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Talking There’s Nothing There with Patrick Kindlon LIVE this Monday

Celebrity-socialite Reno Selleti doesn’t believe in very much beyond Instagram comments, hipster drugs, and the flash of paparazzi cameras, so when a friend invites her to an EYES WIDE SHUT-type party she goes along mostly for the lulz. But the joke doesn’t feel as funny when she realizes it’s an actual occult ritual, and suddenly she’s seeing things… horrifying apparitions trying to warn her. “RUN.”

There’s Nothing There is a stylish & hallucinatory thriller about losing yourself in the bright lights and finding yourself at rock bottom by writer Patrick Kindlon, artist Maria Llovet, and published by Black Mask Studios.

Patrick joins Brett and Elana for a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio to discuss the series and more.

The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Patrick Kindlon is a comic writer whose credits include a decade of struggle in other artistic fields, some notoriety among people who get caught shoplifting from Whole Foods, and a few really great comics (due largely to collaborations that elevate his work). His breakthrough book was We Can Never Go Home with oft writing partner Matthew Rosenberg and artist Josh Hood. His most recent work, There’s Nothing There with artist Maria Llovet, ups the darkness in his earlier work to pitch black. He is admittedly out-of-touch.

Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy. Listen in live this Monday.

Preview: There’s Nothing There #2

THERE’S NOTHING THERE #2

Illustrated by: Maria Llovet
Written by: Patrick Kindlon
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
In Stores: June 14

Reno puts ghosts on the back burner to walk the red carpet. But hauntings aren’t scheduled things, and she soon finds herself visited by another restless spirit. Meanwhile, more corporeal threats begin to form around her as a stalker and an angry sex cult jockey for position. It’s beginning to feel like nowhere is safe.

Review: There’s Nothing There #1

Celebrity is a weird thing in the current day and age. So is fame. An awkward mix of privacy invasion and cult following with a healthy dash of myth and unrelatability. Throwing some straight up occultism into that mix can really muddy the waters and it’s unclear if it’s for the better.

That’s the unusual conundrum that There’s Nothing There from Black Mask Studios finds itself in by the end of the first issue. We take the strange and impersonally personal world of celebrity in a big city and throw in… something. An occult ritual that takes place at a party for the rich and ostensibly famous has some unforeseen consequences for our socialite protagonist Reno.

Maybe the problems with There’s Nothing There start in Patrick Kindlon’s writing. We don’t quite know the rules and norms for this world like ours but clearly not quite. Everyone knows about celebrity, sure; but not everyone experiences it in the way Reno does. On top of that, there’s a niggling sense that the writer has at least a little disdain for Reno and her ilk in a way that makes everything about her come off as overly pretentious. The premise feels like The Simple Life mixed with Supernatural or maybe more Two Broke Girls plus Teen Wolf but with none of the fun those could have, taking itself far too seriously to be truly enjoyable.

The art of Maria Llovet, while gorgeous and fashion flat-inspired, is just too loose to do the writing any favors when it comes to holding everything together and making it work. It does fit the socialite setting and add a certain floatiness to the weirdness we see though. A perfect fit married to an imperfect partner.

Long story short, it’s going to take a bit for this series to prove it’s worth the time and money to pick up. Even for someone who like horror thrillers of the rich and famous. With so little to work with, it’s near impossible to tell if it will be worth it in the end.

Story: Patrick Kindlon Art: Maria Llovet Cover: Maria Llovet and Alexis Ziritt
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Stall for more issues and maybe a trade

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

Preview: There’s Nothing There #1

THERE’S NOTHING THERE #1

Art by: Maria Llovet
Written by: Patrick Kindlon
Cover A by: Maria Llovet
Cover B by: Alexis Ziritt
In Stores: April 26, 2017

Celebrity-socialite Reno Selleti doesn’t believe in very much beyond Instagram comments, hipster drugs, and the flash of paparazzi cameras, so when a friend invites her to an EYES WIDE SHUT-type party she goes along mostly for the lulz. But the joke doesn’t feel as funny when she realizes it’s an actual occult ritual, and suddenly she’s seeing things… horrifying apparitions trying to warn her. “RUN.”

Like Darren Aronofsky remaking DRAG ME TO HELL, There’s Nothing There is a stylish & hallucinatory thriller about losing yourself in the bright lights and finding yourself at rock bottom. By new artist Maria Llovet and writer Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, S.H.I.E.L.D.: Quake).

Black Mask Studios Signs Three-Book Deal With Patrick Kindlon

Black Mask Studios has signed a three-book deal with comic writer Patrick Kindlon, whose creator-owned comic book We Can Never Go Home was a breakout hit for the company.

Kindlon’s first comic book under the newly inked deal will be a horror series titled There’s Nothing There, co-created with artist Maria Llovet, set for release in April. The stylish horror tale centers on celebrity-socialite Reno Selleti who joins a friend to an Eyes Wide Shut-type party mostly for the laughs, but the joke ends quickly in this hallucinatory thriller about losing yourself in the bright lights and finding yourself at rock bottom.

Kindlon will follow There’s Nothing There with a second volume of We Can Never Go Home. The third book in the deal has not yet been announced.

We Can Never Go Home, co-written by Kindlon and his writing partner Matthew Rosenberg, is a tale of superpowered teenage misfits on the run. The debut volume was critically acclaimed, appearing on over a dozen Best Of The Year lists and winning Diamond Comics Distribution’s Gem Award for Best Graphic Novel Of The Year. Currently in development as a tv series at a major studio, the comic is set to return with a new volume later this year.

Kindlon, who also sings for the hardcore bands Self Defense Family and Drug Church, has been with Black Mask since the company’s launch, contributing a story to Occupy Comics and co-writing Twelve Reasons To Die with Rosenberg, Ghostface Killah, and RZA.

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Black Mask Studios Announces their Class of 2016

Black Mask Studios is one of the hottest publishers out there, constantly releasing comics that are some of the most buzzed about and consistent sell-outs. Launched in 2014 by Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz, and Steve Niles, the publisher has revealed its third slate of comics, a dozen projects “principally from new creators bringing bold and unorthodox points of view to their comics.”

With an already proven success record as a publisher, plus a line-up of new creators, this could be one of the hottest launchpad for new comic talent in quite some time.

So who is in the Class of 2016? Take a look…


JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICESJune 2016

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES

writer Katy Rex
artist Fabian Lelay
colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter 
covers Annie Wu (Black Canary)

From an all-new creative team, Jade Street Protection Services is Black Mask’s first all-ages book, decribed as The Breakfast Club of Hogwarts.

Jade Street Protection Services follows a group of (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected.

JSPS channels Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart all-ages adventure for delinquents young and old.


KIM & KIMJuly 2016

KIM & KIM

writer Magdalene Visaggio
artist Eva Cabrera
colorist Claudia Aguirre
covers Tess Fowler (Rat Queens), Devaki Neogi (Curb Stomp) 

Another one from an all-new creative team, Kim & Kim is a Tank Girl-esque buddy adventure about a trans woman and her best girlfriend.

Kim & Kim is a day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm and puts queer women and trans women front and center. Badass besties Kim and Kim are out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement – and they very quickly end up in way over their heads.

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 queer girl 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.


BLACK2016

BLACK

writer Kwanza Osajyefo (former editor at Zuda)
co-creator/designer Tim Smith 3
artist Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Molly Danger)
covers Khary Randolph (Robin Wars)

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

After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.

X-Men meets The Wire, BLACK’s Kickstarter blazed through Black History Month 2016 earning $91,973, more than three time its funding goal.


RUN FOR THE SHADOWS2016

RUN FOR THE SHADOWS

writers J.M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt, Justice League) Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller)
artist Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home)
cover Amancay Nahuelpan

Julie was a good girl from an elite family with her whole life ahead of her, until she got mixed up with bad boy Winston. After a decade of hard drugs and harder living, Julie is finally pulling her life back together. In rehab, she undergoes intensive therapy that unearths a deeply repressed trauma: her memory from being 16 and giving up her and Winston’s baby for adoption. She realizes it’s a lie. An implanted memory. There was something else that took the baby. Something evil. Julie tracks down Winston and forces him to tell her what truly happened, a horrifying revelation that will lead them both on a journey into darkness.

A lyrical and fantastical tale of rebellion, redemption, and hellfire, but, most of all, a story of family.

From legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis, co-written by Matt Pizzolo fresh off his smash hit Young Terrorists and illustrated by Josh Hood still on fire from We Can Never Go Home.


THE SKEPTICS2016

THE SKEPTICS

writer Tini Howard
artist Devaki Neogi (Curb Stomp)

A stylish, period, political adventure about a pair of hip, clever teens who fool the world of the 1960s into believing they have superpowers. Like X-Men: First Class meets Project Alpha.

It is the 1960s. The Russians have the A bomb, the H bomb, and now the most terrifying weapon of all: a pair of psychically superpowered young people. Terrified and desperate, the US top brass scours from coast to coast in search of psychic Americans. Enter Dr. Isobel Santaclara, an eccentric illusionist and grifter who has recruited two teenagers and trained them to trick the US government, the Russians, and the whole world into believing they are dangerous psychics. Skeptical is a pre-punk period piece, a sort of honest, unfuzzy, non-nostalgic look at the Cold War 1960s in DC.

Featuring female doctors, black female college students, and other genius “undesirables.” Like a cross between Kill Your Boyfriend and Hard Day’s Night, but about politics and ethics and how punk rock it is to be the smartest person in the room.


4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANKStreet date: April 27, 2016

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

writer Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home)
artist Tyler Boss (VICE)

What is it?
A FUN(ISH) CRIME CAPER ABOUT CHILDREN!

11 year old Paige and her weirdo friends have a problem: a gang of ex-cons need her dad’s help on a heist… the problem is those ex-cons are morons. If Paige wants to keep her dad out of trouble, she’s going to have to pull off the heist herself.

4KWIAB is a very dark & moderately humorous story about friendship, growing up, d & d, puking, skinheads, grand larceny, & family.


THE FOREVERS2016

THE FOREVERS

writer Curt Pires (The Fiction, Mayday)
artist Eric Pfeiffer (Arcadia)

Live fast. Live forever.

Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. But now, years later, the glow is fading. When one of them is killed in an accident, they each feel a pulse of magic rise in them. They realize the glow is spread evenly among the group, and if one dies that power is passed along to the rest. Suddenly, they are being hunted. One of them has decided to kill the rest and harness the remaining power.

As they search for the killer, each of The Forevers will be confronted by the macabre reality of the lengths people will go to be adored, to make sure the spotlight never fades.


NO ANGEL2016

NO ANGEL

writers Eric Palicki (Guardians Of Infinity) Adrianne Palicki (actress, Mockingbird in Agents Of SHIELD)
artist Ari Syahrazad

Religious texts from The Bible to the Sumerian tablets speak of strange creatures descending from the heavens and mating with humans, their children the superhuman heroes of myth. None of this ever meant anything to Iraq War veteran Hannah Gregory, until she found herself in the crosshairs of a dangerous cult convinced that she’s a descendant of these dangerous bloodlines… bloodlines they’re determined to eradicate.

No Angel is a cosmological and conspiratorial modern western in the style of Preacher meets Justified by way of Jodorowsky.


THE DREGS2016

THE DREGS

writers Zac Thompson (VICE) Lonnie Nadler (VICE)
artist Eric Zawadzki (Last Born)

In this bloodsoaked satire of gentrification, an exclusive new restaurant called Pijin becomes the hottest spot in town by serving high-end dishes of human flesh. Where is the meat coming from? No one knows for sure, but a drug addled homeless man named Arnold Timm notices his friends disappearing and is determined to find out if they’re being fed to the rich.

A modern spin on Sweeney Todd in our world of excess where a touch of celebrity can make even cannibalism seem downright sexy.


TOMORROW'S ASHES2016

TOMORROW’S ASHES

writer Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller)
artist Anna Wieszczyk (Godkiller)

The creators of Godkiller (one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015) return for an all new saga.

In a twisted future where America has been divided into warring city states, escaped slavegirl Halfpipe and grifter Soledad roam the savage land on the fringes between civilizations. When they come upon a strange relic, they will uncover a secret history of America’s destruction.

This grimy apocalyptic fantasy manages to be simultaneously fun and horrifying, both brutal and intellectual, a unique descent into the American nightmare.


SPACE RIDERS, vol 2 GALAXY OF BRUTALITY2016

SPACE RIDERS, vol 2: GALAXY OF BRUTALITY

writer Fabian Rangel Jr (Space Riders)
artist Alexis Ziritt (Space Riders)

The Skullship Santa Muerte rides again as the creators of Space Riders (one of The Village Voice’s Outstanding Comics of 2015) return.

An ancient evil is gathering power throughout the cosmos, and it falls upon the legendary SPACE RIDERS to kick its a**! Having disbanded, the crew of CAPITAN PELIGRO, MONO, and YARA must reunite for what may be their final ride!

The cult comic that electrified comic readers in the brain RETURNS to blast your fragile human psyche into oblivion!!


WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, vol. 22016

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, vol. 2

writers Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, QUAKE) Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, QUAKE)
artist Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home)

The dream team behind 2015 breakout hit We Can Never Go Home (winner of Diamond Comics Gem Award for Best Indie Graphic Novel of 2015) are back.

17 year old misfit Morgan was lost. Unsure if she imagined the teenagers with strange abilities who were involved in the death of her boyfriend or not, Morgan was worried she was losing her mind. She fell in with a rough crowd, developed some bad habits, and did whatever she could to try and forget the things she thought she saw. But when she runs into a very lonely and disturbed girl named Dania, everything changes. Like those teenagers from her past, Dania can do things other people can’t. Dania will be Morgan’s ticket out of their small town and into a bigger world… whether she wants to be or not.

Review: We Can Never Go Home TPB

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME 1High school is never an easy road to navigate, in fact for me, I can remember being a very confusing time. You can never really appreciate the saying” It’s the journey, not the destination”, until after the fact and this time in any young person’s life is where this philosophy is most in action. I remember having some really fun times, and some not so very fun times. I think for most comic book readers, this is was about the time, where we struggled with staying true to ourselves.

This was about the time, I got interested in girls and playing sports, so my interest started to wane, and eventually I chose the two over comic books.   I would not pick them back up again until I introduced my daughters to reading through comic books, much like how my father taught me. I often wondered, if I had not gone down that path, what books I would have read up to this point. I also wondered what ever happened to those kids whose lives were never easy during high school.

We Can Never Go Home, pretty much asks the same question, but only if those kids had superpowers and actually use it for private gain. We are introduced to Madison and Duncan, two teenagers who are very much different, as Madison is pretty much the popular girl in school, while Duncan is loner kid in school, who has no friends. They meet one night, where they not only find out themselves of their powers but of each other, and end up with an accidental death, a drug deal gone wrong, and a bag full of cash. By the end of the story arc, it is a story that is equal parts Pretty in Pink and Marvel’s Runaways.

Overall, a strong story, that is both fantastical and relatable, and never lets up for one second, giving the reader quite a ride. The writing by Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon is sharp and witty, providing levity in an otherwise dark story. The art by Josh Hood and Brian Level is alluring and enigmatic, a perfect complement to this complex book. Altogether, a strong story with beautiful illustrations, that everyone should read.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon Artist: Josh Hood and Brian Level
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: We Can Never Go Home Vol. 1: What We Do Is Secret

We Can Never Go Home Vol. 1: What We Do Is Secret

Artists: Josh Hood & Brian Level
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Colors: Amanda Scurti & Tyler Boss
Letters: Jim Campbell & David C. Hopkins
Cover: Michael Walsh
160 PAGES. $9.99
IN COMIC STORES: 12/9

Written by rising star writers Matthew Rosenberg (Archie Meets Ramones, upcoming Our Work Fills The Pews) & Patrick Kindlon (QUAKE: S.H.I.E.L.D. & upcoming I Hear It’s Bad Everywhere), drawn by the brilliant Josh Hood (JLA: Scary Monsters, Venom), and deftly colored by Amanda Scurti (Fresh Romance) and Tyler Boss (Lazarus), WE CAN NEVER GO HOME has emerged as one of the true breakout hits of 2015. With critical praise, constant sell outs, ridiculous ebay prices for back issues, and passionate fans, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME is something special. Recently announced to be continuing next year, this first volume is sure to be on a lot of peoples “must have” lists this year.

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Preview: We Can Never Go Home #5

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #5

Artists: Josh Hood & Brian Level
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Colorist: Tyler Boss
Letterer: David C. Hopkins
Cover: Michael Walsh
IN COMIC STORES: 12/2

All roads end.

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #5 Cover

Space Riders & We Can Never Go Home Collections Hit Shops in November

This November two of the most talked about indie comics on the year will see release as collected editions. Space Riders and We Can Never Go Home have both sold through multiple printings, been critical darlings, and become legitimate cult hits. Now they will be in comic shops in time for the holidays. And what makes a better gift to friends and family than stories about space pirates in flying skulls on a quest for revenge or teenagers robbing and killing their way across the American heartland?

Both books have helped define what Black Mask is in many ways and we are proud to be releasing these beautiful collections to reach new readers and offer cool bonuses to existing fans. Both books will only be available in comic shops in 2015.

From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere: The Space Riders! Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy while searching for the hidden truths of the universe! Collecting the four sold out issues of the psychedelic revenge tale from the minds of Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel, Jr!

The story of two teenagers, a mixtape, a stolen car, a fully loaded .45, strange abilities, dead drug dealers, and their money. A dark and modern story about getting lost and finding yourself on the backroads of America. Collecting We Can Never Go Home #1-5 by artist Joshua Hood, and writers Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon.

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