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Exclusive Preview: MEZO

MEZO

WRITER(S): Tyler Chin-Tanner
ILLUSTRATOR(S): Josh Zingerman, Val Rodrigues, Doug Garbark, Varga Tomi
COVER ART: Leo Colapietro
SRP: $16.99
FORMAT: Trade Paperback
PAGE COUNT: 136
PUB DATE: January 8, 2020
ISBN #:  9781949518054
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: OCT191596

In the land of Mezo, the Tzalekuhl Empire sets out to conquer all surrounding territories, disrupting the peace that has lasted for generations. Only Kyma, the daughter of a fallen chief who refused to yield, stands in their way. As the solar eclipse nears, can she unite the tribes to stand against their common enemy, an emperor determined to make them kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name? Inspired by Mesoamerican history and legends, MEZO is a totally unique fantasy adventure driven by war, political intrigue, and ancient magic!

Mezo

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman’s Grave #1 (DC Comics) – Warren Ellis takes on Batman with Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowland on art.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 (IDW Publishing) – The original Karate Kid is told from Johnny’s perspective. Sounds entertaining to us as we’re fans of the film series.

Dead Legends Premier Edition #1 (A Wave Blue World) – The publisher is putting out premier editions of their comics which then switch to digital releases or a trade after. We’re intrigued if this new release method works and if this first issue would get us interested in continuing with that sort of release.

Ginseng Roots #1 (Uncivilized Books) – Craig Thompson recounts his life of harvesting ginseng from ages 10 to 20.

Hellmouth #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Angel and Buffy crossover in an event that already is selling out!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1 (DC Comics) – The latest DC Black Label comics is another Joker/Harley Quinn story and we’re intrigued how, and if, this one will be original to stand out.

RWBY #1 (DC Comics) – The popular anime gets a series from DC. How this will differ from the manga already released will be interesting.

Powers of X #6 (Marvel) – Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Universe wraps up.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1 (AfterShock) – The largest retailer in the world requires the best loss prevention staff and they defend things at any and all costs.

Smedley (Dead Reckoning) – The graphic novel is a solid introduction to the military hero and his rather interesting life of service and advocacy.

Spawn #301 (Image Comics) – The comic breaks a record for ongoing superhero series with this issue and that history-making fact is why it’s on our list.

Review: Mezo #1

Mezo #1

Set in a Mesoamerican-inspired world, Mezo #1 kicks off a new fantasy world. It’s also the start of a new distribution concept from publisher A Wave Blue World.

The Tzalekuhl Empire is on the warpath disrupting the peace in the land of Mezo. Kyma is of a people who are in their path and witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refuses to yield.

Writer Tyler Chin-Tanner introduces us to an interesting fantasy world setting up the key players and the conflict that’ll drive the story. While interesting, Mezo #1 doesn’t quite make its case though.

Mezo #1‘s release is a bit different. We have this premier first issue which will hopefully get you interested in purchasing future issues digitally or the entire trade with the rest of the story. And while the first issue is entertaining, it doesn’t stand out enough. There’s little when it comes to twists. The characters are tropes and out of the box. What makes the series unique is its design and setting. Beyond that, it’s a story we’ve so far seen and characters who are forgettable.

The art by Josh Zingerman is nice. With color by Doug Garbark, the look of the series is unique to make it stand out. Colors pop and there’s a detail in design of the characters that’s really nice. But, all of that doesn’t quite make up for a story that’s bland. The visuals pop. The story does not. Lettering by Thomas Mauer is good though there are choices where the emphasis on the dialogue should have been made but wasn’t. An example is speeches before crowds where the lettering remains unchanged but should have been larger to emphasize the emotion of the moment.

The comic is ok. There’s nothing inherently bad about it but there’s little that makes it stand out. The “premiere edition” features designs and penciled pages but it’s all standard items we’ve seen in trade collections. Much like the story, there’s nothing new or particularly unique.

Story: Tyler Chin-Tanner Art: Josh Zingerman
Color: Doug Garbark Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Vampire State Building

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Are You Listening? (First Second) – Tillie Walden’s latest is an intimate and emotional story about friendship, grief, and healing.

Black Terror #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Max Bemis takes on the classic character taking readers for a ride through the life of superhero and all the weirdness along the way.

Bury the Lede (BOOM! Studios) – A young reporter gets tied up in a murder mystery.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1 (Lion Forge) – Announced over a year ago, the Catalyst Prime universe comes together for its first event.

Copra #1 (Image Comics) – The indie superhero comic gets a new start. Think an off the rails Suicide Squad where anything can happen.

Dead Eyes #1 (Image Comics) – An old school gangster is back out of retirement. This issue has been a long time coming and we’re intrigued.

House of X #6 (Marvel) – Jonathan Hickman’s reworking of the X Universe begins to wrap up and we want to see how this ends!

Mezo Premier Edition #1 (A Wave Blue World) – This publisher is trying something different with their single issues in that they’re releasing a premium first then you can buy the rest in trade or digitally. The concept is intriguing and we want to see if this has that extra something to hook readers to go along with this new distribution plan.

Nomen Omen #1 (Image Comics) – A new urban fantasy tale of witchcraft is perfectly timed for the Halloween season.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s the Cold War and the Soviets have a secret weapon, an alien monster they don’t understand and can’t control.

Thanos: Infinity Ending (Marvel) – The conclusion to Jim Starlin and Alan Davis’ trilogy!

Vampire State Building #1 (Ablaze) – Artist Charlie Adlard goes from zombies to vampires! A group is caught in the Empire State Building as a legion of vampires attacks. It’s a battle to stop them from escaping and getting out of the building alive!

NYCC 2019: A Wave Blue World’s Exclusives and Signings

New York-based publisher A Wave Blue World celebrates the launch of their two latest titles, Mezo and Dead Legends, at their hometown show, New York Comic Con, held at the Jacob Javits Center from October 3 to 6.

Set up in the Small Press Area, booth #1341, A Wave Blue World will have the first issues of Mezo and Dead Legends available with both the Premier Edition covers as well as the NYCC exclusive variant editions. The Mezo variant features art by Mike Choi, while the Dead Legends variant features art by Al Barrionuevo and Bryan Valenza. Both exclusive covers will be limited to 200 copies and sell for $10 each.

Fans will also have the chance to get these comics signed, as the creators for both titles will be in attendance. This includes Mezo writer Tyler Chin-Tanner, artist Josh Zingerman, and Premier Edition cover artist Claudia Iannicello. For Dead Legends, the writer/artist team of James Maddox and Gavin Smith will be on hand. (See signing schedule below for full details).

In addition, A Wave Blue World will be promoting the upcoming release of their Dead Beats anthology (Oct 16) with a limited edition mini-print to be given away to the first 500 fans. Come get it signed during the event at booth #1341 featuring a number of contributors including Liana Kangas, Cameron DeOrdio, Steenz and more!

Signing Schedule

Thursday, October 3

  • 2 – 3pm: MEZO signing with Tyler Chin-Tanner & Claudia Iannicello

Friday, October 4

  • 1 – 2pm: ALL WE EVER WANTED signing with Ariela Kristantina, Matt Miner, Lela Gwen, Eric Palicki, Wendy Chin-Tanner & more
  • 2 – 3pm: MEZO signing with Tyler Chin-Tanner & Claudia Iannicello
  • 3 – 4pm: DEAD LEGENDS signing with James Maddox & Gavin Smith
  • 4- 5pm: DEAD BEATS signing with Liana Kangas, Cameron DeOrdio, Steenz, Matt Summo, Renfamous, Joe Corallo, Eric Palicki & more.

Saturday, October 5

  • 2 – 3pm: MEZO signing with Tyler Chin-Tanner, Josh Zingerman & Claudia Iannicello
  • 3 – 4pm: DEAD LEGENDS signing with James Maddox & Gavin Smith

Sunday, October 6

  • 2 – 3pm: MEZO signing with Tyler Chin-Tanner, Josh Zingerman & Claudia Iannicello

Portfolio Reviews

  • Sunday, 11am -12pm: A Wave Blue World Editorial Director Joseph P. Illidge will be reviewing portfolios and offering advice for aspiring creators looking to break into the comic book business. Joseph has also served as editor DC Comics on the Batman titles, Senior Editor for Lion Forge Comics, and Executive Editor for Valiant Entertainment.

Panel Schedule

Wonder Women – Female CEOs
Thursday, October 3rd 6:30 PM-Room 1B03 – Javits Center

One day a female comic publisher will be standard – until then we have Wonder Women! All panelists are female-owned and operated comic publishers. These ladies lead by example: Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Comics), Paula Garces (The World of Aluna), Tina Fine (OffGirl), and Wendy Chin-Tanner (A Wave Blue World) with moderator Lisa Y. Wu (A Wave Blue World).

“Crazy” Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and the Future
Friday, October 4th 9:00PM-Room 1A02 – Javits Center

Does mental health represent the next wave of diversity in comics, or is that just “crazy” talk? Alex Segura (Co-President, Archie Comics), Lisa Y. Wu (VP Sales & Marketing, A Wave Blue World), Heather Antos (Editor, Valiant Entertainment), Jim Higgins (freelance writer, editor, consultant), and Matt Miner (GWAR, DEATH TRAP) join forensic psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., and Praveen Kambam, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) to discuss the state of mental health media representation and how a mental health/pop culture partnership can be a “win-win” for both the entertainment industry and people with mental illnesses. Moderated by attorney Jeff Trexler (The Comics Journal, The Beat).

Super Asian America
Sunday, October 6th 3:45PM -Room 1A02 – Javits Center

From reviving the romcom genre to battling the forces of evil as the Marvel superhero Shang Chi, Asian Americans are constantly pushing the envelope in Hollywood. At the same time, it’s a never-ending battle for us to represent our own American way. Join Racebending for our 4th annual Super Asian America panel at NYCC as we talk Asian American rep with Greg Pak (Agents of Atlas), Keith Chow (Nerds of Color), Lisa Y. Wu (VP, Sales & Marketing, A Wave Blue World), and more.

Preview: Mezo Premier Edition #1

Mezo Premier Edition #1

(W) Tyler Chin-Tanner (A) Josh Zingerman, Doug Garbark (CA) Claudia SG Iannicello
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The rise of the Tzalekuhl Empire disrupts the peace across the land of Mezo. When the conquest begins, a young girl named Kyma witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refused to yield. As the solar eclipse nears, Kyma must unite the various tribes against an emperor determined to make them all kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name. Mezo, a new fantasy epic set in a Mesoamerican-inspired world begins here!

A Wave Blue World Goes Exclusive with Diamond

A Wave Blue World

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with A Wave Blue World to exclusively distribute their products to comic book specialty markets worldwide. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute A Wave Blue World’s new releases to the North American book market under the banner of its sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.

A Wave Blue World is an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with a focus on originality and cultural relevance. The company connects people through storytelling and provides a platform for a multitude of creative voices. Founded by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner – and featuring industry veterans like Lisa Y. Wu and Joseph Illidge – A Wave Blue World aims to use comics as a medium for change, to imagine a better world, and to build a brighter future.

A Wave Blue World boasts a large library of existing work leaning heavily on social commentary and political perspective. American Terrorist, written by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner with art from Andy MacDonald, Matt Wilson and Michael Wiggam, is a New York Times featured story that explores what happens when the American government wages war against its own people and a band of fugitives with nothing left to lose use social media to galvanize the public and reclaim their country. All We Ever Wanted is a New York Times featured anthology filled with stories that present a brighter vision of the future, meant to inspire hope and restore belief in a better world, featuring work from the comic book industry’s top talent. Mezo, written by Tyler Chin-Tanner with art by Josh Zingerman, Val Rodrigues and Doug Garbark and letters by Thomas Mauer, is a Mesoamerican-inspired Game of Thrones-style epic centering on a female protagonist determined to unite a number of tribes against a tyrannical emperor.

A Wave Blue World Heading to Fan Expo Boston

Publisher A Wave Blue World is heading to Fan Expo Boston at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Along with A Wave Blue World’s selection of anthologies, art books, and graphic novels, attendees who stop at their Booth #PR18 will get a Limited Edition Flipbook, an exclusive preview of selected completed pages from Mezo, a Mesoamerican-inspired fantasy tale, by Tyler Chin-Tanner, Josh Zingerman, Val Rodrigues, Doug Garbark, and Thomas Mauer, Dead Legends, an action-packed martial arts revenge story, by James Maddox, Gavin Smith, and Ryan Ferrier, and Dead Beats, a music-themed horror anthology, curated by Eric Palicki and Joe Corallo, while supplies last.

Furthermore, A Wave Blue World is offering Buy 2 Get 3rd Free on their entire selection of books at Fan Expo Boston. At Booth #PR18, there will be tote bags, t-shirts, buttons, a newsletter sign-up drawing, and a chance for attendees to meet creators Jarrett Melendez, Soo Lee, Creees Lee, and A. David Lewis (KISMET). 

Signing Schedule:

Saturday, August 17th at 2PM: ALL WE EVER WANTED’s Jarrett Melendez

About ALL We Ever Wanted: An exciting new anthology filled with stories that present a brighter vision of the future featuring today’s top-level talent. No doom-and-gloom here! These sci-fi tales are meant to inspire hope and restore the belief that a better world is possible!

Sunday, August 18th at 12PM: THIS NIGHTMARE KILLS FASCISTS’s Soo Lee & Creees Lee

About THIS NIGHTMARE KILLS FASCISTS: An horror comics anthology filled with stories reflecting on the state of international politics.

Saturday, August 18th 2PM: KISMET by A. David Lewis

About KISMET: Kismet was the world’s first Muslim superhero, fighting Nazis behind enemy lines in WWII. Then, he disappeared. Gone without a trace… until now. Back from beyond, Kismet finds a new world of advanced technology and equal rights still fighting against the same old evils of bigotry, greed and ignorance.

Booth #PR18 is a must stop for everyone going to Fan Expo Boston.

Review: Loved & Lost

Loved & Lost

I need love, love to ease my mind/I need to find, find someone to call mine/But mama said/”You can’t hurry love. No, you just have to wait”/She said, “Love don’t come easy
It’s a game of give and take”/You can’t hurry love/No, you just have to wait/You got to trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes/But how many heartaches must I stand/Before I find a love to let me live again?/Right now the only thing that keeps me hangin’ on/When I feel my strength, yeah, it’s almost gone/I remember mama said…

The Supremes – Can’t Hurry Love

I remembered the first time I heard the quoted song above, but it was growing up in my parents’ house. Never did a song sound so sweet, yet it didn’t mean anything to me at the time. It wasn’t until I had my first crush did I actually feel those words. Since then, the song still sounds sweet and mean something now and again but feels that much more when I feel infatuation for that special someone.

Love, on the other hand, is a cruel teacher. As no matter how many times you put yourself out there, and put your heart on the line, sometimes that your heart gets hurt. Nevertheless, most of us persist, because a life without love is no life at all. In an excellent collection of stories from the brilliant creators at A Wave Blue World, we get Loved & Lost, a collection of stories exploring and celebrating the chase and sometimes capture of that elusive feeling.

In the first story, “Status Update”, two people who have been chatting online for months, while on their first in person date suddenly finds themselves at odds when it comes to their dietary habits. In “Freshly Planted Seeds”, a young woman travels to a migrant farm in South America for an Agricultural Outreach Program, where she falls for the Program Director, but whose religious beliefs prevent either of them from going any further than either would like to go. In “Falling In Deep”, while on a deep-water dive, two strangers connect, only to find that a language barrier is their impediment. In “ Team Spirit”, two Knicks attend a game in the Barclays Center to watch their team take on the nets, as two friends commiserate , one friend  takes a punch for the other , and though one of the friends is a lesbian , the love for each is truly unconditional. In “Perfectly Distilled”, a man becomes smitten with a barkeep, as he waits for an online date to show up, one which is less interesting than the conversation he had in the first place. In” Cachet 22”, a couple sours when they realize that their understanding of work life balance is completely different. In” On The Stump”, a politician and his wife have side to their marriage that no one know about and whom their daughter finds out in a way that most kids do, by mistake. In “Thaw”, some old war friends stay connected long after they served, as one friend undermines their relationship, even forsaking his current girlfriend, as one of his friends decides enough is enough and decides to take matters into his own hands. In the last story, ”Swan Song”,  a man reveals what he really is to his wife, but just as he believes he will be leaving her for good, fate has another path for them.

Overall, an exceptional set of stories that explores love and relationships in all of their facets. The stories by Tyler Chin-Tanner, are funny, relatable, and heartfelt. The art by the different artists is as beautiful as the story it goes with. Altogether, a comic anthology that gives readers another vista of the story of love.

Story: Tyler Chin-Tanner
Art: Ryan Alexander-Tanner, James Boyle, Mac Cooper, Jason Copland, Tadd Galusha, Julia Krase, Jeannette Langmead, Robert Ryan and Aysegul Sinav
Story: 10 Art:10 Overall:10 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2019: A Wave Blue World Delivers a Free Limited Edition Flip Book and Signing Schedule

Publisher A Wave Blue World is heading to San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and wants you to discover them! The publisher will be promoting their newly announced Premier #1 Editions and celebrating 50 years of Comic-Con!

A Wave Blue World will be giving San Diego Comic-Con attendees an exclusive look at their October Releases with a Free Limited Edition Flip Book for those who visit booth N-10.

The Limited Edition Flipbook will feature an exclusive preview of completed pages from Mezo, a Mesoamerican-inspired fantasy tale, by Tyler Chin-Tanner, Justin Zingerman, Val Rodrigues, Doug Garbark, and Thomas Mauer and Dead Legends, an action-packed martial arts revenge story, by James Maddox, Gavin Smith, and Ryan Ferrier.

Attendees will also get a glimpse into the makings of “Beyond Her Years” by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz from Dead Beats, a music-themed horror anthology. An opportunity to meet Ivy and Steenz and have them sign the flip book is included in the signing schedule below:

Signing Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 18th: Jarett Melendez (ALL WE EVER WANTED)
  • Friday, July 19th: Steenz (DEAD BEATS)
  • Saturday, July 20th: Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz (DEAD BEATS)

Tyler Chin-Tanner (Mezo, Adrenaline) and Justin Zimmerman (The 27 Run) will be present at booth N-10 throughout SDCC.

Along with these events, A Wave Blue World will have a meet and greet session at local San Diego comic shop Comickaze from 3-4pm at the comic shops Liberty Station-Barracks 15 location on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019. Publisher/President Tyler Chin-Tanner and VP, Sales & Marketing Lisa Y. Wu will be present to give away A Wave Blue World’s Limited Edition Flip Book to the first 20 people who attend this special meet and greet. A Wave Blue World will also have copies of All We Ever Wanted, an anthology of short stories with better visions of the world, available for purchase.

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