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Get Graphic: The Badlands Never Looked So Good

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

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For this week's Get Graphic, introduces readers to Crusader from Mad Cave Studios, a bloody sword-and-sorcery epic featuring a hot-tempered Templar knight Our knight gets transported to an unholy realm called The Badlands, where no one is safe and nothing is sacred.    

In the following interview, artist-writer Matt Emmons (Those Who Inherit the Earth, Gardner) takes you into the nether realm that is his artistic process. Keep reading...   

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Firstly, who are you and where do you hail from?

I’m Matt Emmons, a Philadelphia-based cartoonist!

How did you get into comic books as a fan?

I didn’t really get into comics until I was nearly out of college. After that, it was a pretty short window of time between when I was just reading them to when I started making them.

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Crusader looks to be both epic and bloody! Can you set the stage for new readers?

Crusader is a story about a particularly zealous Templar Knight, who finds himself separated from the Crusaders - and our whole world - when he is transported to The Beastlands. A land full of magic and creatures, he has no choice but to follow the questionable advice of a friendly creature if he has any hope of surviving.

What can you tell us about the Templar Knight? Why do we follow him through this story? 

I wanted a faceless lead because it was always something I loved that was only on the periphery of stories. His armor makes him stick out compared to the rest of the setting and becomes just as much a part of his character once he’s separated from any other Templars. Plus, it’s a fun helmet to draw!

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What else can you tell us about the Beastlands?  

I like to keep the worldbuilding very natural, so readers won’t see too much outside of where the story takes them, but the Beastlands themselves are a very sparsely populated mountainous land. Full of giant trees and foggy mountains, there’s lots of places for all kinds of creatures to hide. And not too many places for humans to live safely…

You’re the artist and writer on this project What tools do you use to draw?

Nothing high tech, just plain old pencil and ink with a brush.

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Looking forward, what can readers expect from Crusader?

Crusader is meant to be a fun, pulpy fantasy adventure. Readers will get glimpses into the world, and get to see Pilgrim show what makes him such a valuable henchman.

In terms of audience, who is Crusader for?

Any fans of pulpy fantasy and sword and sorcery should enjoy this one! Especially fans of 80’s fantasy, like The Dark Crystal, Willow, and D&D.

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Crusader is dropping monthly from Mad Cave Studios. It's available now at your local comic shop. Reserve your copy with PREVIEWSworld Pullbox

You can find more of Matt Emmons' work on his website or on his Instagram

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MAD CAVE STUDIOS
CRUSADER #1 (OF 4) CVR A MATT EMMONS (MR)
(W) Matt Emmons (A/CA) Matt Emmons
A Templar Knight finds himself transported to a dangerous realm known as the Beastlands. With sinister entities known as The Masters hunting him down, all he has is his sword and a weird, goblin-like creature named Grimbel to guide him through this strange new world.
In Shops: Sep 06, 2023
SRP: $4.99
PREVIEWS Page #384
MAD CAVE STUDIOS
CRUSADER #1 (OF 4) CVR B MICHAEL WALSH PX (MR)
(W) Matt Emmons (A) Matt Emmons (CA) Michael Walsh
A Templar Knight finds himself transported to a dangerous realm known as the Beastlands. With sinister entities known as The Masters hunting him down, all he has is his sword and a weird, goblin-like creature named Grimbel to guide him through this strange new world.
In Shops: Sep 06, 2023
SRP: $4.99
PREVIEWS Page #384
MAD CAVE STUDIOS
CRUSADER #2 (OF 4) (MR)
(W) Matt Emmons (A/CA) Matt Emmons
On the way to a human stronghold, Grimbel knows of, the Crusader and Grimbel come face to face with The Masters' henchman, Pilgrim. Between the town guards, Pilgrim, and his own temper, the Crusader might be even more lost than when he arrived.
In Shops: Oct 18, 2023
SRP: $4.99
PREVIEWS Page #368
MAD CAVE STUDIOS
CRUSADER #3 (OF 4) (MR)
(W) Matt Emmons (A/CA) Matt Emmons
The Crusader and Grimbel take shelter in a run-down old mill town, but their privacy is short-lived when Meridian and her troupe of heroes, The Eighteen, arrive looking for them. As night falls, Pilgrim appears to confront The Crusader, however, The Eighteen stand in his way of capturing the Crusader for his Masters' nefarious ends.
In Shops: Nov 15, 2023
SRP: $4.99
PREVIEWS Page #351
MAD CAVE STUDIOS
CRUSADER #4 (OF 4) (MR)
(W) Matt Emmons (A/CA) Matt Emmons
After a bloody battle with Pilgrim, Grimbel has been taken hostage, so now the Crusader must journey to The Masters' stronghold to attempt a rescue. Will the Crusader and Grimbel survive this final confrontation?! Will Pilgrim take out the surviving members of the Eighteen who are assisting the Crusader, and are seeking vengeance for their fallen companions?! Find out in the spellbinding final issue of Crusader!
In Shops: Dec 13, 2023
SRP: $4.99
PREVIEWS Page #347

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the Consumer Marketing Manager for Diamond Comics Distributors, Editor of PREVIEWSworld.com, and the producer/co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His published work includes MF DOOM: All Caps, Public Enemy's Apocalypse '91BamnFight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Awards-nominated Magic Bullet.
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