Have You Ever Been “Experienced”?


Rhett Cross, Knight of the Thirteen Unbroken, has three vitally important things to tell you:

  1. Issue 4 of Public Relations is out today at your local comics shop. Unless they didn’t order it, in which case you should move to a new town.
  2. Rhett’s favorite band, Peter Smurfy, has just released their debut EP for FREE. If you’re into Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Yaz, The Church, or Saturday morning cartoons, there’s a good chance you’ll dig it. If you’re the sort of person who insists on calling Yaz “Yazoo” even though you’re an American, then you will really dig this EP.
  3. Boobs.

Issue #1 Cover

Public Relations #4 features art by the kick-ass team of David Hahn and José Marzán, Jr., with gorgeous colors by Hi-Fi and masterful lettering from Jared K. Fletcher, and the sweet Annie Wu cover you see above. We’ve also snagged a spot illo from Steve Rolston, and a beautiful pull-out poster by Bitch Planet‘s Robert Wilson IV! Plus, it’s the penultimate issue of the first story arc… so if you like things that are penultimate, then this one’s for you! Here’s the scoop:

Nothing can prepare you for “The Rhett Cross Experience!” He’s Sardonia’s self-described bravest knight, stand-up comedian, and lover—willing, in all those capacities, to go places that others wouldn’t dare—and he’s girding his loins for a showdown against a monster who can’t be beaten off!

Issue 3 is out! That makes this November 4th, right?

oh_shitOkay, hold on. This issue didn’t come out two weeks late; you came to the comic book shop two weeks early. Yeah.

Here’s what it’s about:

issue_3In the aftermath of King Clover’s disastrous party: Dan and Threnody have a close shave in the bushes (not as sexy as it sounds). Someone’s nipples leak (approximately as sexy as it sounds). And Violet is in the middle of doing a thing (much sexier than it sounds).

Go buy it! If you can’t find it at your local shop, please ask them to order it. Also, we may have some good news about digital sales in the near future.

We’re at NYCC!

Come celebrate our relations publicly!

Here is Matt and Dave’s signing schedule at NYCC!

5 – 6:30 PM
Signing at Devil’s Due/1First Comics, Booth 1145
Featuring PUBLIC RELATIONS cover artist Annie Wu!

11AM – Noon
Signing at Jet City Booth 860

3 – 4 PM
Signing at Devil’s Due/1First Comics, Booth 1145

1 – 2 PM
Signing at Devil’s Due/1First Comics, Booth 1145

Hope to see you there!

Issue 2 Out Today


Has it really been a mere two weeks since Issue 1 of Public Relations was loosed upon the planet like a tornado of comedy? It has! And now Issue 2 is being loosed, like something else that’s loose. I don’t know. Your mom?

So head on down to your local comics shop and pick up a copy. And if they don’t have it, ask them to order it! It’s the least they can do for you, after all you’ve done for them.

And once you’ve read the issue (or even if you haven’t) head on over to publicdomainthor.com and see if you’ve got what it takes to bring the thunder!

Happy reading!

Dave and Matt

Welcome To The Party!


If you’re joining us from having heard about us on Comedy Bang! Bang! then hello! You can read a preview of Public Relations #1 here. Then you can call your local comic shop and see if they’ve got it in stock. If they don’t have it, ask them why not? Make it awkward. Let them know they can still order it.

You can also order it from some online retailers, like this one.

Can you download it digitally? No. Because we are not allowed to participate in the future. We apologize.

Issue two comes out this week, with a quote on the cover from a very nice person, Scott Aukerman. Check it out on the Previews site, and you can read a PDF preview of #2.

If you just liked our plug bag theme, you can find it here.


It’s Today!

far from overIt’s finally happening — Public Relations #1 is being released today!

Or maybe not. I mean, there’s still a few hours before the shops open. Anything could happen between now and then. There could be a system of tornadoes that selectively destroys all comic book shops. We could all be taken over by psychic weevils and turned into a worldwide weevil hive mind. That super-volcano under Yellowstone Park could erupt.

If you’re in Austin, come to the signing at Austin Books today, from 6 to 10! There will be booze, and comic books, and a chance to win a signed, limited-edition print by cover artist Annie Wu! This is all assuming, of course, we are not murdered by assassins or trampled by dinosaurs before the event begins!

But hey — if we’re all still alive and not being controlled by weevils, enjoy the book!

Just When You Thought It Was Safe Not To Go Back To The Comic Store…

its-comingPublic Relations #1 will be available at your local comic shop on September 23.  Assuming your local comic shop ordered it. Which we assume they did. Why wouldn’t we? We’re optimists!

Look at it this way — the good news is that now you only have to wait a couple of weeks for issue 2. Unless something goes wrong with that one, too. And why wouldn’t it? We’re optimists!



Not Late As In “Dead,” Just Late As In “Nearly Dead”


It’s every creator’s worst nightmare. Your book, your brand new debut #1 comic, shows up from the printer… and there’s a defect. A big ’un. The kind that makes the whole thing unsellable. Like that anti-Semitic issue of Wolverine (true!) or the school shooting issue of DV8 (also true!) or that one issue of Darkwing Duck where every page was just a photo of Hitler’s butt crack (possibly not true). Or something much more innocuous, which was what this was. Still, this thing can’t represent you on store shelves. With a heavy heart, you realize that the whole print run is going to be pulped. Still, you caught the problem immediately, and you’re told there’s still a chance you can make the original ship date of September 2nd. Maybe things aren’t going to be so bad!

Of course things are going to be so bad. This is comics. Things are always so bad. Inexplicably, the book’s ship date gets moved a week earlier in the computer system. Retailers get invoiced for it. Retailers are confused. They look and look in the cardboard boxes that UPS brought them, but to no avail. They look again. They ask Walt to stop alphabetizing Funko Pops for a second and come double-check them. Walt comes up empty-handed too. This is happening everywhere. This may have happened in your town. To your retailer. Please hug your retailer the next time you see them. They need reassurance that the universe is not just a vast, meaningless, empty cardboard box for which they are being invoiced.

September 2nd edges ever closer, and it becomes clear that, no, the book won’t be ready by then. It might be ready a couple weeks after that. Who knows? This is comics. You despair. You make apologies to retailers, to fans, to anyone who will listen. You fall asleep every night to the sound of your own teeth grinding as you worry that your comic, your life’s work, this thing you’re so proud of and that you want the world to see, might wither and die on the vine, torpedoed in dry dock as the next new and exciting thing takes its place on the comic shop shelves and in retailers’ and readers’ hearts.

You wonder — as you will wonder for the rest of your brief and miserable life — “Should I maybe not have run over that old Gypsy woman?”

Further updates on the book’s status will show up on this site, as soon as we know them. In the meantime, we can offer nothing but apologies. Thank you for sticking with us. Keep reaching for the stars… they must be somewhere in that cardboard box.


Dave Justus & Matt Sturges

Advance review on Newsarama

Newsarama has some nice things to say about the first issue of Public Relations, like how it’s “flat out hilarious” and how “Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus take a fantastic hook and develop it within the confines of a witty and self-aware debut issue that is sure to make waves once the public is finally subjected to its charms.” If you like that kind of thing, I guess.