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Black Mask Studios Celebrates Local Comic Shop Day

On Saturday, November 18th, Black Mask Studios will release six limited edition items to commemorate Local Comic Shop Day, a nationwide event that celebrates locally owned independent comic book specialty stores. The Los Angeles-based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including The Dregs, Kim & Kim, and Space Riders is releasing three limited edition hardcovers, a CalExit bandana and two “DIY” Lenticular hardcovers for some of their acclaimed titles.

The Black Mask Studios Local Comic Shop Day releases are as follows:

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK – Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Hardcover. 208 pages. $29.99

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans. When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices: let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige makes a bad decision. And we can’t look away.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Boss pull off something almost as rare as a successful bank heist: a seamless collaboration that celebrates their, and our favorite, cultural touchstones—with loving nods to THE GODFATHER, STAR WARS, SCARFACE, and the films of Wes Anderson, Sidney Lumet and Quentin Tarantino—while creating a story that is immediate and original.

BLACK – Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Hardcover. 160 pages. $34.99

In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers?

Co-created by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith III, illustrated by Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle, and featuring a cover by  illustrator Khary Randolph, BLACK follows the story of a young man, who, having miraculously survived being shot by police, learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. He must decide whether it’s safer to keep history’s secret, or if the truth will set him free.

YOUNG TERRORISTS – Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Hardcover.  224 pages. $29.99

From writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan — the creators of the acclaimed  and controversial CALEXIT comic book — comes YOUNG TERRORISTS, in which a young heiress discovers her father is part of a tyrannical new world order and vows to burn his whole empire down.

Local Comic Shop Day CALEXIT “Mulholland Resistance” bandana. $9.99

Join the resistance with this black bandana inspired by the flag of The Mulholland Resistance, Zora’s band of black masked revolutionaries from the pages of Black Mask Studios’ breakout hit CALEXIT.

Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive: DIY Lenticular Hardcover Options for BLACK and YOUNG TERRORISTS

Artist Amancay Nahuelpan provides illustrated lenticular cards, which shops or readers can affix to their Local Comic Shop Day book for a DIY lenticular cover or keep separate as a special collectible sticker.

Panels To Chords #1: Queer N’ Roll with Kim & Kim

Welcome to the second episode of Panels To Chords. We’ll be talking about our song choices for the summer 2016 hit from Black Mask Studios. Joining Ben and Madi are Elana Brooklyn and Logan Dalton, fellow comic critics at Graphic Policy and elsewhere.

KIM & KIM

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio, Artist: Eva Cabrera, Colorist: Claudia Aguirre, Letterer: Zakk Saam, Editor: Katy Rex, Covers: Tess Fowler w/ Kiki Jenkins, Devaki Neogi.

“Kim & Kim are twentysomething besties out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement. In a massive “screw you” to their parents and the authorities, they decide to hijack some high stakes bounty — and end up in way over their heads. Kim & Kim is a day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm. It puts queer women and trans women front and center, with a story that embraces the absurd alongside realistic pathos.

“Blending the punk exuberance of TANK GIRL with the buddy adventure wackiness of SUPERBAD (if Michael Cera was a trans woman and Jonah Hill a queergirl partner in crime), Kim & Kim focuses on the power and meaning of female friendships as engines of validation. A bright, happy, punk rock sci fi adventure that is queer as shit.”

–From Black Mask Studios’ website

 

 

Preview: Kim & Kim: Love is a Battlefield #1

KIM & KIM: Love Is A Battlefield #1

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Tess Fowler
Cover Colored by: Matt Wilson

The Fighting Kims finally get the bounty of their lives and Kim D reconnects with an ex-girlfriend, so of course everything immediately goes catastrophically wrong. This high-flying, rad AF tale of exes and woes is the first in a four-part follow-up to 2016’s Eisner-nominated summer favorite. Awesome!

GLAAD Announces their Media Awards Nominees. Check out the 10 Comics Nominated

GLAAD has announced the nominees for the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Comics were well represented with ten nominations that vary quite a lot in their content, creators, and publishers.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.

There’s two events, one held in Los Angeles on April 1 and another in New York City on May 6.

This year’s nominees include:

  • All-New X-Men (Marvel)by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, Cory Petit
  • Black Panther (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Karl C. Story, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles
  • DC Comics Bombshells (DC Comics) – Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mirka Andolfo, Pasquale Qualano, Marguerite Sauvage, Juan Albarran, Kelly Diane Fitzpatrick, J. Nanjan, Jeremy Lawson, Wendy Broome, Wes Abbott
  • Kim & Kim (Black Mask Studios) – Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Taylor Esposito
  • Love is Love (IDW Publishing/DC Comics) – anthology originated by Marc Andreyko
  • Lumberjanes (BOOM! Studios) – Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese
  • Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo (DC Comics) – Steve Orlando, David Messina, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Fernando Blanco, Gaetano Carlucci, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed
  • Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat! (Marvel) – Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Natasha Allegri, Megan Wilson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Clayton Cowles
  • Saga (Image Comics) – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks
  • The Woods (BOOM! Studios)James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire

Congrats to all of the nominees and you can watch the full announcement below.

Preview: Kim and Kim #4

KIM & KIM #4

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Devaki Neogi
In Stores: October 26

Kim & Kim are back for the final installment of their first adventurous mini-series. There will be bounty hunting, a fight with Franken-Ape, and more… and we’ll finally get an answer to the question everyone wants to know: will the Kims finally make rent??

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Review : Kim & Kim #3

kim-and-kim-3-coverThe wait for the latest installment of Kim & Kim was well worth it. Just when you thought Kim & Kim had reached maximum capacity on the story and action front the creator, Magdalene Visaggio, cranks this intergalactic bounty hunter story up to eleven.

Issue number three builds on the promise of the previous two issues. We are treated with a journey to yet another exotic and dangerous local as our transgender anti-heroes attempt to get Tom home back to his home planet and away from El Scorchos reach.

This time around our girls take a voyage to the Lost Planet and get stranded in Never-Look-Back when The Contessa gets shot down by Robot Gorillas. We get some back story on Kim’s aunt Djune and meet her old partner and rebel pilot Mina. Lucky for Kim & Kim she’s been hiding out on the same planet that they find themselves stranded on because The Contessa needs some TLC and a really good mechanic .

kim-and-kim-3-2The rescue mission goes awry and there’s a gap in the girls memory after they get The Contessa back in working order. We get to meet some of the Kim’s friends and in a late night drink & nosh hang out, we get to see Squad Goals redefined. I hope that we get to see these four ladies take on some baddies in a future issue. There’s a lot that goes unsaid in this issue and we don’t really find out what happened to Tom or Mina after he made a run for the magic book in an attempt to get himself home. What we do know is that nothing is ever that simple in the Kim’s world and this issue ends with a Robot Gorilla showing up at Kim’s front door.

As usual Magdalene’s writing and story telling skills are on point and the ending has me sitting on my hands freaking out in the best possible way, waiting for the next installment. Magdalene creates a killer world with a nice arc, real life situations and a strong sense of self and some really relatable transgender characters.

Eva Cabrera’s artwork is clean, easy to understand, inviting and semi realistic. It adds all the necessary components to Magdalene’s great story.

Overall Kim & Kim‘s third issue is an exciting and interesting page turner that gives the readers what they want. I loved every page and panel of the story and found myself engaged even when the Kim’s were doing nothing more than hanging out. There was a lot of back story packed into this issue and it seems the creative team is giving us all the tools needed to follow along without pandering or dumbing down the story line and plot points.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Kim & Kim #2

Kim & Kim #2

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Devaki Neogi
In Stores: August 31

Kim & Kim return on August 31st with their interstellar journey of friendship, adolescent mischief,  and cephalopod mania. Will they chase down that fucking ridiculous bounty? Will Kim Q. reconcile with her douchey dad? Will they come up with enough cash to buy more booze? Not yet, because first they gotta get into some barfights and accidentally tear open a rift in the fabric of spacetime or something! Fighting and science together at last!

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Review: Kim & Kim #2

KIM & KIM #2 1When we left off last month, Kim & Kim were saving a bounty (Tom Quilt) from the Catalan team sent to retrieve him. Instead of turning him in a gaining some much-needed money for the bounty (that is more like a kidnapping and return to slavery), the girls decide to run and help Tom get back home.

Issue # 2 starts off with Kim & Kim & Tom Quilt on the hunt for Lady Babylon so that they can get Tom free from El Scorcho’s grasp and back home. This issue takes us a magical and action packed journey complete with bar fights, necromancy, a huge Beetlejuice throwback sandworm from the netherworld, a re-connection with family members, avoidance of contact with family members and, a guitar solo turned up to 11 that might just save the world.

A whole lot of back story and character development are packed into this issue. We get to learn more about Kim Q’s estranged dad and their relationship. The fact that he still has her listed in his phone as Joaquin is pretty telling. We also, get to know more about our she-roes personality and formative years. Each issue seems to sneak in bits of character development and backstory while still pushing the main story forward.

Magdalene Visaggio‘s writing is on point. It’s funny, clever and smart with just the right amount of sass. There isn’t a caption block or word bubble wasted which is refreshing. Her style is flawless and makes up want to keep reading. The story line is a nice read, Magdalene manages to fit an awful lot of story in very few pages. Each issue so far had been pretty self-contained so, you can pick up at issue #2 , get into it and then read #1. I also appreciate the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of mentioning of the transgender main characters.

It’s refreshing to have trans characters being represented without them being used as story props or being sensationalized. The fact that Kim & Kim are trans isn’t the main story, it’s slipped in as a fact and then the reader is allowed to carry on and get into the story. I like that there is no attempt made by the writer to explain the trans nature of the characters, they are introduced as exactly what they are, people. The way that Magdalene handles the characters sexuality is well done and she deserves high praise for her inclusionary writing and the diversity it showcases.

Eva Cabrera‘s art work is fire! The colors (thank you Claudia Aguirre) pop. The detail is amazing and the facial expressions make the characters seem real. Eva’s art work merged with Magdalene’s words and story creates some very beautiful comic book magic.

Overall Issue #2 was a great find and a wonderful read and, I will be back again to see how the story plays out and how two of my new fave female comic book bad asses get through their mission, to save Tom Quilt and get him and the other drug mule slaves El Scorcho is holding hostage free.

Story: Magdalene Viaggio Art: Eva Cabrera Color: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Kim and Kim #1

KIM & KIM #1 11Black Mask Studios rolled out Kim & Kim this week, and it’s getting a lot of buzz for its cast of queer characters and their bonkers sci-fi adventuring.

Our titular heroines are Kimiko “Kim Q.” Quatro and Kimber “Kim D.” Dantzler, best friends embroiled in interdimensional bounty-hunting. The general concept  is a lot of fun – I love bounty hunter narratives, especially if they involve space and/or other dimensions and kick-ass ladies; however, certain things didn’t jibe with my personal taste in comics. I go back-and-forth on how well Kim Q’s first person narration works, and I hope it’s going to prove to be a valuable element of the storytelling and in connecting readers with Kim herself, even though device often feels tired. The opening “In about three seconds I’m gonna come crashing through a window” was especially hammy, and hard to not roll my eyes at. I also often felt the dialogue was trying too hard to be snarky and edgy. While the cover art is pretty slick, the general aesthetic isn’t one I typically enjoy – overly cartoony and poppy but with violence and swearing, I could see myself really enjoying Kim & Kim more when I was 14. Claudia Aguirre’s color palette is my favorite part of the artwork by far – punchy and vibrant, it left me wanting a pack of fruit stripe gum. At best I’d describe Kim & Kim as Tank Girl lite, just to be nice, because I really want to come around to liking it. Its shortcoming could very well be the nature of a pilot issue finding its footing and, despite my criticisms, it was still a fun read.

A lot of the pull-quotes for the first issue center on the fact that the Kim & Kim is LGBTQ-positive, even describing the work itself as “queer as shit,” which is great to advertise proudly – it’s a huge part of what drew me into reading it. Yet I actually found the queer element to be pretty casual and organic, and I liked that. Kim Q mentions her status as trans offhandedly while she and Kim D. hang out and drink after a lost bounty, and I appreciate that the moment wasn’t forced exposition nor did it land as gimmicky. I did find myself wondering what other elements of the comic beyond gender ID/sexual orientation might be considered uniquely queer – the outlandish style and sassy attitudes landed more as standard dystopian punk than queer-specific in my eyes, but I’m saying that from the perspective of someone who embraces the queer label despite being cis/heteroflexible – in other words, I know I’m not exactly an authority on the word though I may feel I identify with it. It got me wondering, is dystopian punk queer by nature? I’d love to see some thoughts on that in the comments section.

Story: Mags Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera Colors: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 8 Art: 5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Listen to Magdalene Visaggio talk Kim & Kim with Graphic Policy Radio on Demand

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This week we’re joined by writer Magdalene Visaggio to talk about Kim & Kim— her debut comics series from Black Mask Studios. A story of bff bounty hunters in space, it’s been described as Cowboy BeBop meets Broad City.

Magdalene Visaggio is considerably less metal than she lets on. Born in Long Island, she was raised in Richmond, Virginia before returning to New York after college. She’s a professional marketing writer and has pursued graduate work in the study of moral philosophy. She seriously loves riot grrrl music and the Beatles. She has a deeply unhealthy attachment to Star Trek.

Visaggio lives in Manhattan with her wife Eowyn.

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