Image Announces Print Collection for Online Anthology BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT

Originally released as a series of digital one-shots, Black Light District will be receiving a print collection from Image Comics this fall.

The Berkeley-based independent comics publisher announced today that they will be releasing a collected edition of the anthology in comic book shops this September.

Featuring work from creators Chris Burnham, Phil Hester, Jason Pearson, David Witt, J.K. Woodward, Michael Spicer, Erik Larsen, and Chris Eliopoulis, Black Light District combines comic book art and scripts with a musical album which serves as a soundtrack for the work. Speaking to Newsarama when the work first debuted in May, musician Jesse Blaze Snider said “I wanted to take the stakes of comic books, the end of the world, and put that into every song. I wanted every song to be the emotional equivalent of “I’m gonna die, someone better come along and save me.”

The collected edition of Black Light District will hit stores Monday, September 19th.


Jesse Blaze Snider and co-writer/producer Will Knox’s groundbreaking online comic book/music anthology will appear in print for the very first time this October from Image Comics. 

BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT features six epic illustrated stories set to the music of geek culture-inspired “Black Light District” EP, with art contributions from these stellar talents: Chris Burnham (NAMELESS, OFFICER DOWNE), Phil Hester (MYTHIC, Green Arrow), Jason Pearson (BODY BAGS, Legion of Superheroes), Andrea Tamme (Adventure Time), David Witt (The Growler Magazine), J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel, Star Trek), Michael Spicer (MYTHIC, Sons of Anarchy), Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON), and Chris Eliopoulos (SAVAGE DRAGON, Pet Avengers). 

“This [project] is a love letter to comics, said Snider. “These are the most personal songs I’ve ever written—while they’re superhero metaphors, I think they’ll be personal to everybody, because they’re based in emotions I think everyone has felt.”

In BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT, comics and music come together to tell six separate stories with one thing in common: everything is at stake.

“Jesse gave us a melody and lyrics for inspiration, then just let us do what we do,” said Woodward. “It was not only one of my favorite creative experiences, but, in my opinion, my best sequential work produced to date.”

Hester added: “Working on Madhattan with Jesse, Erik [Larsen], and Chris [Eliopoulos] was a joy.”

“I can’t think of a time I’ve worked harder or been more filled with the spirit of inspiration than working on this cover,” said Burnham. “I can comfortably look at this piece and know in my heart that PummelHorse was me at my all time peak.”

BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT: SIX ISSUES (ONE SHOT) (Diamond code: AUG160593) hits comic book stores Wednesday, October 12th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 19th

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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