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Marvel, Harlequin, and the Greatest Olympic Champion Highlight Today’s Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Jack Kirby
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.

The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Fury: Peacemaker

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.

Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.

Fury: Peacemaker

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

Written by Gail Whitiker
Art by Chieko Hara
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Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

The Maid Of Lorne

Written by Terri Brisbin
Art by Kaishi Sakuya
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During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…

The Maid Of Lorne

Marvel Westerns

Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente
Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams
Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers
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Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.

Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.

Marvel Westerns

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.

Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Shanna, The She-Devil

Written by Frank Cho
Art by Frank Cho
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.

She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.

Shanna, The She-Devil

Zátopek

Written by Jan Novak
Art by Jaromir99
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Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.

Zátopek

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ComiXology Delivers 7 New Digital Comics from Marvel and Harlequin

ComiXology has your digital hookup with seven new digital comics available for you right now. Check out new digital comics from Marvel and Harlequin. Get the full list here or the individual issues below.

Reform Of The Playboy

Written by Mary Lyons
Art by Mayu Takayama
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Harriet can’t believe it when a handsome lawyer steals a kiss from her and tells her that her lips are sweet. How had this happened? Upon inheriting a mansion from her great-aunt, Harriet had considered selling it, but in the end she decided to renovate and rent out the upper floors. Her tenant is Finn, the man who kissed her. He’s a troublemaker, hosting one party after another with countless women coming and going. Harriet goes to tell him that enough is enough! But Finn has other plans…

Reform Of The Playboy

Psi-Force Classic Vol. 1

Written by Danny Fingeroth, David Michelinie, Fabian Nicieza, Steve Perry
Art by Bob Hall, Mark Texeira, Mike Vosburg
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Psi-Force #1-9.

Neither KGB nor CIA was a match for the power of PSI in the New Universe! Gathered together by the mysterious Emmett Proudhawk, five paranormal teenagers struggled against government operatives, renegade superhumans and, most importantly, each other! Telepathy, astral projection, telekinesis, psychic empathy and psionic detonation merge to form something even greater: the Psi-Hawk! But who he is – and isn’t – may be a secret that makes or breaks the team! It’s intrigue and action, eighties-style!

Psi-Force Classic Vol. 1

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 1

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Ross Andru, Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
Cover by Richard Isanove, Jack Kirby
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Collects Rawhide Kid (1955) #17-25.

Tame the wild, wild West with the one and only Rawhide Kid! Before Stan “the Man” and “King” Kirby spun stories of sensational super heroes, they told the tale of a young frontiersman who bore two Colt six-shooters! After his Uncle Ben Bart was killed at the hands of outlaws, Johnny Bart made it his personal mission to bring justice to the town of Rawhide. Packed full of shootouts and showdowns, renegades and rustlers, guns and girls galore, these Western yarns will be sure to please you in the Mighty Marvel Manner! So hold on to your ten-gallon hat when you read tales of the Terrible Totem, the Kid’s battle against the bank-robbing Bat, and the war with Wolf Waco!

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 1

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 2

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Dick Ayers, Sol Brodsky, Gene Colan, Jack Davis, Al Hartley, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Rawhide Kid (1955) #26-35.

They’re not just the pair that created the world’s most-famous super heroes; Stan Lee and Jack Kirby prove they’re the kings of all comics, with a one, two-gun second Rawhide Kid Masterworks!

The man from the Texas town of Rawhide, Johnny Bart, is the fastest draw in the wild West, but that kind of reputation doesn’t come easy, and with the law on his trail it’s all for one for the Rawhide Kid. Every no-good varmit west of the Mississippi from Mister Lightning to the Barker Brothers to Jasper Jelko is looking to build his rep over the Kid’s dead body, and when you’ve got friends like Jesse James, who needs enemies?! So do yerself some good book learin’, reserve your copy today, and one day you might be just as good as the roughest, toughest, rootin’est, tootin’est cowboy who ever kicked back a glass of milk!

Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 2

Shanna The She-Devil: Survival Of The Fittest

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Khari Evans
Cover by Khari Evans
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Collects Shanna The She Devil: Survival Of The Fittest #1-4.

Shanna the She-Devil returns in an all-new series jam-packed with jungle action, Hong Kong gangsters, dinosaurs, diamonds and cavemen! Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti reunite with super-hot artist Khari Evans (DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON) to bring you the story of modern-day pirates shipwrecked on the Marvel Universe’s deadliest island, where only Shanna can protect them from hordes of man-eating monsters!

Shanna The She-Devil: Survival Of The Fittest

Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz & Darkdevil

Written by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz
Art by Ron Frenz
Cover by Ron Frenz
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Collects The Buzz #1-3, Darkdevil #1-3.

When crime, cults, and clones collide, the result is Darkdevil, son of one great Marvel hero and heir to another! Peer into the future’s past to see Spider-Girl’s ill-mannered mentor face the mortal machinations of the Kingpin and the more mystical ones of Zarathos, one-time Ghost Rider! But the bold and bombastic Buzz has no time for legacies when he sets his brand-new super-suit against Doctor Octopus and his latest student! Twin tales of Spider-Girl’s strongest allies and harshest critics, guest-starring the one true Spider-Girl herself!

Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz & Darkdevil

Taming The Wolf #1

Written by Deborah Simmons
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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While traveling with her servants, Lady Marion’s caravan is attacked by bandits. A group of passing knights saves her and she accompanies them to their home, Campion Castle. Her arrival marks the beginning of her life among the wolves with Lord Campion and his six sons. One day, eldest son Dunstan returns to the castle and Marion feels something stir inside her that she has never felt before…

Taming The Wolf #1

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Preview: Spicy Pulp Comics Vol. 2

Spicy Pulp Comics Vol. 2

Writer: Justin Gray
Artists: Diego Guerra, António Brandão, Aleksandar Božić Ske
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The second thrilling installment of Justin Gray’s Spicy Pulp mature comic features the conclusion of the first ever Lady Redbeard storyline as the sexy swashbuckler and her crew battle alien forces of evil in the Bermuda Triangle. Issue also features a short sci-fi story about betrayal among (illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo) and Introduces a new serialized story starring Mecha Monroe illustrated by Indonesian superstar artist Revin.

Spicy Pulp Comics vol. 2

Preview: Spicy Pulp Comics #1

Spicy Pulp Comics #1

Writer: Justin Gray
Artists: Diego Guerra, António Brandão, Aleksandar Božić Ske
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High adventure on the high seas turns into an interdimensional trip through the unknown as the dread pirate, Lady Charlotte Redbeard and her salty crew battle the British Royal Navy, zombie dinosaurs, time lost astronauts, and encounter a flying city full of sensual women. The issue also features two standalone short sci-fi stories, “Letters from Sanctuary City” and “The Warmaker,” about the distant and not-too-distant future.

Spicy Pulp Comics #1

ComiXology Features 10 New Digital Comics for You to Check Out from DC, Marvel, and Yen Press

ComiXology has ten new digital comics and manga for you to check out today. It’s a mix of brand new releases as well as collections from DC Comics, Marvel, and Yen Press. Check out the full list of releases here or the individual releases below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Written by Andrea Shea, Tom Taylor
Pencils Isaac Goodhart, Pop Mhan
Inks Isaac Goodhart, Pop Mhan
Colored by Rex Lokus, Cris Peter
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Story 1 – Aquaman and Mera must stop Lex Luthor’s plans to drill into the ocean floor. Story 2 – Tula agrees to a Girls Night with Mera, but she quickly discovers that she and Mera have completely different ideas of what a Girls Night should be.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #6

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
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Deathstroke enacts his final plan to kill the Dark Knight, luring him away from the rest of the Bat-Family. Can Batgirl and Robin deduce Deathstroke plans, or will Gotham have a new, more brutal, protector?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #6

Black Butler #165

Written by Yana Toboso
Art by Yana Toboso
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As Mey-Rin recalls her early days as a maid, she must now decide where her allegiances lie… Read the next chapter of Black Butler at the same time as Japan!

Black Butler #165

But I’m A Cat Person #27

Written by Erin Ptah
Art by Erin Ptah
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World Without Logos
Two ordinary graduates accidentally adopt a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Chapter 27: Backstory, bravery, and the big bad Wolf.

But I'm A Cat Person #27

D.P. 7 Classic Vol. 1

Written by Mark Gruenwald
Art by Paul Ryan
Cover by Paul Ryan
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Collects D.P.7 #1-9.

The Gru tackled the New and it’s here for you! Before his history-making work on Captain America and Quasar, Mark Gruenwald helped build the New Universe from the ground up with an outcast cast of Seven Displaced Paranormals on a quest leading them into urban legends, domestic disasters, and teen terror! Super-speed, super-strength, and superlative action from the creator of the ground-breaking Squadron Supreme miniseries! It’s an out-of-body experience you can’t miss!

D.P. 7 Classic Vol. 1

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mike McKone
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles (2001) #1-19.

Led by Blink, who hails from the wildly popular X-Men storyline “Age of Apocolypse,” the Exiles consist of heroes pulled from alternate times and universes who are sent to correct problems in the multiverse. Their adventures span hundreds of different worlds, setting events and characters back on their proper course — or else risk having them “blink” out of existence.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Heroes For Hire Vol. 2: Ahead Of The Curve

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Zeb Wells
Art by Al Rio
Cover by Billy Tucci
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #6-10.

Marvel’s strangest team of heroes find themselves trapped in the hull of a ship with a bomb as the Grim Reaper plans to blow up the Statue of Liberty and take the Heroes for Hire with it! But why? What nefarious plan could he have up his sleeve? He’s evil so does it matter? He has to be stopped! Also, someone dies! No kidding. As if that wasn’t enough, here comes the return of villains no one asked for! THE HORRIFIC HEADMEN have a special surprise for the hapless Humbug

Heroes For Hire Vol. 2: Ahead Of The Curve

Weapon Omega

Written by Rich Koslowski
Art by Andrea Di Vito
Cover by Mike Choi
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents (2007) #1-12 and Civil War: The Initiative One-Shot.

Omega Flight’s Michael Pointer (a.k.a. Guardian) faces down demons both internal and external. What is happening to him — and who is responsible?

Weapon Omega

Marvel Illustrated: Moby Dick

Written by Roy Thomas
Art by Pascal Alixe
Cover by John Watson
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Collects Moby Dick #1-6.

Melville’s seafaring masterpiece is brought to stirring life in the pages of the Marvel Illustrated line. Young sailor Ishmael signs onto the whaling ship, Pequod. Soon, he comes to question his judgment as the vessel sets sail and he meets the strange crew sailing with him. Strangest of all is the mysterious Captain Ahab, whose obsession with the great white whale who once bit off his leg may lead them all to a watery doom. It’s been called the Great American Novel. And they weren’t kidding.

Marvel Illustrated: Moby Dick

The Royal Tutor #92

Written by Higasa Akai
Art by Higasa Akai
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The unlikely group of Professor Heine, the princelings, and Count Rosenberg take off on a search of grave importance. Read the next chapter of The Royal Tutor the same day as Japan!

The Royal Tutor #92

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Random Acts of Violence Gets a New Clip

Based on the comic from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo and Paul Mounts, Random Acts of Violence had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest taking place in Austin, Texas.

The film stars Jay Baruchel and Jesse Williams and costars Jordana Brewster.

In the film:

Todd Walkley (Williams) and his publisher Ezra (Baruchel) made their careers crafting a comic book based on a real-life serial killer called Slasherman. On a press tour to announce the launch of their final issue, they visit the town where Slasherman wreaked havoc twenty years earlier. Upon their arrival, a series of new murders unfold… murders that look eerily familiar to imagery in Todd’s Slasherman comics. Speculation and paranoia build regarding the identity of the mysterious killer.

Imminent Press is Back with Two Issues of their Terminal Pulp Anthology on Kickstarter

Fresh off of successfully funding the OGN Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists, Imminent Press is running a Kickstarter for the next two installments of the two-fisted pulp anthology Terminal. That’s right, TWO
COMICS, ONE KICKSTARTER.

Now, issues #3 and #4 of Terminal come to Kickstarter with an incredible array of talent that includes writers Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Eric Palicki (No Angel), Vito Delsante (Stray), Matt Brady (The Con Job),
and a murderer’s row of artists, colorists, and letterers.

Terminal #3 features:

Stephanie Chan [Colorist]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Justin Gray [Writer – FAUSTO COLON]
Dan Lauer [Artist – FAUSTO COLON]
Eric Palicki [Writer – OUBLIETTE]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Ande Rummel [Artist – OUBLIETTE]

Terminal #4 features:

Matt Brady [Writer – GEMINI XIV]
António Brandão [Artist – STEELTOWN]
Nikola Čižmešija [Artist – GEMINI XIV]
Vito Delsante [Writer – STEELTOWN]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Kirsty Swan [Colorist]

Plus, VARIANT Guest Artists:

Josh Adams (T3 Variant)
Rafa Garres (rear art #3)
Jeff Johnson (T3 Variant)
Vasilis Lolos (T4 Variant)
Richard Pace (T4 Variant)
John Rauch (rear art #4)

Backers have access to an array of excellent rewards, including variants. Retailers have the opportunity to back two distinct packages, one of which includes an in-store appearance from a member of the Imminent Press and Terminal anthology series stable. And if you happened to miss out on Terminal #1 and #2 the first time around, don’t sweat it. A limited number of backer packages will be available so you can score ALL FOUR issues for one reasonable price including shipping.

Check out below at some of the art you can find within the pages of these two new issues!

You have until November 2nd to back this great project!

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray Bring the Hype

hype-excerpt_page_1The United States military has a secret weapon: an individual who wields the superhuman abilities of immense intellect, speed, power, and strength. The cost? This power only lasts forty-five minutes a day. Noah Haller is HYPE, a man who is forced to undergo complete cellular regeneration twenty-three hours each day to retain his capabilities.

As Noah works to solve the world’s complex problems, he struggles to achieve the emotional balance and understanding that comes naturally to most humans. Scientist Amanda Marr aids him in his journey, but loyalties are tested as a terrorist group threatens the world with a deadly pathogen.

Hype tells the story of a genetically designed super human who can only live for one hour a day.  It was created after a successful, fully-funded Kickstarter campaign put together by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, comic industry vets behind other titles such as Harley Quinn, Powergirl, and Jonah Hex.

The two have successfully be using Kickstarter to launch numerous projects and I got a chance to talk to the two creators about their latest release.

Graphic Policy: Where’d the concept for Hype come from?

Jimmy Palmiotti: It was something Justin and I have had as a concept for quite a while…I remember even back in the early 2000’s having Michael Golden do a version of the suit he wore that we never used. Like a lot of what we do, some ideas just sit and wait till the timing was right.

Justin Gray: It definitely feels like we’ve been living with Hype for a long time and it has evolved and grown but the core concept has always been the same – what if you had superhuman powers but could only use them for one hour out of every 24 and the rest of the time you were in a coma. Would it be worth it? What kind of life would you have?

GP: How long has been since the initial conception to it being released?

JP: I would say about 10 years.

JG: It does take a while for that karma wheel to roll around.

hype-excerpt_page_2GP: The comic reminds me a lot of Frankenstein with a “monster” having to learn humanity. Was that an influence on the story?

JP: The evolution of the concept and idea were never referencing Frankenstein. It was more of us looking at where technology would go next and imagining what would happen if they could pull off this kind of an idea and how it would work as it matured.

JG: Frankenstein is a quest for humanity to have godlike powers, to become masters of death. With Hype our character of Noah has these incredible abilities and is responsible for saving so many lives but at a cost of his own life. The fun stuff is that Hype is kind of like the show 24 distilled down to 45-60 minutes. There’s no room for mistakes, failure and the real meat of the story is Noah’s struggle to feel connected to the world he is saving both physically and emotionally. That’s the beating heart of the story.

GP: In exploring that there’s a lot of time spent without action and focused on simple human interaction. How do you find it balancing that with the action sequences within the graphic novel?

JP: We follow our instincts and then edit and rework scenes and even dialogue till it feels like the perfect balance. With Hype we felt it was important to make a human connection with each character, even more important than the actual action that is happening. If a reader cannot relate to what they are going through, then the story, whatever it may be going forward, falls apart.

JG: With this kind of story the action elements are much easier than answering the questions of what happens to Hype in those fleeting moments when he is activated and tackling the emotional elements.

GP: The story is interesting in that while Hype is a man those in power over him are two women, including the direct head of the program. Was there any underlying themes you thought about with that dynamic?

JP: Not at first, but as the story started to find its legs we saw that the maternal relationship with Hype was an important one and that learning from someone of the opposite sex about the world around them might be a more natural progression for someone born later in life. Justin and I have always written really strong female characters, so on some level it is a natural thing as well.

JG: When you look at the two women they’re oppositional in their goals and that also helps define the duality of Noah’s life, he’s the emotional product of both sets of interaction.

GP: Speaking of themes, the story is about a genetically designed super human, and though it may sound like science fiction this is real science. How much did you look towards the real world for this?

JP: We are both totally interested in science and the science community and that is where the original idea came from, with a little added futuristic thinking thrown in. Since we started writing together, science has always played a big part in our work. Our first project together was called The Resistance about the world hundreds of years from now and how society was functioning. All good Science fiction seems plausible to me. Hype seems like it is about 15 years away from becoming a reality.

JG: Not only the science but also the psychology of it. Some of Hype was directly influenced by the fact that some drone operators, carrying out missions hundreds of miles away from their actual location, suffer from PTSD. There is a lot of talk about people being desensitized by violence so I personally found it fascinating that even in an environment that is similar to Ender’s Game the videogame aspect isn’t enough to fully divest us from emotion.

GP: When it comes to the design of the characters and the world, how much was you two versus artist Javier Pina?

JP: Javier is a brilliant artist and storyteller and we loved what he did with the book, but the design was given to him because we had Amanda Conner design the actual suit he wears and his look, down to the very small details. What Javier did was bring the entire look and world around him to life. We got very lucky working with such a talented artist.

JG: I couldn’t agree more he captured the full spectrum of what the story is trying to convey.

GP: The comic was funded by Kickstarter, which is a platform you’ve used quite often in the past. As creators what advantages and disadvantages do you see in using it for your projects?

JP: The obvious disadvantage is no one funds your project and you wasted a lot of time and money, but we have not had that happen so far because we understand that we are selling not only a project but offering up a store worth of items that people might want to buy in the process. That said, we have a wonderful group of people that follow us from project to project and have learned over time what they are looking for in a Kickstarter. We love using the platform because it gives us direct contact and conversation with the people that support us.

JG: Absolutely, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to have found a growing audience that gets what we’re trying to do with each project. That’s kind of remarkable when you look at the diversity of our offerings in terms of genre and content. Abbadon and Hype are very different projects from Forager and Sex & Violence and yet there’s this incredible groundswell of support from amazing people looking to back these projects.

GP: What lessons have you learned over the various projects you’ve done?

JP: Offer what you can deliver, keep the packages small, offer up skype sessions, figure out your mailing fees beforehand and always deliver what you promise on time.

JG: Jimmy is right and we continue to learn about the platform with each campaign. One of the fundamental lessons is to add reasonable pledge tiers that offer value to the backer. I’m launching a brand-new Kickstarter this month for a book I’ve written called Jail Bait & Trailer Trash. I’ve painstakingly gone over every tier, revised it dozens of times based on watching people run their campaigns. A lot of times friends and even strangers are asking me for advice and tips. I’ve learned that is it isn’t enough to have great content and art you need to make people aware of your campaign and know your target audience. Too often I think people look only at the successes, especially the projects that raise well over 100% of their goal and don’t spend enough time analyzing the many more that fail.

GP: The comics ends and leaves open a wide world, any chance we’ll see more?

JP: Yes, we sure hope to do a second part in the future, but for now we sit and wait to see how the book does in bookstores. If it does well, we will deliver more. It is as simple as that.

JG: Like the man says. If there’s a demand, then we’ll be happy to fill it.

GP: Thanks for your time!

Preview: Full Moon Presents: Trancers TPB

FULL MOON PRESENTS: TRANCERS TPB

Writer(s): Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Salaza
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Salaza
96 pages/ Rated: M / FC
$9.99

In 1985 the cult sci-fi film Trancers captivated audiences and introduced the world to Jack Deth, a rogue trooper in post apocalyptic Los Angeles who is sent back in time to track down Whistler, a vicious cult leader with the power to turn people into mindless zombies. In this all-new and action-packed graphic novel, Jack has been framed for murder. Jack must escape from a prison full of recently converted Trancers!

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Preview: Trancers #3

TRANCERS #3

Writer(s): Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Salaza
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Salaza
32 pages/ Rated: M / FC
$3.99 (reg)/ $4.99 (var.)

Time-traveling Trooper Jack Deth has defied the odds time and time again, but this might be his last stand against Whistler’s mind-controlled minions! Does Jack still have a few tricks up his sleeve? Find out here!

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