INTRODUCTION BY

CORINNA BECHKO +
GABRIEL HARDMAN
“Knuckleheads is a perfect statement for how much fun
comics can be.” –Team Hellions
Trevor K. Trevinski was massively hung over when he was
given the cosmic powers of The Crystal Fist, so he has no idea
how they work. Join Trev, his roommate Lance, Pizza Guy, and
Emma, the “hot drunk English chick,” as they embark on a hero’s
journey, hitting every pothole along the way. “(Knuckleheads is)
a fun and clever hero book.” – Oliver Sava, The Onion A.V. Club
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“**** yeah, this book is just the ******* best!” –Multiversity Comics
“Do you want me to sign this? Wait, I didn’t have anything to
do with this ‘Kunklehead’ thing.” –Jeff Parker (Batman ‘66, Flash Gordon)
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“It’s funny, it’s irreverent, it’s often spit-take inducing
and it’s a simply gorgeous looking digital comic that
I’ve wanted to have a physical version to spit-take into
for some time.” –Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics
“It’s a smooth dissection of what makes superhero
stories great and straddles the line between satire
and coming of age. It’s a beautiful love letter to the
superhero tradition of comic books without ever
hitting too much of it on the nose. So the result is
a refreshing take on old ideas that never ceases to
entertain.” –Zac Thompson, Bloody Disgusting
“If you enjoy comics that don’t take themselves too
seriously but have a storyline to back up the jokes,
then this is a comic you need to try. Just be careful
if you read it in public, because I’m pretty sure you’re
going to laugh out loud.” –Rob McMonigal, Panel Patter
“Knuckleheads is filled with the right amount of off-
the-cuff humor and a feel that seems to echo what I
imagine Shaun of the Dead plus Godzilla would equal.”
–Jason Tabrys, Screen Invasion
“Like all good comedies, Knuckleheads is 80% ball-
busting, 20% exposition and 10% genuine emotion.”
–Andrew Leslie, Freakin’ Awesome Network
“There is some terrible, terrible dialogue.”
–We Talk Podcast. Now defunct.
“Breezy, upbeat, witty and fun — a high-energy burst
of monster-mashing mayhem with an appealingly
hopeless hero.” –Dan McDaid, (Vandroid, Doctor Who)
“It’s funny, it’s irreverent, it’s often spit-take inducing
and it’s a simply gorgeous looking digital comic that
I’ve wanted to have a physical version to spit-take into
for some time.” –Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics
“It’s a smooth dissection of what makes superhero
stories great and straddles the line between satire
and coming of age. It’s a beautiful love letter to the
superhero tradition of comic books without ever
hitting too much of it on the nose. So the result is
a refreshing take on old ideas that never ceases to
entertain.” –Zac Thompson, Bloody Disgusting
“If you enjoy comics that don’t take themselves too
seriously but have a storyline to back up the jokes,
then this is a comic you need to try. Just be careful
if you read it in public, because I’m pretty sure you’re
going to laugh out loud.” –Rob McMonigal, Panel Patter
“Knuckleheads is filled with the right amount of off-
the-cuff humor and a feel that seems to echo what I
imagine Shaun of the Dead plus Godzilla would equal.”
–Jason Tabrys, Screen Invasion
“Like all good comedies, Knuckleheads is 80% ball-
busting, 20% exposition and 10% genuine emotion.”
–Andrew Leslie, Freakin’ Awesome Network
“There is some terrible, terrible dialogue.”
–We Talk Podcast. Now defunct.
“Breezy, upbeat, witty and fun — a high-energy burst
of monster-mashing mayhem with an appealingly
hopeless hero.” –Dan McDaid, (Vandroid, Doctor Who)
Knuckleheads: Fist Contact is dedicated to Buck Berlin and
the gang at New World Comics in Oklahoma City.
This book would not exist had Buck not given Brian a
Post-it
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note with Robert’s phone number on it and said
“Call this guy. He’s really, really good.”
ISBN: 978-1-61377-980-4 17 16 15 14 1 2 3 4
KNUCKLEHEADS: FIST CONTACT. JUNE 2014. FIRST PRINTING. © 2014 Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV. All Rights Reserved. © 2014 Idea and Design Works, LLC. The IDW logo is registered in the U.S. Patent and
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Originally published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics as KNUCKLEHEADS issues #1–8.
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KNUCKLEHEADS
FIST CONTACT
WRITTEN BY
BRIAN WINKELER
ILLUSTRATED BY
ROBERT WILSON IV
COLORED BY
JORDAN BOYD
LETTERED BY
THOMAS MAUER
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Corinna Bechko: Superhero comics are often about wish
fulfillment but the superheroes themselves are still mere mortals
in the face of interpersonal problems. In Knuckleheads, we get
wish fulfillment in a purer form. Trev has none of the classic
superhero accouterments. He’s a slob and he doesn’t care. He
doesn’t have a strong chin or personal wealth. He doesn’t even
know how to use his cool Crystal Fist. But when the occasion
arises, he steps right up and gets the job done. Well, mostly.
Gabriel Hardman: But in a lot of ways, Knuckleheads is anti-wish
fulfillment. Trev is there to tell us that given the chance most of
us would be f***ing terrible superheroes.
Corinna: Yet he doesn’t let his friends down. That’s the important
thing. Even the pizza guy, Guy, Trev is there for him. And what
about Emma? He hadn’t even met her before, yet he rushes to
her aid. Well, he also kind of ruins her car. And her clothes. And
it seems like she could probably take care of herself. But at least
Trev tries!
Gabriel: I’ll tell you something, Brian and Robert do one thing
in this book I’d never do: rely on pop culture references. I think
a story should stand on it’s own. Not use the crutch of pre-
awareness –
Corinna: Wait a second, your book is called KINSKI.
Gabriel: Well…
Corinna: You name check the actor Klaus Kinski and
his movies directly. In the title!
Gabriel: But Brian’s references are contemporary. People will
actually get them. I prefer to smuggle in references to Herzog
movies and ’80s Lou Reed albums.
Corinna: So that you’re guaranteed to entertain fewer people.
Gabriel: Yes.
Corinna: You’re saying that references are okay to use in
literature as long as no one understands them?
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Gabriel: I’m saying there’s a riot in Tompkins Square.
Corinna: That’s just a line from Lou Reed’s New York album.
Gabriel: Exactly.
Corinna: Hey, are you trying to turn this introduction into a
referendum on Lou Reed’s cultural impact on the state of 21st
century politics? Don’t you think that Brian and Robert are doing
much the same thing in Knuckleheads by referencing current
events and popular culture, then distilling all of that down into
a story that slyly comments on a world that’s recognizably our
own?
Gabriel: I think they’re trying to make a funny comic book.
Corinna: Well, that too.
Gabriel: Actually what they’re doing in Knuckleheads is a pretty
direct line back to the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire Justice League
International run. It was irreverent and subverted superhero
tropes –
Corinna: And was from the eighties, so you actually know about
it…
Gabriel: Yeah, but what I like best about Knuckleheads is that it’s
not nostalgic. It’s just taking its goofy premise and moving forward
in a totally accessible way.
Corinna: With monsters.
Gabriel: And Fists of Crystal.
Corinna: And pizza.
Gabriel: And Morton Downey, Jr.
Corinna: Not with Morton Downey, Jr.
Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman are a pair of married comic creators
who have collaborated on numerous projects (Heathentown, Planet of the
Apes: Cataclysm, Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk). This is their first foray into
collaborative book introductions.
BY CORINNA & GABRIEL
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