The Chowderhead Crusades is out now!

Is J. J. Walsh’s debut novel an authentic exploration of the socially progressive roots of comic books? Or is it a rip-roaring action movie-esque space adventure? Yes.

Available now in print and digital format at Amazon! And get the audiobook at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible – narrated by Patton Oswalt!

Book Overview

Comic-Con, 2036. The world is rocked by the bizarre and inexplicable materialization of Cateklysm Catholicon – a colorfully clad whack job decreeing that humanity’s only hope lies in the lessons found in superhero comic books. “Cateklysm’s Challenge” is born, enticing even the most skeptical with a prize that promises “the power to change the world”. 

But two decades later, the world has gone to crap. The prize, the challenge, and Cateklysm himself have all been forgotten by everyone but the Chowderheads – diehard superhero worshippers, who champion the progressive ideology infused into comics.

Enter Clayton Clayborn, a tragically orphaned, 17-year-old, second-generation Chowderhead living a dystopian nightmare existence on a Martian space freighter. Obsessed with the Challenge, he’ll face a gauntlet of comic book nerdery that will take him to alien worlds, thrust him into gladiatorial combat against supervillain look-alikes, and push him to the brink of annihilation in the heart of what seems to be the Batcave. But as Stan Lee would put it, “Excelsior.”


“The comic book nerd’s Ready Player One…Fun, frenetic, creative, and the ending hits like a ton of bricks.”

~Portland Book Review

“5 Stars. Irreverent and utterly charming…an accomplished work…a truly heroic adventure.”

~Readers’ Favorite

“Great humor…unpredictable plot that keeps the reader turning the page.”

~Manhattan Book Review

About the Author

J. J. Walsh is a superhero science fiction nerd novelist and owner of the San Francisco-based advertising agency Iron Creative Communication. He lives in San Francisco, with his wife, two boys, and their Labrador Retriever. So far his comic book knowledge has not been called upon to save the world. But he is ready.