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Graphic Policy Radio with guest Brandon Graham this Monday at 10pm ET

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday night Graphic Policy Radio, the show that mixes comics and politcs, returns with a first time special guest! Brandon Graham will dial in to discuss his comic career and some of his latest releases! The show airs live this Monday at 10pm ET.

Graham has worked with everyone from Antarctic Press, Oni Press, NBM Publishing, to Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, and more! Recently, Graham has had two impressive releases, both through Image. 8House: Arclight debuted July 1 and is a fantasy world featuring sharp genderqueer knights, blood magic, music, dancing, and a goose. Island debuted July 15, and is a new ongoing comics magazine featuring the talents of Graham, Emma Ríos, and more.

We’ll discuss both series and a whole lot more during the show. We also want to hear from you! Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy

You can listen in live at 10pm ET, or catch the show on demand after.

Review: Island #1

Island01_CoverGrowing up, I remember watching the Heavy Metal movie, and felt guilty as if I was watching a dirty movie at different points. It had some mature themes and it was pretty much hardcore science fiction at its best. With the recent announcement of Grant Morrison, taking over as editor in chief of the iconic magazine, the comic juggernaut was pretty much calling out all other comic companies to step up their game. This is exactly what Image has done with the first issue of Island magazine, which was released this week.

The collective talents of Emma Rios and Brandon Graham headline this outrageous trip, one that not only reminds me of Heavy Metal but has a few sprinkles of 2000 A.D. The opening pages, has watercolors , which sets a tone for a comic magazine which the world has not seen before now and in the only Image knows to do, their way. Then the comic dive into the mind of Brandon Graham, even inserting himself into the comic, who is as funny as it, is mildly disturbing. The sense of hilarity spills over into the contributor introductions where each of them pokes fun at themselves.

Emma Rios contribution, entitled “I.D.”, revolves around three characters, who are having a conversation in a coffee shop, where they are dealing with issues with their body image, but what seems to be typical character study becomes a an apocalyptic disaster, that the reader would never see coming. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s contribution, entitled,” Railbirds”, is a beautiful tribute to writer and poet, Maggie Estep, who passed away last year. In Brandon Graham’s piece, “Ghost Town”, starts with a man’s dream of a Boy and his wolf in a fantastical world , and quickly transitions back into the real world where he is on vacation and has a girlfriend named Sex, and ends up going somewhere he is not supposed to go, which makes it the strangest piece thus far. In the final story, by Ludroe,”Dagger Proof Mummy”, which is a throwback to Darkman, but with skateboards and cat thugs.

Graham ends the issue, in the same way he started, with him contemplating story structure and the path of characters. The contributions by all prove that there is no rhyme or reason or prevailing theme, just pure thought and creativity. This is what makes this magazine already a sight unseen and personifies the spirit of this company and why so many luminaries find solace at Image. Overall, a fun ride and something that I can only question why Image has not put something like this out before now.

Story: Brandon Graham, Emma Rios, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Ludroe Art: Brandon Graham, Emma Rios, Ludroe
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Arclight #1

cover of Arclight #1“Oh my god, this is beautiful”- me, aloud to myself upon viewing the new comic book Arclight by Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland.

Arclight is part of a 4 issue mini-series within 8House, Graham’s new comics universe for Image. 8House is a brand new inter-connected, fictional universe by a singular creator and his equally singular crew of talented artists whose styles stray far from the tired (and usually ugly) house styles of other publishers. Graham’s crew are building quite an innovative fantasy world together with their own aesthetics and language. They are inventing a new flavor of fantasy world.

From the press release, “ARCLIGHT will bring readers the chilling story of a high-ranking lady of one of the houses who has her mind trapped in a monster’s body. She will soon learn that the monster trapped in her body has taken over her old life in her absence.”

Arclight’s world is preoccupied with blood which is considered precious and is essential for magic but is also used as a form of identification. A reoccurring theme this far is switching bodies and transforming bodies. A Lady is transformed into a creature made of twisted tree roots. An animal that looks like a magical sea slug is merged with a storybook goose.

In issue one, this book is setting up a magical mystery story. Everything in this issue is en-media-res, and you just roll with it.

The atmosphere of the book — the look and feel of its colors and even how light itself is portrayed on the page are central. I love how Churchland draws hands– you can see the bones inside them. I love how she draws skin– it has texture but it seems to glow. And I love the clothes she invents– where can I buy them?!

The back of the book includes a glossary of the symbols used in the art — a runic alphabet. We also get 1 page of Graham’s own art showing part of the story from the perspective of a farmer.

The official description of the book states it is about a woman who’s mind has become trapped in the body of a monster. That feels heavy with symbolism. And the knights who surround her wear etherial gowns and address each other as “sir”.

So, are the characters in Arclight transgender? 

In an interview with Churchland a journalist calls the knights genderqueer and the artist didn’t challenge that description. They look androgynous to my eyes, are referred to as “Sir”, wear sheer gowns, some have breasts, some don’t, and they all have ambiguous names. Until I’m told otherwise I’ll use the pronouns their/her/his to refer to them.

In the world of Arclight, for all we know, genderqueer could be the most common gender. Maybe it’s just the norm for members of the knight caste? Maybe, these characters have a completely different relationship to gender then we can even imagine. And after last week in particular that’s pretty fucking cool. 

What is an Arclight?

I had assumed it was a form of theatrical lighting because it sounds like one. There are theaters that go by that name. But the actual term is an arc lamp which wikipedia says is a gas discharge lamp. It produces light by an arc between metal electrodes through an inert gas in a glass bulb. In other words it’s a light that is a bit steam-punk. This comic is far far more unique then anything steam-punk. So let’s pretend I didn’t look that up.

Story: Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland Art: Marian Churchland and Brandon Graham
Story: 8 Art: 9.5  Overall: 9  Recommendation: Read (and also frame it)

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Brandon Graham adds to The Wicked + The Divine festivities with variant cover

The Wicked + The Divine will expand to 40-pages for issue #8 for the regular cover price of $3.50. This special issue will feature a Brandon Graham variant cover full of party-hopping punch.

Now that the eleventh god is here, it’s time to party in The Wicked + The Divine #8. You’re invited. Everyone’s invited. We can sleep when we’re dead—but when you’ll be dead within two years, you may as well turn up in your pyjamas. After seven issues of egomaniacs, it’s time for an issue where the crowd is the star.

The Wicked + The Divine #8 will be available for $3.50 on February 25 with Diamond Code DEC140772. Cover B (Graham) will be available with Diamond Code DEC148276.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE Brandon Graham

Image Expo 2015

image expoImage Comics had a banner year in 2014, launching numerous high-profile, well received, projects from some of the industry’s top creators. Today’s Image Expo was not just a look back at was, but what will be coming, as the publisher attempts to take its momentum and capture even more of the market share.

General Announcements:

  • The publisher has introduced $9.99 Volume Ones that create an easy and cheap access point for those interested in exploring any of these series
  • Image Has been awarded the Diamond Comics’ Publisher of the Year Gem Award for the second year in a row
  • Image finished the year with a double-digit market share
  • Image has announced a $2.99 price point
  • They reported a double digit year-to-year growth from 2013
  • Image had a 16.48% market share for graphic novels in the book market in 2014

New series:

  • Savior  asks what if the most dangerous man on Earth was also the one trying to do the most good? Announced by Todd McFarlane, by Brian Holguin.
  • Paul Jenkins has been announced as the new writer for Spawn.
  • James Robninson and Phillip Tan announce a new sci-fi series where humans go to war with God called Heaven.
  • Starve is announced by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart
  • Black Road is announced by Brian Wood and Gary Brown.
  • 8House is mentioned, it’s created by Brandon Graham with art by Marion Churchland, Emma Rios, Hwei Lim and more. This series has been mentioned at previous events.
  • Brandon Graham announces Island, a new comics magazine.
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ series Pretty Deadly will return with a second arc set during World War I.
  • Emi Lenox‘s travelogue graphic novel set in Japan Tadaima was announced.
  • Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire will bring us A.D. After Death.
  • Jeff Lemire also has Plutona with Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire about a group of kids who find a dead super hero in the woods.
  • We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Skrooce has “giant fucking robots”
  • Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda bring us Monstrous
  • Brian Buccellato and Tony Infante team up for Son of the Devil
  • Eric Canete and Jon Tsuei announce Run Love Kill
  • Kieron Gillen, and David LaFuente are blessing us with The Ludocrats
  • No Mercy by Alex DeCampi, Carla McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee is announced
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie‘s The Wicked + The Divine will have guest artists focusing on individual gods.
  • Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod have Kaptara coming, which he calls a “gay Saga,” a sci-fi comedy series where they can do “whatever (they) want”
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie will bring us Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl which will be a final statement to those characters
  • Darwyn Cooke returns to Image with Revengeance
  • Skottie Young‘s I Hate Fairyland has been announced
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang will bring us Paper Girls where four 12-year-old girls experience something very strange the day after Halloween

We’ll provide more information as it is released.

Criminals Fight or Die In Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro’s Original Series Cluster

What would you sacrifice for freedom? This February, characters in BOOM! Studios’ new series Cluster are asked just that—and don’t have much of a choice.

Created by the team behind the latest run on BOOM!’s Sons of Anarchy comic series, writer Ed Brisson and artist Damian Couceiro tell a story set in a distant future where humans have discovered life on other planets. Faced with a shortage of manpower, and in order to protect their colonies across the galaxy from other species, Earth’s government has resorted to offering prisoners a chance to shorten their long sentences in exchange for serving as an interstellar soldier. More and more soldiers are needed as wars continue, so small crimes are met with long-term punishments. But when a group of prisoners-turned-soldiers are marooned on enemy soil, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.

Cluster #1 arrives in comic shops on February 4th with a main cover by James Stokoe and a 1-in-99 “Jackpot” variant cover by Simon Roy for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC141166. Also available are a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Trevor Hairsine, and a retailer incentive cover by Declan Shalvey.

In addition, as part of BOOM!’s ongoing 10 Years celebration in 2015, if orders for Cluster #1 surpass 10,000 copies when retailers’ Final Order Cutoff (FOC) closes, a special 10K variant cover by Brandon Graham will be unlocked and shipped with the main covers in a 90/10 split.

Cluster #1 10K Cover by Brandon Graham - Unlocks if orders surpass 10,000 copies Cluster #1 Chase Cover (1 99) by Simon Roy Cluster #1 Main Cover by James Stokoe Cluster #1 Retailer Incentive Cover by Declan Shalvey

Emma Ríos, Brandon Graham & James Robinson revealed for Image Expo

Three new artist names have been added to Image Expo’s January lineup: Emma Ríos, Brandon Graham, and James Robinson.

Emma Ríos, known for her ethereal and visceral artwork on Pretty Deadly alongside bestselling writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, will be making a rare American appearance for her exciting Image Expo announcement.

Bestselling cartoonist Brandon Graham, whose work on the ongoing Prophet saga is critically acclaimed, will also be making a very special announcement at Image Expo this year.

James Robinson of the forthcoming Airboy—a collaboration with artist Greg Hinkle that will launch in 2015—will return to Image Expo to announce another new series to thrill fans.

Previously announced Image Expo guests include: Brian K. Vaughan, Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Marjorie Liu. In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.

Image Expo will be an all-day event held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 8, 2015. Image Expo will begin the new year with a slew of thrilling creator-owned news announcements and will be open to all fans, comics retailers, and members of the media.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. General admission tickets are $20, Premium tickets are $50 and include preferred seating and exclusive Image Comics releases. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary.

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Preview: Prophet Strikefile #2

Prophet Strikefile #2

Story By: Brandon Graham
Story By: Simon Roy
Story By: Giannis Milonogiannis
Art By: Brandon Graham
Art By: Simon Roy
Art By: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover By: Joseph Bergin III
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR140584
Published: November 26, 2014

Part two of a who’s who look at the Prophet universe, including a comic history of a bizarre mind-enhancing alien egg and bio sheets pulled from the deepest corners of known space, revealing the secrets of gods, aliens, and the distant worlds that contain them.

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Preview: Prophet Strikefile #1

Prophet Strikefile #1

Story By: Brandon Graham
Art By: Brandon Graham
Cover By: Joseph Bergin III
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR140508
Published: September 10, 2014

A who’s who of the Prophet universe with a comic history of the Earth Empire and bio sheets—pulled from the deepest corners of the known universe—of space gods, aliens, and the distant worlds that contain them.

ProphetStrikefile01_Cover

Small Press Expo 2014: First Time Guests Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Jules Feiffer and Lynda Barry

spx-logo-240In this their 20th year, the Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced it is bigger and better than ever.  The Expo, running on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, will have over 650 creators, 280 tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

For their 20th birthday, we are pleased to announce the first time appearances of Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Jules Feiffer and Lynda Barry as guests at the Small Press Expo.

From his beginnings as a graffiti artist in his hometown of Seattle to his recent run as writer on the Image comics series Prophet as well as creator of his own comic Multiple Warheads, King City, Elevator and Universe So Big, Brandon Graham has been a vocal and passionate proponent of independent comics. SPX is honored to host Mr. Graham in this rare East Coast appearance.

Emily Carroll was the recipient of this year’s Pigskin Peter Award, which is given to the best Canadian experimental or avant-garde artist. Her magical web-comic Out of Skin was awarded the 2014 Cartoonist Studio Prize given by The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her first book, Through the Woods, is being released next month by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Both Mr. Graham and Ms. Carroll will be signing their latest works at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund tables at SPX 2014.

In a career that has spanned nearly seventy years, Jules Feiffer has won acclaim as a cartoonist, playwright, novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter and professor. His works have garnered him an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters & the Comic Book Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. Mr. Feiffer and his ground-breaking comic strip Feiffer, which ran weekly in the Village Voice for over forty years, are considered the godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic.

He will be at SPX 2014 to sign his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, from the Liveright Division of W.W. Norton.

In 1979, Lynda Barry’s seminal Ernie Pook’s Comeek began appearing in the alt-weekly The Chicago Reader. For nearly two decades, her comics, which appeared in over seventy newspapers nationwide, inspired several generations of independent cartoonists who saw themselves in her characters and recognized their struggles in her stories. Since retiring the strip in 2008, Ms. Barry has been active as a teacher running workshops for hundreds of students a year and doing her best to show people that everybody can be creative. She is now an assistant professor at the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Advance copies of her book, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor about teaching art to all skill levels, due out in October of this year from Drawn & Quarterly, will be available at SPX 2014.

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