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Queer gamers write a queer graphic novel about queer gamers: Renegade Rule

“One of the goals of Renegade Rule was to present a book and world that allows for queer joy” – Ben Kahn

“The closer it is to trope-y fan fiction the more I like it”  – Rachel Silverstein

Meet the writers of a new original graphic novel published by Dark Horse, Renegade Rule!

“The Manhattan Mist have beaten the odds to land themselves in the national championships for Renegade Rule, one of the hottest virtual reality games in existence. But they’re in for competition fiercer then they ever imagined, and one team member’s entire future could be at stake. Four queer female friends will have to play harder than ever against self-doubt, infighting, romantic distraction, and a slew of other world-class teams if they hope to become champions.

From Ignatz-nominated writer Ben Kahn, debut author Rachel Silverstein, and artist Sam Beck is a celebration of friendship, competition, queer identity, and the insane things we do for the things and people we love.”

Rachel Silverstein is a recent law school graduate. Renegade Rule is her first comic book publication. She also has a Master’s degree in elephant paleontology. https://twitter.com/flirtymango

Ben Kahn is an Ignatz Award-nominated comics writer. Their previous works include the comics series Heavenly Blues (Scout Comics) and Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted (SBI Press). They can usually be found shuttered away in their shoebox-sized New York apartment, afraid to leave the city. https://twitter.com/BenTheKahn

Check out Ben’s horror podcast: Progressively Horrified https://progressivelyhorrified.transistor.fm/

Hear Ben on my podcast to talk about their earlier comics writing: http://bit.ly/grifBee

On Doom Patrol S2 http://bit.ly/DoomPatrolgp

& Young Justice S3 http://bit.ly/YJoutsiders

Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising Gets an All-Ages Graphic Novel

Writer Ben Kahn and artist Georgeo Brooks take you on a fun, humorous, action-filled adventure through the world of Greek mythology to discover what it truly means to be a god in a new all-ages graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics and UbisoftImmortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings.

Fenyx enjoys her new life on Mount Olympos, but when her hometown suddenly gets hit by strange earthquakes, she has to investigate. Back at home, she reunites with her human father —to his shock, he learns that gods are real. Fenyx’s mom, who had kept her godhood under the radar, cautions her that such a life has its drawbacks and things get messy when Zeus makes an appearance. As the earthquakes continue to rupture the earth, dangerous creatures emerge, past foes return, old flames reignite, and history is once again in the making! It’s time for the gods to team up to fight as a family!

Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings trade paperback will be in comic shops on September 22, 2021 and in bookstores on October 5, 2021. Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings will retail for $12.99 and sits at 64-pages.

Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings

Preview: Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #12 (of 12)

GRYFFEN: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #12 (of 12)

Ben Kahn (Writer), Bruno Hidalgo (Art and Color), Sal Cipriano (Letters)
June 3, 17p, 99¢, Digital-First

Gryffen vs. Hunter! Telika vs. Davika! Dao and Seti vs. science! The galaxy catches up with the galaxy’s most wanted in the conclusion to Gryffen season 1! Will hilarious anarchy reign, or is the future a Sovereign Reach boot on the universe’s throat forever?

GRYFFEN: GALAXY'S MOST WANTED #12

Preview: Heavenly Blues #5 & #6

HEAVENLY BLUES #5 (of 6)

Ben Kahn (Script and Letters), Bruno Hidalgo (Art and Color)
October 9, 27p, $1.99, Digital

Isaiah and Erin walk the razor’s edge of deception, spinning a web of lies to play the angels against each other. But there’s one thing the thieves didn’t account for: running afoul of the law. The ghosts of the past have come to haunt a member of the gang, famed outlaw Coin Counter Turner. If he can’t shake the lawman that hunted him in life, the thieves’ plan will unravel before it can even begin.

HEAVENLY BLUES #5 (of 6)

HEAVENLY BLUES #6 (of 6)

Ben Kahn (Script and Letters), Bruno Hidalgo (Art and Color)
October 9, 38p, $1.99, Digital

The heist is on! All the plans are in motion, and the die is cast. Isaiah, Erin, and their team will either pull off the biggest theft in history, or face the same failures that doomed them in life. The plan’s simple: cause chaos, steal the Holy Grail, and get out while the getting’s good. If it works, they’ll be resurrected back on Earth. If they fail, they’ll spend eternity in a prison far worse than Hell.

HEAVENLY BLUES #6 (of 6)

Ignatz-nominated series Heavenly Blues gets a digital release from Scout Comics and Illicit Press

In celebration of Heavenly Blues’ nomination for “Outstanding Series” at the upcoming Ignatz Awards, the acclaimed series will be available for the first time on digital comics leader comiXology. Illicit Press is partnering with original publisher Scout Comics to bring the series to its widest audience yet.

Reuniting writer Ben Kahn and artist Bruno Hidalgo, the creative team behind Shaman and Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most WantedHeavenly Blues introduces readers to Hell’s greatest thieves, as they plan eternity’s greatest heist—against the angels of Heaven itself! To pull it off, Depression-era gun runner Isaiah Jefferson and accused Salem witch Erin Foley enlist a crew of outlaws from across time, including an Old West bank robber, a samurai addicted to a drug that provides a glimpse of the living world, and an Ancient Egyptian tomb raider. Together, they must evade the forces of both realms as they seek the afterlife’s greatest prize!

By turns thrilling, poignant, and darkly funny, Heavenly Blues was a critical darling upon its print serialization and has been optioned for film. The new digital editions re-present the six-issue series in its entirety, complete with Hidalgo’s breathtaking covers, just in time for the Ignatz Awards at 2019’s Small Press Expo. If attending the convention, you can vote for the series.

Issues #1 & #2 release September 11
Issues #3 & #4 release September 18
Issues #5 & #6 release September 25

Issue #1 will be offered at 99¢ for a 27-page issue. Subsequent issues will be offered at $1.99.

Heavenly Blues #1

Preview: Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #5

GRYFFEN: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #5 (of 12)

Ben Kahn (Writer), Bruno Hidalgo (Art and Color), Sal Cipriano (Letters)
Jul7 17, 15p, 99¢, Digital-First

Gryffen unbound! To save Telika’s planet, the crew of the Al-Haytham have put together a plan so crazy it just might work: use the mind of the galaxy’s smartest man to terraform the world, while Gryffen themself mounts a ground campaign against the Reach! Meanwhile, Admiral Hunter watches and plans…

GRYFFEN: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #5 (of 12)

Doom Patrol: It’s Always Pride on Danny Street. Listen to the Podcast on Demand

Danny the Street sprang into existence out of the first brick thrown at Stonewall. Facts. We loved Doom Patrol on DC Universe streaming and comics writer Ben Kahn and comics retailer John Arminio are here to tell you why.

  • The Bureau of Normalcy is ICE
  • Yes you should watch Swamp Thing
  • “My face is beat. My look is flawless. And I am dulcet from head to toe. The only thing I am not is scared of you.”

This covers episodes 3 through the finale. Hear thoughts on episodes 1 and 2.

Ben Kahn is a comic book writer based in New York. Their latest series, Gryffen: galaxy’s Most Wanted, is their third collaboration with artist Bruno Hidalgo after Shaman and Heavenly Blues. Gryffen is a genderqueer, anti-fascist space opera published by SBI Press exclusively on ComiXology.

Heavenly Blues sees a ragtag group of deceased thieves condemned Hell team up to pull the ultimate heist on Heaven. Art also by Bruno Hidalgo.

John Arminio is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles his wares at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Along with comics, another of his great passions is film, and you can hear him discuss that artistic medium on recent episodes of the podcasts Hellbent for Horror, Film ’89, and 26 Movies from Hell. 

Thank you John for the editing help! And sorry to our listeners for the wait on this. 

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