When we were kids, my brother and I had big dreams of being cartoonists, video game designers, mystery writers, etc. In 5th grade we each had an AMAZING teacher who encouraged that creativity. She was Ms. Richards when Sam had her. The next year, when I had her, she was married and had another name. She did a project every year to let her students write, illustrate, and bind their own book. Mine was something forgettable and stupid and I only remember a character having a boom box (but I think his name was Zach, coincidentally). My brother’s was a superhero named Cockroach Man with the power to not die, among other things.
Cockroach Man was rehashed over and over again during our adolescence. We were two years apart in age and one year apart in school. Sam and I were, and still are, close. In high school, after seeing Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (the one I’d like to forget in favor of Marc Webb’s), we decided to write a movie script.
It was so bad.
Last year my brother decided to launch Cockroach Man as a web comic. Of course, he knew that he was not a writer, so he asked for help. My husband started writing it for him, but time and his other web comic got in the way. A few months ago, I joined the team. Now I write, Kyle consults and edits (“He should say this instead. That’s better.”) and Sam does the art. Sam has since started doing cell-shaded 3D environments (he’s a 3D modeler by trade) mixed with hand-drawn characters.
The Interminable Cockroach Man is about a superhero from the golden age who was frozen. In the freezing process, his brain was addled. Cockroach Man is not quite there, but he’s powerful. The government has place an agent, Rick Rogers, with Cockroach Man as his sidekick. It’s a parody of comics, but also has a really cool plot. The art is constantly improving and the story is really taking off.
Check out http://www.cockroachman.com to read the comic! The comic updates every Sunday at midnight, EST.