Back in the early days of collectible action figures, Art Asylum was the company responsible for some of the coolest and edgiest designs around. Their figures weren't found in Wal-Mart or the other big retail chains, but instead were stocked in comic shop and music stores. Digger T. Mesch, and his incredible sculpting prowess, was the man running the Asylum and has since went on to pioneer the Minimates design and a number of fantastic statues and figures from companies like Diamond Select Toys-- and he was also one of the first guys in the trenches fighting for artist's rights against the big toy companies! Now, Digger is taking his eye for design to the small screen with his directorial debut on the new web-series "Agent 88"-- and he needs your help! While some big names (Heavy Metal, Diamond Select Toys, Jim Mahfood, David Mack, etc.) have shown their support, the funds to make this series about an 88 year-old, absent-minded, female assassin is coming from donations through Kickstarter. How does helping out give back to you, other than that warm, fuzzy feeling in your belly? How about exclusive art books and custom Minimates?!

Read on for all the info on "Agent 88", including the names attached to the project and how to donate!
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Trailer

Simon Bisley has been melting fans' faces with the power of his wickedly cool art since the 1980s. Bisley's style of extreme musculature, buxom babes, and horrifying monsters has been a calling card that fans just can't get enough of. His latest project, Heavy Metal's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, sees Bisley handling interior art chores and this time melting quite a few character's faces, thanks to the main setting being the fiery depths of Hell itself! The first of four graphic novels, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Helldiver plunges the readers into the world of Adam Cahill, part of a Pope-approved assassin squad set on destroying evil wherever it may pop up-- and this time, he's been taxed with going straight to the source.

We recently had a chance to interview Mr. Bisley, a.k.a. Biz, about his collaboration with writer Michael Mendheim, his use of traditional versus digital art, and just about everything else that popped into our heads when tasked with interviewing a personal hero.

MTV Geek: You are an artist that has become synonymous with Heavy Metal and its brand of no-holds-barred storytelling. Do you feel like they give you more freedom to let loose with your imagery than other publishers can/do?

Simon Bisley: I think so--generally yes--it is usually all creator owned stuff, so I tend to take a little more time with it--go a little deeper--but it still has to go out and the world and sell so you can't go to far. Some of my favorite Heavy Metal work has been on the covers--I've done 15 or 20 of them over the years--and Kevin leaves the door open for any ideas I might have for one--I'll pretty much catch an idea, paint it out, and send if off--a few months later it's on a cover.

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The Four Horsemen. Whether it be the Bible, Apocalypse's heralds in Marvel's X-Men, Rick Flair's classic wrestling stable, or as our favorite toy sculptors, the title of Four Horsemen is synonymous with ass-kicking-- sometimes it also just happens to signal the end of the world! Today, we here at MTV Geek are excited to announce the first in a series of graphic novels from Heavy Metal about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! Book 1 is titled Helldiver and was created by Michael Mendheim with artwork by the ever-awesome Simon Bisley!

The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Trailer

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"Gates" by Hal Hefner is the first digital comic being presented by the legendary Heavy Metal Magazine. The comic will also feature a music soundtrack -- just like the Heavy Metal film released in 1981. Hefner chatted with MTV Geek about Gates, the influence of Heavy Metal (the magazine and the movie) on his work, and working in digital.

MTV Geek: Could you give our readers a brief synopsis of Gates?

Hal Hefner: The story centers on a specially-conceived young man, named Gates, who is living a wretched existence in an isolated negative utopian society, deep within the caverns of an industrial mountain complex. When Gates breaks free from this colony he is thrust onto a lush alien world filled with strange creatures, and ruled by Soloman—a nightmarish, god-like overlord, whose malevolence reigns supreme. With organic plant-based technology, Soloman captures Gates and his two human companions Adria and Kano. With the arrival of the humans, Soloman is instantly obsessed with the extermination of mankind and all life on the world. With the help of a tribe of intelligent indigenous creatures, Gates must learn to use Soloman's organic technology to defeat him and take back a planet which is rightfully his.

Geek: You’ve noted that you were a big fan of the Heavy Metal movie and comic. Could you tell us a little about how they might have influenced this project?

Hefner: I always loved artists like Moebius and Richard Corben when I was a kid and would grab Heavy Metal magazine off the newsstand anytime I could. As a young punk growing up in upstate NY, Heavy Metal actually introduced me to some very cool non-commercial art that you couldn’t normally find in a small town, like HR Giger. In the 80’s-early 90’s Heavy Metal was a great source of exciting new sci-fi in a boring and over-inflated commercial comic market I had grown tired of. I loved how Heavy Metal was raw, and real and didn’t apologize for it—ever. Read More...

According to artist, Nathan Fox, which he worked on with writer M.F. Wilson and colorist Jeromy Cox, Fluorescent Black is a "bio-punk, sci-fi epic" that's set in the not-too-distant future. It tells the story of genetic modification gone berserk on the dirty, dystopian streets of Singapore. "This one is based on all genetics and science that exists today," Fox said in an interview from the MTV Geek skybox at the 2010 New York Comic Con. "You can alter anything. You have any aliment, you have any disease, anything terminal, it can be fixed on a biological, genetic level."

The main characters, who slum it in the er...slums, across the causeway from the city, are caught in a battle between two Read More...

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