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On The Stump #1

On The Stump #1

Image Comics

Written by Chuck Brown

Illustrated by Prenzy


SERIES PREMIERE! Each issue of arc one features a connecting variant cover by SANFORD GREENE! The campaign trail is paved with blood and broken bones. History diverged in 1868 when a pivotal presidential debate turned violent. Today, elections are decided by highly publicized hand-to-hand combat in arenas called Stumps. Unfortunately, the violence doesn’t end in the ring, and powerful people can still get away with murder. Senator Jack Hammer and FBI Agent Anna Bell Lister are teaming up to bring it all down. Eisner-nominated writer CHUCK BROWN (BITTER ROOT) joins forces with Italian artist PRENZY (#Like4Like) and letterer CLAYTON COWLES to create a hyper-violent tale full of countless injustices-and people who have to fight for their place in it.

Diamond Code: DEC190065
FOC due January 27th, 2020
In stores on February 19th, 2020

Why It’s Cool:

“Politics is a bloodsport.” – Aneurin Bevan

“On the Stump pulls no punches. Literally. The first issue opens with a brutal and bloody slugfest and only gets more violent from there. Imagine an America where for the last 150 or so years political issues were settled and decided by who carried the biggest stick and used it to physically beat their opponent into submission. That’s the world of On The Stump. All the things we’ve grown accustomed to in modern day politics are still around: lobbyists, shady deals, and backroom handshakes, but add in mutants, genetic enhancements, and a secret society known as The Blacksmiths and things start to get as weird as they are violent.”



Q&A with Chuck Brown:


What are you reading/watching/listening to as inspiration for this work?

Chuck Brown: I re-read and researched a lot of American history when I first thought of the concept. The would of On The Stump is so close to our world except for a slight detour in the past. I’ve always enjoyed movies and TV with a ton of action and fight scenes. One show that comes to mind is Banshee. The fight scenes were bloody and over the top.

When you started this project who did you have in mind as an audience for this, and did it change by the time you finished?

CB: On the Stump began as a short story. I wanted to paint a world that readers could get lost in. When I finished the short I kept building on this world and I really wanted to see this world and its characters come to life. So, naturally, I started developing it for comic book audiences. 

Can you give us an idea of what readers can look forward to in this series, maybe a little down the line?

CB: Readers will be treated to a world within a world. The concept of this book and the world it is built on is already a little out there.  As Jack and Ann begin to follow the bread crumbs of corruption in stump fighting they stumble upon something more bizarre than fighting in politics. Also, we will not drag out this story. Our goal is to entertain from book 1 and beyond and show and do new and exciting things in every arc. 

What’s great in comics right now that you’re currently reading?

CBI’m really enjoyed House and Powers of X. I’m also reading Plastic, Hot Lunch Special and Excellence. 

So what’s next?

CBWell, I’m looking forward to being apart of the adoption of my Image book Bitter Root into a film.  I’m developing two more creator-owned books and I’m finishing up a book of short stories.