Publisher: ACTION LAB – DANGER ZONE
Written by: Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Art by: Jon Reed
Colors by: Jen Hickman
Main Cover by: Jon Reed and Jen Hickman
Variant Cover by: Francesca Ciregia and Gloria Martinelli
Summary: It’s Game of Thrones with cardboard homes as this wild new series brings an inner city’s hidden world to life in contemporary fantasy style! First Coast City’s homeless suffer under the thumb of tyrant, Philip the Ax. As the seeds for a violent coup begin to sprout, it falls to benevolent vagabond Simon to try to stave off war and bring peace back to the alleys.
Thanks! It’s great to be back.
What’s your origin story?
Nothing Spectacular, Amazing, Fantastic, or Uncanny.
I’ve always been creative, or at least been drawn to creative things. I wanted to be a comic book artist when I was a kid, but never really stuck. Years later, I still loved the creative aspect of storytelling, so I started to write.
So tell us about “Kingdom Bum”
Kingdom Bum is a wild story about a secret society of homeless people who live right under our noses. I originally referenced Game of Thrones in my longer pitch to Action Lab, and when we were preparing to solicit the book they synthesized that down to the tag line “It’s Game of Thrones with cardboard homes,” which perfectly captures our concept.
At its core, Kingdom Bum is about many of concepts and problems we face in the world today, but viewed through a slightly goofy and irreverent lens. What does it mean to be free? How much of that freedom is worth risking for safety? How difficult is it to open a can of beer when you don’t have any thumbs?
One thing Rick and I were concerned about while writing the book was that we didn’t want the work to come off as insensitive to the real world homeless population. There is a lot going on in Kingdom Bum, and if we’re fortunate enough to be able to continue telling stories in this world, the place these characters hold in the larger scheme of things will become apparent.