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The Dark History Con

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The Dark History Con is an annual event showcasing the darker side of history. Crime, gangsters, serial killers, spree killers, assassinations, public enemies, women’s suffrage, the civil rights struggles, Native massacres, tragic events, anything not covered in “history books”. Lest we forget, it is the victims of these events that are the most important to remember. The Dark Con isn’t to glorify any of these people or events. They are however part of our history, a part that is very important to remember and learn from. By bringing together the authors, artists and others who are intimately familiar with these events and their effects the Dark History con is a unique and entertaining show. To get the 411 we got with Brian Ward who conceived and put this convention together.

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What is the Dark History Con about? 

My purpose in putting it together has to do with educating people as to the events and psychology behind the events that fall into the darker realm of man’s history. There are so many aspects of history that people just are not aware of. Through no fault of their own, they just haven’t been presented with these things. Or if they have, the importance of them has been lost somewhere. All you have to do is look back through history to see so many instances that repeat each other. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could gain an understanding of that and perhaps stop the cycle? Just a thought. The stated goal of the event is to simply bring together like minds and create a network of friends and connections to share our passion for darker history and educate others as to it’s importance.

 

How did you come up with the idea?

I attended the Crime Scene show in 2013 in Indianapolis. That event was put together by John Borowski, Matthew Aaron, Joe Hiles and Rich Hillen Jr. and it had a three year run. It was there that I got the idea, those guys were all great and supportive of what I wanted to do. While their shows were heavier on entertainment value, they had bands and such, surrounding the genre, mine is more about growing the genre and making things educational and still fun.

What guests do you have scheduled to appear?

The list is probably too long for this article but EVERYONE is listed on our facebook pages and the website. Some highlights would be Seth Ferranti, world famous artist Jeff Gaither, John Borowski, Gary Jenkins, Corvis Nocturnum, Judith Yates, the list goes on. We have authors, artists, filmmakers and a few others scheduled to appear. We have one pretty infamous guest announcement coming up the first week of September. This guy has seen his fair share of media attention and promises to make a splash!

What can people expect at the Dark Con?

People can expect to learn about all manner of “dark things”. A large number of people will confess to being interested in true crime but feel it is still somewhat taboo. We are providing a place for those people to feel comfortable, be who they are and make some new friends along the way. We are having a number of our guests speaking and some will be screening their films as well. We have a couple fun guests that everyone will love. The original Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, the Z.O.D. St Louis chapter will be bringing their zombie hunting vehicle and equipment and who knows what else we will get!

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How many people do you expect?

Being a first time type of event in a city full of events, it is tough to guess. I would really hope to have a few hundred. I personally will be happy to have an attentive audience of a couple hundred and if they are satisfied and happy, then we can only grow from there.

What special events do you have planned?

We have 9 people scheduled to speak, we have at least 3 films set to screen, one of which was shot in Champaign over 20 years ago but has NEVER been screened there so that is exciting. We have recently lined up a Hollywood make-up artist that everyone should recognize. The Z.O.D will be recruiting and showing off the skills needed to survive the zombie apocalypse and there may be more coming in the next coupls of weeks.

Tell us about your crowd funding venture?

The crowd funding venture has been enlightening to say the least. We originally launched a GoFundMe campaign back in January in an attempt to build a budget for the show. It was up for three months and never even garnered and penny contribution. I re-launched it a month or two ago and we have been fortunate enough to raise a bit over $300.00, not much but being unproven and new, it is better than where we were. Sponsors have helped a lot and every guest doing this out of their own passion and not commanding crazy fees, is really the only reason we have been able to put it together.

What is it that you like about true crime stories?

For me it has always been about the psychology behind these things. How does someone get to a point where they can do the things they do? The mind is endlessly fascinating and we will never have all of the answers. For me, that means there will always be more to learn and I truly enjoy learning all I can so I should never run out of things to read about and explore!

Check out their website: darkhistorycon.com.

Artist Profile- Jeremiah Lambert

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I was walking into Wizard World St. Louis a couple of months ago on Friday afternoon and I saw this dude hauling in all his stuff by himself on a trolly. I tried to get the door for him but he was going to a different one. In the hallway I struck up a conversation with him as we walked to the entrance. Seems he was an artist. I told him I would visit his table and check out his stuff. When he finally got set up I ventured over and I was very impressed by his artwork. Jeremiah Lambert is a very talented and creative individual. The Gr1nd is happy to show his art on our site and to give you all the exclusive. Here is The Gr1nd interview with Jeremiah Lambert-

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When did you start drawing comics professionally?

Around 2009 I made a hard push after getting laid off of my engineering job to get work. I made a small splash with a few small press publishers to get some work for hire stuff published.

You have done a lot of work on indy comics, what’s next?

Probably just more of the same indie type stuff. I’ve since reacquired another day job so time is limited so it will be mostly small projects unless some kind of big break happens. Which if it did I would go for it.

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How did you hook up with Hasbro?

Val Staples, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image and more Colorist, posted a post in a help wanted/for hire forum cause he had some work from them and I was lucky enough to see it right away and show him my stuff. He liked it and gave me the gig. It was fun, but only a one time for hire thing. maybe someday again though. We’ll see

You are known for your parody art how did that come about?

Mainly with that “Killer Super Mario” piece. That one went viral and since then I’ve just been doing pieces that amuse me such as throwing a twist on classic cartoon/video game/comic characters. People have responded to that and it has been great.

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What do you like about going to cons?

A chance to meet with people that dig my art. Seeing them smile and laugh at things that I’ve created is an extremely gratifying experience. And i won’t lie, the money is nice too.

Do you find yourself getting a lot of commissions and what do people want you to draw?

I get a moderate amount and the spectrum of subjects is vast. From mash up superheroes (spider-flash) to sexy male superheroes (as opposed to the standard sexy female ones). I’ve done Gagic the Gathering commissions and people’s original characters, xenomorph zombies and anime mixed with video game mash ups. Currently doing original art for a guy’s lyric video featuring a bunch of bikini babes… Rarely is there a commission to say, just draw spider-man or something. Ha! But I love doing it.

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If you could draw any big character who would it be and why?

Spider-man. Spidey’s been my fav character since I realized I like comic books and to work on an official Spidey story would be a dream.

Why did you start drawing in the first place?

Part of my soul for sure and genes I’d imagine. I feel like I just need to draw sometimes. My dad’s a working professional commercial artist too so there is the genes. He both introduced me to comics and art and i just took to it like instinct. I’ll always be grateful to my father for sharing that with me.

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What comics did you read growing up?

Lots of marvel. In the 90’s I branched out with the comic craze and got in with the Image craze and dipped into Dark Horse some and a few others. Marvel is my mainstay though and still is. Don’t get me wrong they piss me off to no end sometimes but I’m hooked like a crack addict. It’s hard to not love these classic characters that I grew up with.

Check out these links-

www.facebook.com/JeremiahLambertArt

www.JeremiahLambertArt.deviantart.com

Black Ship Books Profile on Supreme Team

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Vigilantes are but the caped side of a comic-book coin. Supreme Team is a narrative focused on the seedy underbelly of said currency. Inspired by a true story, this book centers around Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff as he establishes himself as a drug dealer in 1980s New York City.

It is a tale to which author Seth Ferranti can very much relate. While he has made a name for himself by writing for publications focused on urban culture — including ViceDon DivaThe Fix, and Slam — he first made headlines, at age 22, after being charged and sentenced as an LSD kingpin in the early 90s.

Seth found his voice behind bars. During his 25-year sentence, he earned his masters degree and began writing for publications as a contributing author. It didn’t take long for his work to get noticed, both by the public and by the prison system. Despite frequently landing himself in solitary confinement, because of the truths he exposed while in prison, he never stopped telling stories of a lifestyle few manage to tastefully articulate.

After his release, Seth knew he wanted to turn Supreme Team into a graphic novel. He had already written a book with Kenneth McGriff’s blessing, after the two had spent years together in the same correctional facility. Adapting it into a visual medium speaks volumes toward Ferranti’s storytelling sensibilities. To bring this book to life, he is working with illustrator Joe Wills and journalist/ producer Anthony Mathenia

There are 11 days left to join the Supreme Team. The trio are 66% funded. As a semi-biographical comic, the team’s proximity to the original source suggests that Supreme Teamstands to be an authentic look into urban crime. Ferranti and company take the zoot suits, tommy guns and booze smuggling of prohibition-era gangster comics and recontextualize it for the 21st Century.

Check out the full article here- http://www.blackshipbooks.com/kickstarter-strobe-light-ii-blink-twice/

 

 

Supreme Team Writer/Creator: Seth Ferranti by Jordan Williams

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Supreme Team Writer/Creator: Seth Ferranti by Jordan Williams

Starting things can be difficult: a diet, a new job, a company. A lot of hard work, focus, and dedication go into beginning a new chapter of your life. And starting a business from the ground up isn’t exactly easy. Especially if the ground you are building from is behind prison bars.

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“When I wrote my first book, Prison Stories, I got the idea for the publishing company when I saw urban fiction taking off in the late 90’s and it took me five years to get the company together and get the book out,” says Seth Ferranti. “It was hard to do from prison. My wife was the only one to help me, but we figured it out. I got the book out and we went on to publish seven more titles on Gorilla Convict while I was in prison.”

Seth Ferranti is an author that began writing books and articles while serving a 25 sentence for a first time non-violent drug offense for supplying 15 colleges in five states with LSD and marijuana on the East Coast. While in prison, Seth got clean and then got creative. He started up his own publishing company, Gorilla Convict.

“I didn’t really start writing like I do now until I got into prison and started taking college courses on article writing and creative writing. That really showed me that I could pursue something like that while I was in.” Seth remembers. “I was a creative guy, but you find other guys like that to talk to. It’s like any part of society; there are different types of people, but in prison you just keep that hard exterior front and you let dudes know that you aren’t to be trifled with.”

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Seth’s attitude and writing earned him respect, even across prison yard race lines. He was able to watch YO! MTV Raps in the black TV room and became interested in the street legends rappers like Nas and Jay-Z were rapping about. He was particularly intrigued by Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, a Queens gangster that was both respected and feared.

“I was with Supreme and wrote the Don Diva article about his crew the Supreme Team with his blessing.” Seth says. “I kept getting pictures and doing interviews. Then I had enough material for the book, so I put it together and again had to get Supreme’s blessing. There were some dudes on the team that didn’t want me to put it out, but Supreme said it was cool so I did it.”

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Supreme Team has since become one of Seth’s top selling books and has gotten recognition from within the street community and various reviews. In 2014, Seth got out of prison and started on a multimedia adventure, learning as much as he can, as if making up for lost time. One of these new creative outlets was comic books.

“I always wanted to write comics while I was in, but it was so hard to even get a book published.” Seth admits. “When I got out, I got hooked up with Anthony Mathenia and we started talking and ‘BOOM!’ now we got the Supreme Team comic book coming out.”

Seth had always been into comic books. He started his love affair with comics with Marvel’s Secret Wars and then fell in love with the X-Men comics. After he was arrested, Seth still managed to get comics sent to him on the inside. “I would order them right from a shop. My parents had their credit card on account for me and they would send me the Diamond [Previews] book. I would preorder what I wanted; like 50 a month, easy.” Seth says. “I liked the different stories that were being written in the 90’s when the creators really started breaking out on their own and getting away from DC and Marvel.”

Now Seth is a creator that is breaking out on his own and getting away from what is normally covered in comic books today. “I don’t really see anything like.” Seth says when referring to the racks of comic books at comic shops. Seth points out issues of Scarface and Shaft as similar comics to Supreme Team. “But, they don’t have the cultural impact of hip-hop that my book has. And they are fiction, my book is real life history.”

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Seth had to put together his own ‘supreme team’ to tackle this comic. Stache Publishing’s Anthony Mathenia (Pretty Face, Butterfly) helped guide Seth through the comic making process from the beginning. “Anthony is amazing with color and the book wouldn’t be the same without his edits. He really helped me to hone and focus my vision for the story.” Seth says.

Supreme Team needed an artist that could produce high quality work that was loyal to the time period. Seth found that artist in Joe Wills. “Jordan from Stache introduced me to Joe Wills and basically told me this is your guy. I looked at his art and I was sold.” Seth says. “He is an extremely talented artist and I knew if he took the time to study my characters that he was the one to draw them and give them life. Joe’s work is so professional. Joe’s art is top quality. He is going to be in high demand very soon and probably working with [Marvel and DC]. Once I saw his talent I worked hard to sell him on my project.”

 

 

 

Supreme Team is something new for the comic industry and Seth thinks it has something extremely unique about it. “The Supreme Team, including its colorful cast of characters, is just an iconic group. The infamy and notoriety around them and their presence in the lyrical lore of hip-hop is astounding.” Seth explains.  “I was on the compound with Supreme and the way they talked about him in prison was as if he was a god. Then I met him and he was the most humble dude ever, very courteous and respectful. A complete gentleman. I see why this dude has so many legends surrounding him. [He was] very charismatic and he influenced the guys in the drug and hip-hop world. It’s all really down to him.”

Seth is a go-getter and doesn’t let anything slow him down. After spending some of the prime years of his life behind bars, Seth has resurfaced in society as a creative mind with a strong work ethic. “I just like to complete projects, get them done, and get them out there to the world.” Seth has plans for many more projects including a film version of Supreme’s story. And what is different about Seth is that he doesn’t just have plans for them, he has already started working on them. Seth’s freedom has opened up all the creative channels for him.

“I am glad to be in the world. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Seth says. “I am really like the proverbial kid in the candy store. Life is great.”

 

Supreme Team has a campaign running on Kickstarter throughout the month of August. You can preorder your copy of Supreme Team #1, signed copies of Seth’s non-fiction true-crime Supreme Team book, original copies of the hard-to-find Don Diva issue with Seth’s Supreme story in it, original artwork by artist Joe Wills, and the Limited Edition Kickstarter-only Hardcover.

Connect with Seth Ferranti on social media:

Twitter: @SethFerranti

Facebook: facebook.com/seth.ferranti

Website: gorillaconvict.com

The Divine: A Chat with Boaz Lavie

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Sometimes an image can spark all kinds of ideas and inspiration. Boaz Lavie and Hanuka brothers used a breathtaking and iconic photo as inspiration to collaborate on a riveting graphic novel that explored the imagery they felt while viewing the photograph. The Divine graphic novel is the result of that and The Gr1nd got with Boaz to have a chat about his foray into the comics industry, working with the brothers, the making of the comic and its publication.

The photograph you based the story on is iconic, what about it made you want to do a graphic novel?

Tomer saw the photo in 2007 and went on to read anything he could about the real story behind it. Both Asaf and Tomer were deeply affected by their story – by the facts they supposedly had super powers, that they were twins, and that their childhood was so radically different than our own. In 2009 I joined the project as its writer and we started working on it together, with the plan of making a graphic novel, inspired by the real story.

A lot of the images are surreal and very impressionistic did you come up with the concept for the story or did the art come first? Explain.

It was a combination. Some early concept art was created, mainly by Tomer, before any writing was done, and it served as inspiration as well. Most of it had to do with the twins themselves, and their surrealistic environment. Once the story was more developed, there were many ideas in it that called for more fresh concepts and art, so it was actually a dialogue between the art and the writing.

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Is this a stand alone graphic novel or is therefore to come? 

It was created as a standalone graphic novel. One complete story.

What was it like working with not one but two artists who are brothers?

We had known each other for more than 20 years. We’ve actually met during our army service. So our relationship is very rich and complicated as friends, even without doing such a huge project together. Our work together was very organic, in this sense. There were many ups and downs, and many fights actually, but all along we kept going at it as a group of friends who’re doing something they love, together. A dream project, if you will.

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How did you come up with the storyline of the bad American and the good one?

Asaf had taught me that when illustrating comics, it’s very important to be able to define your characters very quickly, in simple artistic terms. People should be able to recognize them easily so many times during the story, you can’t get too tricky about it. So in creating the characters in the story, I kind of took the same approach. I think there’s much more into both of them than just the “bad guy” and “good guy”, but they do represent something deeper about American culture and its different aspects.

Where did the idea for the giant soldiers from the figurines come from?

Tomer had researched South East Asian culture and we came upon similar images of local gods. That was the inspiration.

Also the brothers power where did the inspiration for that come from?

There’s a one big theme in the book and it is “birth”. There’s a spoiler here, but the brothers’ power is their ability to “get things out of things” – trees out of the ground, internal organs out a person’s body, etc. It’s basically playing around with the same theme, only on a different field.

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You mixed an iconic image and a real story with fantasy and fiction to come up with a fantastical tale, explain the creative process?

We treated the iconic image as an inspiration. When I joined the project in 2009 I wanted all of us to agree that we’re going to build something that is 100% fiction. It’s not going to be about the real twins, or their story, not even about a real place. I’ve invented this country, Quanlom, in order to distance ourselves from reality. So there’s a mix here of real historical background, and wild imagination. The real story was just a starting point, for us.

You can order this amazing graphic novel here-

http://www.amazon.com/The-Divine-Boaz-Lavie/dp/1596436743

Joe Wills, Artist for Supreme Team

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Under the pipes and wooden floor beams sits an enormous sleek contemporary black glass table holding a 32 inch flatscreen TV, a Cintiq Wacom tablet, a Mac, and a large printer. The television has an Anime show paused on it, the distraction became too great. English subtitles demand too much attention. Daft Punk is now playing on the Mac.

The concrete walls are dressed up with framed Savage Wolverine and The Ultimates pages drawn by Joe Madureira. Former comic convention ‘swag bags’ and Artist Alley badges hang from the overhead pipes like moss on a Louisiana tree.

To the immediate right of the large table is a contemporary clear glass drawing table. In the light of a drawing lamp, a man sitting on a comparatively smaller leather deck chair is hunched over the desk.

“I’m in a Dungeon.” laughs Joe Wills.

Joe Wills is a particularly cheery, energetic young man. Joe’s warm personality and constant smile livens up the cool, damp basement. Joe is a St. Louis comic book illustrator and is a member of the artist collective, The Illustrata.

Comics have been a part of Joe’s life for years, ever since he picked up a copy of Spawn #16 drawn by Marc Silvestri. “I was hooked.” he says.

Joe got into illustrating his own comics with the St. Louis based anthology publisher, Ink & Drink with their anthology titled ‘Hammered.’ He is now a regular contributing artist to each new anthology.

In a perfect world, Joe would be already be illustrating an X-Men or Thor comic book. Now, he’s stretching his artistic chops by adapting bold superhero style to Seth Ferranti’s comic Supreme Team.

“I was approached at [Planet Comicon in Kansas City, MO] actually. I was introduced to Seth by [Stache’s] Jordan Williams, and the rest is Supreme Team history!” Joe laughs. “I was a little intimidated, to be honest. I was like, ‘wait what now? Dude is fresh out [of prison]?!’ But after talking to him, you can hear how much passion he has for the project and how much he wants this to be successful. It’s hard not to admire that.”

Check out this video of Joe Wills talking about the Supreme Team project.

Seth Ferranti spent 21 years in the Federal Prison system serving time for a first-time non-violent drug offense, so the true-crime writer has lived in a world that can be compared to the Supreme Team comic on some levels.

Joe, on the other hand, isn’t part of that world. “I’ve never been in situation even remotely like what [the characters in Supreme Team] have been through,” he explains. “I am fascinated by some of their exploits and I see where the style and attitudes of some of the hip-hop artists of the early 80’s and 90’s came from.”

Even though it’s a totally different world than he is a part of, Joe understands that life. “It makes sense. I mean if you grew up in a poverty stricken area and saw people getting prosperous while doing what they pleased, why wouldn’t you emulate that? I get it. I don’t agree, but I get it.”

The subject matter of Supreme Team is gritty and hard edged. It captures the real life vibe of living in the streets and dealing with real crime. It’s not for everyone. But, Joe thinks that this explicitness is something that makes Supreme Team stand out. “I think there aren’t many comics out there tackling this subject, and it’s a story that has been patiently waiting to be told.” He continues, “Hip-hop culture has been emulated so much that it’s time that people really know where the style, the swag, and the feel originated from. I mean, hip-hop culture has been adopted into the mainstream and has been integrated, some would say appropriated, but that’s a whole other issue/conversation, but I digress.”

Joe has been an essential part of the Supreme Team creative team right from the beginning. Joe’s style (who is inspired by greats such as Stuart Immonen, Kenneth Rocafort, and Olivier Coipel) is the visual cornerstone of the comic. Some may argue that Seth Ferranti’s dialogue is what captures the essence of the era, but Joe’s art is just as important to create the mood and the visual appeal. Joe draws inspiration from the book “A Time Before Crack” by Jamel Shabazz, “And a TON of Pinterest” Joe adds. “My artistic focus in this project is to get it as accurate as possible.”

Joe feels Supreme Team is something different than what you would normally find on the comic book rack on New Comics Wednesday at your local comic shop because it’s a true crime comic about a previously uncaptured subject. “The genre is kind of a new frontier, I think. I haven’t really seen anything like Supreme Team on the shelves. I hope [people] love it!” Joe laughs. “I mean, I hope they come away a little more informed on the underside of the origins of hip-hop. I also hope they want more!”

Supreme Team has a campaign running on Kickstarter throughout the month of August. You can preorder your copy of Supreme Team #1, as well as exclusive Supreme Team swag, original artwork by Joe, and the Limited Edition Kickstarter-only Hardcover. Supreme Team is written by Seth Ferranti, illustrated by Joe Wills, and produced by Anthony Mathenia.

This article is written by Jordan Williams and is reposted from www.stachepublising.com

Connect with Joe Wills on social media:
Twitter: @joewillsart
Facebook: facebook.com/Joewillsart
Deviantart: joewillsart.deviantart.com

Nerds United Episode 50: A Supreme Episode

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Nerds United Episode 50: A Supreme Episode With Greg Mehochko

 You hear “Supreme” in reference to comics books. And if you’re like me…you think of “The Supreme Sorcerer,” Doctor Strange.

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But we’re going in a different direction. Meet Seth Ferranti, writer of The Supreme Team. He has been working with Stache Publishing’s Anthony Mathenia to transform his book into a graphic novel.

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Hear Seth’s own gripping tale about his life and how he came to learn the stories he shares in his writing.

You can help Seth, Anthony, and artist Joe Wills’ work to reach fruition by supporting the Kickstarter, going on all through the month of August.

Check out the podcast- http://jitterymonkey.com/nu50/

Back Supreme Team on Kickstarter-https://goo.gl/66qF2w

 

Back Supreme Team on Kickstarter Now

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This is the most riveting and real true comic coming out today. Gritty and raw, writer Seth Ferranti brings you the tale of Queens most infamous gangsters who not only took the drug world by storm they influenced and supported the rapper in the early day and hip-hop was emerging as a cultural art form. See how the drug dealers and hip-hop artists juxtaposed the streets in a vicious attempt to come up by any means necessary in the rap game, crack game. But when the bodies start dropping the rappers don’t want to play. Because when you bring gangsters into it then it always gets too real, too fast. This is the Supreme Team’s story. Drawn by the amazing Joe Wills and colored by the incomparable Anthony Mathenia. This book needs your pledge on kickstarter now. Thanks.

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Hip-Hop Covers for Marvel Comics

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Expression and art form merge between Marvel Comics and the world of hip-hop with a unique line of HIP-HOP Variants covers inspired by some of the most iconic and well received hip-hop and rap albums of all time.

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Accompanying each all-new #1 from Marvel Comics coming this fall, fans will get the chance to purchase their own Marvel Comics variant cover featuring their favorite Marvel characters paying homage to some of the most well-known and vocal musical artists over the past couple of years.

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“For years, Marvel Comics and Hip-Hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialog,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces in when we unveil the first of more than fifty variant covers, each of which pays tribute to an iconic album cover from the past 30 years that shaped pop-culture over the past three decades.”

 

Chewbacca #1

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Legendary and relentlessly loyal Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca, has continued to battle the empire in the hopes of restoring freedom to the galaxy. Through unwavering and steadfast devotion to the rebel cause Chewbacca has always stood on the frontline to bring peace to a galaxy far, far away. This October, Chewbacca, along with an unlikely side-kick, proves why he is one of the fiercest warriors among the stars in CHEWBACCA #1 from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Phil Noto.

Known for his big heart, short temper, and booming voice, Duggan plans to get to the core of what makes Chewbacca one of the strongest warriors in the Star Wars universe.  Speaking with Marvel.com, Gerry Duggan says, “He’s a hero, plain and simple. He’s a giant-sized underdog. He’s faithful, fierce, and can be playful. At the beginning of the story he’s on a very important mission. One he sets aside to help those in need. By the end of this arc we’ll have met the soul of the Wookiee. We’ll understand what he fears, and we’ll know why he picked up his bowcaster. Yes, this story will be an action-packed thriller, but I think it has a very strong Wookiee heart, too.”

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Accompanying Chewbacca in this brand new series is a young and feisty co-star, Zarro, whose home comes under attack from the Empire and Duggan and Noto are excited to show how this unlikely pair take on the ruthless grip of the Empire. “Zarro’s home is under threat, and when others shrink, she stands tall,” says Duggan. “At first glance, she sees Chewie as the extra muscle she needs. The brains attached to those muscles will be a surprise for her….and I think how Chewie and Zarro manage to deal with the threat will be a fun surprise for fans. Both Phil and I are so excited to be collaborating on a Star Wars comic. The term ‘dream project’ is probably overused, but there is simply no other way to describe the gig. If fans have half as much fun as we do, then everybody’s in for a fun ride.”

Don’t call him a fuzz ball. Don’t call him a walking carpet. This is Chewbacca – fierce and loyal warrior of Kashyyyk in a brand new Star Wars series coming from Marvel this October!

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