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Punk Comic Creators Get the Band Together to Form Circle Pit Press

Fulfilling a burning need to work with like-minded people who would rather elevate their friends than step on their peers to get ahead, a group of comic creators springing from the world of punk rock and heavy metal have formed Circle Pit Press, a DIY comic book creator collective.

The initial slate of creators includes Matt Miner (GWAR: Orgasmageddon, Poser, Liberator), Kelly Williams (WWE, The Dark, Metaphase), Marie Enger (Adventure Time, Fhtagn & Loathing), Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (We(l)come Back, Critical Hit, Running Blood), Ray Nadine (Messenger, Dollhouse), and JB Roe, who has done work for Image Comics, Black Mask Studios, and more.

The primary purpose of Circle Pit Press will be for the mutual elevation of CPP creators’ projects, regardless of publisher. While Circle Pit Press is not a traditional publisher, creators involved can choose to publish under the CPP banner and original Circle Pit Press comics are in production now.

Circle Pit Press believes in positive and progressive values, and vehemently rejects racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia in all forms.

Up the punx!

Review: This Nightmare Kills Fascists

There has been an awakening in the public arena due to the 2016 American Presidential election. An election the world is still reeling from the ramifications. Artists, especially those who operate in the comic realm, were (and are) particularly incensed. This cognizance of international politics is very present in the excellent anthology This Nightmare Kills Fascists.

In “Diane The Hunter” the proliferation of violence on women is explored, as a pair of assailants, walk right into a “wolf trap”. In “Thermonuclear Hunger Strike,” a worst-case scenario of what the world will be under President Trump is played out, with an assassin taking apart the oligarchy that is left. In “The Pledge,” a young man despite his girlfriend’s pleas pledges a fraternity who is known for their misogyny and racism. During a hazing ritual they unleash an ancient evil. In “Dear Jane,” a woman who wakes up from a sleep undergoes a carefully constructed game, one that is the stuff of nightmares. In “Black Friday,” a man’s impulsive actions to leads to death of a stranger ad the one person he would kill for.

In “This Land,” America is reimagined as a country drawn along racial lines, literally. A family gets into a dangerous game of fox and hound, as a band of racist vigilantes chase them down, ending in the bloodiest way. In “Yellow,” a woman who has been emotionally abused by her husband over time, eventually hits turning point, one which she redefines her sense of self worth.  In “A Forest,” a man who was protesting deforestation, gets killed by something, not from this world. In “Devil Daddy,” a young lady who was raped by Satan himself, reclaims her power.

In “Long Division,” one woman who is helping to build the wall along the Mexican border, becomes part of it most horrific section, one where torture of American becomes legal. In “Thank God,” the evils of taking the Bible literally is played in this one high school. In “Do Unto Others,” the demagogue virtues of religious freedom is explored, ending up in just desserts. In “Fury From The Deep,” the dangers of fracking is brilliantly told and just how those who run in the industry has no limits on the evils they will do. In “Office Party,” a Senator who opposed heath care gets a Scrooge like visit, which leaves him not changed but horrified.

In “The Abyss Of Observation,” a writer’s observations about the Siege of Sarajevo, is played in dramatic fashion. In “The Price Of Fashion,” a young lady obsessions with clothes, proves deadly for one of her lovers. In “One In Heart and  mind,” a woman’s faith is shaken once she finds out exactly who her pastor is.

Overall, an engrossing anthology which pulls you into every page and highlights each artist and writer at the top of their game. The stories by each writer shows their depth at wielding a meaningful story while remembering to entertain. The art by each artist displays their synchronicity with each story providing readers with depth and warmth. Altogether, a book which means to stir the incendiary nature of every good human being. It not only does that but makes them aspire to higher.

Story: Vita Ayala, Justin Jordan, Ryan Ferrier, Michael Wernke, Erica Schultz, Forrest Helvie, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Ryan Lindsay, Matt Miner, Tini Howard, Christopher Sebela, John Bivens, Dave Ebersole, Joe Corrallo, Andrew Shaw, Eric Palicki, Fabian Lelay, Ryan Cady
Art: Eric Zawadzki, Crees Hyunsung Lee, Kelly Williams, Juan Castro, Claire Connelly, Joseba Morales, Yosam Cardenas, Soo Lee, Ariela Kristantina, Christian Dibari, Katy Rex, Matt Harding,  Jamel Jones, Sean Van Gorman, Don Cardenas, Fabian Lelay, Philip Sevy
Story: 10 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Gwar Orgasmageddon #4

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Join GWAR, SAWBORG and BOZO (the DESTRUCTO brothers), SEXECUTIONER, and ROBO-SLEAZY as they finish their quest to get back to the present, fix the future, and kick Mr. Perfect’s stupid butt all over the timescape! The final issue has dinosaurs, samurai, nazis, penguins, robots, 30s gangsters, robots, robot penguins, crack dealers, grindhouse movies, and not only that but it reveals GWAR’s new look! That’s right folks: GWAR’S NEW COSTUMES AND THEIR ORIGIN right here! This explosive final issue wraps the craziest fever dream ride in 2017’s comics. Join GWAR and creators in the finale to this ridiculously bonkers chapter of Scumdog Lore!T

The clash of humor and violence continues in this final issue written by Matt Miner and Matt Maguire. With a serious amount of time jumps, as Gwar mangles history, the issue brings things to a mixed ending as Gwar teams up with its enemies, to fight Mr. Perfect. But, that’s not all as the issue also gives us some more short tales at the end.

The art by Tom Neely and Matt Maguire is action packed in this issues. The two have no problem making visual puns at history with appearances by Abraham Lincoln, Donald Trump, and more. That’s in addition to packing in a serious amount of gore and violence (but that’s what we’d expect). Can’t also forget a shoutout to some mutant looking penguins.

Writer: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire Art: Tom Neely, Matt Maguire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #4

Gwar: Orgasmageddon #4

writers: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire
artist: Tom Neely, Matt Maguire
covers: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (A), Matt Harding (B), New Costume Reveal Photo Cover (C)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Mature

Join GWAR, SAWBORG and BOZO (the DESTRUCTO brothers), SEXECUTIONER, and ROBO-SLEAZY as they finish their quest to get back to the present, fix the future, and kick Mr. Perfect’s stupid butt all over the timescape! The final issue has dinosaurs, samurai, nazis, penguins, robots, 30s gangsters, robots, robot penguins, crack dealers, grindhouse movies, and not only that but it reveals GWAR’s new look! That’s right folks: GWAR’S NEW COSTUMES AND THEIR ORIGIN right here! Join GWAR and creators in the finale to this ridiculously bonkers chapter of Scumdog Lore!

Review: Gwar Orgasmageddon #3

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Join the greatest heavy metal band to ever terrorize an audience, the all-mighty GWAR, as they rampage through the past to catch Mr. Perfect and shut him down for good. One part revenge, two parts bloodlust, all parts GWAR craziness! See GWAR’s influence on modern technological inventions, watch GWAR kill more historical dead guys, and drop in on a very special 1990s talk show episode taping. That’s right, this is the issue you demanded: GWAR of yesterday meets GWAR of today and things are gonna get…emotional.

In Gwar Orgasmageddon #3, the battle against the Kraken has a violent end, as the band tries to fix the cock-ship. When it displaces them to 16th Italy, they run into an old friend, an old enemy, and Leonardo DaVinci. It seems Sawborg has been busy since his run in with Mr. Perfect. The issue is the usual craziness that we’ve come to expect so far. This isn’t for the faint at heart. With only one issue left, I’m curious to see how this murderous tale of revenge and humor ends.

The art manages to mix in sizable quantities of gore, violence, and humor. It even gives a small cameo of the Oderus Urungus, as they appeared on the infamous Jerry Springer show. There’s also some interesting views of Renaissance era Italy. Even the violent scenes are getting more gore, as the series progresses.

This is a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and likes to amp things up as high as it can go not just over the top but setting a new bar of insane fun.

Story: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #3

Gwar: Orgasmageddon #3

writers: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire
artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
covers: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (A), Tom Neely (B), Taylor Esposito Scrapbook Cover (C)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Join the greatest heavy metal band to ever terrorize an audience, the all-mighty GWAR, as they rampage through the past to catch Mr. Perfect and shut him down for good. One part revenge, two parts bloodlust, all parts GWAR craziness! See GWAR’s influence on modern technological inventions, watch GWAR kill more historical dead guys, and drop in on a very special 1990s talk show episode taping. That’s right, this is the issue you demanded: GWAR of yesterday meets GWAR of today and things are gonna get…emotional. Featuring story by sappy mess Matt Miner, GWAR’s Matt Maguire, and art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and members of GWAR, 2017’s most incredible comic finds a heart underneath the piles of rotting flesh and gallons of spew.

Review: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #2

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Thrown into the past by Mr. Perfect, our favorite “Scumdogs of the Universe” GWAR are fighting their way through time like a horde of insane drunken children, killing and defiling all in their path. Find out what REALLY happened in our human history and get the full story of GWAR’s involvement in World War II, Aztec human sacrifices, and the sinking of the Titanic, plus meet the BRAND-NEW MONSTER with a name so foul we can’t print it here and an appearance so obscene we couldn’t draw it on the cover! This book is a gut punch of social conscience wrapped in a blood-soaked corpse and sprinkled with comedy dynamite.

Dinosaurs, Nazis, dragons, human sacrifice, and a Kraken, oh my. Gwar: Orgasmageddon #2 outdoes the first when it comes to humor and violence of the first as the cock-ship randomly transports them through time. This forces them to shape history as the locals react to their presence. The additional tales at the end continue the humor in disturbing and perverse ways.

The art style continues to blend humor and violence in a spectacular fashion. The issue increases the amount of violence and action when the story calls for it but also dials it back when neccessary at the rare times when it isn’t needed. That creates some contrast and changes things up as things manage to somehow get stranger as the story progresses.

Story: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #2

Gwar: Orgasmageddon #2

writer: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire
artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
covers: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (a), Don Drakulich (b), Taylor Esposito Teen Heartthrob Photo Cover (c)
Order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Thrown into the past by Mr. Perfect, our favorite “Scumdogs of the Universe” GWAR are fighting their way through time like a horde of insane drunken children, killing and defiling all in their path. Find out what REALLY happened in our human history and get the full story of GWAR’s involvement in World War II, Aztec human sacrifices, and the sinking of the Titanic, plus meet the BRAND-NEW MONSTER with a name so foul we can’t print it here and an appearance so obscene we couldn’t draw it on the cover! Featuring story by Matt Miner, GWAR’s Matt Maguire, and art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and members of GWAR, this book is a gut punch of social conscience wrapped in a blood-soaked corpse and sprinkled with comedy dynamite.

Review: Gwar Orgasmgeddon #1

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From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking and blasphemous band of intergalactic blood spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality.

GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1 is a violently hilarious premiere issue. GWAR takes a literal stab at reality as they travel through time causing mayhem everywhere they arrive and shaping history in unexpected often violent ways. For newcomers the comic also helps with a bit of the history of the bands’ mythos for those unfamiliar with their music. The first issue is a must have for fans of the band.

The art style is in a constant state of flux as various band members travel throughout time. That manages to create some interesting eye-catching visuals, along with adding to the humor of it all. Sawyer manages to do something unique with it, as it blends with the plot and enhances it in some ways. That includes creating a character based on their song Mr. Perfect. I really hope that style continues throughout the series as it adds a lot to it all.

Story: Matt Maguire, Matt Miner Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #1

Gwar: Orgasmageddon #1

writer: Matt Maguire, Matt Miner, Bob Gorman
artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Bob Gorman, Scott Wygmans, Matt Maguire
covers: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (a), Scott Wygman (b), Coloring Book Variant (c), Photo Variant (d)
incentive covers: Scott Wygman (B/W art), Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (B/W art)
Order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking and blasphemous band of intergalactic blood spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality. Co-written by GWAR themselves and Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a love letter to comics, grindhouse movies, and heavy metal – sure to appeal to the most die-hard fan and the comics fanboy/fangirl intrigued by the prospect of social awareness drowned in geysers of blood and alien goo.

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