I (Matthew) have a short prose story in the new issue of LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS magazine. If you aren’t familiar, LAOS is an amazing magazine/art project. They take old found photos and give them to writers to craft a story around. The result is a beautiful art piece and fascinating exercise in watching people fill in holes and make up missing pieces. Either way, it’s well worth picking up.
For Fans of: McSweeney’s, One Story, The Moth, and Harpers.
You can get it here.

I (Matthew) have a short prose story in the new issue of LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS magazine. If you aren’t familiar, LAOS is an amazing magazine/art project. They take old found photos and give them to writers to craft a story around. The result is a beautiful art piece and fascinating exercise in watching people fill in holes and make up missing pieces. Either way, it’s well worth picking up.

For Fans of: McSweeney’s, One Story, The Moth, and Harpers.

You can get it here.


Skeet! Skeet! Skeet!

Skeet! Skeet! Skeet!


Brand new chapter of MENU is up now over at Trip City. This one is dark and pretty brutal and we argued over it a lot. Obviously it would be hard to imagine this wouldn’t be a realistic interaction in the world of MENU, it is just a hard thing to put into the world we live in now. In the end this story sees the light of day because we both feel the value of MENU is in exploring the human condition at it’s most extreme, even when that makes us feel awful. 
Words by us. Art by the always amazing Jason Copland (Daredevil, Robocop). Read the whole series here. 
This chapter may be a trigger for some folks. Please read with caution.

Brand new chapter of MENU is up now over at Trip City. This one is dark and pretty brutal and we argued over it a lot. Obviously it would be hard to imagine this wouldn’t be a realistic interaction in the world of MENU, it is just a hard thing to put into the world we live in now. In the end this story sees the light of day because we both feel the value of MENU is in exploring the human condition at it’s most extreme, even when that makes us feel awful. 

Words by us. Art by the always amazing Jason Copland (Daredevil, Robocop). Read the whole series here. 

This chapter may be a trigger for some folks. Please read with caution.


Q
blobby boys
Anonymous
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Good book. Bad question.


Q
Do you guys have any new books coming out? Seems like it's been a bit since you made any announcements.
Anonymous
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Long answer: We do have a bunch of stuff we are working on. It’s one of those things where you spend a year working on a tightly planned and brutally effective schedule. And then god and publishers laugh at your schedules. I can say we are doing a lot of stuff in the second half of the year. More than that and I will be jeopardizing my life and yours.

Short answer: Stay tuned.


12 REASONS TO DIE #6 is in stores today! Wrapping up the first arc with a bang, this issue contains art by Gus Storms (EGOs), Riley Rossmo (Proof/DrumHellar), and Chris Hunt (Carver). The cover is by the always awesome Michael Walsh (Comeback/Secret Avengers). Colors by Jean-Paul Csuka (Bedlam). We are really proud of this one. Go to your local comic shop and pick it up or if they don’t have it order direct from Black Mask Studios!

12 REASONS TO DIE #6 is in stores today! Wrapping up the first arc with a bang, this issue contains art by Gus Storms (EGOs), Riley Rossmo (Proof/DrumHellar), and Chris Hunt (Carver). The cover is by the always awesome Michael Walsh (Comeback/Secret Avengers). Colors by Jean-Paul Csuka (Bedlam). We are really proud of this one. Go to your local comic shop and pick it up or if they don’t have it order direct from Black Mask Studios!


We have a 5 page short story in the LIBERATOR vol. 1 trade written by us, art by Ariela Kirstantina & Jen Hickman. There are also brand new short stories from Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Tim Seeley (Revival), Alex De Campi (Grindhouse), Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Ales Kot (Zero), Adam Mortimer (Ballistic), Morgan Jeske (Change), Fabian Rangel Jr. (Doc Unknown), Tess Fowler (The Rascals) and more! It’s the last week you can preorder this in your comic shop. Print out the above form and just hand it in at your LCS to make sure they have it.
And just in case you don’t know how comic shops work- IF YOU DON’T PREORDER THE BOOK THEY WILL NOT GET IT!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks so much.

We have a 5 page short story in the LIBERATOR vol. 1 trade written by us, art by Ariela Kirstantina & Jen Hickman. There are also brand new short stories from Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Tim Seeley (Revival), Alex De Campi (Grindhouse), Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Ales Kot (Zero), Adam Mortimer (Ballistic), Morgan Jeske (Change), Fabian Rangel Jr. (Doc Unknown), Tess Fowler (The Rascals) and more! It’s the last week you can preorder this in your comic shop. Print out the above form and just hand it in at your LCS to make sure they have it.

And just in case you don’t know how comic shops work- IF YOU DON’T PREORDER THE BOOK THEY WILL NOT GET IT!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much.


OUR BEST OF THE YEAR LIST

We decided to not do the “best of 2013” list because 1) who cares what we think and 2) it is a very weird and arbitrary thing to do. Things that I loved in January now mean nothing to me. How one experiences and interacts with things should constantly change and evolve. A year end recap is just false sentimentality.

With that said I have seen the comics press make a lot of “talent to watch in 2014” lists that are complete bullshit. I am well aware that comics is a medium where even the people at the top only have a tenuous grip on either career or financial security. With that said, I think we can all agree that folks who are putting out 2-5 books a month at Marvel and/or DC are not “talent to watch”. They may be great comic creators but they pretty much have already “arrived” before now. With that in mind I made a short list of comic folks I think will be doing amazing things this year who you may not already be following. Every one of these creators is making the kind of books that will change and push the industry forward and they deserve to be household names. And if they get all the fame and credit they deserve then maybe comics press will put them on the “creators to watch in 2017” list. 

I urge you to think about what new talent you are excited for in 2014 and try and spread the word about them. Comics is a small world and every little push helps keep the people you like in it. So, without further ado-

10. Gus Storms. Gus was one of our key artists on 12 REASONS TO DIE and is the artist on the new Image book EGOS. His work feels truly fresh while owing obviously to folks like Darrow and Moebius. It isn’t hard to imagine Gus as a very important artist in 2014 and beyond.

9. Curt Pires. Curt does what other writers either don’t bother to try or can’t do. He makes surreal and trippy books that read like real, human stories. His books THEREMIN and LP are both far better reads than they need to be.

8. Duffy Boudreau. BLACKACRE was a criminally under read book this year. Brimming with more heart, more smarts, and more story than most books ever even think about attempting. After you finish it you can just tell that the guy behind it has many more important stories to tell.

7. Sloane Leong. For a while I thought Sloane was the best kept secret in comics. Amazing artist, brilliant colorist, great mind for storytelling, and super funny and nice. Between her own prints, various mini-comics and shorts, and some high-profile coloring gigs I think she isn’t so much of a secret anymore. There are very few creators who continue to blow my mind and Sloane is definitely one of them.

6. Charles Forsman. This one may be a stretch. Charles Forsman has been doing some pretty awesome stuff in comics for a while now and should probably be in your library, but this year was unreal. As the head of OILY COMICS he obviously has my love for running one of the best publishers going right now. But his books THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD and CELEBRATED SUMMER were amazingly good comics that manage to cut out all the bullshit and just tell great stories. TEEN CREEPS looks to be more of the same brilliance.

5. Jen Hickman. I just got into Jen’s stuff at HeroesCon thanks to a buddy telling me to check her table out. Immediately I asked her to draw a MENU story I was having trouble finding the perfect artist for. Saying that she absolutely nailed it is an understatement. I don’t know what Jen is working on next but I am sure you should read it.

4. Michael Moreci. Mike may be the nicest guy in comics but that isn’t what puts him on this list. Even if he was a huge dick I would still have nothing but respect for his work. His book Hoax Hunters is one of those premises that you just fall in love with and he completely nails it, even with a brutally handsome bit of dead weight dragging him down in the co-writing department (what!? You got something to say, Seeley?). His name keeps popping up on exciting projects and he has some great stuff coming soon (CURSE from Boom! for one). If this guy isn’t brought in to reinvigorate a book at Marvel or DC this year then their editors are asleep at the wheel.

3. Jason Copland. Jason is the artist that every writer wants to make famous. Ask upcoming writers in comics and they probably have all approached Jason about doing a book. Landing firmly between Chris Samnee and Sean Phillips, Jason’s style is just classic enough to appeal to outsiders while stylized enough to make the savviest comic art snob drool. He gained some much needed attention by covering for Samnee on an issue of DAREDEVIL late last year. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t forget us little guys in 2014.

2. Ed Brisson. It is un-fucking-believable that Ed isn’t already a big shot in comics. His self published MURDER BOOK is one of the great crime comics OF ALL TIME! COMEBACK was brilliant sci-fi noir. SHELTERED is one of the most original comic ideas I have seen in years. He works with some of the best artists in the business, he comes up with amazing ideas and executes them even better, and he has a great Canadian accent. Stop sleeping on the dude and grab these books.

1. Frank Barbiere. Clearly one of the worst dudes in comics, so his meteoric rise to stardom in 2014 will only be that much more impressive. 2013 saw FIVE GHOSTS become a breakout hit that THE ONION and the NY TIMES named one of the best books of the year. 2014 will see his upcoming book THE WHITE SUITS make any respectable best of list. He has demonstrated that he is a master of smart, simple storytelling that does everything right. Add to that a plethora of really interesting looking Work For Hire projects and Frank is clearly going to be a creator to watch in 2014 despite being an awful person. Good for him. The world needs more good comics and Frank is on the forefront making that happen.

Other folks who have me really excited for comics in 2014- Chris Miskiewicz, Jeremy Holt, Johnnie Christmas, Ariela Kristantina, Ryan Lee, Chris Hunt, James Asmus, Ryan Ferrier, Barnaby Bagenda, Tyler Boss, Colin Lorimer, Ben Passmore, Nolan T. Jones, Matt Miner, Michel Fiffe, and Josh Bayer. GOOGLE THEM.


Q
Pat, is Menu in a way based off A Boy and His Dog?
Anonymous
A

selfdefensefamily:

The Road without a kid; A Boy and His Dog without the rapes.’

Patrick’s answer is ironic since this week’s Menu features a kid and a rape scene. But yes, generally this is true.


A new chapter of MENU, PITY IN PASADENA pt. 2, is up now for free on Trip City. Words by us, art by the amazing Jen Hickman. If you haven’t read the first one you should go do that first.
Trigger Warning: This story contains images of sexual violence.

A new chapter of MENU, PITY IN PASADENA pt. 2, is up now for free on Trip City. Words by us, art by the amazing Jen Hickman. If you haven’t read the first one you should go do that first.

Trigger Warning: This story contains images of sexual violence.


Q
Patrick Kindlon: you are the only human being who should be denied the right to free speech. I hope someone shoots you in the mouth.
Anonymous
A

selfdefensefamily:

You seem like a very reasonable zerson and I’m glad you’re free to walk the streets, and not confined to an institution. 


New chapter of the world’s unhappiest comic about doggies, MENU, is up now. Pictures by the awesome Jen Hickman, words by us. Read the new chapter and all the previous ones at TRIP CITY!

New chapter of the world’s unhappiest comic about doggies, MENU, is up now. Pictures by the awesome Jen Hickman, words by us. Read the new chapter and all the previous ones at TRIP CITY!


fjbarb:

FIVE GHOSTS #8 PREVIEW - IN STORES JANUARY 8th from IMAGE COMICS.

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This is one of the best books being published right now. Volumes #1 is $10.  They are doing everything they can to get you to give it a chance. Now it’s your turn. If you don’t make the effort to pre-order books like this from comic shops creators literally will not continue making them. A few hundred proactive fans are the difference between life and death to an indie comic. Read the previous issues for cheap, read the preview for free, then call your local shop. Share this. Tell a friend. Don’t be a herb.


TWELVE REASONS TO DIE #5 is in stores today! With art by Gus Storms (EGOS), Breno Tamura (PIGS), Ryan Kelly (THREE, DMZ), and Russel Roehling (WASTELAND). Cover art by Johnnie Christmas (SHELTERED). Colors by Jean-Paul Csuka (BEDLAM) & Shari Chankhamma (KILL SHAKESPEARE). In comic shops now or order the whole series direct from BLACK MASK STUDIOS.

TWELVE REASONS TO DIE #5 is in stores today! With art by Gus Storms (EGOS), Breno Tamura (PIGS), Ryan Kelly (THREE, DMZ), and Russel Roehling (WASTELAND). Cover art by Johnnie Christmas (SHELTERED). Colors by Jean-Paul Csuka (BEDLAM) & Shari Chankhamma (KILL SHAKESPEARE). In comic shops now or order the whole series direct from BLACK MASK STUDIOS.


Patrick’s band SELF DEFENSE FAMILY has a new full length available for preorder now from Deathwish called “TRY ME”. Pre-order the record now and you can download the mp3s right now. Obviously I am not impartial, but this is one of my favorite records of the year. It is deeply challenging and a difficult listen in the best possible way. If you like art you have to fight through pick it up.