14
May
mattfractionblog:


TELL YOUR SHOP TO RESERVE YOUR COPY • PREORDERING KEEPS CREATOR-OWNED BOOKS ALIVE

SEX, DEATH, AND LIVE TV: Fraction and Chaykin team up on SATELLITE SAM 
This July, acclaimed comic book creators Matt Fraction (Hawkeye,Casanova, Iron Man) and Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS, AMERICAN FLAGG) will take readers back to the Golden Age of Television, a time when innocence was as manufactured a fiction as the perfect families in the comedies that captivated audiences at home. Their new Image Comics series SATELLITE SAM, debuting in July, takes a look at the darkness behind the small screen when, in 1951, Carlyle Bishop, the star of the beloved serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a filthy flophouse.Carlyle’s son Michael has a hunch that his father’s death was anything but natural, but the only clue is a box full of photographs of women in various states of undress — and Mike can’t bring himself to stay sober long enough to make any sense of it.For Fraction and Chaykin, SATELLITE SAM is a chance to tell a murder mystery while simultaneously divesting the 1950s of its mantle of moral purity.“It’s a detective story, a history of television, and a record of addiction, sex, and depravity during a time when the antiseptic shine off Ozzie and Harriet obscure what was really happening in the world,” said writer Fraction. “And these are just a few of the many joys that come from telling a story about television while it was being invented as a mass medium in New York City.”The creative team researched television’s early days in preparation for the series, getting a feel for the era and for the people who lived real lives while inventing an idealized — and fictionalized — image of families and relationships.“We’d been talking about SATELLITE SAM for a while, but what really got it going was a long Winter’s day Matt and I spent wandering New York, feeling the city’s ghosts, its lost and found architecture, ending up at the Paley Center, where we watched kinescopes of long dead men and women, acting out children’s fantasies, while living complex lives off-camera,” said Chaykin. “To say that I’m both having the time of my life collaborating on this project, and getting my ass kicked in the process, is to grossly understate the case.”SATELLITE SAM is an ongoing black-and-white series. Its first issue can be pre-ordered now from the May issue of Previews and will be in stores on July 3.

I added the bold-face at the top because yes.
But the whole thing should maybe be in bold-face, because Chaykin + Fraction = manic comic insanity.

mattfractionblog:

TELL YOUR SHOP TO RESERVE YOUR COPY • PREORDERING KEEPS CREATOR-OWNED BOOKS ALIVE

This July, acclaimed comic book creators Matt Fraction (Hawkeye,CasanovaIron Man) and Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS, AMERICAN FLAGG) will take readers back to the Golden Age of Television, a time when innocence was as manufactured a fiction as the perfect families in the comedies that captivated audiences at home. Their new Image Comics series SATELLITE SAM, debuting in July, takes a look at the darkness behind the small screen when, in 1951, Carlyle Bishop, the star of the beloved serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a filthy flophouse.

Carlyle’s son Michael has a hunch that his father’s death was anything but natural, but the only clue is a box full of photographs of women in various states of undress — and Mike can’t bring himself to stay sober long enough to make any sense of it.

For Fraction and Chaykin, SATELLITE SAM is a chance to tell a murder mystery while simultaneously divesting the 1950s of its mantle of moral purity.

“It’s a detective story, a history of television, and a record of addiction, sex, and depravity during a time when the antiseptic shine off Ozzie and Harriet obscure what was really happening in the world,” said writer Fraction. “And these are just a few of the many joys that come from telling a story about television while it was being invented as a mass medium in New York City.”

The creative team researched television’s early days in preparation for the series, getting a feel for the era and for the people who lived real lives while inventing an idealized — and fictionalized — image of families and relationships.

“We’d been talking about SATELLITE SAM for a while, but what really got it going was a long Winter’s day Matt and I spent wandering New York, feeling the city’s ghosts, its lost and found architecture, ending up at the Paley Center, where we watched kinescopes of long dead men and women, acting out children’s fantasies, while living complex lives off-camera,” said Chaykin. “To say that I’m both having the time of my life collaborating on this project, and getting my ass kicked in the process, is to grossly understate the case.”

SATELLITE SAM is an ongoing black-and-white series. Its first issue can be pre-ordered now from the May issue of Previews and will be in stores on July 3.

I added the bold-face at the top because yes.

But the whole thing should maybe be in bold-face, because Chaykin + Fraction = manic comic insanity.

1
May

Some storytelling from Michael Lark, from LAZARUS #1, due out from Image at the end of June.

You can download the four-page preview (and pre-ordering information!) here.

1
May
One of Michael’s design sketch for a possible variant cover for LAZARUS #1, from Image. Again, if you’re thinking about picking up the book, the order code is APR130420. Every pre-order on this helps! 
FCBD is this Saturday, and I’ll be visiting two stores in the Portland and Olympia, WA areas. From 10 to 12, I’ll be at I LIKE COMICS in Vancouver, WA; from approximately 4 to 7, both @hopelessjen and I will be at OLYMPIC CARDS AND COMICS in Lacey, WA.

One of Michael’s design sketch for a possible variant cover for LAZARUS #1, from Image. Again, if you’re thinking about picking up the book, the order code is APR130420. Every pre-order on this helps! 

FCBD is this Saturday, and I’ll be visiting two stores in the Portland and Olympia, WA areas. From 10 to 12, I’ll be at I LIKE COMICS in Vancouver, WA; from approximately 4 to 7, both @hopelessjen and I will be at OLYMPIC CARDS AND COMICS in Lacey, WA.

3
Apr

Digging around for more of Michael Lark’s designs and panel-type-bits from LAZARUS #1, coming out at the end of June this year from Image. The book is available for pre-order now, Diamond code APR130420.

If you haven’t seen it already, Michael and I, along with our colorist Santi Arcas, did a four-page prelude story that’s available to download for free from here.

If you’ve any interest in what we’re creating, your pre-orders would be gratefully appreciated.

Michael and I are still ironing out launch events, but thus far we have two signings in the works. One of them will be in the PNW on the Wednesday of release… 

Details soon!

20
Mar

Some design sketches from LAZARUS (Diamond Order Code APR130420), published by Image Comics, art by Michael Lark. A reminder, you can download the free four-page story, “Family - Prelude” here as a PDF.

If you’re so inclined, please consider pre-ordering the book, which will be released June 26th.

15
Mar

"Family - Prelude."

This is the four-page short-short that Michael Lark, Santi Arcas, and I have done for LAZARUS, the first issue of which comes out this June. You can download the story at this link as a PDF, and please feel free to share the link and the PDF about. LAZARUS is published by Image.

The book is now available for PRE-ORDER from your retailer. The order code via Diamond is APR130420.

Michael, Santi, and I are very, very proud of this book.

I’ve described LAZARUS as a cross between The Godfather and Children of Men, but that’s a little disingenuous, frankly. Set in a not-too-distant dystopian future where power is now held by a handful of “Families” around the globe, it’s part action-adventure, part espionage, part soap opera. Our story centers on Forever Carlyle, the genetically engineered daughter of the Carlyle Family. As their “Lazarus,” she’s part spymaster, part secret agent, part bodyguard… basically, her Family’s secret weapon in their fight to keep what they have, and to acquire what they don’t. 

The book is most definitely rated ‘M.’ There’s profanity, there’s violence, there will be sex and likely nudity down the road, but, most of all, it’s dealing with some very dark, and fairly mature (I’d like to think, at least) themes. And some of the most depraved and corrupted individuals I’ve ever seen spring from my pen.

Please, please, please consider pre-ordering this book if you’re at all interested in what we’re doing.