—The First Ever Free Comic Book Day Title from Albatross—
and Unveils the Covers for THE GOON #1
December 20, 2018) Award-winning cartoonist Eric Powell’s Albatross Funnybooks will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Goon with its first ever Free Comic Book Day title in 2019. GRUMBLE VS THE GOON is a side-splitting, full color one shot co-written by Powell and Rafer Roberts and illustrated by Powell and BATTLE BUG creator Mike Norton. Here, for the first time ever, The Goon and his pal Franky will meet Tala and Eddie, from the pages of GRUMBLE, in an interdimensional adventure, chock full of death, mayhem… and dog catching.
“We really wanted to do something special for Free Comic Day.” said THE GOON creator Eric Powell. “ A gift to comic readers that would celebrate 20 years of the Goon and show off what Albatross Funnybooks is all about. Creative freedom and fun comics. I’m thrilled to collaborate with Mike and Rafer on this project and have Grumble alongside the Goon representing the company.”
“I’ve been a huge fan of THE GOON for years, so this is still very surreal to me,” said GRUMBLE co-creator and writer Rafer Roberts. “Working with Eric was an honor and a pleasure, and watching him and Mike jam on the artwork is a real thrill. I think we’re creating something incredibly special that will satisfy GOON and GRUMBLE fans as well as entertain new readers. Honestly, I can’t believe that we’re giving this away for free!”
“I’ve known Eric since before THE GOON existed. To be publishing GRUMBLE and doing a crossover with him is just an honor. It’s seriously some of the most fun I’ve had making comics!” said GRUMBLE co-creator and artist Mike Norton.
“Hey, GRUMBLE VS THE GOON is a Silver-tier Free Comic Book Day book,” said Powell. “We’re not charging fans for the comic because it’s a wonderful way for even more readers to discover the great stories Mike and Rafer are telling in the pages of GRUMBLE. Plus, it’s always fun for readers to visit Lonely Street, home of Franky and the Goon.”
In GRUMBLE VS THE GOON, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of THE GOON. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass! GRUMBLE VS THE GOON features a cover by Powell, and will be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2019.
The publication of GRUMBLE VS THE GOON is part of a year long celebration of The Goon’s 20th anniversary. The anniversary festivities kick off in earnest on March 13th, 2019, when Albatross Funnybooks will publish THE GOON issue 1, featuring all new stories. THE GOON #1 Standard Edition features an Eric Powell cover and will retail for $3.99. THE GOON #1 Special Edition features a cover by legendary artist Kevin Nowlan and will retail for $5.99. In the character’s debut with Albatross Funnybooks, Powell takes the series to its humor based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters who have filled the void left in their absence from Lonely Street. For this new run of stories, Powell will be joined on Albatross Funnybooks’ THE GOON by several acclaimed creators.