Baby Badass - Backstory


David Schrader

David Schrader is a Los Angeles-based writer/director/producer. He has an extensive background in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy, with well-received features and shorts including NoHo, Being Ozzy Osbourne, Bloodline, Mercy No Mercy, and Come and Knock: The Other Ray Charles. Along with co-creator Kristian Horn, Schrader developed the idea for Baby Badass in 2005 while stuck in a Big Bear cabin, snowed-in, eating cookies that may or may not have included mind-altering properties.


Kristian Horn

Discovered as a babe in an abandoned comic book storage box and bitten by a radioactive comic fan when he was a teenager, Kristian Horn is the Founder/Editor/Producer of Part-Time Fanboy. He has been a contributing writer and interviewer for the Ain’t It Cool News comic book section and is a sometime cartoonist and designer. He’s also acted in some really bad movies a long time ago so the less said about that the better.


The idea for Baby Badass was born in 2005. Longtime friends David Schrader and Kristian Horn thought the image of a little baby kicking everybody’s ass was sort of funny for some reason. Clearly, copious amounts of alcohol played a part in this notion, and yet – they couldn’t shake the idea.

A few years went by, and they decided to try and make something out of the concept. Schrader is a writer and filmmaker, Horn is an artist, writer, and certified comic book aficionado. Check out his blog and podcast here. They came up with a basic premise that touched on classic comic tropes; a failed military experiment with super powers, a daring escape from a secret lab, and a fugitive existence as a stranger in a strange land. They threw in some hard-boiled Miller-esque dialog, a little of the ol’ sex and violence, and what emerged was an original Superantihero and an exciting story filled with action, adventure, and the occasional diaper change.

The actual comic book took a detour as an animation pitch gained traction. The story had certain elements and marketing potential that led to multiple meetings and an eventual descent into development hell. Several more years went by as other projects took precedence and the demands of normal life pushed Baby Badass back into the womb of good ideas and profound procrastination.  

A rebirth began in 2014, when talented artist Tim Larsen was brought on board to complete issue No. 1. With a vivid, retro style that suits the material, the team looks forward to working with Tim in bringing the Baby Badass saga to life.

See some of Tim's other work here.