The Briefs: The Dregs from Black Mask Studios

 Welcome to The Briefs, where we open a door for our readers. Today we are looking through The Dregs from Black Mask, via five simple lines of questioning. [this was edited lightly for clarity] EC: First, can you introduce yourselves and tell us a bit about everything you do, or did, on The Dregs? ZT: I’m Zac Thompson, one half of the writing team on the book. Together with Lonnie I wrote the series and…

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Black Mask Creators Unite to Discuss All Things Comics

With San Diego Comic-Con just days away, the monstrous metroplex between Los Angeles and San Diego has begun to fill up with the best, brightest, and most legendary comic book creators in the world. Last night, independent publisher Black Mask Studios and The Nerdist assembled a panel of Black Mask’s most notable creators past and present, along with newly minted Black Mask contributor and comic book industry legend Grant Morrison. The panelists included Black Mask…

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Black Mask Goes All In On Dystopia With CALEXIT

Launching Calexit shows that Black Mask Comics is utterly fearless.  When it comes to publishers willing to tackle real-world social issues in the pages of “funnybooks”, no one has been bolder than the fledgling indie publisher. Having already seen success with such titles as Liberator in the political realm, Black Mask is doubling down with the announcement of Calexit. Based on the recent proposals that the “left coast” should declare independence from the rest of…

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Black Mask Announces Wave of New Titles for 2016

Black Mask Comics is betting big on the coming year being it’s breakout, with a long slate of new series from established and rookie creators. Today the Los Angeles-based independent comic book publisher announced ten new series as well as the continuation of We Can Never Go Home from writers Matt Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon, and artist Josh Hood as well as a second volume of Fabian Rangel Jr and Alexis Ziritt‘s Space Riders. The new…

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Black Mask’s 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1 Goes to Second Print

  Black Mask Studios has been publishing some of the edgiest, most subversive work in the independent comic book sphere, an approach which has brought them great success. Now that success has seen their latest series, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, exceed sales expectations and go back to print. The first issue of the series from writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Ross, which was released in stores today will be going back to press…

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Black Mask Studios Launches Digital Distribution With ComiXology & Amazon

Black Mask Studios, comiXology and Amazon have announced a distribution agreement to release Black Mask’s digital library of comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Launched in 2013 by Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, Occupy Comics), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Black Mask Studios is a comics publisher and media production company devoted to supporting bold new voices and provocative stories. “Black…

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PREVIEW: SPACE RIDERS #2 from BLACK MASK

After the mind shattering events of Vortex of Madness, the Space Riders find themselves crash-landed on an unknown planet. They encounter an alien warrior tribe, as well as the beautiful and fierce Dona Barbara. Also in this issue, our heroes find themselves in the presence of a Space God. Ride along as Capitan Peligro and his crew escape from the haunted planet! Alexis Ziritt’s (The Package) insane art is both a throwback to classics like Jack Kirby,…

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Black Mask’s MAYDAY #1 Sells Out, Gets Second Printing

Insurgent independent comic book publisher Black Mask announced today that the first issue of Curt Pires‘ and Chris Peterson‘s Mayday has sold out at a distributor level and is headed back to press for a second printing. The series follows the misadventures of a broken-down screenwriter on the run from people looking to collect on an advance he was given (or so it seems…) In a press release, Black Mask announced that the second printing…

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GODKILLER from Black Mask Studios Sells Out, Tops Reorders

Godkiller, a new series from independent publisher Black Mask Studios, is turning into a serious hit for the publisher. Today the young imprint announced that the second issue of the series has already sold out at a distributor level, and would be receiving a second print alongside the reprint of the first issue. In addition, the upcoming third issue is currently riding atop Diamond Distributors’ Advance Reorder rankings, suggesting that retailers are starting to see…

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Black Mask Studios Previews “Occupy Comics #3,” A History of Nonviolence

[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]  Black Mask Studios today releases “Occupy Comics #3,” the finale issue of this very special book.  Issue #3 features Molly Crabapple, Alan Moore, Joshua Dysart, Kelly Bruce, Caleb Monroe, Theo Ellsworth, Mark L. Miller, Brea Grant & Zane Grant, Jonathan Spies, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Patrick Meaney, Eric Zawadzki, Allen Gladfelter, Salgood Sam, Kevin Colden, Matt Bors, Jerem Morrow, Swifty Lang, Frank Reynoso, Shannon Wheeler, Eric Drooker, and a cover by Charlie…

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