Since co-founding Black Mask Studios with 30 Days Of Night writer Steve Niles and Epitaph Records owner (and legendary punk musician) Brett Gurewitz in 2012, Matt Pizzolo has established the company as a home for all manner of genre-busting, boundary-pushing comic books – their initial slate included the all-star Occupy Comics project, Darick Robertson and Adam Mortimer's hyper-violent sci-fi series Ballistic, Matt Miner's animal-liberation vigilante yarn Liberator, and Matthew Rosenberg and Ghostface Killah's 12 Reasons To Die.
Black Mask is now in the process of launching their second wave of titles, and first out the gate is Pizzolo's return to the role of comic creator, collaborating with artist Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk on a new incarnation of his dystopian multi-media Godkiller project. Upon its release last month, Godkiller: Walk Among Us #1 became Black Mask's first ever title to go to a second-printing, and with #2 hitting comic shop shelves this week, we sat down to talk to Pizzolo about the inspirations for the series, his collaborative process, and his vision for Black Mask as a creative and commercial endeavor.
The legendary and outspoken writer behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, and many more of the most memorable comic book stories of the last 30+ years, Alan Moore's feelings on creators' rights are well documented. He's continued to discuss his views at length in Occupy Comics, Black Mask Studios' Kickstarter-funded anthology inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, opining mainly on the comics industry's complex historical relationship with counterculture and corporations. Titled "Buster Brown At The Barricades," much of the latest chapter focuses specifically on Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and their lifelong struggle for credit and control of the Man of Steel they created and sold for just $130 in the 1930s.
It's difficult to imagine a more validating image for members of the Occupy Wall Street movement than this piece by V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd, who's drawn his and Alan Moore's anarchist antihero -- whose rebellious visage has been adopted by the protesters -- squaring off against the mascot of economic aggressiveness, the "Charging Bull" statue by Arturo Di Modica that resides in Bowling Green Park in New York City. Fittingly, the illustration is the cover for issue #2 of the Occupy Comics
If Alan Moore's involvement wasn't enough, Occupy Comics has added additional esteemed creator to its ranks with the news that Art Spiegelman and a host of other established talent will be contributing
Alan Moore will join his V for Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd among the ranks of Occupy Comics, the forthcoming Kickstarter-funded anthology project inspired by Occupy Wall Street and its sister protests around the world. The news comes just days after Mo
Occupy Comics: Art & Stories Inspired by Occupy Wall Street is a forthcoming comic book anthology featuring work created in response to the Occupy movement taking place at multiple sites around the world, most notably in New York City. Spearheaded by filmmaker Matt Pizzolo (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, Godkiller), the project is intended to be "a time capsule of the passions and emotions driv
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