Stud and the BloodBlade #1 launches Comics Experience Publishing!

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From Perry Crowe and Jed Dougherty comes a loving, shocking, and raucous tribute to the muscle-bound heroes of our youth.

“Dude, this is the wildest shit I’ve read in 10 years.”

Dave Wilkins, artist

Comics Experience Publishing (CEX) proudly debuts with Stud and the BloodBlade #1. Written by Perry Crowe (Heavy Metal, Los Angeles Times, Kirkus Reviews, The Frontiersmen) with art by Jed Dougherty (Savage Hearts, Harley Quinn, World’s Finest), Stud appeals to fans of ’80s nostalgia, deconstructionist superhero comics, and LGBTQ leads. Letting creators create as only they can is CEX Publishing’s mission, and there couldn’t be a better way to demonstrate that than with Stud. On sale in comics shops on July 28, pre-order RIGHT NOW through your local shop or at 

“These days people are taking a more critical look at their heroes,” say Stud’s creators, Crowe and Dougherty. “Recent hit comic books and TV series poke fun at superheroes as fascistic tools of runaway consumerism, indulging in heroes who can fly though the air, run across water, and cut people in half with laser-vision. Our new comic book miniseries, Stud and the BloodBlade, pokes fun at the mega-beefcake do-gooders of our youth. Its brawny hero can handily dispatch hordes of punny monsters but struggles against more insidious foes like moral relativism and social norms. Yes, readers want jetpacks and battle-axes and muscles, muscles, muscles—but they also want same-sex kisses. They want STUD.”

About the Creators

STUD #1 - Signature Series cover

Perry Crowe:
“I’ve been reading comics for decades and professionally reviewing graphic novels for years, but Stud and the BloodBlade will be my first comic available in comic shops, and I could not be more excited. Through Comics Experience’s classes, I learned how to produce a comic, and from the Comics Experience workshop, I got great feedback—from both fellow workshoppers and seasoned comics pros—that really helped me shape Stud into the beefy, boisterous bonanza that is now poised to kick off Comics Experience Publishing. Such a huge honor!”

Jed Dougherty:
“I started drawing ‘zines in the ’90s, but my first paying comics gig was working for Howard Chaykin as an art assistant around the turn of the century. While doing assistant work, I drew a few indie comics (Wynter DarkUltravixen) then got work at DC doing fill-in jobs and a 6-issue stint on Worlds’ Finest.  As a comics creator, the most rewarding part of the job is finally getting the new book in front of readers! Perry, colorists Mark Dale & D. Forrest Fox, letterer Anthony Rella and I have been working on this book for years. It is so gratifying to finally get Stud and the Bloodblade out on the bookshelves!”

Preview art is available at, and review copy PDFs are available for press and retailers by request through!

How to Order Stud and the BloodBlade

Stud features DOUBLE-SIZED issues for just $4.99—more story for less money. Two regular covers are available through Diamond Comics Distribution and through

  • Cover A (Diamond code MAY211362): Art by Jed Dougherty $4.99
  • Cover B (Diamond code MAY211363): Art by Robert Atkins $4.99 

Additionally, exclusive variants are available for advanced pre-order by readers and retailers at the CEX Store page.

  • Signature Series edition, Signed by Crowe and Dougherty (Limited to 250): $29.95, special $24.95 sale price for advanced pre-orders
  • Metal Cover Edition (Limited to 50): $149.95, special $99.95 sale price for advanced pre-orders

Retailers, ask about our bulk pricing for variants at