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Signing: Emily Pearson Signing “The Wilds” at Cape and Cowl on March 10

If you pay attention to the comics media you know Black Mask‘s newest title The Wilds is the critical darling of the month.

Writer Vita Ayala described the book to Geek.com:

…humanity was ravaged by a plague that killed half the population, and turned a number of the remainder into essentially flower zombies. Humanity, to survive, has formed these walled-off city-states like settlements. We follow Daisy Walker, who works for a specialized settlement called The Compound – which is basically a mashup of the USPS and Black Market. Daisy is a Runner, which means her job is to find salvage to bring back to the Compound, and also to ferry cargo (which can be goods, people, or just messages) between settlements. Being a Runner is a brutal job and few make it to retirement. Runners are basically exploited, but without them, society as it stands, could not work.

Thematically, the book is about how marginalized people (PoC, and especially WoC) are exploited. How PoC are expected to perform massive amounts of physical and emotional labor with no reward, and often until we are used up or die.

Artist Emily Pearson and colorist Marissa Louise work together to compellingly illustrate a world where the bleak reality of the end times can co-exist with the beauty of flowering undead.

If you live in the Bay Area you can talk to Pearson about her vision when she makes a stop on March 10 at Cape and Cowl Comics in Oakland. She’ll be at the 1601 Clay Street comic shop from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. both signing the first issue and creating sketches. Check out the Facebook event here.

The Wilds team includes lettering from Jim Campbell and editing by Danny Lore.

If you can’t make it to Cape and Cowl to pick up a copy and meet Pearson please check out our list of Bay Area Comic Book Stores. Most will likely have a copy unless, of course, the book is sold out.

Signing: Matthew Rosenberg and Frank Barbiere Bay Area Mini-Tour (July 16)

Writers Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk Into A Bank) and Frank Barbiere (The Revisionist) will take part in a Bay Area mini-tour on July 16. They’ll make at least two stops on the West Bay Comics Trail and two stops on the East Bay Comics Trail.

At each stop, they’ll host 30-minute lighting signings.

Below is the itinerary I’ve been able to piece together by scouring Facebook event listings. I apologize if I missed any shops.

1 p.m.
Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley, CA

2:30 p.m.
Cape and Cowl Comics
1601 Clay Street
Oakland, CA

4:30 p.m.
Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

6 p.m.
Comix Experience Outpost
2381 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA

tumblr_o9icd9nZUb1tuji99o1_500Matthew Rosenberg writes the phenomenal Black Mask Studios titles 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank and You Can Never Go Home. I don’t have a top ten current title list but if I did 4 Kids  would definitely be on it. Maybe I should start a list. Let’s arbitrarily slot it in at number 3 on my new list. He’s also the writer on Civil War II: Kingpin which I didn’t know until I started writing this post but based on those other two books it’s likely one of the best things being printed by Marvel. I should go buy it.

 

 

 

 

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In 2013, Frank Barbiere was kind enough to give the world the brilliant Image published title Five Ghosts. He’s also written Howling Commandos of SHIELD for Marvel, Solar: Man of the Atom for Dynamite, Lobo for DC, and many other books. Last month Barbiere dropped the first issue of his most recent creator-owned work The Revisionist on AfterShock Comics. The first issue was a thrilling ride and, much like Rosenberg’s 4 Kids, was highly praised by critics. The second issue, which hits shelves this coming Wednesday, will determine if it enters my newly established top 10.

Signing: Darick Robertson at Two Cats on April 13

Ballistic: Suck Holocaust

Ballistic: Suck Holocaust

Two Cats Comic Shop, 320 Portal Avenue in San Francisco, will be hosting a signing by Darick Robertson on April 13 at 3 p.m. The Two Cats appearance is one of two in-person opportunities to catch the illustrator behind The Boys and Transmetropolitan in the Bay Area. Robertson will also be in San Jose at Big Wow! ComicFest May 17 and 18.

Robertson has most recently been involved with Adam Egypt Mortimer on Ballistic. The title, published by Black Mask Studios, was named Bloody Disgusting‘s best debut comic of the year for 2013. According to the BMS website Ballistic is a “madcap, psychedelic, transreal, utterly-wacko buddy adventure about Butch and his best friend Gun, a drug-addicted, genetically-modified, foul-mouthed firearm, as they attempt to elevate Butch from air conditioner repairman to master criminal in the twisted, post-eco-apocalyptic Repo City State, a reclaimed trash island built entirely from DNA-based, living technology with bad attitudes.”

Below is a photo of an illustration Robertson drew for my wife of Grant Morrison at MorrisonCon.

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