Piece Together New York’s Stories in Esposito and Von Gorman’s ‘Pawn Shop’ [Preview]
City stories are part of the tradition of comics; the comics page offers unique opportunities to explore both the grids and blocks of the cityscape and the separate but intersecting lives of its inhabitants. From fictional metropolises like Terminal City, Astro City, Sin City and Francois Schuiten's Obscure Cities, to visions of real cities like Jason Lutes' Berlin, Seth Fisher's Tokyo, Eddie Campbell's London, Juanjo Guarnido's Paris, or Will Eisner's New York; comics thrive in cities.
In fact, comics have a particular affinity for New York, where so many comics are made. Z2 Comics is adding another New York story to the library this fall with Pawn Shop, a tale of four lives criss-crossing at a Manhattan pawn shop. Writer Joey Esposito and artist Sean Von Gorman will pull at the threads that link New Yorkers together, with Von Gorman providing watercolors over his digital art. Check out a preview below:
Here's the official description from the publisher:
PAWN SHOP written by by Joey Esposito (whose FOOTPRINTS earned an honorable mention on USA TODAY’s “BEST OF” lists 2011) illustrated with a gorgeous mixture of watercolor and digital elements by Sean Von Gorman (TOE TAG RIOT) presents the story of four people, in a city of eight million, whose lives unknowingly intersect through a Manhattan pawn shop. A widower. A nurse. A punk. A Long Island Railroad employee. New York City is an ecosystem where everybody is connected, if only by the streets they walk on. PAWN SHOP explores the big things that separate us and the little moments that inexplicably unite us.
And here are the creator bios:
Joey Esposito is a writer and hoarder of things from New England, where he lives with his girlfriend Amanda and their cat Reebo. He thinks CHEERS is the greatest television show ever made. He writes comics like FOOTPRINTS , CAPTAIN ULTIMATE, and PAWN SHOP. His work has appeared at Image Comics, Archie Comics, Valiant Comics, and more. He can be found on Twitter at @JoeyEsposito or on the web at joeyesposito.com.
Sean Von Gorman is an NYC based Comics Illustrator & Writer. known for TOE TAG RIOT, SECRET ADVENTURES OF HOUDINI and his work for the Occupy Comics Anthology w/ such comics legends as Alan Moore, Mike Allred, David Mack. In addition to his comics work, Sean is also a brilliant guerrilla marketer, who has been known to handcuff himself to things and escape straightjackets to promote his work at Comic Shops and Conventions. If you should meet Sean in person, approach carefully as he is very dangerous.