Huge news today from the House of Zub and Copernicus Animation Studios: just in time for it’s 10th anniversary and fresh with a nifty new logo, the long-beloved high fantasy/low comedy adventure comic Skullkickers is in development as an adult-themed 2D cartoon!
While few details are available at this point, Canadian animation studio Copernicus Studios, purveyors of Teen Titans Go! and Care Bears: Unlock the Magic will be producing the series, with the direct involvement of writer/creator Jim Zub himself. From Zub’s Twitter feed (@JimZub): “I’m actively involved in the production, looking at concept art and designs along with developing how the story will be told in animation. It’s exciting to have the complete comic series in front of us to build from.”
Published by Image Comics starting in 2010 and featuring the madcap adventures of Rolf “Shorty” Copperhead (an impulsively angsty dwarf) and Rex “Baldy” Maraud (an only slightly less impulsively angsty big hairless bruiser), Skullkickers spans time and space in its 34 (so far!) glorious issues. Within its tomes, Zub, artists Edwin Huang colorist Misty Coats and letterer extraordinaire Marshall Dillon explore such weighty topics as dwarven ale, demonic possession (of a leg), the archetypal tavern, the implications of the multiverse, and dwarven ale. Zub describes the series as his own love letter to Conan the Barbarian, Dungeons & Dragons and swords and sorcery as a whole…with a bit of the Three Stooges added in for good measure. Check for my “From the Bookshelf” Pullbox review on the series in the next couple days for a more complete synopsis…
Zub’s own statement on the project can be found here. His blog, an excellent source for all things Skullkickers as well as Zub’s various and sundry other projects (and some awesome recipes) can be found here.
Check back often for updates, kiddies–as soon as we know something, you will!
Article by Andy Patch, Contributing Editor