With Free Comic Book Day 2020 being sadly postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic, cartoonist Kyle Starks (Rock Candy Mountain, Sexcastle, Assassin Nation, Rick & Morty) has decided to take matters into his own hands. After asking for title suggestions on his Twitter account, Starks has single-handedly written and illustrated the 36-page KARATE PROM in just nine days(!!!) to give us all something to get excited about this FCBD.
“With the quarantine affecting comics stores and comic publishers there won’t be a Free Comic Book Day like we all expect and look forward to,”says Starks, who lives in Evansville, Indiana.“I thought it would be a good idea to still try to bring something free and fun and positive like that day always does for fans and comics by making a comic to post as sort of a digital Free Comic Book Day.”
“It’s funny because I’ve been making comics as my sole income for about three years and I got to that point because I was just making comics all the time,” added Starks. “I was just crazy about it but after a handful of years it started to turn into more work than profitable, fun hobby. The best possible work, don’t get me wrong! But doing this project free of editorial or expectations or the myriad of huge stressors that come with any job but especially as a freelance comic creator reminded me of before when I was just having fun making comics.”
“KARATE PROM really brought a bunch of joy back for the process of making a book What was going to be a little jokey 20 page throwaway became a real passion project I couldn’t stop working on and ballooned to 36 pages. I had a ton of fun with it and with everything going right now on it was great to have fun.”
It’s safe to say that we’re massive fans of Starks’ work here at the Big Comic Page, so the prospect of a free comic packed with his distinctive blend of humour, violence and 80s action cinema homages is exactly what we need right now.
KARATE PROM is available as a free PDF at https://gumroad.com/l/zychm