A new weekly feature with one of comics’ most clever satirists…
One of the best things about running 13th Dimension is working with top-flight contributors like Paul Kupperberg, Jim Beard, Scott Tipton, Peter Bosch, Walt Grogan, not to mention all our guest columnists.
But one thing we’ve never consistently had is, for lack of a better term, an artist-in-residence. So, I’m really proud to introduce our newest weekly feature — SUNDAY FUNNIES With Kerry Callen.
Kerry is, hands down, one of comics’ great modern satirists. You almost certainly know his work: He’s probably best-known for his gut-busting strip Super Antics, starring A-List superheroes in often questionable situations, as well as his cartoons for Mad Magazine.
Well, starting now, Kerry will bring his particular brand of humor to 13th Dimension every Sunday, in the spirit of the color comics sections we loved as kids. You’ll see new material, older material, Super Antics, various commissions and wacky gifs.
For example, here’s Kerry’s first Super Antics strip, which he created about a decade ago:
“In 2011, I had a dream that I was invulnerable and got a bullet in my ear,” Kerry says. “It hit me as funny, so I decided to draw the idea as a Superman page, just for kicks. I named it ‘Super Antics.’ I enjoyed creating it, and soon found myself drawing more episodes throughout the years.”
But before you do that, dig this example of Kerry’s commissions, which are not always funny per se but are always bright and cheerful.
“I’m a fan of the primitive way superheroes’ powers were represented in the Golden Age,” Kerry says. “So, for this commission I played it up! I never thought about how Green Lantern’s beam might be made of flame. It makes so much sense coming from an old-time lantern.”
And then there are the gifs:
— Kerry Callen’s SUPER ANTICS #19: A Hilarious, Untold Tale of SUPERMAN (and Friend). Click here.
— KERRY CALLEN: Why BATMAN Doesn’t Smile. Click here.
KERRY CALLEN spent much of his career as an artist and art director, developing product for Hallmark, but has also dabbled in comics for many years. As a freelancer, he creates work for a range of needs, spanning from Mad Magazine to children illustrations. He has two graphic novels available on Amazon worldwide, Halo and Sprocket: The Definitive Collection, as well as Dirtnap: Mystic Spit.