"If Indiana Jones stumbled into an old Universal monster flick by way of the first season of TV’s WONDER WOMAN (you know, the awesome one), the result would be something like ACE KILROY. I love this strip! It harkens back to a time of decoder rings and Saturday morning serials without getting bogged down in nostalgia. The storytelling is brisk and clean, the jokes work, and Rob and Dan have a clever knack for revisionist history. Very good stuff." --April Snellings, "Rue Morgue"
"ACE KILROY is smart, evocative fun that hits the right spot! Full of fast-paced action and wistful nostalgia, this online daily serial -- courtesy of Rob Kelly and Dan O'Connor -- is intelligent, fresh comic-making in its own right. Think Alex Raymond's SECRET AGENT X-9 meets Dashiell Hammett's SAM SPADE meets Lucas/Spielberg's INDIANA JONES. Toss in Bram Stoker's bloodsucking vampire DRACULA and a dash of Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD for good measure, and you'll have an idea of what ACE KILROY has to offer. C'mon. With a mix like THAT, how could they possibly go wrong?
"Rob Kelly and Dan O'Connor's ACE KILROY reads like the aftermath of a tornado in a comics shop, an insane shuffling of STEVE CANYON and THE TOMB OF DRACULA. Nazis, spies, femme fatales, traitors, tentacles, adventure, horror! Chronicling the adventures of the eponymous US op (who looks intriguingly like Warren William, in the role he never got to play), the daily black-and-white online just-like-in-the-olden-days strip will be capped each week with a color Sunday supplement. You don't need a decoder ring to know that this is going to be GOOD." --Richard Harland Smith, Movie Morlocks.com
Here's a great piece of "bonus" art by Dan, a shot of Ace in the middle of some horrible cave where a ridiculously-large spider awaits its prey. Spiders of the non-Peter Parker variety kinda creep me out, so seeing one this size gives me the willies.
Dan will send me these pieces sometimes, which are not connected to any storylines we have planned. They always end up inspiring a plot in my head, and this one is no exception...
Only one week away until the debut of Ace Kilroy! Tell your friends!
"What a great idea! A daily online comic strip (with a Sunday color installment!), 'Ace Kilroy' is about a hard-boiled special agent who battles the supernatural in a noir landscape of the 30s and 40s. Think of the daily adventure strips that we used to cut out of the newspapers and paste into scrapbooks when we were kids… now put in your favorite monsters!
It’s not just the novelty of the daily strip that makes 'Ace Kilroy' special; Dan O’Connor’s artwork is fluid and pleasing, always setting the right tone while Rob Kelly’s story moves briskly in unexpected ways. The two obviously share a great deal of knowledge and love for the genres in which they’re working!
Ace Kilroy is a daily online comic strip by Rob Kelly and Dan O'Connor, who met while attending the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.
In 1937, the U.S. Government learns that the Third Reich is using the supernatural to gain an edge in their quest for world domination. Even more disturbing is the realization that creatures like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man--beings thought only to be figments of imagination--are real, and just might become part of the Third Reich!
To investigate and combat this threat, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt drafts soldier of fortune Ace Kilroy. Kilroy's first mission is to head to Transylvania to see if this "Dracula" is real. And if he is, to stop him, by any means necessary!
Ace Kilroy harkens back to the classic adventure comic strips of the mid-20th Century, like Steve Canyon, Buz Sawyer, and Dick Tracy. It will appear every day over on AceKilroy.com with a black and white installment, with an extra-large color supplement on Sundays.
Here's a great piece of promo art by Dan, a shot of Ace contemplating someone (maybe an old friend?) who is has been reduced to just being a brain (and a set of eyes) in a jar. Alas...
Ace's Blog will be the place to see all kinds of behind-the-scenes bonus material for Ace Kilroy, so make sure you stop by here every day (after seeing the day's new strip over on AceKilroy.com, of course!).
Ace Kilroy starts his mission against evil on October 31!
Tim Allen Brent Almond Christy Alvord Sadina Badillo William Becker Kent Beeson John Bergeron Jason Motes Bowles Russell Burbage Sachem Clark Dan Colon Ray DeForest Cory Drew Cassie Drogose John Embree Ed & Dina Evans John P. Girone Nicolas Gunning Steven Hager Nikki IlVento Michelle Knoblach Derek M. Koch Terry Mahoney Mark Mazurkiewicz Seann McCollum Joe Mello Ryan Murphy John Newcomer Kayla O'Connor Carlos Renteria Jr. Butch Rosenbaum Daniel Shively Nico Spatucci Doug Slack David Terhune Sean Tiffany Stephanie Till Glenn Walker Laird Warner Marisa Young