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Ragmop: The World Needs Laughter!

Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist returns with an all new action-comedy to put a smile on your face and laughter in your belly.

Ragmop: The World Needs Laughter!

Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist returns with an all new action-comedy to put a smile on your face and laughter in your belly.

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About

What in the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is Ragmop?

In 1995 Rob Walton (that's me!), animation veteran and author of the decidedly un-funny comic, "Grendel Tales: The Devil's Hammer", launched a revolution in comic book humor with his indefinable cultural satire, “Ragmop: A Brief  history of Crime”. 

Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime

Its unique blend of Marvel Silver Age storytelling, political savvy, feminism, conspiratorial history and cartoon anarchy, quickly earned cult status and two 1997 Eisner Award Nominations. In 2006 the definitive 462-page graphic novel was published to international acclaim, a duo of 2007 Joe Shuster Award Nominations, and was included in Paul Gravett’s “1001 Comics You Must read Before You Die” (2011). 

1001 comics You Must Read Before You Die, General editor Paul Gravett

RAGMOP: The World Needs Laughter!

In the wake of the 2016 US elections, Walton decided it was high time to return to Ragmop in order to deliver laughter to a world on the brink loosing its sense of humor altogether. Originally featured in the AV Club

The Pitch!

When the indomitable Alice Hawkings decides to expose the Shadow Government’s Top Secret Climate Modification program, plans go quickly awry after she is captured by the Draco, Earth’s shape-shifting lizard overlords hell-bent on infiltrating humanity through our highest levels of government and military. Bungling his own escape from the Draco, the T-Rex, Einstein, ends up on the wrong end of a needle filled with "Super-Sauce", Enticin' Chicken's latest experimental growth hormone, transforming him into a Kaiju-sized  Chicken-Saurus! That leaves Theoretical Physicist and practical joker, Til Pindal, to rally the remaining troops to save Alice from an unsavory fate worse than death at the hands of Gen. Falsflagg in the Draco’s  secret UFO base beneath the Antarctic so, together, they can stop Einstein from his rampage of destruction. But Enticin’ Chicken CEO, Vermillion Vanderbill, has plans of his own to stop Einstein and save the company’s good name. What better way to stop a monster ...than with more monsters?

A brand new cast of characters joins the fun as Ragmop takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the history of comics, genetically modified foods, conspiracy theories, Art House cinema, Tex Avery cartoons and the Jack Kirby Centennial! All this and more in the most outrageously hilarious, action-filled story since the previous Ragmop! Originally serialized online in 2017, "Ragmop: The World Needs Laughter" was nominated for yet another Joe Shuster Award for Best Online Comic (2017). Watch the trailer!

 Jon Adams Designs!!! 

The book will be designed by Jon Adams (New Yorker, MAD)

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REWARDS

 Cover by Mike Mignola

Alternative Cover by Mike Mignola

 Original art

Original Art: Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime, cover.
Illustration for Comic Buyer's Guide #1209, Jan. 1997
Ragmop #2 (IMAGE COMICS) Hand painted animation-style cell
Original Art Page 3. 11x17. Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime
Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime Page 25 "Once Upon A Time In Ragmop".
Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime Page 78, "Hey, Rocky!"
Alice Vs Cardinal Assassini, Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime page 100
"Tee Hee" Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime page 164
Alice in motion! Ragmop: A Brief History of Crime page 252
Ragmop #1, Planet lucy Press (1995)

 Advance Praise For "RAGMOP: The World Needs Laughter"? Really? REALLY!! 

“Ragmop: The World Needs Laughter is WILD FUN! Not only is Rob's pop-culture bashing mind as sharp  as ever, but his cartooning skills are mad-good. This five chapter story has about eighteen chapters worth of energy and ideas packed into it!”

Steven T. Seagle, (Man of Action Entertainment, Ben 10, House of Mystery)  

“Ragmop is one of my favorite things, and you can quote  me.” 

J.H. Williams III  (Sandman: Overture, Batwoman, Promethea)

"Amid an insane world lorded over by insane leaders, RAGMOP is a sharp, lucid, crystalline comedic voice and vision of sanity. Rob Walton was firing on all cylinders with the original RAGMOP back in the 1990s, but with all things escalating as they have thus far into the 21st century, he's had to increase engine power and capacity to tear a new hole in the fabric of the universe and let 'er rip. Channeling the antic spirits of  Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, RAGMOP: The World Needs Laughter is the cure, the purge, the corrective, and the cleanser, all in one tidy package. Kudos, dig in, and mind the dinosaurs!" 

Stephen R. Bissette  (SWAMP THING, TABOO, S.R. BISSETTE'S TYRANT®)

"Loaded with layers of dark hilarity!"

Charles Vess Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Illustrator, Charles Vess' Ballads and Sagas, and man of few words!

What About the Frenchies? Is Ragmop Existential Enough?

"RAGMOP brings back a sharp North American style of satire to the century we will all die in. Imagine a world where Hanna-Barbara mated with Guy Debord, Derrida, Chomsky and other cool lefties. Once you open up the book you will be hooked. Metaphysics, politics and comics enhanced with Coolsville art can be fun (again)! If you don't  believe me try RAGMOP! Be there or be square!"

Jean-Emmanuel Dubois, The Idler (UK), Citizen  K(France)

What the Eggheads have to say about Ragmop:

"The cartooning itself is a marvel. (Walton) manages to touch upon just about two-thirds of all the hot-button political issues of the last quarter of a century. It’s hard to say what my favorite joke is (“…Not the Ice Age!”, “Uh, fellas? Is there a sub plot we don’t know about?”), but there are a lot. And, honestly, (he) sticks the landing. I was surprised at how poignant it became."

Daniel Perretti, Superman In Myth and Folklore, University Press of Mississippi, 2017; Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland

"Ragmop mixes pratfalls and economic theory in a way that is utterly distinctive to comics. Picture the love child of comic book great Jack Kirby and economist Adam  Smith, all done as a Looney Tunes cartoon.  Or maybe the best story of  an interstellar conspiracy ever done by ALL the Marx brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, AND Karl)."
Henry Jenkins, Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California.

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