In the early days of pre-production, fan Jeff Ansell (who appeared as the mutant with his eyes stitched shut in EFJI #1) suggested we create a legless mutant who pulls himself along with his arms. We loved the idea and Mortimer immediately got to designing the critter. Once created, we let you wonderful freaks pick the name and I weaved the new character of Meatwagon into the Jesus Island world.
It’s now hard to imagine this story without Meatwagon. He’s become a vital part of the Jesus Island mythos. We know our fans have tons of great ideas and we want to hear them.
HOW IT WORKS: Think up the most fabulously twisted mutant you can and tell us about him/her/it in whatever medium you would like. If you’re an artist, draw your mutant. If you’re a writer, write up a description. We’re looking for the most interesting possible character design, so whatever best helps you express your idea, do that.
BACKGROUND: Your Creation was made by ReGen Corp on the Malsum Island Research Facility and is one of hundreds of horribly mutated, failed clones of Jesus. At some point in ReGen’s brutal testing program, Your Creation earned the attention of Yeshua (the Antichrist), who saved it from extermination.
Who is Your Creation? What are its mutations? What sets it apart from the rest of the horde?
PRIZE: Our favorite submission will be turned into a character in Escape From Jesus Island! The winner will receive an 11×17 print of Your Creation, signed by artist Mortimer Glum, as well as a Mutant Design credit in the issue where Your Creation first appears.
SEND ENTRIES TO: EFJILetters@gmail.com
DEADLINE: August 3, 2014.
This is your chance to be a part of the Jesus Island universe! Unleash those nightmares on us and have Your Creation immortalized in print.
There is no denying the ReGen Corporation, with Anna Thorne at it’s helm, will change the world. But if they knew that change would aim humanity straight towards extinction, they may have thought twice.
Anna Thorne founded ReGen Corporation with her husband Cameron, the architect of Project Savior. As Cameron wasted away from cancer, the couple took greater and greater chances in hopes of creating Jesus, the one person who could heal him. Their experiments with artificial aging techniques led to even more horrific mutations.
Cameron passed away a month before the birth of the Twins, Jesus and Damien, and never got to see his dream realized. He and Anna envisioned a future where illness would be a distant memory. They were going to save the world.
After Cameron’s death, those plans were quickly abandoned. Anna became obsessed with the idea that the clones all had abilities and had simply refused to heal her husband. Blaming the clones for Cameron’s death, Anna’s testing techniques became increasingly brutal over the years. Any clones that don’t immediately display abilities were killed or tossed to Damien to use as toys.
Anna still intends to change the world. With the Twins firmly under her control, she alone has power over the life and death of every human on this planet. World leaders kneel before her, paying any price to have ReGen Corp heal their dying loved ones. In the span of a decade, ReGen has quietly grown from a mid-sized pharmaceutical company to one of the most powerful private institutions in the world.
To be part of the oncoming Apocalypse, head over to our Kickstarter Campaign and grab one of the remaining chances to be in the comic!
(Editor Shawn Greenleaf- But Mr. French has the right’s to “Shawn” on this blog, so I’ll stick with my alternate handle)
On Nov. 16, Escape From Jesus Island fan Jeff Ansell posted on our wall. He suggested a mutant whose only form of mobility was to drag itself with its arms. Four days later, Mortimer unveiled this freak and we let you, the fans, name him.
Bill McLean’s name submission, Meat Wagon, dominated in our most lopsided Name The Mutant poll yet, earning more than three times as many votes as the closest competitor. The fans had spoken. Meat Wagon was the newest resident of Jesus Island.
I (writer Shawn French) then got to work incorporating this character into the story. While the script has been finished for some time, I deliberately left references to a lot of the supporting mutants vague. I didn’t want our fan-inspired characters to be meaningless background cameos, so I created a lot of cool featured moments in the story and left them ‘uncast’.
When we create a new mutant, I first develop the backstory. I always envision a 22-page prequel comic about each character. What is his/her story? Once I know who they are, I go through the script and ‘cast’ the character in three or four of those open scene slots. I then tailor the scenes to take full advantage of this new character. I develop an arc for the mutant and his/her relationships to other mutants that will carry throughout the story.
Meat Wagon was a simple one. I knew exactly where he would go the second I saw him. His name only reinforced it. He’s a scavenger in the tunnels beneath the ReGen Corp testing facility. I immediately pictured his wagon wheel tracks in a pool of blood. I pictured running down a tunnel away from this thing, while it pulls itself after you with alarming speed.
This mutant features heavily in our opening sequence, where a group of young activists break into ReGen. Without your input, this character would not exist. He is: Meat Wagon.
— with Jeff Ansell, Bill Freight Train McLean,Mortimer Glum, Rachelle Leon, Peeter Parkker and Shawn French.
*See update at bottom and on contest page.
It’s time for our very first Mutant Deathmatch! Tell us who would win and why and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win an image of the mutant you picked, signed by Mortimer Glum. Read below for the Tale of the Tape and fight breakdown…
In the red corner…
Pariah, Beast of the Unholy Seven (aka The Beast)
Weight: 377 pounds
Strengths: Claws, horns, seven sets of snapping jaws, fast, crazed voracity
Weaknesses: Fearless. No respect for Goliath or any other creature except the Antichrist.
Keys to Victory: Smother Goliath and frenzy. Get inside his guard and tear him up with fangs and horns. Take the fight to the ground if possible.
In the blue corner…
Weight: 612 pounds
Strengths: Unrivaled physical strength, tremendous pain tolerance, incredible mass, smart fighter
Weaknesses: Not much in the way of defense. It’s hard to miss something his size.
Keys to Victory: Keep Pariah at arm’s length and connect with one of those right hooks that can fell a tree. The Beast has weapons everywhere, so avoid grappling.
Towering above the pack at a height of 8’1, Goliath has long been considered unbeatable among the mutants on Jesus Island. Raised into a life of servitude by ReGen Corp CEO Anna Thorne, Goliath serves as her enforcer in exchange for protection for his diminutive mutant friend Palsy. In addition to off-the-charts strength, Goliath is extremely intelligent and knows how to best take advantage of his size. No mutant has ever presented a serious challenge to Goliath, the undisputed badass of Jesus Island.
But deep in Damien’s Lair, a contender arises. Pariah, Beast of the Unholy Seven. The seven-headed Beast of Biblical prophecy. With six horns on his heads, plus one on each elbow and knee, Pariah is built for destruction. This berserk monster from the depths of Hell destroys everything in his path and if Goliath is next, so be it.
Who would win and why?
((Mutant Deathmatch is a hypothetical exhibition match with no connection to the events of Escape From Jesus Island))
UPDATE: Contest Over, Winner Announced Here. Congrats, Shea!
As our art team is cranking away on Escape From Jesus Island, the first book in the Jesus Island series, we’re also getting pieces in place for the story moving forward. You’ll get to meet this handsome critter in the sequel. As always, character concept design by Mortimer Glum. — with Shawn French, Rachelle Leon, Peeter Parkker and Mortimer Glum.
In the darkest depths of Yeshua’s lair, beneath the ReGen testing facility, Mother Superior can be found. This lovely slice of nightmare is unwaveringly loyal to Yeshua and plays a major role in his plans for vengeance against the human race.
“Prayer is real, Joseph. I had no power to act, trapped without a physical form, but I heard them all. Every one of those children, defiled in a House of God. They cried out for me to save them, but I could do nothing. I could do nothing. I hear them all. Sometimes it’s all I hear.” – Damien in Escape From Jesus Island.