Cock of the walk
Dear Lord Violence, bad language, interplanetary racism and smut: welcome to Dr Grordbort’s world
Guillermo del Toro, the filmmaker famed for creating his own dark and fantastical worlds, describes Dr Grordbort Presents: Onslaught, a new anthology of Lord Cockswain’s interplanetary adventures, as “A violent, vibrant Neverland, witty and brilliantly realised.”
Front-cover endorsements don’t come much better than that. Author and illustrator Greg Broadmore gives a more direct description of his antihero when we speak to him. “Lord Cockswain is a moron,” he says. “He’s loud, violent, oblivious and unstoppable.
“It’s always fun to draw a moron. He has this very faceted and harshly angled face
Lord Cockswain is a moron. He’s loud, violent, oblivious and unstoppable
that’s almost sculptural – like a giant Russian propagandist statue.”
Onslaught features the first three stories from Dr Grordbort’s universe and a host of exclusives, including a new full-colour comic adventure, spoof ads, character profiles and concept art. But the big question is: where does the character’s name come from?
“His name was inspired by an insult that an old friend of mine used: he called people Cockswains as a joke, emphasising the ‘cock’ – as you do – and it always made me laugh."
Doctor Grordbort Presents: Onslaught is out in September priced at $22.99. More info at www.drgrordborts.com.
“It’s always fun to draw a moron,” says
Greg Broadmore. “A mural design in the retro-futuristic setting of Dr Grordbort. Mythical Venusian warrior goddesses lounge about with, you know, alien space-cats.” Greg, who works for Weta, both wrote and illustrated Dr Grordbort’s fantastical world.
Dr Grordbort Presents: Onslaught is a new anthology of the adventures of Lord Cockswain.