As a devoted comics reader and warehouse worker, with no college education, he broke into the business four years ago by publishing his own stuff on the cheap.
He debuted with "Battle Pope," the story of a corrupt pope who teams with Jesus H. Christ (yes, that Jesus) to kick butt and take names in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by Satan. His artist was a talented friend from middle school, Tony Moore.
"I was really hoping to offend people with Battle Pope and get some protests going, get some bad press," Kirkman said. "It’s so hard to break into this industry, particularly at the large companies like DC Comics and Marvel. You have to catch somebody’s eye."
Alas, the Catholic Church failed to notice Battle Pope, much less sputter with outrage. Each issue sold only a few thousand copies. [Source]
It does make you wonder just how much offensive art has this same initial goal in mind. This is how one site rated the comic.
Of what use is a beautifully wrapped package of sewage?
Battle Pope (Funk-O-Tron Publishing) is a new comic book that answers that question. Its art is outstanding. Its content stinks.
Its best use is as landfill.
And here is a illustraton from it.