Subversive Comics and Paul Nicholson are teaming up for a new comic series, Mayhem. Nicholson has been a designer with Japanese video games and music labels as well as creating the Laughing Man logo for Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. Subversive is an indie comic publisher based in the UK with titles like Bearlands, Metal Made Flesh, and Dream Walkers. This self-described Demon Slaying Super Robot Comic is on Kickstarter now.
Mayhem is a comic series that poses the question: “What would you do if saving everyone you ever loved meant losing your soul.” All through the medium of demon-slaying giant mecha.
This is the decision Raiden Nakamura must make as he faces off against the might of the Demon Imperial Alliance – a horde of ancient alien invaders hell-bent on conquering our solar system and seizing a powerful weapon in the form of the giant super robot: Mayhem. Little did Raiden know, when he first strapped into Mayhem’s pilot seat, he would have to not only battle the alien menace, but also Mayhem itself, in a struggle for control over his mind and soul.
Paul Nicholson is famous for designing not only the Laughing Man symbol from Ghost in the Shell, but also the Aphex Twin logo. Paul provides logos and typography for a new series that builds on his love of Japanese anime and giant robots.
30 years on from the release of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s work still resonates. You can see its traces in everything from Ghost in the Shell, or the Matrix to modern day science fiction comics. Otomo-san himself was a huge influence on the young Javier Bordon, artist for Super Robot Mayhem and you can see echoes of the masters’ work in his brush strokes. His character work calls to mind the real masters of 80’s Manga.
But this is no nostalgia trip. Mayhem aims to pay homage to its forebears on one hand, and to provide a modern twist on the other.
Jeremy Biggs is a writer and artist, and co-creator of Mayhem. His most recent work for Metal Made Flesh led to the book winning Graphic Novel of the year 2017 at the Edinburgh Yancy St. awards. As an artist he was featured at the Undercurrent show at the opening of the Tate modern’s “Oil Tanks” wing in 2012.
Also on the team; co-creator Adrian Mursec of superrobotmayhem.com, Jon Scrivens whose work has recently been seen in Heavy Metal Magazine, and Yel Zamor whose art has been seen all across the comic industry.
Super Robot Mayhem #1-2 is on Kickstarter now.
Source: Publisher press release