Behold: the greatest warrior of all time like you’ve never seen him before. In a trailer! (For a book.) Springing from the comedic minds of Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Onion), Gabe Koplowitz (VICELAND), and acclaimed international artist Miguel Porto comes a book trailer for an original graphic novel ALLEN, SON OF HELLCOCK, about the ghost of the greatest warrior of all time and his endlessly disappointing millennial son. Publisher Z2 Comics promises ALLEN, SON OF HELLCOCK is the only book on sale in comic stores now featuring washed-up sorcerers and swordsmen, terrifying horse-donkeys, sensitive ogres, cynical blob-men…. and endorsements from Tom Hanks, John Oliver, Dave Eggers, Chip Zdarsky and Jesse Eisenberg,
“I don’t often provide blurbs for books, but when the writers literally have you chained to a wall and are refusing to let you leave before you give them one, you tend to relax your standards. Enjoy this book. I did. Now let me go, please.” — John Oliver
“As an unsolicited exercise in juvenilia, ALLEN, SON OF HELLCOCK is very funny and wonderfully illustrated. I was equally surprised by how much I liked it and that it existed at all.” — Jesse Eisenberg
“I’ve known Gabe Koplowitz since he was 9 years old, and I’m baffled by this. I thought maybe he’d be a doctor — I was thinking podiatrist. But now this… What is this? Is it about vikings or Millennials? And is Allen wearing tights? Why is Allen wearing tights? And who is Will Tracy? I think this Will Tracy is a bad influence.” — Dave Eggers
“Please stop emailing me.”—Chip Zdarsky
“The Fatheads who wrote ALLEN,SON OF HELLCOCK, don’t laugh at jokes. No. They listen, then nod their heads, sagely, and make comments like ‘ah, yes. That is quite funny’ and ‘I see what you are doing, verbally, with the use of outrage-e-osity vis-a-vis logic.’ They make up words like ‘outrage-e-osity‘! Honestly! I have no time for any of them…” — Tom Hanks
ALLEN, SON OF HELLCOCK follows the misadventures of Allen, a slack jawed hipster who desperately wants to cast off his family’s legacy …. to embrace his lifelong dream to become a comic book artist.
What Critics Are Saying About ALLEN, SON OF HELLCOCK
“Get ready to dive into a new quirky fantasy adventure.” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Both funny and poignant.”— BLEEDING COOL
“Sound ridiculous in the best way possible? Absolutely. And we haven’t even talked about Donkeys urinating on medieval hipsters, stylish elves and other absurdities.”–SYFY WIRE
“Allen, Son of Hellcock…is worldbuilding at its funniest” — POP OPTIQ
“Living in the shadow of your parent’s legacy can be a tough thing—even moreso if a) your parent was the mightiest warrior to ever live and b) you’re the direct opposite of that. . . . Written by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s Will Tracy and…. Gabe Koplowitz, and with art by Miguel Porto, Allen, Son of Hellcock picks up after the death of Allen’s dad—the greatest hero in all the land—Hellcock (which is a spectacular fantasy warrior name, by the way). He’s entrusted his legacy to his whiny, cowardly, only son.“ — io9
“I was only two pages in when I realized this might be the funniest book of the year.”— FORCES OF GEEK
“One of the funniest launches to a comic book series I’ve set my eyes on this year. While clutching on to the funny, Allen: Son of Hellcock lovingly pokes at fantasy tropes while embracing and revering them for what they bring to the table.” — FREAK SUGAR
“Deeply laced with humor, the book takes a look at the legacies that haunt us when trying to find our place in the world. For those of influenced by fantasy comic tradition, not to mention film and TV tradition, Allen Son of Hellcock is bound to strike many familiar, and hilarious, notes.” — COMICON.COM
“A great, fun read..” — PROJECT NERD
“It begs to be shared with others, which is a wonderful comic experience.” — COMIC BASTARDS
“Artist Miguel Porto produces a book that takes on a Sergio Aragones vibe…” — COMIC CRUSADERS
“Tracy and Koplowitz fill every page with fun moments, over the top action and nods to many things fantasy lovers love…Artist Miguel Porto does a bang up job” — ADVENTURES IN POOR TASTE
About the Creators
Will Tracy is a writer for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and the former Editor in Chief of The Onion, America’s Finest News Source. He lives in Brooklyn.
Gabe Koplowitz is a writer/director at VICELAND. Originally from San Francisco, he developed a love for comics by stealing his brother’s copies of GROO THE WANDERER at a young age. He lives in Brooklyn.
Miguel Porto is a cartoonist, and illustrator living in Vigo, Spain. He has worked for Redbook, El País, Mongolia, done posters for music groups (Foot Village’s European tour), and covers (the spanish edition of LORD OF CHAOS), but mostly he spends his days doing educational books and teaching drawing and color. He likes forests, ghosts, and owns two cats named Olive and Munchausen, and has enough scars to prove it.