Thursday, June 4, 2009


"CHEW is a great comic book – the type that grabs you by the ears, takes a bite out of your nose, spits it in your face and still leaves you laughing and hungry for more. After only one issue, it might be my favorite book on the stands. 9.5/10."

"The most unsettling, most awesome piece of comic book material that's been published in quite some time."

"How do I describe Chew? The perfect recipe for your comic book appetite: a healthy helping of police drama, a dash of humor, sprinkle in some action, and throw in some cannibalism for good measures. Chew has it all, just be sure not to read it on an empty stomach."

"...One of the most innovative and all-around successful ideas in the market today."

"Layman offers a story so flawlessly distinct amidst a bombarding and suffocating genre without any pretense; he has given this genre a much-needed gasp of air. Beginning to finale, Layman prevents CHEW from festering in clichésand presents readers a refreshing, provoking and entirely entertaining new comic. Bon appétit."

"Chew blends a dark, compelling crime-fiction atmosphere, biting political satire and over-the-top, absurdist humor to arrive at an entertaining and surprisingly compelling bit of storytelling that almost defies description."


Thank you to everyone that picked up this book and tried something different from the norm. I love this industry and think that despite all the weird creative recycling that its been prone to lately, the best days of the comic industry are still ahead. There's still room for new, crazy ideas, and you picking up CHEW is proof of that.

And in a Soapbox moment: Who's to say that CHEW is a crazy idea anyway? This industry was built on grown men crawling walls in spandex, blue men with their blue penises flopping around and hairy midgets with metal shooting from their hands. It's only a crazy idea until someone chooses to accept it. Then it's all fair game.

And thank you, John friggin Layman. For bringing this unbelievably brilliant thing to a total newbie like me and trusting me with it. Seriously, I can't imagine a better collaborator, and I am completely spoiled now.

Now here's the thing: If you dig what we're doing here, then we need you to show love.

Spread the word. Post blogs. Share links. Twitter it. If you only have messenger-pigeons, then let them fly. We're putting all we have on the page to make CHEW the best book on the stands, indy or mainstream. But we still need you to sustain our little creator-owned baby. So if you dig it, why not tell somebody else about it?


Thanks again,


  1. I <3 that picture of Tony. It's an adorable change from the usual deadpan. Is this when he meets Amelia?

    I don't mean to ask for spoilers. :D

    Great job on the first one, can't wait another month for the next one!

    :goes off to invent time machine:

  2. Congrats on the success of issue 1 and I'm not surprised. This book is great, it's original and intriguing and definitely more interesting than grown men in spandex crawling up walls... or midgets.

  3. I've been passing the word on like crazy, I even reviewed it in a podcast. Great book! Thanks

  4. I just did a review of Chew #01 at my blog at

    "I'm hungry for more Chew. Serve me up a second helping!"

    It's the least I could do to support a great comic. Good luck on the new series! I'm craving more!