Media release — BLACK MASK STUDIOS, the publishing/production business introduced in 2014 by Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics, Halo-8 Films), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, CEO Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), as well as Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night), has revealed its third slate of comics: a lots jobs principally from new creators bringing strong as well as unorthodox points of view to their comics. After a banner 2015 with breakout hits We Can never Go Home, area Riders, as well as young Terrorists, Black Mask is doubling down on its emerging credibility as the most popular launchpad for new comics talent.
“Black Mask is right here for the risk-takers, for the daring creators that make other publishers nervous,” stated Pizzolo. “Our goal all along has been to advocate for take on storytellers, however what’s been amazing for me to see is the comic market truly step up as well as support these books as well as these creators. From the comic shops to the journalists to the readers, there is both a demand for new voices however also, as well as much more importantly, a nurturing neighborhood enabling creators to take creative leaps of faith.”
So who is in the class of 2016? Take a look…
* June 2016 *JADE street security SERVICES
writer Katy Rex
artist Fabian Lelay
colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter
covers Annie Wu (Black Canary)
From an all-new innovative team, Jade street security services is Black Mask’s very first all-ages book, decribed as The breakfast Club of Hogwarts.
Jade street security services complies with a group of (bad) trainees at Matsdotter Academy, an elite personal institution for wonderful girls. When they all satisfy for the very first time in a completely unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class as well as find the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even much more sinister than they suspected.
JSPS channels Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart all-ages experience for delinquents young as well as old.
* July 2016 *KIM & KIM
writer Magdalene Visaggio
artist Eva Cabrera
colorist Claudia Aguirre
covers Tess Fowler (Rat Queens), Devaki Neogi (Curb Stomp)
Another one from an all-new innovative team, Kim & Kim is a storage tank Girl-esque friend experience about a trans lady as well as her finest girlfriend.
Kim & Kim is a day-glo action experience that’s bursting with energy as well as interest as well as puts queer women as well as trans women front as well as center. Badass besties Kim as well as Kim are out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy legislation enforcement – as well as they extremely rapidly end up in method over their heads.
Blending the punk exuberance of storage tank woman with the friend experience wackiness of Superbad (if Michael Cera was a trans lady as well as Jonah hill a queer woman partner in crime), Kim & Kim focuses on the power as well as implying of female friendships as engines of validation. A bright, happy, punk rock sci fi experience that is queer as shit.
* 2016 *BLACK
writer Kwanza Osajyefo (former editor at Zuda)
co-creator/designer Tim Smith 3
artist Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Molly Danger)
covers Khary Randolph (Robin Wars)
In a world that already hates as well as fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers?
After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young guy learns that he is part of the most significant lie in history. now he should choose whether it’s safer to keep it a trick or if the reality will set him free.
X-Men satisfies The Wire, BLACK’s Kickstarter blazed with Black history Month 2016 earning $91,973, much more than three time its funding goal.
* 2016 *RUN FOR THE SHADOWS
writers J.M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt, Justice League)
& Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller)
artist Josh Hood (We Can never Go Home)
cover Amancay Nahuelpan
Julie was a great woman from an elite household with her whole life ahead of her, up until she got mixed up with poor young boy Winston. After a decade of difficult medications as well as harder living, Julie is lastly pulling her life back together. In rehab, she undergoes intensive therapy that unearths a deeply repressed trauma: her memory from being 16 as well as providing up her as well as Winston’s infant for adoption. She realizes it’s a lie. An implanted memory. There was something else that took the baby. Something evil. Julie tracks down Winston as well as forces him to tell her what really happened, a horrifying revelation that will lead them both on a journey into darkness.
A lyrical as well as fantastical tale of rebellion, redemption, as well as hellfire, but, many of all, a story of family.
From legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis, co-written by Matt Pizzolo fresh off his smash hit young Terrorists as well as illustrated by Josh Hood still on fire from We Can never Go Home.
* 2016 *THE SKEPTICS
writer Tini Howardnullnull