2021 A Strange Year In Review

What a fucking year, gang! As I type up this annual year-in-review post, I’ve just sent off a pair of my short stories to be translated into Polish for a foreign Bizarro Fiction group. 2021 also saw a resurgence of the Hack Movies brand, as I brought the DVDs and even some limited VHS out of retirement and took them on the road, hitting ten cities and conventions, introducing a whole new crop of diehard horror fans to the magic and wonder of Strangeville.

On that front, my most popular film, COCKHAMMER, was solicited for an upcoming UK film festival, proving that Strangeville never, EVER dies. Long after I’m gone, these stories will still be touching the hearts and private parts of perverts and weirdos the world over. Just as God intended!

On the comic book tip? Oh man, was 2021 a monster year! We released COCKHAMMER LIVES! the epic graphic novel sequel back in March. My black and white mini-comics NEON GUTS and NIXON AND HOGAN HATE COMICS hit at the same time, and then in the fall we dropped NIXON AND HOGAN’S HORRORWEED HALLOWEEN just in time for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday.

NIXON AND HOGAN’S BATHROOM BASTARDS dropped soon after, and I’ve finished up the year colorizing ROCCO AND SASPARILLA’S SICKMASTIME STORY and NEON GUTS for future release as full color one-shot single issue comics.

As if all that wasn’t enough, my two page toon THE CUM GARDEN was picked up by the underground fanzine FOR THE LOVE COMIX marking your boy Kevin Strange’s first ever published cartoonist credit!

I told ya’ll, it was a monster fucking year! And I can’t even tell you the biggest news of all. The ink is still wet on the biggest contract of my career, but I can’t spill the beans until the powers that be are ready so the gargantuan 2021 Strangeville news will have to wait until sometime in 2022. Believe me, I’ll drop that knowledge the very SECOND I’m allowed to blab about it!

People tell me all the time they respect my hustle and my artistic output, but the truth is I’d PAY to be able to do the cool shit I do with Strangeville every year. I don’t get the whole “ashamed artist” bit. I’m Strangeville’s biggest fan. The more shit that comes out, the more shit I get to fanboy over. I make gnarly bangers be it comics, novels or movies. I LOVE Strangeville so it’s EASY for me to crank out this madness.

But now I’m rambling. It’s been a whirlwind year, gang. And I keep tell you. We’re JUST getting started!

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2020: The STRANGEST Year

Most will bemoan that 2020 was the worst year ever. Not because technocratic lunatics took us one step closer to a globalist, dystopian nightmare world, but because they were slightly inconvenienced by having to work from home in their sweatpants. GOOD CITIZENS, after all, never complain about government overreach (unless it’s Orange Man’s doing.)

Anyway, 2020 was a great year for Strangeville. One of our best, in fact. Since Strangeville lives outside the megacity lunacy and technocratic censorship bubble, we pretty much just do whatever the fuck we want, whenever the fuck we want. And a nearly harmless virus exaggerated into an extinction-level event didn’t slow us down in the slightest.

In 2020 I completed work on my very first Strangeville game. A Magic The Gathering knock-off dumbed down and streamlined with the hardcore stoner in mind. Strangeville Smoke Weed: The Card Game is one of the coolest things I’ve EVER produced, and in a career as prolific as mine, that’s saying something.

We delayed its release from March to September/October to avoid the lock-downs and possible economic collapse caused by our insane overlords. This gave me plenty of time to start work on my most ambitious project to date. A 150 page, full color graphic novel sequel to my 2009 film COCKHAMMER. Written, penciled, lettered, inked and colored by yours truly.

I finished work on COCKHAMMER LIVES! the graphic novel right around the time we launched the SVSW IndieGoGo. We smashed our goals, threw in some cool-ass stretch-goal extras and got them shits right out the door just as I was dotting the Is and crossing the Ts on COCKHAMMER LIVES, leaving me a tiny window to throw together a FREE Christmas comic.

While COCKHAMMER LIVES! was cooling off, preparing for a March 2021 crowdfunder, I started live-streaming my work on ROCCO AND SASPARILLA’S SICKMASTIME STORY, a 30 page, black and white one-shot comic that I planned to finish and release before Christmas.

Once again, I wrote, penciled, lettered and inked the comic, doing daily streams showing the entire process from thumbnails, to rough pencils, to inks, lettering and finishes. We finished that sucker on time, too and sent out a PDF a few days before Christmas. I even printed up a butt-load of them to take to conventions and use as promotional material.

Conventions? That’s right. When the powers-that-be rip the keys out of Orange Man’s hands and the entire populous is force-injected with poison and god-knows-what, hopefully they’ll loosen the shackles and allow for us mere peasants to roam semi-free in the pastures of our country again. At which time Strangeville is going to hit the convention circuit bigger and harder than EVER before.

2021 (technolords willing) will see one of our biggest tours ever. This time with all the Hack Movies on DVD, all the Strange Fiction in Hardcover, paperback and chapbook format. Strangeville Smoke Weed: The Card Game, and a slew of graphic novels and mini promo comics.

Or we’ll all cower in our hovels and watch Netflix while the government pays us scraps of our own taxes again. Either way, see ya next year, gang! STAY STRANGE!