Bestselling writer Rick Remender (Deadly Class, The Scumbag) teams with co-writer and Emmy Award winning comedian Brian Posehn (The Secret History of the War on Weed), artist Brett Parson (Tank Girl), and colorist Moreno Dinisio (Black Science), for an all-new, ongoing comic book series titled, Grommets. This ’80s-infused coming-of-age story is set to launch in April 2024 from Remender’s Giant Generator line at Image Comics.
Grommets will feature a slew of variant covers by such artists as: David Lapham (Stray Bullets), Andrew Robinson, Alex Riegel, Chuck BB, and Jon Wayshak.
In Grommets, two outcast best friends navigate the Sacramento suburbs of 1984, where they find a home in skateboard culture and punk rock. Grommets is both an authentic look at ’80s skate culture—a snapshot of the generation that turned skating into a worldwide phenomenon—as well as a heartfelt coming-of-age story following two friends from troubled homes navigating their damage in an era when no one cared.
The series’ title sprints from skater slang, a “grommet” is a commonly used term for a young up-and-coming skater or surfer. Since the ’60s it’s been used to describe the next generation of kids who, with youthful exuberance, love the sport but want to put their spin on it.
“I spent the first 11 years of my life being humiliated in competition team sports… but that all ended the day I rode skateboard. I spent the summer of 1984 skating from morning to night. Soon all my friends were there with me. Life became more fun than it had ever been before,” said Remender. “The fun wasn’t based on winning; the competition was healthy, you were always backed up by a pal giving you support, telling you to keep at it until you nailed the trick. My skateboard was everything: it was how I got around, it was how I identified myself, it was how I spent all my free time before and after school, on every weekend, and most importantly… it was ours. The kids owned this sport.”
Posehn added: “Like my old pal, Rick, I too sucked at mainstream sports and that led to my love of skateboarding, which I also sucked at. But that’s the beauty of the sport, it didn’t matter how good I was. It was the most fun I’d ever had and no one in my crew gave the slightest shit if I couldn’t ollie, it wasn’t about one-upmanship. Skater kids were different, funny, smart and they hated what I hated: Mainstream sports, mainstream music, Camaros, tough guys and misogyny. It was less of a sport and more of a lifestyle. We were misfits before it was cool.”
Grommets #1 will be available at comic book shops in April 2024. Grommets will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.