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Inside Mark Russell’s RUMPUS ROOM

Inside Mark Russell’s RUMPUS ROOM


Author Mark Russell took San Diego Comedian-Con attendees this weekend inside his new ebook Rumpus Room, which imagines a technocrat billionaire with a horrible pores and skin situation that requires a topical cream made, um, very unethically by uh…nicely, basically by harvesting the poor.

Rumpus Room — which is printed by AWA Studios and has a primary problem due out September 20 (FOC August 27) — is illustrated by Ramon Rosanas with covers by Tony Harris. And whereas the rollout of the ebook was probably the most well timed facet of the panel, there was additionally a considerate dialogue of Russell’s previous ebook with AWA, Not All Robots, in addition to his profession as an entire. The truth is, I believe this panel — moderated by Popverse’s Graeme McMillan with AWA Chief Inventive Officer Axel Alonso — had extra (and higher) questions than 99 p.c of comics panels I’ve attended (we’ll get to these). 

However first, extra on Rumpus Room. Russell mentioned the ebook is a satire, impressed by the politics of 2023, a time wherein many appear to be snug with arguing that some teams are much less human and billionaires have principally thrown everybody else right into a (rumpus) room to struggle for survival. 

You will discover some visible belongings from the brand new ebook under, together with a variant cowl drawn (and signed) by Russell himself:

Rumpus Room

Rumpus Room

So there’s the artwork and the brand new stuff, however like I mentioned, this panel additionally had a strong Q&A and a pleasant dialogue between Russell and Alonso. I’ve pulled out some highlights that I famous under:

  • Russell was having a tough time getting Not All Robots (an eventual Eisner winner for finest humor comedian) made, with publishers listening to the pitch — a robotic dystopian parable for poisonous masculinity — after which asking what else he had. Till AWA got here alongside.
  • Russell initially questioned how nicely Not All Robots artist Mike Deodato Jr. would match with the ebook, however thinks his work makes it even funnier by enjoying the visuals comparatively straight.
  • Alonso mentioned he favored the ebook as a result of it was a distinct form of robotic takeover story, one wherein the robots are victors however remorse it.
  • Russell has a prose venture forthcoming that entails the Brothers Grimm fairytales. 
  • The “primordial influences” for Russell’s work are MAD Journal and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.
  • Russell was so satisfied that (now completely beloved) The Flintstones would finish his comics profession, that he tried to place all the pieces he needed to say in that one comedian.
  • Lastly, quoting an viewers query, Russell mentioned it might be becoming if his enterprise card learn “Mark Russell, A New Voice in Frustration.”

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