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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.

Preview: Amazing World Of Gumball: Midsummer Nightmare OGN SC

Amazing World Of Gumball: Midsummer Nightmare OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Meg Brennan
Artist: Jenna Ayoub
Colorist: Lesley Atlansky
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Jenna Ayoub
Price: $14.99

IT’S THE PHANTOM OF ELMORE!

All Darwin wants is a starring role in Elmore Junior High’s latest theatrical production—except he accidentally helps unleash a curse on the school by speaking the name of the play that was so horrific, it gave a student a mortal case of stagefright. When students start falling victim to the sickness caused by the curse, Gumball and Darwin must do everything in their power to complete the show and cure their fellow classmates.

Join writer Megan Brennan (Steven Universe, Pencil Pup) and artist Jenna Ayoub (Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy) as Elmore’s favorite pair of siblings discover what it truly takes to fulfill theater’s greatest promise: the show must go on!

Amazing World Of Gumball: Midsummer Nightmare OGN SC

Preview: Kid Sherlock Volume 1 TPB

KID SHERLOCK VOLUME 1 TPB

Writer(s): Justin Phillips
Artist Name(s): Sean Miller (Pencils), Lesley Atlansky (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Sean Miller
128 pgs./ E / FC
$14.99

John Watson is nervous being the only dog at his new school, Baker Elementary. But when he takes an interest in fellow student, Sherlock Holmes, the two become unlikely, and sometimes contentious, friends. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment, and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson tries to help Sherlock make friends with his fellow students and Sherlock tries to help Watson become a better detective. Collects KID SHERLOCK 1 – 4.

Preview: Kid Sherlock #4

KID SHERLOCK #4

Writer(s): Justin Phillips
Artist Name(s): Sean Miller (Pencils), Lesley Atlansky (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Sean Miller
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Fear grips the students as an unseen force terrorizes the halls of Baker Elementary. Tensions rise as students continue to fall before the mysterious tripper. Sherlock and Watson must determine if the villain in question is a foe from their past or something else entirely. Time is running out!

Kid Sherlock, a Sherlock Holmes Story for All Ages

Kid Sherlock is an all-ages mystery series that combines the classic friendship of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson with the whimsy and adventure found in classics like Calvin and Hobbies and Peabody and Sherman.

The series follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his best friend, Watson the Dog, set in the halls of Baker Elementary. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson struggles to make friends and Sherlock tries to understand his place at Baker Elementary. Included as well are interactive pages that will help fans, young and old alike, learn to make their own comic books and hone their investigate minds with puzzles and activities.

Kid Sherlock is written by Justin Phillips with art by Sean Miller and Lesley Atlansky and cover by Miller.

Kid Sherlock Volume 1 will be available in a comic book store near you on October 18.

Preview: Kid Sherlock #2

KID SHERLOCK #2

Writer(s): Justin Phillips
Artist Name(s): Sean Miller (Pencils), Lesley Atlansky (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Sean Miller
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

It’s another day in Baker Elementary room 221 until show and tell is disrupted by disaster. Watson takes the opportunity to try and make friends but ends up questioning his current friendship with Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock is oblivious to his feelings. But when Watson is accused of stealing, Sherlock is forced to face something terrifying: his own feelings.

Preview: Kid Sherlock #1

KID SHERLOCK #1

Writer(s): Justin Phillips
Artist Name(s): Sean Miller (Pencils), Lesley Atlansky (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Sean Miller (Covers A), Dennis Culver (Cover B – Limited to 1500 copies)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

John Watson doesn’t feel like he really fits in as the new student at Baker Elementary. If it wasn’t bad enough being the only dog, it seems he has already gained the attention of the class bully, Kyle. Out in the play yard, Watson feels even more alone until he meets a young boy named Sherlock Holmes. While quite clever, Sherlock is often so lost in his own thoughts that he is oblivious to the people around him. However, when Watson shows an interest in Sherlock’s work it sparks the beginning of an adventure Sherlock never expected: friendship. Their first mission, identify the bad smell that has been afflicting their classroom.

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

Preview: High Crimes #7

High Crimes #7

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Color Assists: Lesley Atlansky
Price: $0.99
Pages: 22
Rating: 17+

Dug in at Camp 2, Zan Jensen has lied, killed and drugged her way to within 8,000 feet of Mount Everest’s summit. As desolate weather sweeps across the mountain and Zan readies herself to face her dream and the dead body of Sullivan Mars buried beneath it, she finds herself isolated, paranoid, sick and surrounded by Strange Agents playing a game all their own.

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