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Don Quixote Fights the War of the Worlds On Kypsel
Tom Pinchuk and Niko Koutsis have a new comic out now
Over on Kypsel1, there is a new comic out now. Clash of The Classics features some mash-ups of genres and characters, with Tom Pinchuk and Niko Koutsis of Remember Andy Xenon? teaming up to bring us Don Quixote Fights the War of the Worlds.
This is a crazy read with some excellent art. We track Don Quixote and his ‘squire’ as he travels Spain and attacks these walking tripods as part of his mad quest. The depths of the madness are on full show here, as he somehow defeats these aliens and somehow avoids harm. There are some sane reactions to him and his fighting of the Martians, though, and these reactions are all perfectly reasonable. From the simple villagers to the alchemist ‘Merlin’. Even Sancho Panza can’t stop this way of life - dragged along from fight to fight.
The art is perfect, with some brilliant colours and scenes - it shows the delusions of the titular character well, and the washed-out colours match well with the armour and the aliens.
This is an excellent read; there are some teases of what will come from these literary mash-ups in the future!
“Not the stories you remember! No book is safe!” These are the bold declarations made by Clash of the Classics, a new anthology series remixing famous adventure epics into utterly unpredictable mash-ups – starting now with Don Quixote Fights the War of the Worlds on Kypsel. In this 24-page digital comics one-shot, the alien invasion arrives centuries early, only to face an unlikely resistance led by the infamous Knight of La Mancha!
Hot on the heels of their acclaimed graphic novella, Remember Andy Xenon?, writer Tom Pinchuk (Ben 10, Heavy Metal) and artist Niko Koutsis (Errand Boys, Savage Dragon) reunite for a genre-bending tale of madness, Martians and medieval combat guaranteed to confound expectations and shock classicists!
This is the first original comic produced by Kypsel, a new content platform with an innovative sales model. Readers can buy Clash of the Classics and own their digital copy, then make money sharing it and selling copies to friends, in turn. It’s available right now at – https://kypsel.com/comics/don-quixote-fights-the-war-of-the-worlds-1
About Clash of the Classics:
Lightning has struck the grand library, fusing history’s greatest books together! Familiar characters find themselves in unfamiliar situations, now. In this first match-up, it’s Cervantes’ Don Quixote colliding with H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, and all bets are off.
Aliens rule Spain. Driven into hiding, its people flee “demons” they can’t even begin to understand – until, Don Quixote and his steadfast squire, Sancho Panza, ride in to save the day! Quixote’s ready to battle these invaders, just as he has with countless giants before. Only those “giants” were windmills, and the knight seems unclear about what manner of creature he’s actually facing now, as well.
It appears this madman may gallivant to his doom. But then, beyond all reason, Quixote proves quite good at killing Martians! The people now have a hero to lead them out of darkness… even if his grasp of reality isn’t always solid. But can they humor him long enough to deliver Spain, or do Quixote’s insane ideas threaten to take the war effort in directions no sane being would ever consider?
Don Quixote Fights the War in the Worlds is the first in a series of mash-ups Pinchuk’s masterminded for Clash of the Clashes, getting back into the headspace of any student who’s daydreamed during English class. Like Marvel’s What If…? or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, these Clashes promise to flip stories and characters we think we know completely upside-down.
What others are saying about the creators...
"Energetic, clever and sharply observed… all the trademarks of a Tom Pinchuk comic."
— TIM SEELEY (Batman Eternal, Guardians of the Galaxy: Best Story Ever, Hack/Slash)
"Everyone wonders where the hot new comics property will come from and look to publishers, trends in subject matter, cool promotions, or innovative formats. Instead, I look to the creators doing exciting work. Tom Pinchuk is always at the forefront of that movement. So, don't ask me which book is going to be the new hotness, ask me where Tom Pinchuk is right now." -- Phil Hester (Ant-Man, The Flash)
In the Creators’ Words:
“We expect Cervantes and Mr. Wells to roll in their graves,” Pinchuk says with a wink. “Nikos and I did do our homework, scouring the books to make all details accurate, but we couldn’t resist ruining the point of these books, too. So, the giants are very real this time. No hallucinations. And Quixote finally gets to be the asskicker he always deserved to be.”
“When I pitched Clash of the Classics to Kypsel, they were totally on board with what we were shooting for. Still can’t believe what craziness they let us get us away…” Pinchuk says. “It’s a square peg of comic, absolutely. We’re mashing books, genres, tones. It’s irreverent. It’s iconoclastic. Nobody will be able to predict what’s coming next, each page. But we still took Quixote seriously as a character, so people will also find themselves rooting for him more than they ever expected to. And the Clashes we’ve got cooking next will be even more unpredictable.”
Tom Pinchuk – Writer/Creator: A man of duality, Tom has charted the adventures of world-famous kid heroes like Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 and Mattel’s Max Steel while also crafting mature audience comics for Heavy Metal Magazine, among others. He swears Remember Andy Xenon will reconcile these contradictions, at last. Tom has written for television, comics, and everything in-between and, before moving to Los Angeles, dwelled everywhere from Singapore to Syracuse. He delights in obstacle races, escape rooms, recounting his “breathtaking” loss to a future UFC fighter at a Jiu-Jitsu tournament, and in masterminding increasingly elaborate, diabolical April Fools Day pranks.
Nikos Koutsis – Illustrator: Located in Athens, Greece, Nikos is the co-creator of Errand Boys (Image), and artist on Erik Larsen’s Mighty Man (Image) and Hasbro's Stretch Armstrong (IDW). He’s been the colorist on Savage Dragon since 2008 and colored more than 3,500 pages for Image and IDW so far, claiming that the night is still young! It's really a mystery how he manages to have a life as a family man, teach as a Sequential Arts Professor at Vakalo College of Art and Design, or maintain a good shape for himself! (Or at least this is what he thinks he’s doing)
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