Writer: Barry Windsor-Smith and Chris Ulm
Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith
Publisher: Malibu Comics (1994)
Includes: Rune Aschan, Prequel, #1-6, and Giant Size Rune #1
Do I even need to explain why I want this as a TPB? I don't think so. But it would be nice if Barry Windsor-Smith and Chris Ulm could finish off the series for the TPB.
Fun Fact by Tom Mason: Ultraverse had going for it was a strong licensing department. There were a couple of people in the office who were always out hustling up licensing partners for t-shirts, watches, pins and more. That led to a little creative fun from Rune artist Barry Windsor-Smith and his inker Alex Bialy. They sent this little fax to Chris Ulm with their humorous pitch for a potential licensing partner. For the first time outside of the Malibu offices, you can now see the Toy That Should Have Been Made: The Rune Pez Dispenser, the first in a new product line of “vampire Pez” or possibly “comic book Pez.” Enjoy!
Dork Note: Also something I just discovered; which Barry Windsor-Smith has been working on since 1984. Man oh man I want to see this book come out!
MONSTERS -- A graphic novel by Barry Windsor-Smith: The story explores the life and times of two disparate American families fatefully connected by an abandoned Nazi project in genetic engineering that has been covertly revived by the US government. Told in a non-linear timeline spanning twenty years following the end of the Second WorldWar, MONSTERS depicts the conflicts and intimacies of a diverse castof characters whose lives are destroyed by a malignant legacy from the Third Reich’s misguided quest for the perfection of mankind. A testament to the potential of accomplished graphic storytelling, the complexand compelling tale of MONSTERS unfolds through the nuanced, naturalistic dialog and drawings of master writer and artist Barry Windsor-Smith.
MONSTERS is a work in progress, currently totalling nearly 300 pages. Publication information will be posted, as it becomes available, in the Windsor-Smith Studio News section of www.barrywindsor-smith.com.