The Briefs: The Dregs from Black Mask Studios

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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ADVANCE REVIEW: Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 – To Insanity and Beyond!

ADVANCE REVIEW: Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 – To Insanity and Beyond!

I loved everything about the first Space Riders series. I loved the balls-out bonkers story, written by Fabian Rangel Jr, I loved the mind-blowing comix-influenced psychedelic art by Alexis Ziritt, which was wonderfully enhanced by Ryan Ferrier‘s letters. Now, the series is back with another volume, and after a terrific first issue, I’m happy to report that Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 fits right in with the first volume; it’s gloriously vulgar and uninhibited space…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Quantum Teens Are Go #1 – Young Punk Mad Scientists in Love

ADVANCE REVIEW: Quantum Teens Are Go #1 – Young Punk Mad Scientists in Love

Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is packed with energy from cover to cover. From its opening scene featuring a young punk skater named Natalie braining a robot with bolt cutters while her boyfriend Sumesh tries to get his ray gun to work, the issue never lets up. The result is a full-blooded and contemporary melding of outsider-teen romance and pulp sci-fi high-jinks. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you’re just not getting enough…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: No Angel #1 – Murder, Family and Flights of Angels

ADVANCE REVIEW: No Angel #1 – Murder, Family and Flights of Angels

It’s hard to pin down exactly when it happened, maybe it was the “Tomb Raider” game, more likely it was “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Xena”, but around twenty or twenty-five years ago a new sub-genre of action/horror/sci-fi starring badass female protagonists was born. No Angel #1, written and created by Eric Palicki and Adrianne Palicki, fits right into that sub-genre. And if the issue feels overly familiar to anyone who has seen any other…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Forevers #1 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Forevers #1 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Seven people stand in a field and perform some kind of magical rite. Ten years later they have all the success one could dream of; they are rich, famous, and from the looks of things, being devoured from the inside out by their own inadequacies and by whatever cost came along with the bargain they made. That’s the premise of The Forevers #1,  the debut issue from writer Curt Pires and artist Eric Scott Pfeiffer,…

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REVIEW: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #2 – Stand By Me Meets Elmore Leonard

REVIEW: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #2 – Stand By Me Meets Elmore Leonard

After the success of the debut issue, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #2 builds on that premiere’s triumphs while deepening the characters and taking the plot into more tense and exciting areas. Artist Tyler Boss and writer Matthew Rosenberg have created a series that fits in with the works of Elmore Leonard or Donald Westlake while also expertly capturing the difficult chemistry between friends that makes good coming-of-age stories resonate so well. The series revolves…

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Black Mask Announces Wave of New Titles for 2016

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’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 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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REVIEW: We Can Never Go Home #2 – The Kids Aren’t Alright

REVIEW: We Can Never Go Home #2 – The Kids Aren’t Alright

Writers: Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon Artist: Josh Hood $3.99 Black Mask Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon have collaborated in the past on books like Twelve Reasons to Die, and Menu.  This time it’s for the book We Can Never Go Home, a story about two high school kids, Madison and Duncan, that each have their own unusual gifts.  Madison has the ability to increase her strength and make her eyes glow in a way that’s…

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