Cock of the walk

Dear Lord Vi­o­lence, bad lan­guage, in­ter­plan­e­tary racism and smut: wel­come to Dr Grord­bort’s world

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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.dr­grord­

“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.

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