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Red Stylo’s Cosmic Love Inspired by Florence + the Machine is Live on Kickstarter

Red Stylo Media‘s all about love this February with Cosmic Love, an anthology inspired by Florence + the Machine.

Contributors were challenged to create original comic stories and vignettes inspired by songs from Florence + the Machine. The result is a collection of original stories celebrating love in all of its glorious forms.

The book features stories and art by:

  • Rachel Perciphone
  • Jennie Wood + Josh Segal
  • Vita Ayala + Kat Taylor
  • Seth Greenwood + Angela Zhang
  • Enrica Jang + Y. Sanders + Jan Velazquez + Mark Mullaney
  • Mario Candelaria + Adam Ferris + Lesley Atlansky + Scott Ewan
  • Zack Rocklin-Waltch + Taren Beatrice

The Kickstarter campaign runs until March 1, 2019.

Review: Baroque Pop Anthology

Baroque Pop is a carefully curated set of comic book stories and portraits from writer/editor Mario Candelaria, who assembles a lineup of talented writers, artists, and colorists to spin stories of death, love, and heartbreak inspired by the songs of lounge pop/sadcore singer Lana Del Rey. It’s part worship session, part extended meditation (Especially some of the portraits), and finally yet another piece of the connection between music and comics as Lana’s music is transposed to a variety of settings from a posthumanist lead off comic from Eric Palicki (No Angel), Daniel Earls, and Scott Ewen to a rock’n’roll suicide epilogue from Jennie Wood (Flutter) and Chris Goodwin. It could also act as a rich introduction to the world of comics for fans of pop music with each story acting as a kind of flesh and blood “fan video” for a Lana Del Rey song, with many tracks selected from her latest album Honeymoon.

Palicki, Earls and Ewen’s “Body Electric” is an interesting choice to kick off Baroque Pop. It’s more of a Warren Ellis-esque transhumanism slice of life than an ode to Walt Whitman or Americana as it follows the life of a woman, who keeps replacing parts of her body with mechanical limbs despite people around her judging her. “Body Electric” firmly has an eye on a kind of utopian future where people don’t care if we decide to have cybernetic limbs to get around easier or even transplant our heads. Daniel Earls’ art is bold and blocky just like Eric Palicki’s choice to tell a futuristic story influenced by the music of Lana Del Rey, who is so steeped in the sounds, ideas, and fashion of the past that she would have been a better choice for Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby than Carey Mulligan.

God and Jesus are important figures in Lana Del Rey’s song so it’s fitting that Michael Lynch and Mira Mortal did “God Knows I Try” from the POV of the archangel Michael, who is tired of his charges failing on his watch even though the story may be a little hard to follow in the early going for non-former/current churchgoing folks. Mortal’s art and colors reminded me of Renaissance era ecclestiastical art, but with a focus on ordinary people instead of wealthy Italian or Flemish aristocrats. Lynch’s plot is super emotional as the angel Michael is willing to throw away a life of immortal bliss to save the soul of young woman, whose boyfriend has made her rob a convenience store for money. There are long passages of beauty and pain interspersed by staccato bursts of violence, which could also describe Lana Del Rey’s dark pop discography. For every sweet kiss, there is the corpse of a violent, problematic man or a young girl getting dragged off to boarding school. (See “This is What Makes Us Girls” or “High by the Beach”)

Enrica Jang and Jan Velazquez’s “That Medicine I Need” is haunting portrait of a ride or die female rockstar living large and then dying of cancer with the leather jacket wearing ghost of Jim Morrison watching her as she withers away. So, the medicine in the title isn’t something glamorous, like coke or ecstasy, but chemo drugs. Velazquez can do glam though with the early pages showing a gorgeous singer at her peak living the high life with a MTV-rapid progression of images that turn slow and labored as she gets sicker and sick before evaporating into red, black, and shadow. It’s a bittersweet tale, and there isn’t a lot of dialogue from Enrica Jang, but she nails the story’s triumphant tone in the midst of darkness with the line “I’m not sorry I lived. I loved every fucking minute.” Stories like this are why The Wicked + the Divine is an amazing comic, and Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers is an amazing album. (RIP Richey Edwards.)

A word that critics like to use Lana Del Rey’s music is “noir pop”, and Dan Charles, Ashley St Lawrence, and Scott Ewen introduce Baroque Pop‘s first femme fatale in the retro stylings of “Summer Sadness”. This story feels like a forgotten cut from Del Rey’s Ultraviolence album with St. Lawrence reveling in gunplay and explosions before slowing into linger in a twist ending. It’s about a man with a secret and a car on the run like the third act of a 1960s spy movie. But it’s all thriller and no filler with Charles giving us just enough connective tissue before getting to the next setpiece. Red is a color that gets mentioned a lot in Lana Del Rey’s music, and it’s present in the palette of ST Lawrence and Ewen’s art in a variety of forms from a dress to a car and even a soda bottle. And, of course, this story has a bloody, glorious end like a shot of pure adrenaline or a sugar high.

Death is more of a pink color in Mario Candelaria and Kasia Witerscheim’s “Cacciatore”, a short story about a beautiful woman’s final days based on the Lana Del Rey song “Salvatore”. A man has caught his girlfriend with another man and is about to execute her, but lets her have one last bite of ice cream while wearing a soft, pink dress. Candelaria’s writing voice is similar to the verbal asides in Lana Del Rey’s songs and music videos and heavy on allusion to the pop culture and music of the past, including Billie Holiday. It’s a lean, tragic narrative and one of the highlights in the anthology

And what anthology wouldn’t be complete without a little experimentation. Chuck Harrison and Luke Marrone adapt T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, which are seminal poems about potential and what could have been through the lens of “Burnt Norton”, an interlude track from Lana Del Rey’s latest album. The comic is hand lettered and done on a canvas type background with a rougher art style from Marrone and a looser narrative than the others in the anthology. It’s a moment of poetry sandwiched between more traditional narratives.

The final story in Baroque Pop is one of its most ambitious, and Jennie Wood and Chris Goodwin’s tale of a rock star mom committing suicide and watching her husband try to honor her legacy in a world where women are the privileged gender could easily spawn a mini or ongoing series. (A throwaway line about “the first male president” could lead to so many storytelling possibilities.) Goodwin’s art captures the rockstar highs, but also a rough kind of sadness as the main character’s husband is framed for using heroin around their baby leading to negative media pressure and her eventually death. “Religion” captures the highs and power of music, but also its destructive power just like the songs of Lana Del Rey.

My final note is that the portraits that mark breaks between stories should definitely be used by Lana Del Rey herself on posters or merchandise. They capture her beauty and sadness just like the various stories in Baroque Pop. If you like your pop music darker and a little more retro, then the songs of Lana Del Rey and the Baroque Pop anthology are definitely for you.

Story: Eric Palicki, Michael Lynch, Enrica Jang, Dan Charles, Mario Candelaria, Chuck Harrison, Jennie Wood Art: Daniel Earls, Scott Ewen, Mira Mortal, Adam Ferris, Lesley Atlansky, Jan Velazquez, Ashley St Lawrence, Jim Towe, Kasia Witerscheim, Hoyt Silva, Luke Marrone, Chris Goodwin, John Keaveney
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Baroque Pop, a Lana Del Rey Anthology Debuts at C2E2

Red Stylo Media will debut a new comic anthology inspired by the music of Lana Del Rey, at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2.) Baroque Pop is a carefully curated selection of short-form comics and illustrations celebrating love, loss, success, and change by comic creators who came together after finding mutual solace and inspiration in Lana Del Rey’s music. The collection is edited by comics writer, Mario Candelaria.

In keeping with the music theme, the book itself is printed at 7×7 inches to physically resemble a 45 RPM record cover. The project was funded earlier this year via Kickstarter, and is published under Red Stylo Media’s group publishing imprint, Red Stylo Press.

Baroque Pop features seven short comics and portraits by:

  • Chuck Harrison & Luke Marrone
  • Daniel Charles & Ashley St. Lawrence (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jennie Wood & Chris Goodwin
  • Enrica Jang & Jan Velazquez
  • Mario Candelaria & KasiaWiterscheim
  • Michael Lynch & Mira Mortal
  • Eric Palicki & Daniel Earls (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jim Towe
  • Adam Ferris (feat. Lesley Atlansky)
  • John Keaveney
  • Hoyt Silva
  • Fabian Lelay (feat Lesley Atlansky)

Red Stylo Media will be at C2E2, table N8 in artist alley. Their other titles inspired by rock music include, Angel With a Bullet, a collection inspired by the music of Tom Waits; Killer Queen, comics inspired by the discography of Queen; and The 27 Club, comics inspired by Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and other music artists who died age twenty‐seven. The 27 Club was co‐published with Action Lab Comics and was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology in 2016.

Cover by Jim Towe

Illustration by Adam Ferris (with Lesley Atlansky)

Illustration by Kasia Witerscheim

Preview: The House of Montressor TPB

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR TPB

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
132 pgs. / Rated. T / FC

Read Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic classic, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO, and a new sequel, THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, collected together in this trade paperback!

Decades have passed since Lord Fortunato’s mysterious disappearance and Edana Fortunato is her family’s sole surviving heir. Before she inherits, Edana is summoned to the family estate to meet her guardian, the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for secrets still to be revealed, unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of revenge.

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Preview: The House of Montressor #4

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #4

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

In the thrilling conclusion of this Poe-inspired sequel, Edana now sees that every brick in the House of Montresor is set on a foundation of secrets, lies and murder. Count Montresor has finally put the last surviving member of the Fortunato clan right where he wants her. To escape her family’s fate, Edana must solve the mystery of why Montresor hates the Fortunato family, or else a carefully planned revenge fifty years in the making will finally be complete.

Depraved vengeance continues in The House of Montresor, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The House of Montressor #3

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #3

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families: clan Fortunato and the House of Montresor. Inheriting the money depends on Edana proving she is of sound mind, but even she doubts her sanity as the very walls of the house seem to be closing in. When Ingrid goes missing, Count Montresor reveals more sordid family secrets. Edana is about to learn there is more to fear than she ever dreamed.

Depraved vengeance continues in The House of Montresor, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The House of Montressor #2

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #2

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families: clan Fortunato and the House of Montresor. The terms of the estate dictate she must live in her family’s house for a period of one month or else lose her claim to the Fortunato and Montresor lands. Edana has still to meet her guardian, the enigmatic Count Montresor, but malevolent stares from the shadows, and a whispered warning during a visit with her ailing grandmother, lead Edana to wonder if she wants any part of what The House of Montresor has in store.  Depraved vengeance continues in this new sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The House of Montressor #1

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #1

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T/ FC
$3.99 (reg)

Murder is only perfect when everyone knows you got away with it.  Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families whose fates have commingled. On the eve of her inheritance, Edana is summoned to the grand estate to meet the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for the secrets still to be revealed, and unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of vengeance upon the Fortunato family.  Revenge does not end in THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic revenge tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The Cask of Amontillado

THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Writer(s): Edgar Allan Poe and Enrica Jang
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” A new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tale of wine, friendship and betrayal. Includes an exciting first look at pages from the upcoming sequel to the Poe classic, The House of Montresor!

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Poe Twisted Anthology Coming Soon!

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(August 19, 2011-New York, NY)  Red Stylo Media is announcing the release of its newest title, The Poe Twisted Anthology, a collection of original comic stories and art inspired byCover the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The collection includes work from thirteen writers and artists collaborating on seven short graphic stories and eight vignettes. This anthology will be released both digitally and in print. Each of the individual stories is available for download at RedStylo.com, DriveThruComics.com and will also be available on Graphic.ly. The digital editions contain exclusive special features only available online and are $1.99 each.  The printed anthology (full-color paperback, 90 pages) will be released August 21. Orders have begun online at http://redstylo.com/store/poe-twisted-only/pre-order-the-poe-twisted-anthology-print-release-august-21-2011/

In the introduction, anthology editor Enrica Jang writes that Poe Twisted “began as a challenge to a new crop of comics artists to take the characters or setting from a favorite Edgar Allan Poe story, twist them, and make something new.” Rather than merely adapting well-loved Poe stories or poems, Poe Twisted stands on its own as “[a]collection of horror and hilarity, touched by the dark genius of the master, and yet with many an ironic jab and poke at him too. A parody here, a sequel there, but all of the pieces mutated re-imaginings of Poe characters in new worlds. Or Poe worlds in new characters.”

Edited by Enrica Jang, “The Poe Twisted Anthology” includes the following comic short stories:

• “Absolution.” Writer Jason Ciaramella (2011 Eisner Award nominee for The Cape) and artist Enrique Savory, Jr., team up in this sad tale of a grieving father driven mad by one of his son’s Christmas toys. A tribute to Poe’s classic poem, “the Raven.”

• “Dead Man’s Hand.” College card-shark, Toby, thinks it’s just another frat-house Poker night. The stakes are high and Toby is all in when a devilish coed mysteriously appears and calls his bluff. Story and art by Phillip Jacobson.

• “Eldorado.” The sun sets on a three-hundred year quest for fabled riches and gold in this zombie Western, titled after the poem of the same name. Written by film director Sherezada Windham-Kent (Everything I Needed to Know About Zombies I Learned From the Movies, 2009) with art by animator/comics artist, Alex Cormack.

• “Zombie Cruise” by Marta Tanrikulu, with art by Mark Mullaney. Trouble—and plague—brew on the high seas in this bio-medical thriller, a twist on Poe’s short story, “The Oblong Box.”

• “The Tell Tale Cat.” Beat cops Lansdowne and Harrington collar more than they bargained for in this noire police adventure, written and drawn by Alex Cormack. The story is parody of events in Poe’s “The Black Cat” and “The Tell Tale Heart.”

• “The After Party” by Kyle Richey, art by Ben Frazier. Wesley Prince has credit cards, his father’s mansion all to himself, and enough drugs to kill a few hundred fellow classmates in this twisted spinoff of the phantasmagoric classic “Masque of the Red Death,”

• “The System of Doctor Canne and Professor Bulle” by Mark Mullaney. Have someone special for dinner in this story of a free-range asylum, a sequel to Poe’s tale of insanity run amok, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.”
POE TWISTED also includes a special collection of original comic vignettes:

• Artist Dirk Strangely (Graveyard Girl, Dirk Strangely’s Completely Inappropriate for Children Children’s Book) is inspired by the figure of Poe himself in two series of Gorey-esque portraits.

• Painter Andrew Jerz brings Poe spoofs to the big screen with a mini-collection of grindhouse movie posters: Lenore, Amonstrillado, and Careful Coffins for the Concerned Cataleptic.

• Illustrator Jason Strutz’s ironic print gallery re-imagines “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

For more information about The Poe Twisted Anthology and Red Stylo Media, visit http://www.redstylo.com. Also, find The Poe Twisted Anthology on Facebook at http://facebook.com/PoeTwisted

ABOUT RED STYLO MEDIA
Red Stylo Media is a publishing and consulting company based out of Cold Spring, NY. RSM specializes in comics and graphic novels. Enrica Jang, EIC.