cranks it up to eleven, and leaves it in a spot where I cannot wait to return with the next issue.

I won’t lie, Head Lopper is a violent book. Yes, it’s in a fun cartoon style, and in the vein of shows like Samurai Jack and Adventure Time as I mentioned before, but there is well, obviously, head lopping, and quite a bit of blood. Somehow, the book is still one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. That’s a testament to how good Maclean and Bellaire are. I loved the first four issues, and I loved this as well. This issue showed there is no sign of stopping with Head Lopper, and I cannot wait for the next three issues of this arc. The first chapter as Maclean calls it of “The Crimson Tower” is fantastic, original, and so much damn fun.

Story/Art/Letters: Andrew Maclean Color: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Action-packed quarterly series Head Lopper continues this March

Critically acclaimed cartoonist Andrew MacLean will launch a new story arc in his ongoing swords-and-sorcery-but-mostly-swords quarterly series Head Lopper this March.

In Head Lopper #5, a daring new adventure awaits, looming like the Crimson Tower, home of Ulrich the Twice Damned, sworn enemy of Zhaania Kota Ka. With old friends and new, our heroes boldly enter the bloodied pinnacle with bare steel and steady hearts.

Head Lopper #5, Cover A by MacLean (Diamond code: JAN170690) and Cover B by Tony Sandoval (Diamond code: JAN170691), hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 15th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 20th.

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Skelton Crew Studio Shows off their Head Lopper Prototype

They’ve been teasing it, but Skelton Crew Studio has shown off the prototype for their Norgal 9-inch vinyl from Andrew MacLean‘s rocking comic series Head Lopper!

Norgal will be unleashed into the world in early 2017. He’ll be articulated at the shoulders and wrists and released in two colors — both limited, one of them hyper-limited, available for one month only. More details to come!

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Review: The Tomorrows TPB

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The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it. Artists, terrorists, they fight with explosives, they fight with ideas, they fight to reclaim the future we sold. This trade paperback collects issues #1–#6 of the series.

Anarchistic nihilist cyberpunk nirvana is probably the best words to describe The Tomorrows. Despite the nihilistic outlook this book possesses, there is still hope through it all. It manages to blend in this almost transhumanism idealism with a dimensional jumping concept. The only thing somehow missing is a fitting soundtrack to capture the atmosphere of the book as you read it.

The six artistist featured in this book manage to bring their own sense of style to each of their sections. The art helps to make some of the stranger things that happen in the story shine. I’m curious to know if that was originally planned to switch artists with each individual issue released. Whatever the case it worked out well as the art throughout is superb.

Story: Curt Pires
Art: Jason Copland, Alexis Ziritt, Ian MacEwan, Andrew MacLean, Liam Cobb, Kevin Zeigler
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Skelton Crew Brings Andrew MacLean’s Head Lopper to Life

The viking star of Andrew MacLean’s hit Head Lopper is getting the limited edition vinyl treatment.

Skelton Crew Studio and MacLean are excited to announce a Norgal vinyl coming soon.

Norgal will stand a menacing 9″ tall, clad in his armored kilt, gloves and boots. He’ll be articulated at the shoulders and wrists. Norgal will come complete with a map of the island realm of “Barra,” also designed by MacLean, later this fall.

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Get barbaric with Head Lopper

Andrew MacLean will release his critically-acclaimed, action-packed indie hit Head Lopper in trade paperback this October, collecting all four double-sized issues. The Head Lopper, the legendary hero who’d much rather go by

The Head Lopper, the legendary hero who’d much rather go by Norgal, and the nagging severed head of Agatha Blue Witch arrive on the Isle of Barra to find it overrun with beasts: minions of the Sorcerer of the Black Bog. When Queen Abigail hires Norgal and Agatha to slay the Sorcerer, our heroes trek across the island relieving the horrors of their heads—and playing right into the hands of a master manipulator.Head Lopper, Vol. 1:

Head Lopper, Vol. 1: The Island or a Plague of Beasts (ISBN: 9781632158864) hits comic book stores Wednesday, October 5th and bookstores Tuesday, October 11th and will be available for $19.99.

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Preview: Rick and Morty Vol. 2

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(W) Zac Gorman
(A) CJ Cannon, Andrew MacLean, Marc Ellerby, and Cat Farris
(C) Ryan Hill and Nick Filardi
(CA) CJ Cannon with Ryan Hill
Age Range: 15 and up
Genre: Comedy
Price: $19.99

The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK AND MORTY continues!

Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and decency. This collection features issues #6-10 of the comic book series, including the “Ball Fondlers Special” by guest artist Andrew MacLean, “A Very Special Blumbus,” illustrated by series writer Zac Gorman, and a cyberpunk adventure across the multiverse. Plus: bonus mini-comics showcasing fan-favorite characters!

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Head Lopper—The critically-acclaimed indie comes to Image

Head LopperCartoonist Andrew MacLean brings the critically-acclaimed indie hit Head Lopper to Image Comics.

In Head Lopper #1, mighty swordsman Norgal and his unlikely companion, the severed head of the blue witch Agatha, have been summoned to the Scottish Isle of Barra to rid the town of the sea monster plaguing its shores. But what the duo did not intend is to find a much more sinister and ancient evil.

The two now face a series of trials that will test both their strength and their faith. Even if they survive the island, can they survive each other’s company?

The dark humored quarterly adventure begins with a double-sized first issue, with 80 pages of story and a premium pin-up gallery for the regular price of just $5.99.

Head Lopper #1 (Diamond Code: JUL150559) will be available on Wednesday, September 9th. Cover B by Rafael Grampá will be available with Diamond Code JUL150560.

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