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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.

Red Stylo Announces an OPEN CALL for a “Jekyll & Hyde” Double-Sided Anthology

Red Style has been putting out numerous anthologies and they have announced their latest. The theme this year is a call-back to Red Stylo’s literary roots: A Soul Divided/Caged in Flesh, an anthology of original comic stories inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This will be the 7th book in the Red Stylo Presents series of anthologies, with a diabolical twist. Just as Jekyll and Hyde do battle for a single body, A Soul Divided/Caged in Flesh will be a double-sided, dueling collection of stories, with one-half inspired by the tortured Dr. Jekyll and the other entirely devoted to the abominable Mr. Hyde. There will be no middle ground. The two halves will exist together, each fighting for supremacy, but caged tightly in one collection of original works inspired by Stevenson’s horror classic.

Red Stylo has lots of information that you can find at their site and are looking more for “inspired by” than adaptations of the classic work. There’s no limit to the actual genre giving creators an impressive amount of room to work with. You’re also not limited as to your pitch, you can do both! Also, first timers are welcome!

The open call ends February 15th.

Baroque Pop, a Lana Del Rey Anthology Debuts at C2E2

Red Stylo Media will debut a new comic anthology inspired by the music of Lana Del Rey, at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2.) Baroque Pop is a carefully curated selection of short-form comics and illustrations celebrating love, loss, success, and change by comic creators who came together after finding mutual solace and inspiration in Lana Del Rey’s music. The collection is edited by comics writer, Mario Candelaria.

In keeping with the music theme, the book itself is printed at 7×7 inches to physically resemble a 45 RPM record cover. The project was funded earlier this year via Kickstarter, and is published under Red Stylo Media’s group publishing imprint, Red Stylo Press.

Baroque Pop features seven short comics and portraits by:

  • Chuck Harrison & Luke Marrone
  • Daniel Charles & Ashley St. Lawrence (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jennie Wood & Chris Goodwin
  • Enrica Jang & Jan Velazquez
  • Mario Candelaria & KasiaWiterscheim
  • Michael Lynch & Mira Mortal
  • Eric Palicki & Daniel Earls (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jim Towe
  • Adam Ferris (feat. Lesley Atlansky)
  • John Keaveney
  • Hoyt Silva
  • Fabian Lelay (feat Lesley Atlansky)

Red Stylo Media will be at C2E2, table N8 in artist alley. Their other titles inspired by rock music include, Angel With a Bullet, a collection inspired by the music of Tom Waits; Killer Queen, comics inspired by the discography of Queen; and The 27 Club, comics inspired by Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and other music artists who died age twenty‐seven. The 27 Club was co‐published with Action Lab Comics and was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology in 2016.

Cover by Jim Towe

Illustration by Adam Ferris (with Lesley Atlansky)

Illustration by Kasia Witerscheim

Illustrator Laura Guzzo talks Shakespeare, Princeless, and Dream Jobs

Laura Guzzo

Thursday evening at Chicago Comic-Con, I got to meet freelance illustrator Laura Guzzo, who has drawn covers for Action Lab Comics’ Princeless and full-page illustrations for Red Stylo Media’s anthology Shakespeare Shaken. She spoke enthusiastically about both past projects and ideas for future illustrations, all while rocking awesome pink boots. We started out talking about why she always makes time to travel to Chicago.

Laura Guzzo: It’s delicious. I always make friends here for some reason. Like, more so than any other town I’ve been in.

Graphic Policy: I hit record at exactly the right second, because I caught that. So, you work on Princeless.

LG: Yes, I got to contribute to that. And that one is my fangirl dream come true, because I was a fan of theirs before I got to do a piece for them.

GP: So how did you get to do a piece for them?

LG: It was absolutely being in the right place at the right time. I had been going around at a convention with my portfolio, and I usually have one day that’s my professional day, when I do that. And I took a break from visiting publishers to run over to the Princeless booth and be like, “I just read the PDF of the first issue, I’m in love with this, how do I get the rest of them?” And … as I was flipping through their stuff I was like, “Oh, yeah, by the way, I’m holding my portfolio, take a look! You want to see it?” And the person who was running the booth let me know that they were actually currently holding an open call for pin-ups, so I was like, “Oh, yes, I definitely want to be in on that.” And so I showed them my portfolio while I was there, and they were already looking, so I think that I reached out once I got home to remind them, and then I ended up working with Jeremy Whitley for that. And all of the people at Action Labs are so nice.

GP: Are you likely to do more work for that or is that kind of a one-shot deal?

LG: I would love to, but I think it was just a one-shot. I’m pretty sure.

GP: The other thing I have written down, which is the thing that’s most exciting for me as a total Shakespeare nerd, is Shakespeare Shaken.

LG: Yes!

lgHoratioGP: And I was wondering if you could tell me – so I know it’s an anthology, right? So tell me a little about which section you worked on and about that experience.

LG: So Shakespeare Shaken, for people who don’t know, it is an anthology of reimaginings of Shakespeare’s works. So everybody took a piece and took it in an entirely new direction. Some of them are genre shifts, and some of them are what-if stories. And most of the book is traditional narrative comic layout, but every once in a while there’s a full-page illustration that’s at the end. So I did several pieces for that, because my all-time dream job is cover artist, for comics or novels, I don’t care. I just love that kind of illustration, and so I did several pieces for them, I think four in total, including the one that went on the cover, and they were all twists on my favorite stories. So there’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that’s a trashy romance novel cover, like with Fabio and his hair blowing in the wind, but it’s Bottom. And I did the last scene of Hamlet as a film noir sort of thing. I’d been playing a lot of L.A. Noire at the time and I was super into that aesthetic.

GP: I had actually had a thing in college with doing a film noir Hamlet that never happened. So that’s awesome.

LG: So when you’re reading Hamlet – I read it, I’d seen it in the theaters. But I hadn’t ever really understood it until recently when I got to see a version of Hamlet that was set in the 1920s and ’30s that was done by a theater located in Philadelphia, I think it was the Lantern. And it opened my eyes in a way that I’d never understood it on that level before. I don’t know what it was that was different about the way the actors were intoning it, but it really, it made a huge difference in my understanding.

GP: So what are you working on now?

LG: Well, right now, I’ve got a bunch of life shifts happening, so I’ve had to slow my roll and to take a bit of a break. I’ve been still taking on individual commissions, but I don’t have any big projects because I’m trying to get my feet under me.

GP: If there was any character or any series that you could do cover art for, what would it be?

LG: Oh, man, that’s such a huge question! My immediate answer is, I am so into the Dresden Files right now. I love that series! And the covers that they have now suit it very well, but if I could do Dresden art, it would be amazing.

GP: Yeah, I always want people to give me the knee-jerk answer, because those are always the most left-field and passionate.

LG: One of these days, I have this image in my head, I don’t know if you’ve ever read the books?

GP: Yes, not all of them, but I’ve read some.

LG: So Lea, his fairy godmother, I want to do a classic portrait of her with her hounds surrounding her. Oh my God, I think that would be so awesome! I can’t wait. Eventually that will be reality. I will make that happen.

GP: From your lips to God’s ears. You know, we’re putting it on the internet.

LG: So now I must do it.

GP: One last question that I’m asking everyone. Pirates, aliens, ninjas, or cowboys?

LG: I feel like this isn’t objectively the best answer, but my answer is absolutely pirates. I can’t help myself. You terrible plundering bastards, there’s just something terribly awesome about the aesthetic of the high seas. And I find it really fascinating that as awful and brutal as the life of a pirate was, people became pirates because it was preferable to being in the Navy. That was somehow worse than being pirates. Can you imagine how terrible the conditions of the British Navy must have been, for that to be liberating and progressive?

Poe Twisted Anthology Coming Soon!

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(August 19, 2011-New York, NY)  Red Stylo Media is announcing the release of its newest title, The Poe Twisted Anthology, a collection of original comic stories and art inspired byCover the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The collection includes work from thirteen writers and artists collaborating on seven short graphic stories and eight vignettes. This anthology will be released both digitally and in print. Each of the individual stories is available for download at RedStylo.com, DriveThruComics.com and will also be available on Graphic.ly. The digital editions contain exclusive special features only available online and are $1.99 each.  The printed anthology (full-color paperback, 90 pages) will be released August 21. Orders have begun online at http://redstylo.com/store/poe-twisted-only/pre-order-the-poe-twisted-anthology-print-release-august-21-2011/

In the introduction, anthology editor Enrica Jang writes that Poe Twisted “began as a challenge to a new crop of comics artists to take the characters or setting from a favorite Edgar Allan Poe story, twist them, and make something new.” Rather than merely adapting well-loved Poe stories or poems, Poe Twisted stands on its own as “[a]collection of horror and hilarity, touched by the dark genius of the master, and yet with many an ironic jab and poke at him too. A parody here, a sequel there, but all of the pieces mutated re-imaginings of Poe characters in new worlds. Or Poe worlds in new characters.”

Edited by Enrica Jang, “The Poe Twisted Anthology” includes the following comic short stories:

• “Absolution.” Writer Jason Ciaramella (2011 Eisner Award nominee for The Cape) and artist Enrique Savory, Jr., team up in this sad tale of a grieving father driven mad by one of his son’s Christmas toys. A tribute to Poe’s classic poem, “the Raven.”

• “Dead Man’s Hand.” College card-shark, Toby, thinks it’s just another frat-house Poker night. The stakes are high and Toby is all in when a devilish coed mysteriously appears and calls his bluff. Story and art by Phillip Jacobson.

• “Eldorado.” The sun sets on a three-hundred year quest for fabled riches and gold in this zombie Western, titled after the poem of the same name. Written by film director Sherezada Windham-Kent (Everything I Needed to Know About Zombies I Learned From the Movies, 2009) with art by animator/comics artist, Alex Cormack.

• “Zombie Cruise” by Marta Tanrikulu, with art by Mark Mullaney. Trouble—and plague—brew on the high seas in this bio-medical thriller, a twist on Poe’s short story, “The Oblong Box.”

• “The Tell Tale Cat.” Beat cops Lansdowne and Harrington collar more than they bargained for in this noire police adventure, written and drawn by Alex Cormack. The story is parody of events in Poe’s “The Black Cat” and “The Tell Tale Heart.”

• “The After Party” by Kyle Richey, art by Ben Frazier. Wesley Prince has credit cards, his father’s mansion all to himself, and enough drugs to kill a few hundred fellow classmates in this twisted spinoff of the phantasmagoric classic “Masque of the Red Death,”

• “The System of Doctor Canne and Professor Bulle” by Mark Mullaney. Have someone special for dinner in this story of a free-range asylum, a sequel to Poe’s tale of insanity run amok, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.”
POE TWISTED also includes a special collection of original comic vignettes:

• Artist Dirk Strangely (Graveyard Girl, Dirk Strangely’s Completely Inappropriate for Children Children’s Book) is inspired by the figure of Poe himself in two series of Gorey-esque portraits.

• Painter Andrew Jerz brings Poe spoofs to the big screen with a mini-collection of grindhouse movie posters: Lenore, Amonstrillado, and Careful Coffins for the Concerned Cataleptic.

• Illustrator Jason Strutz’s ironic print gallery re-imagines “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

For more information about The Poe Twisted Anthology and Red Stylo Media, visit http://www.redstylo.com. Also, find The Poe Twisted Anthology on Facebook at http://facebook.com/PoeTwisted

Red Stylo Media is a publishing and consulting company based out of Cold Spring, NY. RSM specializes in comics and graphic novels. Enrica Jang, EIC.