Fellow comic creator @alexgrecian’s new book THE BLACK COUNTRY, sequel to his bestseller “The Yard” is out tomorrow.
The Kickstarter video for Mark Landry and Ashley Marie Miller’s comic BLOODTHIRSTY. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, it uses vampires in a way that I haven’t seen before. It looks great, and I hope you’ll join me in backing this very worthy project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/328026548/bloodthirsty-one-nation-under-water-volume-1-0
Saul Bass: Film Title Sequences— It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Anatomy of a Murder, Something Wild, North by Northwest, Edge of the City, Psycho, The Man With the Golden Arm, Goodfellas, Cowboy, Spartacus, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Vertigo
- from Tamika Jones’ THE DAILY DEAD interview with myself and Paul Azaceta about the GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TPB, which is available in stores now.
The collections not only features tons of exclusive extras, but a brand new story written and drawn by Paul (his comics writing debut). And if you want to check out the first issue/chapter, you can can do so for free at Comixology here.
An excerpt from @StevilEmpire’s @ComicBastards AMAZING review of GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, which you can (and should) read in its entirety here. It’s maybe my favorite review of anything I’ve written ever, not just because it was given a perfect score, but because it’s incredibly informed, thoughtful and well written. That someone even took the time to engage with the comic I’m most proud of this deeply means a tremendous amount.
(Edited to include a working link and a quote about Paul’s art).
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TPB @meltdowncomics in LA. Now available in comics stores everywhere!
Interview with Mark Sable about Graveyard of Empires:
I wanted to try something new, so I put together this interview with my friend, comic writer Mark Sable, about his recent “marines & Taliban versus zombies in Afghanistan” comic co-created with art wunderkind Paul Azaceta, Graveyard of Empires. I wanted to try to keep it pretty straight and really just see if I could showcase the book, like a proper commercial would. Except for a home movie of my nephews, it’s the first time I’ve ever filmed anything (first time with sound!)— obviously the first time I ever tried to do lighting. We used a GoPro, and a used Sony camcorder.
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES is out this week. Mark said extremely nice things about Paul, colorist Matt Wilson and Thomas Mauer’s letters that I cut for time, but won’t be… cut out of your heart (?) when you look at the comic.
The closing of Comics Alliance this week is a bummer for the number of admirable writers it “orphans.” But also: while big comic companies may have sympathetic news organs they can use and discard at their leisure, readers and creators of books like GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES have one less route to find each other. How does a person “promote” a comic without being, like, all gross? I don’t know that I thought of any interesting answers to that question, but it was interesting to sit and think about that for a little while. So thanks to Mark, for indulging me.
Abhay Khosla did a really cool video interview with me about GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES that’s almost more like a mini-documentary. I usually hate watching myself but Abhay really outdid himself here. Remember that the GRAVEYARD TPB is in stores NOW, featuring a brand new short story written and drawn by Paul Azaceta, and you can read the 1st issue for free on Comixology.
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GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TPB OUT THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST!
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, my Marines and Taliban vs. Zombies comic with @PaulAzaceta is finally collected in it’s entirety as a trade paperback this Wednesday, May 1st. In addition to all 4 oversized issues, the collection will include a new short story by Paul, representing his comic book writing debut. If you haven’t read it yet, check out the first issue FREE on Comixology.
Speaking of free, I’ve got not one but TWO signings scheduled this month in conjunction with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY:
SIGNING #1 : SATURDAY MAY 11th at Collector’s Paradise Pasadena
Start Time: 12:00PM End Time: 3:00PM
Meet “Graveyard of Empires” writer Mark Sable as he signs copies of the horrific modern warfare meets zombies TPB from Image Comics, 12pm-3pm at Collector’s Paradise Pasadena.
Plus, enjoy FREE COMICS all day long from 11am-7pm as our store celebrates Free Comic Book May!
Check out our site for more details!
Collector’s Paradise Pasadena
319 S. Arroyo Pkwy #4
More Info: http://comicsandcards.net
SIGNING #2 - SAT MAY 11 COLLECTOR’S PARADISE VALLEY STORE
And on Saturday, May 11th, from 12-3, I’ll be signing at Collector’s Paradise original store in Winnetka, CA.
Since both signings will be during FREE COMIC BOOK DAY month, I’ll have free issues of some of my books in addition to copies of my trade to sign.
And here’s the press release for the GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES trade:
From Alexander the Great’s Macedonian army to Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde to the British Imperial machine of the nineteenth to the Soviet Union to the twenty-first century United States of America, no occupying force has ever been able to control Afghanistan — the very reason it’s known as the Graveyard of Empires. Mark Sable and Paul Azaceta drew upon that history in their Image Comics series GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, set in present-day Afghanistan, where American troops are caught in a seemingly unending conflict with the Taliban. That is, until a new enemy enters the field: the undead. The only way to defeat them is for the Americans and Taliban to unite forces, and as former enemies become uneasy allies, tension will rise on all sides.
All four issues of the critically acclaimed, controversial GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES will be collected into a new trade paperback, set to be in stores on May 1.
“Zombies are the perfect metaphor for modern insurgents,” said writer Sable. “A seemingly endless foe with inscrutable motives that comes in unstoppable waves. In counter-insurgency theory, there’s something we came across in our research called ‘insurgent math.’ It’s the idea that by killing one terrorist, you can create ten more because you’ve inspired their friends and family. Similarly, in a world where the dead are coming back to life, anyone you kill can return to infect your comrades and turn them against you.”
“It was a challenge to do the book because I wanted to get it right,” said artist Azaceta. “Not just the uniforms and the guns but Afghan culture and its wonderful landscape. While digging around for reference the things that surprised me most was the beauty of the country.”
Part of the research was aided by photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo and who was killed in a mortar attack in Mistrata in 2011 by Libyan government forces while covering the Libyan civil war. Sable and Azaceta dedicated GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES to his memory.
Meticulously detailed and boldly drawn, GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES can be pre-ordered now (Diamond Comics code MAR130502, ISBN 978-1-60706-739-9). A 128-page full-color graphic novel, its retail price $14.99. The first issue is available digitally for free from comiXology and the Image Comics iOS app.
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRE trade paperback comps from @imagecomics. Out next week Mat 1st!!!