Gadzooks - issue 3
With its traditional, hand-drawn and adult-themed art; Gadzooks is continuing the legacy of the underground comic styles of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and the whole gang of counterculture comix artists of the 1960s and 70s.
The crooked lines, immersive detail, left-field subjects and bizarre, colourful characters gave a visual voice to the feelings of that generation, and Gadzooks is proud to keep that spirit alive and help bring it into the future.
Issue 3 of this best selling, British, low-brow comic launched at York's Unleashed Comicon at the start of August 2021. The initial, numbered, signed and limited edition sold out in just four weeks, so, with a bit of superhero power - it's back and better than ever with a trippy front cover to tease your eyes.
It features FIVE guest artists, alongside Bramwell Slingsby: Russ Brown, Johnny Stingray, The Brown Lazer , Steve Matt and Jimmy Phigment, who bring additional and amazing art to the weird table.
Printed on 80gsm paper with a full colour card cover, the comic weighs in at a MASSIVE 36 fun-packed, weird-filled pages to keep you enthralled for many hours as you eek out all the microscopic details and 'easter egg' gags and references.
Gadzooks is a surreal and satirical adult comicbook, drawn in the classic 'comix' style. Taking a sideways, low-brow, glance at modern life with weird horror, mad humour, regular characters, gag strips, and always high quality art, it includes (among other treats): episodes of several on-going stories
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"If you like the art of Robert Crumb, Bryan Talbot, Gilbert Shelton, MAD and the 'classic comix' style you'll really love this immensely detailed and lovingly crafted work".
"Great production, nice silly psychedelic stories and good art. Enjoyed reading it"
- Tony Bennett. Knockabout Comics.
"I was quite excited when I found out about this new independent underground comic - and now I've got my own personally signed copy of the first issue of Gadzooks in my grubby mitts, I'm even more excited to hear the second issue is just around the corner! The work that has gone into creating this little beauty from scratch is quite mind boggling. Inspired by the likes of Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton, the artist has done an outstanding job in keeping the spirit of the original 60s/70s comix alive - but with modern themes and subjects. You absolutely don't have to be into 'comics' to appreciate this piece of art (although the 'Erasercrumb' strip is my personal favourite here), as any stories in these psychedelic artefacts are secondary to the insanely detailed, mind-blowing quality of the entirely hand-drawn artwork! In today's bland, digitised world, it's refreshing to see somebody keeping the alternative flag flying! ☠️ (The bonus Lemmy card was a nice touch too!👌)
"Painstakingly hand drawn, and the love of the pen-and-ink artform balances with the stunning attention to detail. Every frame is a masterpiece! - the result of hours, even days, of meticulous, back-breaking, eye-aching attention to detail. It deserves our gaze, yet withstands our scrutiny. This isn't a comic to be gobbled! This is a fine meal."
- Dave Thorp, award-winning director, DOP and film producer.
Happy fan mail:
"Like Mad Magazine on acid" - James
"Amazing quality comic book!!!" - Myles
"Weird, wacky, and wonderful. I need a second copy" - Nathan
"Arrived this morning. Read it twice already ! It's awesome! - Micky
"Brilliant artwork. Right up my street" - Josh
Artist, Bramwell, grew up in the 1970s and was an avid reader of underground comix as well as being an art student who drew his own comics. After a lifetime in the design and advertising world he has returned to recreate a comic that celebrates the 'golden age' of independent comic makers.
Concentrating on fully hand drawn content (no computers are used until the print stage) is an arduous task and each page can take as much as three days to complete. The skill of the artist's hand is evident in every pen stroke.
By channeling a whole host of artists, comic styles and themes, he has forged his own cast of regular characters to explore the weirder side of modern life. The initial launch proved such a huge success that the initial print run sold out in just 4 weeks.