Beak & Kawl is a comic strip appearing in the British anthology 2000 AD , written by Simon Spurrier and drawn by Steve Roberts . The stories combines elements of horror and supernatural (with the occasional alien) with a large dose of humor which has received a mixed reaction from readers.
- Becky Miller (Beak) – student and part-time witch
- Jarrod Kawl (Kawl) – a usually stoned hanger on who gets accidentally gets out of it (or both)
- Pierre Romanov – the greatest pest control expert ever lived (in Pest Control)
Bec and Kawl are art students who share the same story and lead them in the world.
The stories are often parody-based, taking the form of humorous versions of staple themes of fantasy , science fiction and horror. The heavy use of parody also extends to dialogue and characters.
The strip is most obviously influenced by popular culture, in particular movies and comic books . Indeed, Harry Potter , Hellblazer and the Sandman .
The idea of two young people living in heavy pop culture existence in a shared flat bears a strong resemblance to the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced .
They have only appeared within their own strip:
- “and the Mystical Mentalist Threat!” (in 2000 AD # 1290-1291, 2002)
- “Beccy Miller’s Diary” (in 2000 AD # 1292-1293, 2002)
- “Enlightenment” (in 2000 AD # 1327, 2003)
- “eeevil.com” (in 2000 AD # 1328-1330, 2003)
- “Pest Control” (in 2000 AD # 1351-1354, 2003)
- “Toothache” (in 2000 AD # 1383-1386, 2004)
- “Hell To Pay” (in 2000 AD # 1401-1404, 2004)
- “Attack of the Cones” (in 2000 AD # 1437-1440, 2005)
- “Freakshow” (in 2000 AD # 1477-1481, 2006)
All the stories have been collected in one trade paperback :
- Bec and Kawl: Bloody Students (Rebellion, 2007, 176 pages, ISBN 1-904265-66-9 )
- Bec & Kawl at the Comic Book DB