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Kid Nefarious in his own solo adventure from the Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Universe.
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FROM THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SUPER-VILLAINY:

A PLOT SO SINISTER:

Kid Nefarious is a central character in the Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors Universe. Over the next year we have six Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors one-shots planned by guest creative teams. If these are successful, then we expect to do more. 

The Gladstone’s one-shots are going to be printed in the United States which will give us a faster turnaround and delivery time.  While the Hardcover books from China are beautiful, the wait from printing overseas has been holding us up.

We need to get Gladstone’s out more regularly to our audience.

Once the first round of one-shots are printed, our strategy will be to hire more popular creative teams that already have a built-in audience to draw attention to our series and to build up our readership numbers. 

If you are new to the Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors Universe you can sign up for our mailing list and download a digital copy of our first 200 page graphic novel titled ‘Super-Villainy 101. 

The Kid Nefarious One-Shot is 32 pages and is written by Ryan Schrodt, illustrated by Matthew Weldon, colored by Rodrigo Aviles and lettered by Patrick Brosseau. The book is finished and ready to go to the printer. 

KID NEFARIOUS ONE-SHOT DESCRIPTION:

After a failed test, Kid Nefarious is threatened with expulsion and given a second chance from Headmaster Ironsides.

Kid Nefarious must now embark on a wondrous quest he never signed up for...

As a Superhero and the protector of the halcyon city of Sunnybrook. 

KID NEFARIOUS ONE-SHOT PREVIEW PAGES:

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Kid Nefarious One-Shot

Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Volume 1 Hardcover

Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Volume 2 Hardcover

Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Book 3 Hardcover

Gladstone's School for World Conquerors 3 Book Set (Slipcase availability limited only while supplies last).

THE THREE BOOK SET:

About Gladstone's School for World Conquerors:

Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors is a Young Adult Graphic Novel series by Armand Villavert & Mark Smith about a top-secret academy for the children of the world's greatest Super Villains to learn their trade.

Ever wondered if Super Villains go to school? Ah, you assumed they were born with their special skills. Think again, in Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors we find ourselves amidst the pinnacle of higher learning for the next generation of villains and masterminds honing their craft.

The school curriculum includes the usual suspects of “public speaking” and “biology and chemistry,” and yet that’s only superficial child’s play. Classes like “unleash your hypnotic potential”, “intergalactic battle strategy”, and “ancient relics, spells & mystical arts” are added stressors for straight-A students like Kid Nefarious and Mummy Girl.

Mock battles are unleashed to test their skills with the latest tools of the trade such as “orbs of tranquility” or “grim reaper’s breath.”

Join Kid Nefarious, Mummy Girl, Martian Jones, The Speed Spectre, Ghost Girl, Man O' War, and the infamous Skull brothers unearth the School's and their parent's hidden past.

Praise for Gladstone's:

"Mark Andrew Smith and Armand Villavert’s tween superhero ongoing stood out as the kind of title Marvel or DC wish they had, but would never be possible at the Big Two. A superhero dramedy set at a school for aspiring supervillains, the series is founded on the concept that the ongoing war between heroes and villains is faked, putting a new spin on the parent-as-supervillain metaphor.

The students are waking up to the reality of their world, and the reader discovers with them, learning the dense mythology of Smith’s story while experiencing the thrill of Villavert’s kinetic artwork. Best of all, Gladstone’s is a title appropriate for all readers, with characters that look and sound like kids, but a plot that any superhero fan can appreciate." - AV CLUB

"Mark Andrew Smith’s tween-supervillain team is similar to the Runaways in that each member is pulled from a different corner of the superhero genre: a mummy, ghost, alien, etc. Smith’s story puts a new spin on the super-school concept that has already been tried in films like Sky High and Zoom. Armand Villavert’s sleek artwork would translate well to computer animation, and Smith’s clearly defined yet whimsical cast makes Gladstone’s a great fit for a studio like Pixar. The chance of a creator-owned superhero team launching a big-budget animated feature is slim, but if The Walking Dead can become the highest-rated show on cable, there’s always hope." - AV CLUB

More Praise for Gladstone's:

Smith’s writing is fast-paced and warm, his characters rich enough to resonate with all ages of reader, and the character design and outsider edge of surreality recalls Peter Milligan‘s X-Statix, and likewise Villavert’s pen explores the same subverted pop-art style of Mike Allred, albeit with the stylised touch of a Saturday morning cartoon." - Sci Fi Now

And even more Praise for Gladstone's: 

"We've been championing Gladstone's by Mark Andrew Smith and Armand Villavert since issue #1, but the last couple of issues have seen the series hit an early stride. In this installment, Smith plays with an enticingly fun and interesting take on superhero comics, challenging the notion of a hero's constant victory of his nemesis and how that would affect a child that is being educated in the ways of villainy.

Watching Kid Nefarious and friends discover their parents losing over and over again in the pages of comic books (which are banned from Gladstone's, for these obvious reasons) is amazing. Gladstone's never talks down to kids and remains all-ages accessible. Better yet, they just might learn something about the tropes of superhero comics in the process.

Gladstone's continues to impress, so if you've been neglecting this series for some oddball reason, it's time to stop doing so. You're missing out, and everyone's going to make fun of you for it." - IGN


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The Hardcover books are printed. We are publishing single issues and printing them in the US for a faster turn around time.

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