Announcing a Provocative, New Comic Book Series from Black Mask Studios
(Los Angeles, CA, Presidentâ€™s Day 2017) What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the UnitedÂ States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…aÂ margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest massÂ demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, theÂ following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, Californiaâ€™s LAX and SFO, wereÂ blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?
This is the world of CALEXIT, the new ongoing comic book series launching this May from Black MaskÂ Studios, the Los Angeles based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including SPACE RIDERS, WE CANÂ NEVER GO HOME, KIM & KIM and BLACK. Together writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist AmancayÂ Nahuelpan, the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, have created a timely title about resisting oppression,Â punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.
â€œThis is a special moment in the history of comics. Weâ€™re experiencing a real renaissance of progressiveÂ and political comic books and graphic novels,â€ said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios andÂ the writer of CALEXIT. â€œItâ€™s not by accident that the first comic to win a National Book Award is theÂ incredible MARCH by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or that images of anti-fascist superheroes are capturing the imaginations of people around the world right now. Thereâ€™s neverÂ been a more diverse range of comics that speak to our politics here at home or to the unrest around theÂ world.â€
In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government.Â The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year oldÂ leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in OccupiedÂ Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year â€” ever since Americaâ€™s demagogueÂ President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaimingÂ itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about localÂ sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.
â€œI canâ€™t think of a time when confronting the status quo with progressive, political art has been moreÂ important,â€ said Brett Gurewitz, co-founder Black Mask. â€œBlack Mask Studios has consistently focused onÂ stories that are both entertaining and have a real message driving them. With OCCUPY COMICS, weÂ published stories devoted to the goals and themes of the Occupy movement. Since then, we publishedÂ stories about living under a fascist state (GODKILLER), about fighting celebrity politicians (YOUNGÂ TERRORISTS) and gentrification (THE DREGS). Weâ€™ve published the 2017 GLAAD nominee KIM &Â KIM,Â and the creators of the breakout hit BLACK have donated proceeds to Black Lives Matter. The fact thatÂ the comic market is supporting brave voices like these is a real testament to comics’Â crucial role in ourÂ national and international cultural dialogue.”
The first issue of CALEXIT will be available from Black MaskÂ Studios in May 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Amancay Nahuelpan (pronounced Aman-kay Na-well-pan) is a comic artist whoÂ was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in the south of Chile. He graduated from University with aÂ Major in Interior Design. He began his career working with independent Chilean publisher CaleucheÂ Comics before breaking into the US market as a participant in the Zuda Comics Competitions. His first USÂ published work was in OCCUPY COMICS. He has worked on ROBOCOP for Boom!, BOY-1 for IDW, co-created YOUNG TERRORISTS and created the tale of revolution CLANDESTINO for Black Mask whichÂ he writes, draws, colors, and letters.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Named Wired Magazine’s ‘World’s Most Wired Comics Creator’ and included inÂ Bleeding Coolâ€™s Top 100 Most Influential People In Comics, Matteo Pizzolo is a comic book writer-creator (his GODKILLER was listed as one of Kirkus Reviewsâ€™ Best Books Of The Year and his YOUNGÂ TERRORISTS was second only to Lumberjanes as the highest selling indie graphic novel of the year), anÂ award-winning filmmaker, and the co-founder of Black Mask where he’s championed SPACE RIDERS,Â BLACK, THE DREGS, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KIM & KIM, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, andÂ more. Utilizing his background in political organizing, Pizzolo created the Occupy Comics project andÂ devotes himself to supporting and creating some of the bravest comics on shelves.
ABOUT BLACK MASK STUDIOS: Bringing the punk rock ethic to comics c/o co-founders Brett Gurewitz,Â Steve Niles, and Matteo Pizzolo, Black Mask supports creators telling awesome and important stories.