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Beware 215 Ink’s Next Big Thing!

215 Ink has announced their next big release, Beware … Vol.1: Citizen Science! The volume collects the first three issues of the lauded science-fiction adventure series, along with dozens of pages of additional unreleased shorts, art, pinups and more! Alien invasion. Fungal mutation. Quantum abduction through time and space. All part of everyday life in the otherwise idyllic American town of Haven Hallows. The adventure begins here.

What is Beware …?

In the spirit of the classic EC horror and sci-fi comics of the 40s and 50s, Beware … is a series of “experiments” all set in the same town of Haven Hallows. Each related 1-shot offers a glimpse of life in a town founded on science and faltered by fear. If science is the source of calamity, Beware … is your survival manual.

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New York Comic Con 2014: 215 Ink and Enormous Invade the Big Apple

It’s almost time to head to NYC and take over the Javits Center for New York Comic Con! Publisher 215 Ink will be there with some of their recent and upcoming releases and creators.

Tim Daniel‘s Enormous has been a taking the comic world by force in true Kaiju Style. They’ll have an exclusive cover for the first issue reprint (just 100 copies!) plus some of the last remaining copies of the first 3 issues. 

215 Ink is also offering the first collected trade of the venerated Sci-Fi adventure series “Beware …“, now in Diamond Previews – OCT141668. The esteemed creators of the “Beware …” universe, The Perkins Bros., will be at the booth offering science fiction survival tips and some exclusive gear.

Their booth will be full of creators like Rolf Lejdegård (Blue Moth), Jennie Wood (Flutter/A Boy Like Me), Mark Bertolini (Breakneck/Broken/Old Ghost), Andrew Harrison (Golgotha) and more! Jennie will be doing an exclusive signing and Q&A on Sat, 11-1pm, and 215 Ink will be holding submission and portfolio reviews Fri & Sat from open until 11 and Sunday all day!

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SDCC 2014: 215 Ink’s Jennie Wood and Flutter

jennie wood flutter215 Ink’s Jennie Wood, creator of Flutter, is coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2014. You can meet her at the Flutter booth, located at M-06 in the small press section.

Chuck Dixon and Jeff McClelland will be joining Wood at the Flutter booth for a FUBAR signing too!

FUBAR is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling zombie anthology series. Stop by the booth for more information, including the exact day and time of the signing.

While at Comic-Con International, Wood will have copies of Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, which The Advocate calls one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013.

Wood will also have info on her upcoming 215 Ink release, the YA novel, A Boy Like Me, due out 9/4/2014, and a sneak peak of Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous.

An Enormous interview with Tim Daniel

Enormous_CVR_1This June, 215 Ink gets Enormous onto comic book stands. The comic, which was previously a one-shot, is now a monthly ongoing series courtesy of writer Tim Daniel and artist Mehdi Cheggour.

In the midst of a planetary crisis for food and fuel, a vast ecological cataclysm has spawned ‘The Enormous,’ massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Humankind struggles to stave off extinction– seek shelter!

What’s cooler is the comic has a companion new live-action web series from Machinima!

We got a chance to chat with Tim about the series, both comic and live action, and what we can expect!

Graphic Policy: So for those that don’t know what is Enormous?

Tim Daniel: How is that even possible!?!  You guys!!! So, here’s how it goes…the world is starving. A consortium of nations construct and implement an agriforming technology system dubbed Alchem. Each node, there are several, is located in a tract of desert land on several continents. The intent is to turn arid land into fertile farming regions. For once, humankind has unilaterally agreed to take action to prevent a crisis much to the benefit of all. But, as is the case with tampering with nature, something goes horribly wrong. Evidence of a powerful mutagen begins to rear up over the span of the next 17 years…culminating in the arrival of the Enormous, massive beasts that strike major cities around the globe. In the aftermath of the uprising, a band of survivors lead by Ellen Grace, form up a search and rescue team that scours the rubble of Phoenix, Arizona in the hopes of locating orphaned children. But not all the survivors think alike…there are many factions with their own designs on what the future holds for humanity.

GP: How did the idea come about?

TD: On an airplane trip with my family April 2010. My daughter Elle and I were just trying to pass time and I looked down through the window and asked her what if would be like to see a truly enormous monster below.  We started imaging some scenarios…I then asked her where we could possibly live in a world filled with giant monsters and she answered very simply, “Underground, Dad.”  That did it– that was the spark right then and there and I ripped out my yellow note pad and started writing as fast as I could. Still have that page of notes…

GP: The comic was released as a one-shot a bit ago. How did it go from that to an ongoing series, even switching publishers?

TD: Enormous was previously published as a One Shot Graphic Novel in the summer of 2012. It was a 64 page, over-sized treasury edition. When it returns in June, Enormous will finally arrive in the format it was naturally conceived for and at the length it was intended to be, which is, an ongoing, monthly format with a clearly defined ending.  Hence the switch in publishers. 215 Ink agreed with the scope of my original pitch. They had the courage, faith and foresight to agree to publish Enormous.  I could not be more grateful to Andrew Del Quadro and Michael Perkins for giving us the opportunity to pursue our original goal.

GP: This March, a live-action adaptation of the comic is out via Machinima and Xbox One. How’d that come about?

TD: So cool! Yes, the live-action adaptation debuted March 20th, 2014. The process of bringing Enormous to the screen started in July 2012 when the book debuted at SDCC. Producer Adrian Askarieh approached me on the convention floor at the booth where the book was on display. We talked and several weeks later he called me with a plan. He’s a very resolute man and he sought out the talent and financing to make this happen. Adrian’s Prime Universe Films partnered with Pure Imagination Studios and fellow producer Joshua Wexler. Between the two of them, the pair recruited some startling talent both behind and in front of the camera. Director BenDavid Grabinski added another layer of talent to the cast and crew by brining aboard his team from his very successful short, Cost of Living. What they were able to achieve is nothing short of cinematic.

GP: Is the adaptation an extension of the comic or the same story, just in different form?

TD: Here’s the cool part, it’s neither! Enormous, the screen adaptation, shares some very key core elements with Enormous, the comic book. At the heart of both is a search and rescue team lead by Ellen Grace. The team is in strict pursuit of orphaned children. They in turn are being hunted not only by giant monsters but several factions of humans… some inflicted with the effects of a powerful mutagen. In effect, the adaptation is a wittier, funnier distillation of the comic book to be appreciated completely on its own merits.

GP: One of the things we discuss a lot on the site is cross promotion. Are you working to make sure to promote the comic through the web series?

TD: Absolutely, and a lot of the credit goes to Adrian Askarieh, Josh Wexler and Ian Moffitt at Machinima. Adrian and Josh put me together with Ian and he and his team very graciously allowed us to do a couple of very unique things in regards to promotion. First, we have a purchase link embedded in the film’s description. Viewers can watch Enormous, then buy the first issue instantly through an exclusive arrangement with Hastings Entertainment.  The exclusive was arranged by my good friend Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage, Not My Bag, Self-Possessed) and James Parker at Hastings. Hastings first issue cover for Enormous uses the poster art from the film as painted by series artist Mehdi Cheggour and features lead Ceren Lee as Ellen Grace. Machinima has also made mention of Enormous the comic book at every turn; in press releases and such. Helps to that the book credit appears in the end credits of the adaptation. Hopefully, that inspires interested readers to check us out!

GP: Giant monsters destroying things seems to go in waves as far as entertainment releases and it’s back in recent years. Why do you think the resurgence is happening?

TD: No kidding! But I’m still not satisfied! Film has lead that charge– but television, novels, and comics are sorely lagging in that regard, which is perplexing to me in that you don’t need a big budget to pull of something of epic scale in a novel or comic book. All that’s required is enough information, be it written or visual to spark the imagination of the reader. Films like Monsters, The Mist, Trollhunter, The Host, Super Eight and even Cloverfield took that tact. They hint at a certain scale for the most part, rather than engage in a full blown spectacle. Each of those examples are satisfying in their own way.

Why the recent resurgence, I think that speaks to the pliability of the horror genre. A monster of any variety or scale can embody all manner of our fears. Imbue a beast or creature with even the slightest hint of our contemporary societal concerns and you’ve potentially crafted a powerful allegory. And that tradition dates back to Frankenstein and carried through to the nuclear age with Godzilla and through the present with the zombies of The Walking Dead. At the heart of Enormous is our preoccupation with over-population, resource scarcity and genetically modified organisms. Not to mention what affect those things will have upon future generations.

GP: With all of the destruction in the first issue, it’s also clear you wanted to focus on the characters and particularly Ellen and Megan’s relationship. The comic has lead LGBTQ characters, not a common thing in comics or most entertainment. What got you to go that route?

TD: Wonderful that people are picking up on that already, but there’s also a part of me that wished no one noticed. Ellen is a person, a human being with the same concerns we all share. Who we love, who loves us—when Mehdi first saw that in the script I think he was pleasantly surprised as well. My reply to him was, Ellen is Ellen, she’ll tell us who she is if that’s what she decides within the framework of the story. There was no preconception, Ellen’s partner Megan materialized on the page the same way say the apex predator did…just because there was white space in front of the cursor. Much like Laney Griffin, the protagonist of Curse, from the Boom series Mike Moreci and I co-wrote. Someone recently pointed out to us that they never even noticed he was an African-American protagonist in a horror story until the second or third issue…and we were both gratified that really no one has taken note of that.  I’m pointing this all out here because the moment we no longer notice who our heroes are, but what they stand for is being the most important aspect of their plight, then we’ll have finally turned a corner.

GP: How did artist Mehdi Cheggour get involved with the book?

TD: Way back in late 2010 I discovered his work through Facebook.  He was posting fan art of Morning Glories. I followed his name to deviant art and elsewhere. Seeing his work popping up on various forums. I messaged him on Facebook and asked him if he had any current projects and what he most enjoyed drawing. When he responded with something to the effect of ‘big sprawling sci-fi’ I asked if that entailed giant monsters and shared a short pitch with him for Enormous. Within a couple of hours I was staring at the first sketch of Ellen Grace.

GP: Other than Enormous, what else do you have coming out?

TD: Right now I’m wrapping up the first 6 issue arc of Enormous. Curse from BOOM! will be wrapping it’s 4 issue run next month. I’m really very happy to have been a part of that creative team; Moreci, Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer. I got to be Ringo for a while and it was way cool. After that Skinned with co-writer Jeremy Holt and artist Joshua Gowdy debuts from an unannounced publisher, Throwback with artist Anthony Gregori and colorist Mike Spicer…and a new project with Michael Moreci.

Machinima Gets Enormous This Thursday

Enormous_POSTER_HI_FINEnormous, a live-action adaptation of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour‘s comic of the same name, will debut on Machinima this Thursday, March 20th. The new monthly comic series begins this June and coming from 215 Ink.

The effort was directed by BenDavid Grabinski with a script by Grabinski and André Øvredal, writer-director of the 2010 international hit Trollhunter.

Ceren Lee stars as Ellen Grace, a member of a United Nations search and rescue team scavenging the decimated cities of North America in search of missing children while desperately trying to elude marauding human factions before something … bigger finds them. The cast also includes Steven Brand, Erica Gimpel, Billy Miller, Joe Swanberg, Todd Farmer and Simon Barrett, Garret Coffee, Charles Melton and Dallas Liu.

Baltimore Comic Con 2013: 215 Ink at the Convention

215 Ink has announced the first print edition of Breakneck will be sold at the Baltimore Comic Con. It will be a collected edition of issues #1-3 plus the difficult to find 4th issue. A print edition of Silver-Age legend writer/artist Jim Starlin‘s newest work Mindgames will also be sold at the convention. Both Jim Starlin and Mark Bertolini will make an appearance at 215 Ink’s table. Convention exclusives include digital download cards and the publishers entire digital comic catalog for $10.00 on USB’s.

Mark Bertolini is the creative force behind the acclaimed comic: Breakneck. Praised by Evan Henry of InGenre as “The best independent (non-Big-Four) title I have read in a long, long time”

Breakneck features the crappiest supervillian ever, Ethan Shade. Shade is the only survivor of a murderous crackdown on supervillains and fights to survive as the last villain in a world of heroes. “Breakneck is so far succeeding in what I believe all comic book miniseries’ should aspire to do: get better with each issue” says John Lee of ComixTribe.

Jim Starlin, creator/co-creator of Thanos, Gamora, Shang Chi, and Drax the Destroyer has brand new work. Starlin has brought his “Hardcore Station” tales from DC to 215 Ink. Mindgames is a 98 page illustrated novel about licensed telepathic therapist Dr. Zareb Alter and his struggles against the DeFoncé crime organization. Mindgames will be available in print at the Baltimore Comic

215 Ink is an independent comic book publisher dedicated to showcasing some of the most original creator-owned titles from some of the best up and coming creators in the industry. To see 215Ink’s work you can head to http://www.215ink.com/

215 Ink Heads to Boston Comic Con

Boston Comic Con is in a little over a week, April 20-21 and 215 Ink will be there with their interesting digital products. In what’s becoming a tradition for them at conventions, they’re offering two exclusive deals at the convention which will get digital copies of their comics in fans hands.

For less than the cost of a typical trade, 215 Ink will be selling USB sticks pre-loaded with every comic in their catalog, plus a selection of comic trailers from their YouTube site as well as digital versions of a limited-edition print run of comic covers previously offered.

That’s a massive amount of comics on a handy USB stick. Not only is it a unique item, but that’s a hell of a deal.

If you don’t want to drop the money on that, the publisher will also be offering $0.99 download cards, good for one digital download for you and one for a friend.

Boston Comic Con takes place at the Hynes Convention Center.

Review: Golgotha TPB

golgothaThis is review is by special guest Gabriel LLanas and cross-posted at Haunt of Horror Comics.

I remember the first time I saw Trainspotting. I was a bit to young and naive to really understand what was going on. No one I knew had ever done drugs, and certainly nothing as strong as heroin.  All I remember about that first time that I watched Trainspotting is that everything was jarring and disorienting.  The things that they would see, the feelings that the drug, or lack there of would illicit, though often played for laughs, seemed sinister and dark to me.  They weren’t in control of themselves, the drug was.  To me that is just as valid and frightening of a possession as The Exorcist.  That lack of control in real life horror to me.

Golgotha has that disconcerting feel to it, because this book is all about a bunch of junkies.  Aleister is an outsider artist, and a addict, and the stat of this book finds him on his way to state mandated rehab.  If he is able to complete the program he will be given a free pass on his prison sentence.  He is going on just fine (if a little bored) when he discovers that the grave of his literary (and hometown) hero, H. P. Lovecraft, has been desecrated.  He calls his friend Jude to see if there is any more to the story than what the newspaper is saying, only to find out that the vandals stole HPL’s skull.  Aleister will not stand for it, and breaks out of rehab that night.  So begins his adventure in finding a skull a midst a slew of junkies.

There is a whole crew of them too, his friend Jude, Brazilian guys that dress as Vampires, a gang of British punk rockers, a former love interest, his dealer/hang around buddies Shawgrim and Grimshaw, and Crazy Henry.  The people in this book are solid characters, each with depth and personality, but in a crazy way they just fade in and out of the story, almost like ghosts.  When the arrive the serve a purpose, and when that purpose is over they move on.  Some live through the ordeal, some don’t, because the hunt for Lovecrafts skull turns out to be a little more contentious than Aleister thought.

Things, dark things that dwell in the sewers of Providence seem out to get them.  People turn to creatures who want to consume and devour, huge creatures that can even flip over a car.  Alister even treks into the sewers and finds a coven of Deep Ones worshiping at the feet of Cthulhu’s idol, but even with such strange things happening, seemingly, to all of them no one will buy that Aleister is seeing what he says he sees.  Because all of them are colored by the drug.

Deep Ones, monsters, magic powers bestowed by the skull, all of it may be in a world of imagination.  All of these things might be hallucinations.  We the readers never know.  Writer Andrew Harrison leaves that up to you the reader.  Is this a world populated by the characters of HPL’s stories, or is it just the ravings of a junkie trying to get clean and failing once again.  So much of the interplay in this book is about the drugs, the relationships that it has ruined and created in ruins.  The art then punctuates it with splattery edges and crazy looking people, from Karl Slominski.  The best illustrated is Crazy Henry, a schizophrenic whose thoughts are literally spilling out of his head every time he speaks.

This is a really interesting, and in some ways haunting book (I actually had some pretty crazy dreams the night that I read this).  The horror is mixed with the horrors of real life in a very creative way.  This is Trainspotting done by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.  This is the tale of the junkie through the eyes of gods that dwell deep with in the ocean or claw at the night sky to once again subjugate us.  This is a deep dark rabbit hole of a book, HPL would be proud.

 
Professionally Gabriel LLanas is a chef.  He works way to many hours in front of a super hot grill.  The rest of the time he is either hanging out with his wife and four kids or reading a shit load of comic books so he can write about them here, because if he doesn’t do it, he will go mad.  The last time he checked he was in charge of the site, but there is a good chance the site is in charge of him.

215 Ink Presents Golgotha

Golgotha follows the harrowing happenings of a few fun-loving junkies as they attempt to recover the stolen skull of Lovecraft – a totem that holds enough power and secrets to send Providence straight into the sea. Standing in their way are their enormous drug habits, belligerent punk rockers, Brazilian vampires, and the unspeakable horrors of Lovecraft’s fiction seeping into reality…

Written by Andrew Harrison and the manic illustration of Karl Slominski.

Review – 215 Ink’s Cobble Hill #1 and Southern Dog #1

Cobble Hill #1

Debuting at New York Comic Con by 215 Ink, Cobble Hill is a coming of age story about 17 year old, Samantha Charles whose parents mysteriously disappeared, making her the sole heir to her family’s fortune. Samantha might also be going a bit crazy as inanimate objects speak to her in cryptic messages which reveal dark secrets about the quiet and unassuming town of Cobble Hill.

Cobble Hill came off to me as a wonderful young adult tale with an interesting female lead, somewhat reminiscent of the television show Wonderfalls. Writer Jeremy Holt though makes the story enjoyable for more than just young tweens, as an adult male, I came away interesting and wanting to find out more about this world and mystery around Samantha’s parents disappearance.

The comic is more than just a mystery. Holt makes sure to keep in the teenage angst you’d expect, but that’s also needed to make the comic 1) realistic and 2) relate-able. Without that angst, you’d just have adults in a teenage setting, a boring set up and dull characters.

Selena Goulding‘s art is fantastic as well. These are teenagers that look like teenagers and the style fits the mystery setting that’s a part of the comic. A solid example of writer and artist matching well.

Cobble Hill sets up an interesting mystery I want to find out more about in a realistic setting that I can relate to. For fans of young adult books or Locke & Key, or those who want solid writing and art, do yourself a favor and check out Cobble Hill #1.

 

Story: Jeremy Holt Art: Selena Goulding

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

 

Southern Dog #1

Rural noir is a great way to describe Southern Dog which also debuted at New York Comic Con. The story takes on racism in the South, an issue that caused numerous publishers to pass on the project, unlike 215 Ink who too the chance. Inspired by such films as Teen Wolf and Ginger Snaps, Southern Dog examines the unique complexities of race, love, and what it truly means to be a family in the Deep South.

The comic just dives into that controversy right away with scenes of the KKK and a lynching and then backs up a bit to find out what lead up to that point. Racism abounds though, while it’s clear the KKK and “Southern pride” are a big part of it, black students have issues with a white guy dating a black girl. Those dynamics are set up and explored in the first issue. I can’t wait to see what the next issues hold because of that.

Again, like Cobble Hill, writer Jeremy Holt sets up a solid mystery and places it in a familiar world. He’s researched this comic thoroughly and looked into the rise of hate groups in recent years. There’s a political tinge to this one, but it’s subtle.

Alex Diotto’s art is solid with a gritty look to it. Again, it’s a great match of writer and artist.

Southern Dog sets up a lot, with a very touchy subject. It’ll be interesting to see the growth in this series, especially compared to the series above. Again, it’s an absolute recommended buy and well worth checking out.

Story: Jeremy Holt Art: Alex Diotto Cover: Riley Rossmo

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Jeremy Holt provided a FREE copy of both to Graphic Policy for review.

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