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A comic about family ties, lost love, road trips...and Las Vegas's favorite lounge singer.
A comic about family ties, lost love, road trips...and Las Vegas's favorite lounge singer.
A comic about family ties, lost love, road trips...and Las Vegas's favorite lounge singer.
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Sex Bomb Strikes Again is a graphic novel written by Ally Shwed and drawn by Gerardo Alba.  It is the story of a father and daughter who try to rekindle their strained familial ties by taking a cross-country road trip--all to see Tom Jones play a one-night-only show in Las Vegas.

We're trying to raise the funds necessary to have a printed, bound copy of this 44-page, full-color graphic novel to share with readers and comic fans...and you!

The Story

Beth Zonkowski’s mother died when she was only six years old, the victim of a drunk driver. Although she doesn’t remember much about Frances, Beth was left with her jovial personality and a love for the singer Tom Jones. Lorne, Beth’s father, had a harder time forgetting about Frances, and after a string of failed relationships following the death, he subconsciously resigns himself to a lonely, reclusive life without the person he loves.

Eighteen years after Frances’s death, Beth is still living at home, trying her best to keep her father sane and happy. When she learns that Tom Jones is doing a special one-night-only show in Las Vegas, she decides this would be a good reason to get Lorne out of the house as well as a fitting way to celebrate her twenty-fifth birthday. After some reluctance on the part of Lorne, father and daughter agree to take a road trip from their house in New Jersey to the concert in Nevada.

As they make pit stops along the way to see everything from Washington DC to the world’s second largest pumpkin, Lorne slowly begins to come out of his shell and enjoy life again. The road trip seems to prove a success—until they reach Utah, and Beth discovers a suitcase in her hotel room that contains the passport of a handsome young man (along with his Tom Jones album). Not realizing until now how draining the road trip has been on her spirits, Beth decides to liven things up by rerouting the road trip to the home of the stranger in Salt Lake City. She claims the extra miles are simply for the sake of returning the suitcase, but what Beth really wants is to meet this mystery man with whom she seemingly shares such a deep connection.

Does Beth meet the man of her dreams?  How does Lorne feel about this?  And do they ever make it to Las Vegas in time for the show?  There's only one way to find out: pledge today and help make Sex Bomb a reality!

The Art

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The Creators

By day, we're college professors, teachers of drawing, digital art, scriptwriting, and of course, comics!  But by night, we're freelance artists and a professional comic book letterer (Ally) and colorist (Gerardo).  This is our first collaborative pet project, and we're super excited to see our months of hard work--the story is over a year in the making!--pay off in the form of a real life, actual, hold-it-in-your-hands graphic novel that'll look oh-so-pretty on your shelf.

You can check out more of our work at allyshwed.com and grrd.mx!

Risks and challenges

The script is written and the pages are inked, so the only steps left before laying out the book and sending the pages off to the publisher are coloring (by Gerardo) and lettering (by Ally). Our timeline is to have these done by mid-summer. (And since we're both college professors sans summer classes, this deadline should be no problem!)

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