back-to-back digital release of The Surgeon #3 and The Unthinkables #1,
the indie publisher also released a surprise title by Surgeon writer,
John Pence, co-written his young son Will.
Hot Brass, Pharaoh’s Gold started with then-ten-year-old Will asking the
important question that all parents face sooner or later: Who would win
in a fight between cowboys and mummies? Immediately, the father-son team
set out to find the answer. Hot Brass starts with a train robbery, wakes
up a bunch of mummies, and calls in the sheriff to sort it all out over
the course of 32 pages of wild fun.
Art duties for this book are handled by veteran comics artist Joe
Koziarski, who started his career working on Speed Racer in the ‘90s and
worked with Pence on The Ballad of Brighid of Atlanta in 2015.
“This book has been nothing but fun from the get-go,” Pence says, “I
loved introducing my son to the process, and I loved his input.
Honestly, a lot of the best visual gags are his. He’s a natural. And I
knew I could count on Joe to capture the innocence, fun, and wackiness
of this world.”
“I wanted to make something that was explicitly written for kids,” Pence
continues, “because The Surgeon definitely is not. This book does have
some alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t have
seen on a kids’ show in the ‘50s.”
“I was just minding my own business one Tuesday afternoon,” says Laurie
Foster, publisher and editor of Unlikely Heroes, “and out of the blue,
John’s like, ‘Hey, you know that cowboys n’ mummies thing I’ve been
fooling with on and off? It’s done.”
“I was plenty busy with Unthinkables and The Surgeon, but if one of your
creators comes to you with a complete, funny book that’s going to engage
new comics readers, what are you gonna do?”
Hot Brass, Pharaoh’s Gold is currently available in electronic format
from the publisher and all major online comics retailers. Check it out.