Batboy Is Going Places?

Despite the fact that his latest book is titled: Getting Nowhere Fast, Batboy is still trying to flap those wings, move those little yellow shoes, and actually get somewhere.

Getting Nowhere Fast: Another Batboy Comic Collection by M. R. Kessell Book Cover showing Batboy sweating as he pedals a stationary bike with a dill pickle hanging in front of him as motivation

I just wanted to do a quick roundup of some Batboy-related news.

Firstly, I’m excited to announce that Batboy is listed over on Indie Comics Zone, a great resource for those who are interested in independent comics. Head over and peruse the many creators featured there.

If you find yourself in the North Jersey area and are in need of comics and collectibles, please stop in at East Side Mags in Montclair. You’ll be able to find the first two Batboy books there.

In addition to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, I am now on Reddit where I hope to share new Batboy comics in the near future.

And as the first copies of Getting Nowhere Fast: Another Batboy Comic Collection start landing in the hands of friends, family and fans, I want to say thank you all!

Getting Nowhere Fast: Another Batboy Comic Collection

Getting Nowhere Fast: Another Batboy Comic Collection by M. R. Kessell Book Cover showing Batboy sweating as he pedals a stationary bike with a dill pickle hanging in front of him as motivation

Batboy is back! In comic form!

I’m very excited to share this with you, it’s the second printed collection of Batboy Comics! Available now on Amazon.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Batboy doesn’t know when to stop. He’s still flapping those anxious wings, drinking from the cup of pessimism, and wearing the sweatpants of awkwardness.

This collection comprises the second year of Batboy comics, originally released into the void of the internet from January through October 2022.

Also contained herein are brand new, never-before-seen panels,
some extra goodies, and the short horror story Death Creeps on Paws of Plush!

Batboy is an indie comic, which originated at the height of stress and anxiety in the year 2021. Batboy deals with everyday issues, mental health and self-improvement with wit, humor, and goofiness. For fans of classic Sunday funnies or underground comix, Batboy is everyone and is for everyone.

But don’t just take my word for it, below are a few reviews for the previous Batboy collection:

“Batboy is all of us. Self-sabotage and all. Lovely artwork and color, with a unique voice. There’s even callouts to Gorey! And as a bonus there is a sketchbook of Batboy at the end. I loved it.”

– Andrew Bellware

“M.R. Kessell has done it again! Within these pages lies a lovable and tragic representation of self-induced deprecation named Batboy.”

– Peter Hammarberg

“I absolutely ADORE Batboy and anxiously anticipate his next moves.”

– Katherine Kessell

“The next great Sunday comic character is Batboy!”

– Shawn Flanagan

CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINT BOOK ON AMAZON!

Please visit my books page for the previous Batboy publications!

Highland Park Comic-Con!

Highland Park Comic-Con

Hey everybody! I will be appearing at the Highland Park Comic-Con this Saturday December 3rd! It’s all ages and FREE ENTRY! See you there at Pino’s, 13 N 4th Ave, Highland Park, NJ!

Stop by if you need any holiday gifts for the comic lovers in your life. I will have my usual assortment of Batboy books and zines, plus prints, pins and stickers!

If you can’t make it, why not check out my BOOKS page and my online STORE page for those last-minute weird gifts.


Plus I’ve got something BIG in the works, and as you can see below, Batboy is sweating!

rough sketch of Batboy face closeup sweating as if riding a bike

I hope to reveal more soon about this project, so stay tuned! As usual you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Slasher!

HITCHCOCK LEARNS ABOUT SUSPENSE

Rare behind-the-scenes photo of Alfred Hitchcock reading Downhill From Here: A low Budget Batboy adventure
Rare behind-the-scenes photo of Alfred Hitchcock reading Downhill From Here: A low Budget Batboy adventure

Recently dug up from the archives, this rare photo shows Alfred Hitchcock learning a thing or two about suspense and humor from that classic comic zine Downhill From Here: A Low Budget Batboy Adventure.

Just kidding, this is what I like to call movie magic! Seriously, though, Alfred Hitchcock has read my new zine, why don’t you head over to my new online shop and get a signed and numbered copy. This is the first printing of 100, it may be the last!


In other news, it is finally October! The month when all of us weirdo monster kids get to shine! What are you doing for Halloween? What’s your costume gonna be? Any Fall plans?


In addition to his latest zine adventure, Batboy is being plagued by some demonic stuffed animals that have moved into his house. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for this creepy, yet funny, storyline.

Batboy looks worried when he stumbles upon a gang of creepy stuffed animals hogging his bed.

The caption reads: "He didn't know where they had come from or why they were there. The only thing Batboy knew for certain: It was their bed now."
SEE! CREEPY I TELLS YA!

DO YOU LIKE TO BITCH, MOAN AND WHINE?

JOIN THE BATBOY COMPLAINERS CLUB TODAY!

It’s so simple! Just one easy step! CLICK HERE to head on over to my new shop and get yourself this beautiful 2″ enamel pin!

Batboy two inch enamel pin

Text Reads: "Take it from Batboy: Complaining is a very rewarding hobby"

Displaying this pin anywhere confirms your membership in the Batboy complainers club! When you receive your pin, you will find the COMPLAINT FORM on the back, please fill it out and post it wherever you get your social media!

#batboycomplains

Stay tuned for more updates, I might have some last-minute show announcements in the coming weeks for all my New Jersey and Pennsylvania folks out there.

New Designs, Same Old Feelings

GREETINGS MY PEOPLE!

I’ve added some new items to my store.

READ AND READ UNTIL YOUR EYES BLEED is a design that was inspired recently by a book that I just couldn’t put down. You know the feeling, right? Not blinking enough, eyes drying out, but you just need to get to the end of the chapter!


In other news, Batboy recently had a beach vacation, here are some shots of that:

Fun! Egg!

He also recently did some journaling:

“I’ve come to realize that the phrase “This is Bullshit” is NOT an acceptable daily mantra. Or is it?

I was on the fence for a long time regarding this idea. I wasn’t sure if I wanted Batboy to be as foul-mouthed as I am in real life. Oh well.


And lastly, I have a new project in the works, it’s going to be an all new adventure featuring Batboy and his squirrel-friend Merle. Like an adventure with an actual narrative. Like a story!

I’m thinking it will be a small run of printed comics, zine style, so stay tuned if you’d like to grab yourself a copy. They should be ready in time for the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market Back To School Jam on September 10th in Edison, NJ, where I will be vending!

Follow along on Instagram or Twitter for more frequent updates!

I’ll leave you with some AI generated art that I made using the DALL-E mini, I give you Van Gogh Nosferatu!

trenton punk rock flea market

It’s happening in two days!

Come join me at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday, May 21st!

I will have a table indoors. Just look for the giant Pumpkinspice!

In addition to the stuff pictured above, I will have a handful of new items, such as: Enamel pins, Holographic Stickers, some large Art Prints and a few copies of Batboy and the Art of Self-Sabotage.

You should come by, we can discuss books, music, our favorite episodes of the Simpsons, quote Kids in the Hall, talk about the best worst movies that we’ve ever seen (like Miami Connection or Samurai Cop) and maybe grab a pork roll sandwich.

I’ll see you guys in Jersey!

TRENTON PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET

Hey there to all my New Jersey and Philly friends!

I will be vending indoors at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday May 21st!

Come down and say, “Oh hi, Mike.”

Tommy Wiseau in The Room saying, "Oh hi, Mike"

In addition to my usual selection of books, prints, and paintings I will have some new prints, stickers and pins which I will be sharing soon. Batboy may also be making an appearance!

Batboy mural Bushwick Brooklyn 2022
What doesn’t make you uncomfortable, Batboy?

Okay, so here’s a super secret reveal, just between you and me (cause nobody reads this blog!) I will have a limited number of these incredible iridescent holographic Batboy stickers! The reason they’ll be limited is that I have already given away fifty that will be included in the free swag bags for the first 100 people in line!

A iridescent, holographic sticker, with Batboy drinking coffee and the text "It's tough being a nocturnal creature with a day job."
It’s tough being a nocturnal creature with a day job.

I will also have copies of Batboy and the Art of Self-Sabotage for your perusal! I am willing to sign the books for you, although that might decrease the book’s value, it’s up to you!

“Such an amazing product with so many uses around the house!”

Okay, I hope to see you guys in New Jersey!

Let’s get weird!

And The Winner Is…

Congratulations Justin Weingartner! You are the winner of the First Ever (and possibly last) Batboy Caption Contest! You are now the wittiest wordsmith in all the land! Your caption will live on in the hearts and minds of humanity for generations.

And congrats to your friend Tommy Drew! I hope you guys enjoy the books!

This announcement is a bit delayed here on the blog. If you follow along on Instagram or Twitter you may have witnessed and/or participated in the fun. I might do another contest in the near future, so smash that follow button, yo! I apologize for that.

And for my New Jersey people, I will be vending at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday, May 21st! The first 50 people to enter will get a black swag bag with some possible goodies from yours truly! I’ll have some new art items available which I will post soon. Stay tuned.