Sunday, June 17, 2012

Why Skullkickers?

I came into Skullkickers quite by accident.  As you may well know, I'm a pretty big Dinosaur Comics fan, and one fateful day - let's say August 19th, 2010 - Ryan North posted a link to an upcoming comic from his friend "Zub".  Well, you can bet that I followed that link, found a mighty promising preview, and proceeded to head down to my local comic book shop to ask them to add that title to my pull list.

Once the first issue came out, I discovered two important things.  Firstly, despite Mr. North's assertions, the series' wasn't called "Skull Kickers" but "Skullkickers" (an important difference, as I'm sure you can recognize).  And secondly, Skullkickers was all kinds of wonderful.

If you're unfamiliar, Skullkickers is an irreverent, D&D-esque fantasy series starring two mercenary mercenaries who go by the apropos nicknames of "Shorty" and "Baldy".  Shorty is the (short) dwarf and Baldy is the (bald) human.  Pretty simple stuff.  The series also happens to be one of my favourites.  It's got violence, it's got adventure, it's got humour, and like all of my favourite comic book things, it's got fun.  Also: some of the best comic book SFX around.

Can you tell which one is which?

Written by Jim Zub, drawn by Edwin Huang, coloured by Misty Coats, and published by Image Comics, Skullkickers just made it up to issue #15 this week, and there have been some pretty big revelations in the past two issues.  However, seeing as it's admittedly possible that not everyone has been reading the book (although I can't imagine why), I'd ask we try to keep spoilers in our scripts to a minimum, if possible.  Fortunately, that shouldn't be a problem, because these two characters are larger than life and lend themselves to all sorts of fun scenes and scenarios.

Should you somehow be one of those people who hasn't read any Skullkickers, I have just the remedy for you.  Zub et al are actually in the process of posting earlier issues of Skullkickers online for free!  They've been making pretty good progress on it, too, as I believe they are coming to the end of the second story arc. So if you're interested (and you should be!), you can start reading from issue #1 here.

I'm a real big fan of this book, and as always, I'm excited to see what our tenures and play-at-homers will make of it!  For anyone wanting to participate, please feel free to post your scripts in the comments below.  I hope everyone has as much fun writing their entries as I know I will.

What're you waiting for?! Let's get scripting!


  1. This was perfectly timed. I have just started to play pen and paper D and D again so have a lot of inspiration to bring to the table.

  2. This will be my first official week where I know nothing about the character(s).

    Well, I knew nothing of Squared Circle beforehand, but I kinda cheated with that one and did my own thing.

    And I don't technically "know" Ryan K. Lindsay, but he's not a fictional character (or is he?).

    Regardless: Challenge accepted!


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