Connect with us
AWA announces 'Rumpus Room' by Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas
AWA

Comic Books

AWA announces ‘Rumpus Room’ by Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas

In ‘RUMPUS ROOM’, a new-agey technocrat billionaire named Bob Schrunk keeps an assortment of people who’ve offended him in some way imprisoned in his subterranean ‘rumpus room.’

Press Release

AWA Studios has announced a new series by Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas called Rumpus Room. Launching into comic shops on September 20th, Rumpus Room tells the story of Bob Schrunk; technocrat billionaire, collector of bad art, and victim of a hideous skin condition that can only be treated with a highly illicit and definitely not FDA-approved face cream that must be…harvested.

“RUMPUS ROOM is a parable for how in American civilization, on some level, we’re set against each other by forces that are too powerful for us to reach,” explains writer Mark Russell. “It parallels the underlying assumption of American life as well: ‘I can’t do anything about the real things that are destroying me, so I’ll take all my rage out against the people who cross me.’ RUMPUS ROOM is about this misguided anger that we all have and how it weaponizes us against each other.”

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

So what’s Rumpus Room about?

In RUMPUS ROOM, a new-agey technocrat billionaire named Bob Schrunk keeps an assortment of people who’ve offended him in some way imprisoned in his subterranean “rumpus room.” Every week, his prisoners must vote out one cellmate to a horrible fate: their bodies ground up to make the not-over-the-counter facial cream that hides Bob’s morbid skin condition. Bob is in total control, but there’s just one thing he doesn’t know: his most recent “guest” is a cop, and she’s carrying a concealed gun.

“Any project Mark Russell puts in front of me, I’m going to take a good look at it,” added Axel Alonso, Chief Creative Officer of AWA. “With RUMPUS ROOM, Mark once again displays his unique brand of black comedic social satire, perfectly complemented by Ramon Rosanas’ incredible storytelling. RUMPUS ROOM is a dark and demented thrill ride that holds up a funhouse mirror image of the world we live in – exactly the kind of very original storytelling we want to do at AWA. I’m proud he’s a continued member of the AWA family.”

The series is colored by Ive Svorcina and lettered by AndWorld Design (FORAGER), with covers by Tony Harris (IRON MAN, STAR MAN).

'Rumpus Room' squirms in from Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas 'Rumpus Room' squirms in from Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas 'Rumpus Room' squirms in from Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas 'Rumpus Room' squirms in from Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas 'Rumpus Room' squirms in from Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas AWA announces 'Rumpus Room' by Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas AWA announces 'Rumpus Room' by Mark Russell and Ramon Rosanas

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

June 14, 2023, New York, NY – Scares. Squirmy satire. Skin cream. From the keen mind of Mark Russell (NOT ALL ROBOTS, EXIT STAGE LEFT!: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES) comes RUMPUS ROOM, the upcoming satirical thriller series distributed by comics publisher, AWA. Created by Russell and artist Ramon Rosanas (ANT-MAN, STAR TREK), RUMPUS ROOM tells the story of Bob Schrunk; technocrat billionaire, collector of bad art, and victim of a hideous skin condition that can only be treated with a highly illicit and definitely not FDA-approved face cream that must be…harvested. The first issue of this original, 5-issue series will be available on Wednesday, September 20.

“RUMPUS ROOM is a parable for how in American civilization, on some level, we’re set against each other by forces that are too powerful for us to reach,” explains writer Mark Russell. “It parallels the underlying assumption of American life as well: ‘I can’t do anything about the real things that are destroying me, so I’ll take all my rage out against the people who cross me.’ RUMPUS ROOM is about this misguided anger that we all have and how it weaponizes us against each other.”

After winning the Eisner Award for “Best Humor Publication” in 2022 for his first AWA title, NOT ALL ROBOTS, Mark Russell returns to the comics publisher with his second original title. Expertly walking the tightrope between horror and humor, the Eisner, GLAAD, and Ringo Award-winning writer takes aim at the foundations of the American social structure and incisively dissects it alongside the feeling many share that things are going okay for you as long as you’re doing better than the people around you. As scary as these scenes may be, perhaps the scariest thing of all is how it turns the mirror back on the reader.

“Any project Mark Russell puts in front of me, I’m going to take a good look at it,” added Axel Alonso, Chief Creative Officer of AWA. “With RUMPUS ROOM, Mark once again displays his unique brand of black comedic social satire, perfectly complemented by Ramon Rosanas’ incredible storytelling. RUMPUS ROOM is a dark and demented thrill ride that holds up a funhouse mirror image of the world we live in – exactly the kind of very original storytelling we want to do at AWA. I’m proud he’s a continued member of the AWA family.”

In RUMPUS ROOM, a new-agey technocrat billionaire named Bob Schrunk keeps an assortment of people who’ve offended him in some way imprisoned in his subterranean “rumpus room.” Every week, his prisoners must vote out one cellmate to a horrible fate: their bodies ground up to make the not-over-the-counter facial cream that hides Bob’s morbid skin condition. Bob is in total control, but there’s just one thing he doesn’t know: his most recent “guest” is a cop, and she’s carrying a concealed gun.

 

AWA’s RUMPUS ROOM is created by writer Mark Russell and artist Ramon Rosanas. The series is colored by Ive Svorcina (THOR) and lettered by AndWorld Design (FORAGER), with covers by Tony Harris (IRON MAN, STAR MAN). Coming off the success of his crowdfunded book of cartoons, Bunkbed Mishaps, Russell has also illustrated hilarious child-like art variant covers for each issue. Issue #1 will be available Wednesday, September 20, both digitally and in stores wherever comic books are sold. For more information on RUMPUS ROOM and other content, visit AWA Studios on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, andAWAStudios.net.

Join the AIPT Patreon

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Become a patron today to gain access to exclusive perks, such as:

  • ❌ Remove all ads on the website
  • 💬 Join our Discord community, where we chat about the latest news and releases from everything we cover on AIPT
  • 📗 Access to our monthly book club
  • 📦 Get a physical trade paperback shipped to you every month
  • 💥 And more!
Sign up today
Comments

In Case You Missed It

'Uncanny X-Men' #1 variant covers give new looks at Wolverine, Gambit and more 'Uncanny X-Men' #1 variant covers give new looks at Wolverine, Gambit and more

‘Uncanny X-Men’ #1 variant covers give new looks at Wolverine, Gambit and more

Comic Books

Ubisoft Star Wars Outlaws The Crew Ubisoft Star Wars Outlaws The Crew

Ubisoft continues to lose the trust of gamers after Star Wars Outlaws and The Crew controversies

Gaming

‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man’ director Brian Taylor confirms film did not use AI ‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man’ director Brian Taylor confirms film did not use AI

‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man’ director Brian Taylor confirms film did not use AI

Comic Books

'Ultimate Spider-Man' #5 to kick-off 'The Rise of Doctor Octopus' 'Ultimate Spider-Man' #5 to kick-off 'The Rise of Doctor Octopus'

‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ #5 to kick-off ‘The Rise of Doctor Octopus’

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup