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Now that “Breaking Bad” is over, the second season of the BBC series “Luther” is easily my favorite show on television.

Want proof? Over the past year I’ve written posts about the show here and here and here.

So imagine my surprise when a few images from “The Roberts” (the graphic novel I wrote and my good friend Erik Rose illustrated) popped up in the finale of the show’s second season.

While watching the finale (or episode four if you’re interested in tracking it down for yourself), about twelve minutes into the episode, I noticed one illustration in particular that struck me as familiar. In the scene, John Luther (played by the amazing Idris Elba) is going through a serial killer’s apartment looking for clues. Hanging there on the wall to the left of his face was Erik Rose’s illustration of one of the Boston Strangler’s victims.

Here’s a pulled back shot. The image you’re looking for is of the face-up woman directly across and to the left of Elba’s head.

Here’s a closer look. His eyes are directly across from hers.

And finally, even closer.

In the book, it was the right side of this two-page spread.

I also caught one other illustration from the book in the shot. Just to the left of Elba’s fingertips in this screen cap is one of Erik’s illustrations of the Zodiac Killer. It’s kind of hard to see, but he’s pointing a gun at the viewer.

In the book, it looks like this.

I’ve got to say, I’ve been flattered by a lot of things over the years, but this was pretty damn cool. Especially considering I caught it myself.

If you have never seen “Luther” watch it now. The first season is six episodes, the second season only four, so you have no reason not to.

So happy it didn’t show up on “2 Broke Girls,”

-Shady

My good friend Frank Cvetkovic (who also has been known as Boom Boom Storm Cloud from time to time) just got ashcan previews of his upcoming graphic novel “Punch-Up” printed, and he sent me a freebie to check out.

Written by Frank and illustrated by David Brame, “Punch-Up” offers both a unique storyline and fantastic artwork. I don’t want to give too much away, but the short of the story is this: Patrick is a recently dumped, recently fired twenty-something who pays his bills by letting people beat the shit out of him.

There’s more to it than that, but you’ve gotta admit that it already sounds pretty goddamn intriguing.

Here’s the cover of the new forty-page ashcan, which I’m sure you could finagle a copy of if you threw a few bucks at Frank.

"Punch-Up" ashcan

In the meantime, check out this eight-page preview over on his site.

Frank’s gonna be shopping this around to publishers in the near future, looking to get it picked up as a original graphic novel. If the rest of the story is anything like the ashcan, he shouldn’t have any problem.

Mike Tyson ain’t got shit on this,

-Shady

Clocking in at 144 pages of murder and mayhem, Image/Shadowline releases a collected trade of the sold-out two-issue mini-series “The Roberts” today!

"The Roberts" graphic novel cover

Head on out to your local comic shop or indie bookstore and pick yourself up a copy. Or you can hop on over to Amazon.com here and get one delivered right to your front door!

Erik and I worked hard on this puppy and we’re damn proud of it. The collected trade includes 48 pages of new material including correspondence between yours truly and Charles Manson and Richard Ramirez, as well as a brand-new four-page story.

Dig it, and dig it well!

-Shady

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