I first started interacting with Brimstone a few months ago through Instagram when I noticed he had liked a few of my pictures that I had posted. It was not too long after this that I decided I wanted to interview him at Alamo City Comic Con. That fell through but a few weeks later, I finally caught up with him at Wizard World Austin Comic Con. What I really found most intriguing about Brimstone (born William M. Kucmierowski) was his energy and incredible work ethic. His resume includes a child acting job on Sesame Street, a seventeen year professional wrestling career, co-founder and CEO of Hound Comics Inc., and finally a food show host and critic with his own Brimstone branded food product line.
When we talked on Friday, I asked him about his influences that led him to pro wrestling. He credited The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels as his inspiration to get into the industry and shape his Brimstone character. With his love for the theatrics and his natural-born skills to entertain, Brimstone’s decision to enter the world of professional wrestling made perfect sense.
Comic books had always been something that Brimstone considered getting into, and on October 31, 2010 along with Marcello Carnevali and Sajad Shah launched Hound Comics, Inc. They immediately found success with Borders as the book company agreed to carry the monthly book series Brimstone and the Border Hounds, and then in 2011, expanded even further with both Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Along with a children’s line appropriately entitled Border Pups, the Hound Kids line included the books Space Sheriffs and CrashBat both written by Courtney Freeman.
It does not stop there. Hound Entertainment Group have developed several projects including a Borderhounds video game and an animated series which featured Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca of Star Wars fame). Brimstone (an actor himself) has appeared in both music videos and independent films including a leading role in Killer Hoo-Ha. They even have a license agreement with Eastsport to produce a Hound Comic backpack, a food product line that includes award-winning sauces and seasonings and have started a food critic show called Food Hound: Tidbits inspired by their many travels and food experiences.
What I found most impressive however, was his involvement with the Stan Lee Foundation which Brimstone serves as a spokesperson for. The foundation promotes literacy to both children and adults by providing funding for educational programs for underprivileged children and by providing access to the arts to those communities that lack it. In fact, Brimstone spent the third day at Wizard World Austin Comic Con (Kids Day) reading some of his Border Pup books to children in attendance.
Having covered a few comic book conventions now, I have met quite a few people in the industry. Brimstone is easily one of the most kindest, down to earth entertainers I have encountered. He understands and knows how to talk to the fans, which makes him very approachable and extremely likable. His energy, attitude and work ethic are what makes him and the Hound Entertainment Group such a great story.