Press Release:
Seattle, WA (Feb. 10, 2011)
— Romance comic genius John Lustig has a surefire cure for anyone suffering from Valentine’s Day heartburn.

His first animated video, “Racing Toward Heartbreak,” is a darkly funny, faux ad for The Last Kiss Institute of Dismal Love Affairs. The mini, mock epic features a mad doctor’s extremely inappropriate solution to a desperate dame’s boyfriend problems.

“Dangerous drugs and unnecessarily expensive shock therapy are involved,” explained Lustig.

Years in the making (seconds in the planning), the video is a collaboration with an award-winning Newgrounds animator Edward (Meddros) Smith.

“We included modified word balloons because we were trying for the look of a comic book,” said Smith. “But we added a voice track, music and special effects because…well, we thought it’d be easy. Silly us!”

Like Lustig’s regular Last Kiss webcomics, the animation uses art from old romance comics with bizarre, new dialog.

Kisses and Ducks

February and March are turning out to be big months for Lustig. In addition to the animation release, he’s spotlighted in the current issue of Seattle Magazine. Lustig is profiled as one of seven Seattle comic creators for the magazine’s “geek issue.”

On Feb. 23 (revised date–it’s out now!), Lustig has a long-awaited Disney story in Boom! Studio’s Donald Duck and Friends #363. His “Somewhere Beyond Nowhere” is a 12-page Donald Duck story based on a plot by Disney legend Carl Barks and drawn by Daan Jippes.

And then, on March 30, Lustig’s first Last Kiss merchandise (coffee mugs, metal card cases & sticky notebooks) through Dark Horse Comics will be arriving in stores.

See more Lustig-related video on the Last Kiss YouTube Channel!