Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors

I saw this is the monthly Previews catalogue last month and it looks pretty interesting. If you’re not sick of all-ages tales where the villains are the main characters, such as Despicable Me and Megamind, then this could be for you. I doubt it will be another sell out like the recent wave of Image titles, as they are mostly for mature audiences. However, I could very well be wrong. If you didn’t see the sneak peek in March’s Previews, go here to see 4 pages from the fun comic.


Writer Mark Andrew Smith and Artist Armand Villavert Give Readers an Education in Villainy This May

Veteran Image scribe Mark Andrew Smith (AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS, the Eisner-winning POPGUN anthology, and the two-time Harvey nominated THE NEW BRIGHTON ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY) has teamed up with the clean, crisp lines of Armand Villavert to present a brand new title, GLADSTONE’S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS. This series offers a new perspective on the villain training process and a fun new story for kids of all ages to enjoy.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about GLADSTONE’S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS! Creating the story and the characters has been a truly exciting experience,” Smith exclaimed. “We’re building an entire universe here with GLADSTONE’S and hope the characters will become recognizable icons in the future. GLADSTONE’S has taken on a life of its own. There are so many facets of the GLADSTONE’S universe that we look forward to exploring. Readers are going to fall in love with the universe we’re creating!”

Artist Armand Villavert said, “GLADSTONE’S has been a labor of love for more than 4 years now. I’ve enjoyed drawing GLADSTONE’S every step of the way, mostly because the characters have a great amount of emotion and fun to them. I love drawing and expressing facial expressions and really conveying to the readers what the character is thinking. I hope those readers will have as much fun reading it as I’ve had drawing it. GLADSTONE’S is funny, action packed, and dramatic and I hope I continue to work on it for years to come.”

GLADSTONE’S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS #1 takes place at a top secret academy where many children of the world’s greatest super villains go to learn the family trade. Kid Nefarious, Mummy Girl, Martian Jones, Ghost Girl, and the infamous Skull brothers must navigate the trials of Gladstone’s as they unearth the school’s and their parents’ hidden past. In this action-packed but lighthearted romp, the students find themselves at a time when they must deal with both the problems of growing up as a child of infamous lineage as well as just plain growing up in general.

GLADSTONES SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS #1, a 40 page full-color all-ages super villain/adventure comic book, is in stores soon on May 4, 2011 for $2.99.