WATCH THE TRAILER FOR ISSUE #1





NEW SINGLE BY OSAKA POPSTAR DEBUTS WITH SWEET COMIC BOOK SEQUEL ON FEB 14!

Feb 13 2024

The all-new single by Osaka Popstar recorded specifically for the ongoing comic book series, “Sweetie Candy Vigilante” (Dynamite) arrives just in time to start the new year with a resolution to make your life sweeter…

Fronted and produced by longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero on vocals, Osaka Popstar’s new single, “The Land of Hatchy Milatchy” is being released in conjunction with Vol 2 of the bi-monthly series “Sweetie Candy Vigilante” (available with multiple variant limited edition covers to collect and choose from) via Dynamite Comics, (Game of Thrones, The Boys, Red Sonja, Vampirella, James Bond 007, Barbarella, Disney’s Gargoyles and more).

The new single is available as a FREE MP3 download with purchase of the debut issue of the sequel series “Sweetie Candy Vigilante” Vol 2, #1 and simultaneously available to stream or download on all digital music platforms via the Misfits Records label imprint. In addition to Osaka Popstar frontman and founder John Cafiero on vocals, the new track also features members Dean Rispler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on guitar and bass and Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) on drums.

Stream the new single HERE

The “Sweetie Candy Vigilante” series is a honey-dipped, dark-humor infused horror/fantasy that tells the tale of “Sweetie”, a beautiful, charming, well-meaning, (yet unquestionably unhinged), descendant of the mythological “Candy Man.” Distraught by the blight and decay of her community, Sweetie is hell-bent on enacting a blood-caked, sugar-coated manifesto on society utilizing her other-worldly powers and family proprietary secrets in her quest to make the world a “sweeter” place. Her magical arsenal of hand-crafted confectionary weapons can prove lethal to those who are “naughty,” or deliriously scrumptious (and in some cases, eternally life-changing), for those who are inherently “good.” Through her Candy Vigilante sweet shop factory, discreetly located in the industrial outskirts of Brooklyn, she secretly fights the bad eggs of organized crime with a violently delicious fury and a loyal team of eccentric, super-natural allies who share her passion to make NYC less “salty.”


So, buckle up gumdrop, and make sure you save room for dessert, because it’s not like a little sugar is going to KILL you… RIGHT?

The series, written and created by Suzanne Cafiero and produced and edited by John Cafiero, has been lauded by critics as:

“Picture Willy Wonka directed by Quentin Tarantino and you’re getting warmer” — Comical Opinions

“Like a technicolor grindhouse film… a gory pop-color epic reminiscent of the glory days of Heavy Metal magazine and late-night cult films… endlessly imaginative… one of my favorite series last year and continues being one of the standouts among the avalanche of books coming out each month” — The Comic Book Dispatch

In anticipation of the launch of Vol 2 of the ongoing series, a “Sweetie Candy Vigilante” Trade Paperback is also available now from Dynamite. The trade paperback compiles the first six issues of the series (Volume 1), along with an interview with the creators, a gallery of original series covers by an extensive roster of visual artists, and a free MP3 of Osaka Popstar’s dynamic punk rendering of the Archies’ classic “Sugar, Sugar” (from the band’s “Ear Candy” EP).

For more on Osaka Popstar visit:
OsakaPopstar.com

ABOUT OSAKA POPSTAR:
Osaka Popstar is the pop-punk multimedia music and art project led by singer/producer John Cafiero, longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator and platinum selling film and video director. Alongside guest backing band members from the legendary Misfits, Ramones, Black Flag, and more, Cafiero and Osaka Popstar have been met with rave reviews and even been featured on CNN.


SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE GETS EVEN SWEETER IN SEQUEL SERIES COMING FEB 14, 2024!

Jan 08 2024

Start the new year with a resolution to make your life SWEETER!
Riding in hot on the heels of a cliffhanger ending—the eagerly anticipated return of Blood! Guts! and a Sugar Rush is here and a brand new chapter in the Sweetie Candy Vigilante saga debuts for fans this February!

Sweetie and her Candy Vigilante squad are back to kick off Volume Two of the SWEET new series with an epic “Sugartown Showdown!” Together with her shape shifting, licorice-loving lycanthrope Candy Wolf and newly “minted” ninjette warrior Pixie Stix, Sweetie faces off against her “salty” arch-nemesis Bart Volgare and his gang of thugs in the icy, snowy streets of New York City with a violently delicious fury.

So, you have chosen salt? So be it! Blood is spilled and lives are changed (including many ended) as an army of fabled supernaturals and sugar-fueled allies hop into action to scramble bad eggs. Candy Wolf shows the crime syndicate soldiers what big teeth he has, while Pixie gives her newly gifted nunchucks a maiden battlefield test-spin, reducing criminal weaponry to molten scrap metal! Sweetie’s signature Jawbreaker gun also resurfaces, armed with delicious new ammo (can’t you just smell the gingerbread?), but not before she unleashes some brand new, sweetly-sinister confections that wash away the naughty and leave a wicked smile on your face—literally! Isn’t that NICE?

What does Bart have to say for himself about the disappearance of Sweetie’s parents? Will a certain super-charged monster truck fueled by ice cream make the scene? When the candy-coated carnage ends, will the bodies be bagged before NYC’s Department of sanitation barrels down the block to do their rounds? Pick up Sweetie Candy Vigilante Vol. 2 #1 and find out, gumdrop!

This debut issue also includes a FREE MP3 download of the song “Hatchy Milatchy,” a new, never before released track by Misfits Records’ power pop-punk rock band Osaka Popstar recorded specifically for this series!

Creator/writer Suzanne Cafiero and Producer/editor John Cafiero, return for this honey-dipped, dark humor-infused horror and fantasy vigilante epic. In addition, the first issue features six stunning covers with Jeff Zornow, Ivan Tao, Josh Howard, Yonami, Ned Ivory, and John John Jesse all contributing options to pick from the metaphorical box of chocolates.



SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE ISSUE #6 OUT NOW!

Jun 14 2023

THE SWEETER THE CHERRY, THE JUICIER THE BOMBZ!
HELLO DADDY, HELLO MOM…
SWEETIE’S A GUMM BALLER — DROPPING CHERRY BOMBZ ON NYC!

Goodie gumdrops! It’s the grand opening of the new Sweetie Candy Vigilante sweet shop, fully transformed, with obsessed customers lined-up to be the first to sample the ‘sweet’ new life and meet the CANDY VIGILANTE squad. The adoring crowd, decked out in official Candy Vigilante merch, have come to check out the goods, and hang on to Sweetie’s every word. She is the OG Gumm Baller!

Candy Wolf and Pixie serve-up selfies and autographs for candy-crazed fans; their verified presence on social media has made them instant rock stars. At 1.5 million followers and rapidly growing, Gummee Bear’s online marketing skills bring it like bees to honey—reaching a sweet new global audience with limited edition confectionary drops. Meanwhile, Tinsel has decked the halls of the NYC flagship location to max potential—and it’s time to get LIT!

NYPD forensics conclude the mysterious goo found on the wounds of the headless hoodlum have chemistry consistent with some seriously KILLER cherry juice, and when the homicide division pays a routine visit to the decedent’s last known business address, they find the newly opened sweet shop in its place.

Taken aback by Sweetie’s enchanting presence and unusual, yet charming demeanor, the cops are dealt a cold case of brain freeze, and the start of a major showdown soon follows. This issue goes off like Cherry Bombz … fizzy bang boom!!

Life is SWEET… don’t be salty—get issue #6 of Sweetie Candy Vigilante!


EXCLUSIVE METAL COVERS!

May 07 2023

Our METAL AS F*CK Online Exclusive Editions of Sweetie Candy Vigilante feature an actual aluminum metal cover! These visually stunning, brilliant metal covers provide another dimension to the artwork with vibrant colors and incredible details. Utilizing a long-lasting dye-infused printing process on .020 thick aluminum, it’s the ultimate limited edition enhancement. These super-sweet rare variants are highly limited editions and unavailable anywhere else! Get yours now at Store.SweetieCandyVigilante.com


SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE ISSUE #5 OUT NOW!

Apr 05 2023

IMMORTAL GOODNESS BY THE BITE OF A ‘SWEET TOOTH’…
ALL BAD EGGS WILL GET THEIR JUST DESSERTS!

The NYPD gets a code dead and investigates the case of a headless-hoodlum, only to find a mysterious, gooey, pink substance on the body at the candy-coated crime scene. Meanwhile, Sweetie’s Candy Vigilante have successfully taken back their house and transformed the Ice Cream Bunny to its former glory. Destined to become their new flagship store, it’s soon to bring sweetness back to the city—and currently trending on social media too! Isn’t that nice?

Pixie pledges herself to eternal goodness, and with a sacramental bite of Sweetie’s “sweet tooth,” joins the ranks of immortals. Debuting new threads, and a new signature weapon, the sugar rush has gifted “Sweet P” with the skill, agility, and drip of a ninja warrior.

We get hard-boiled deets on the Peter Cottontail, his hopped-up sidekick Jack Rabbit’s jellybean habit, and a super-charged monster truck—fueled by ice cream. Plus, delve deeper into Sweetie’s mission statement, and the reveal of a speakeasy for the council of immortals. On the salty side, Sweetie’s sworn enemy Bart Volgare and his evil crime syndicate K.Y.E. may think they’ve destroyed the sweetness, but in time, Sweetie and her Candy Vigilante will see to it that all rotten eggs get their JUST DESSERTS!

Click and visit our Issues section to view all variant covers for Issue #5 plus covers for all prior issues too!

PREVIEW several pages from the issue online now at BLEEDING COOL!

Also check out a ‘sweet’ REVIEW of the new issue at THE COMIC BOOK DISPATCH who rate the issue a 9 out of 10 and surmise:

“… another fantastic issue of my favorite Dynamite Entertainment series. The art is vibrant, Sweetie and her world are fascinating and always makes you want to see more, and the new characters introduced this issue will make the series even more rich in issues to come. Recommended. 9/10”

Look for Sweetie Candy Vigilante Issue #6 “The Gumm Baller” coming June 21st, 2023!


SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE ISSUE #4 OUT NOW!

Feb 08 2023

THIS ISSUE IS A REAL JAWBREAKER… JUST SAYIN’ PA-POP!
IT’S ALL GOING DOWN THE HATCH IN
SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE #4: LOST CHERRY…

It’s Pixie’s first day in the weapons room at the Candy Vigilante factory; time to get schooled in the fine art of sugar-fueled firepower! Sweetie unveils the JAWBREAKER, her signature weapon developed for ‘overly chatty’ bad eggs, and things get explosive for Mr. Uh Oh! and Mr. Oh No!-a couple of dummies with rotten DNA who aren’t having a very GOOD day. A mysterious, magical, confectionary potion called ‘Lost Cherry’ is introduced, and Candy Wolf drops sweet knowledge on Pixie about Super Naturals and Immortal beings. Meanwhile, if you think bringing a gun to an axe fight is a GOOD idea, think again. Sweetie’s immortal allies, witch-hunting duo assassins, Hansel and Gretel, come prepared. Will it be a BAD decision for Skurvy, the ‘former’ proprietor of the Ice Cream Bunny? Will the low-life crime syndicate solider remain sweet-tempered, or lose his head, and his bar, in the process? Just sayin’ pa POP! Get ready to raise a glass and kick some ass, it’s all going down the hatch in Sweetie Candy Vigilante #4: Lost Cherry.

Click and visit our Issues section to view all variant covers for Issue #4 plus covers for all prior issues too!

PREVIEW several pages from the issue online now at BLEEDING COOL!

Also check out a ‘sweet’ REVIEW of the new issue at THE COMIC BOOK DISPATCH

Look for Sweetie to return in Issue #5 on April 5th, 2023!


NEW SCV “LOST CHERRY” TEE FEATURING ARTWORK BY GODMACHINE

Feb 07 2023

Sweetie Candy Vigilante Issue #4 “Lost Cherry” is OUT NOW and to celebrate we’ve dropped this All-New Tee featuring the variant cover art created for the issue by Godmachine.

Make your life a whole lot sweeter with the new tee, variant covers, and much more at the official Sweetie Candy Vigilante Online Store


NJ INSTORE SIGNING! WED OCT 19th 5-7 PM @ A&S COMICS

Oct 10 2022


Meet Creators Suzanne & John Cafiero signing copies of Sweetie Candy Vigilante #1, Wed Oct 19th from 5-7pm at A&S Comics 563 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ, (201) 801-0500. Multiple covers will be available for purchase including a few rare incentive covers too!


IN-STORE SIGNING AT FORBIDDEN PLANET NYC!

Oct 02 2022

FPNYC is excited to announce that we will be celebrating the release of the new Dynamite Entertainment comic Sweetie Candy Vigilante with an in-store event of epic proportions. Creators Suzanne & John Cafiero as well as artist Jeff Zornow will be here Thursday, October 6th from 6 to 8 PM signing an exclusive Forbidden Planet NYC variant. That’s right, an exclusive cover that you will not be able to get anywhere else!


Can’t make it to the event but still wanna get a copy of the exclusive FPNYC variant signed by the crew behind this brand new comic? We can do that. Just pre order a HERE and we’ll ship an autographed copy to your front door after the event.

We will also have vinyl and CD copies of Osaka Popstar’s new record Ear Candy which features Sweetie on the cover.

We got all aspects of pop culture covered with this one so mark your calendar cause you will not want to miss or SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE event!

FORBIDDEN PLANET – 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 – (212) 473-1576


SEE THE SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE TRAILER NOW!

Sep 28 2022

It’s Sugar, Ice, and You Betta Be Nice!
Watch the TRAILER for SWEETIE CANDY VIGILANTE! The new comic book series debuts Oct 5th from Dynamite Comics (The Boys, Game of Thrones, Vampirella, Army of Darkness, Red Sonja, James Bond and many more). PRE-ORDER NOW at your favorite comic book shop! Click here to watch.

In issue #1, on a snowy, icy night, Sweetie pays a visit to a NYC landmark sweet shop ‘The Ice Cream Bunny’ hoping to find its namesake at the helm. To her dismay, she finds the shop transformed from its once sugary splendor to a salty den of iniquity. The once beloved store is now a front for a notorious crime syndicate, and they’re not very nice at all. Sweetie uses her captivating persona and unassuming confectionary weapons to tear the place, and its gang of thugs, limb from limb—as the first step to restoring its former glory.  All the while enjoying a dynamic punk rendering of The Archie’s pop classic “Sugar, Sugar” on the jukebox, as heads roll – literally.

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Sweetie Candy Vigilante kicks off with a 40-page issue for the regular comic price of $3.99! Includes free pop-rockin’ MP3 download of “Sugar, Sugar” performed by Osaka Popstar, (as featured in the issue) so you can listen along with Sweetie!

Will Sweetie find any good eggs among them? Who is the Ice Cream Bunny? Who is Sweetie’s oversized Gummee hench-bear? Blood! Guts! and a Sugar Rush! It’s all going down in the debut issue of “Sweetie Candy Vigilante”. Isn’t that nice?

Look for issue #2 coming November 2nd…