Self-Published Spotlight: CRIME-KILLER by Brian Judge

Welcome to Self-Published Spotlight, a regular interview column where I will be highlighting self-published comics and the creators and small print publishers who make them.

The beauty of self-published comics is you can make them anything you want and usually are the sole, complete work of one individual. So what you usually get is a totally singular, unbridled creative creation. Brian Judge’s CRIME-KILLER is such a book. Outlaw in both style, humor and attitude, CRIME-KILLER will make you laugh hard. It’s both a parody and an embracing of grim and gritty comics. Anyway let’s let Brian take it away and explain his comic!

Monkeys Fighting Robots: First of all, thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Brian. How are you holding up in this new normal?
Brian Judge: Doing as good as I can! As a recent college graduate, I’ve been spending a lot of my time working on my comics while I continue to leech off my parents like a parasite. So yeah, doing good!Crime-KIller

MFR: So, for those folks who don’t know your work, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your comix?
Judge: Yeah. I’m Brian. I draw stories about goblins who drink their own pee and a bunch of violent superheroes living in Big Dick City. Also diary comics

MFR: Yeah, Crime Killer is what first caught my eye on your Instagram account. I think you posted like a picture of a stack of Crime-Killer books and somehow that ended up on my feed. I had to have it.
Judge: Oh yeah! You’re talking about the Crime-Killer complete comic compendium! 

MFR: And when and how did you create Crime Killer? And for our readers, who is Crime Killer?
Judge: I came up with the idea for Crime-Killer during a party with some friends. We were all drinking and having a good time and I drew a little comic about a superhero fighting a mugger on a piece of scrap paper. I wanted to keep it short so I had the guy use a giant fist to blow a hole through him while he curses about how much he hates his job. I thought it was funny so I used that as the storyboards for the first crime killer comic. After the first story, I wanted to make more. It’s easy for me to get burnt out on a project but Crime-Killer was always fun to draw. Crime-Killer is anger incarnate. He’s the vengeful angst-ridden superhero who hates his job just as much as he hates crime. Crime-Killer is here to kill your crime!Crime-Killer

MFR (laughing) The book made me laugh so much. I love the filthy language and hyperviolence. I also love the layouts. The simple square panels add to the humor for some reason.
Judge: I’m glad you enjoy it! I’m the type of weirdo who laughs at horror movies during the bits where the 7 ft maniac cuts a teenager in half with a giant chainsaw. It’s so ridiculous, I wanted to capture that feel.

MFR: You also sent me a couple of mini-comics, Barbo (which has to be the smallest comic I have ever read) and The Untitled Willow Fan Comic. Both of these are very different from CK. Can you tell me a bit about these two?
Judge: I like to challenge myself with every comic I do. Crime-Killer was about loosening up with my art. BARBO is a short story set in the Grublins universe. I wanted to try my hand at world-building with a grand fantasy universe about shitty goblins enslaved to humans. I’m not really into fantasy stuff, more of a sci-fi guy, so I tried making a story I would be interested in. I made the willow comic as a weird test. I was getting into diary comics and I wanted to see if I could make an entire book about one subject matter. Naturally, I chose to write about my experiences playing the NES video game adaptation of the Ron Howard cult classic “Willow” starring the dude who was the Ewok in Star Wars.

MFR: (laughing):  Going back to Instagram, you use Instagram not only to promote comics but as a format to publish them as well, something I have started to see a few cartoonists do (Like Ben Marra). What makes IG such a great tool for cartoonists?
Judge: IG let’s comic people connect to each other. I love making comics and I’d still be making them even if I wasn’t on Instagram. The fact that you can include up to 10 images in a post means to me that I get to tell the internet a 10-panel comic. That’s a cool power, y’know? I’ve met a ton of amazing cartoonists through IG. This is where we can share our work.Crime-Killer

MFR: Oh definitely. There’s a huge community there. Like The Cartoonist Kayfabe crew.
Judge (laughing): Also, I just wanna say that I’ve been using Instagram to publish comics wayyyy before Ben Marra started his series. I mean I doubt he even knows who I am let alone follows me, but y’know. (laughs). Oh and Oh yeah! Kayfabe’s amazing! They’re also instrumental figures in the growing comix culture.

MFR: Your art style reminds me of underground comix, mad magazine and outlaw comics
Judge: Thanx! I get that a lot.

MFR: Who/What are your biggest influences? Like what made you want to make comics?
Judge: All the basics. Kirby, Ditko, etc. I’m really into comics In general and I get really influences by whoever I’m reading right now. I’ve been really getting into Savage Dragon which I used as inspiration for my recent Buzzkill comic. Easy answer: I took one comic art class in high school. My teacher was a guy named Chris Kemple. He is what makes me want to draw. I should say Chris Kemple is a comic artist himself. Red Vengeance is his book and it is one of the most fundamental things to me as a cartoonist. He made that. If he can do it, so can I.

MFR: I love Savage Dragon. I buy any issue I see I don’t have. I just re-read volume one too!
Judge: Oh yeah! Savage Dragon is flipping GREAT! I’m on vol 2 of the archives.

MFR: Oh and I love Buzzkill and thanks for the sketch!
Judge: Yeah dude! I’m glad you dig it!Crime-Killer

MFR: What are you working on right now?
Judge: Man, I got like 5 projects running at any given moment. I’ve got a daily series going on right now that’s driven by user suggestions. I’m making a collage book creating a new narrative out of existing comics, I’m working on a story about Pac-Man, and I gotta do a backup story for Buzzkill for when I put it to print. The user suggestion one is called Afterlife Adventure. Every day I post a 10-panel comic that serves as the latest chapter to this ongoing story of a guy called Billy Texas trying to get into Heaven. Right now he’s talking with a giant bee to take over the afterlife.

MFR: Yeah! I was reading that and am glad you brought it up. What a great concept. And where else can people find your work?
Judge: Outside of Instagram? Not much. I’ve got an online store ( and I’m included in a few comic zines too like Milk and Honey Comics.

MFR: Well thanks again for chatting dude. That was fun!
Judge: Yeah dude! I had a good time!Crime-Killer

You can check out new daily work from cartoonist Brian Judge on his Instagram

Manuel Gomez
Manuel Gomez
Assistant Comic Book Editor. Manny has been obsessed with comics since childhood. He reads some kind of comic every single day. He especially loves self-published books and dollar bin finds. 'Nuff said!