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Advanced Copies in House!

17 Aug

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The wonderful folks at Print Ninja did a killer job on Volume 1 of Caustic Soda. Stoked to see this in print now!

Caustic Soda Issue 2 Update

19 Dec

Hey friends and fans of Caustic Soda, we’ve had a great year thanks to you! Seems like it’s taking forever to get these issues done but I promise, you’ll like the results. Here’s a little something to tide you over until next year when we’ll have Issue 2 and 3 completed and ready for our super patient and amazing Kickstarters and fans. Happy New Year from me and Daniel Crosier! (Copies of Issue 1 are still available at https://causticsodanarcoromance.com/store/)

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Denver Comic Con 2014

13 Jun

Caustic Soda Issue 1 will make it’s “Con” debut this weekend during Denver Comic Con. The books illustrator, Dan Crosier and writer Shane Roeschlein will be at Booth 933.

We’ll have prints of the mag-sized, limited run, Caustic Soda – A Year Future Narco Romance Issue 1. This is part 1 in a three part series titled, Hello, the War is Here and will be collected into a 72-page graphic novel, set for release in 2015. The issue features (pictured below) a skate-punk themed cover by artist Joe Triscari of Moonlight Speed.

If you are at DCC this weekend, stop by booth 933 and say hello. We’d love to meet you. We’ll have copies of Caustic Soda issue 1 available along with prints of the limited run, Caustic Soda t shirt.

Or if you can’t make it into the city for DCC, join us Saturday, June 14 at 3 Kings Tavern for a launch party with bands, Blackaciddevil, Throttlebomb and a performance by Show Devils featuring Enigma and Serana Rose.

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Rafael Grampá’s “Mesmo Delivery” – A Transportative Debut

12 Feb

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Experiencing the graphic novel, Mesmo Delivery, is a physical challenge on par with a bar fight. You don’t exactly know what to expect. You get hit from all angles and you swing blindly hoping to slam into something concrete that will at least help you collect your bearings again. You can smell the blood. You can smell the bodies. Every time you turn the page you encounter an assault on the senses unlike any other you have experienced before in a comic. And when you finish reading it, you walk away with pride knowing you stood your ground and persevered. You leave the experience with the comic tucked in your arms like some trophy dame that recognized you as the last one standing. You leave exhausted and battered and you rush to find someone else to throw into the rumble.

Mesmo Delivery, by Rafael Grampa and Marcus Penna drags you into the story involving Rufo, an as-big-as-a-semi-truck ex-boxer, and Sangrecco, an Elvis impersonator that is as dirty and greasy as his glistening sideburns. We are introduced to the two characters and the basic plot that they are transporting an 18-wheeler of unknown contents to an anonymous client. And therein lies the beauty of this book, its seeming simplicity. The major conflict of the story is fairly predictable; tough guy walks into a bar full of tough guys and fights break out. But, the story combined with the jaw-dropping (and/or shattering) art by Grampa makes it very clear you’re experiencing something that is far from plain.

Mesmo Delivery is the full-length comic debut from Rafael Grampa and he storms onto the scene like a wide-shouldered trucker in a rest stop urinal. The art is unlike anything you have seen prior to the comic. Everything is grainy, dirty, and you will be shocked your fingers aren’t covered in grime from holding the book with such focus. In lieu of trying to find the proper words to describe Grampa’s artistic style, here is a page for your enjoyment:

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Fine detail seems to be a specialty for Rafael Gramps as you can clearly see in the reflection of the shifter knob, the wrinkles in the clothing, the grains on the hands, etc. Grampa also displays a keen ability to play with choreography on the page. For example, on page 28 when Rufo takes a boot to the noggin’ he releases the understandable, “mmmmf”, but Grampa details the dialogue bubble almost like a snake slithering out from his mouth and curling up the page. Grampa does this often in the comic where you will see something normal being done drastically different and it takes you by surprise.

Mesmo Delivery became my “go to” comic for any friends who said they are, or want to be more immersed in graphic narrative. The story is engaging with a clever twist at the end.

Sacrifice your body, take the beating, read Mesmo Delivery.

By Randall Lahrman

http://litconic.com -Literature Journal. Contributing Editor

Pick up a copy at your local comic store or order direct from Amazon.

Randall Lahrman resides in San Diego where he is completing his MFA in Fiction at San Diego State University. He spends his free time with his beautiful wife, Cayse, and his daughter, Genesee. He frequents the local comic shop every Wednesday in search for the latest adventures from The Batman, The Goon, Deadpool, Wolverine and many others.

Patrick Brosseau Joins Caustic Soda Production Team

28 Jan

We’d like to formerly introduce and welcome veteran comic letterer, Patrick Brosseau to the Caustic Soda team. Patrick Brosseau–pronounced “Brah-sew”–likes beer, doesn’t wear pants and will be lending his considerable talents and expertise to our book. Pat was a senior letterer at DC and has an impressive resume of work including Wolverine, Aliens vs Predator, Hellboy, Batman & Robin and Doom Patrol, to name a few. You can check out his portfolio at http://www.coroflot.com/droog811

We’ve been waiting to share this news (and shared it with our Kickstarter backers late last year) and are proud to have him aboard.

Meanwhile, in between launching Distortions Unlimited 2, Horrorhouse Fest and Mile High Horror Film Fest, Dan is cranking out pages weekly and the book is shaping up nicely.

Below is a preview of one of Pat’s lettered pages.

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Hickman’s Secret – Gainful Employment

11 Sep

Jonathan Hickman is having a very good year.

One of Image Comics many gifted talents!

Between the schizoid homicidal scientist historical (sci)fiction series, Manhattan Projects and the vintage-modern spaghetti western, East of West, Hickman’s latest, Secret hit shelves recently.

Secret appears to be more refined and subtle, subject-wise, than the other two titles. It focuses on the minutiae of a private security organization and the relationships of it’s members and the family at the heart of it all.

This collab with artist Ryan Bodenheim is climbing my year’s best of list. I’ve reread 1-3 twice already.

It’s a mystery-thriller with some incredibly rendered panels. Check out this panel from Secret #3 – The System.

Three panels in one. Brilliantly composed.

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Color is used quite effectively throughout to denote flashback or some other sequence of events that have some significance in the ‘present’ narrative.

If you’re trying to figure out a new monthly to get into or you missed out on Image Comics associate and Walking Dead scribe Robert Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves series, then this title comes with my highest recommendation.

Style Focus On Barry Windsor-Smith

28 Aug

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Barry Windsor-Smith was one of the first mainstream comic artists to bring a fine art sensibility to his craft. Starting with his work in the early 1970’s for Marvel, his attention to detail as manifested through his ornate, retro-art deco style and innovative panel layouts announced him as a singularly expressive talent. From his work on the fledging Conan the Barbarian comic to his current book Storyteller, Windsor-Smith has sought to maintain consistently high standards, and now in his late 60’s, feels he is doing his best work ever.

It’s hard to convey the impact his artistry had on the comic book world. Windsor-Smith, along with a few then-contemporary iconoclasts like Neil Adams,  redefined comics in terms of what could and could not be done, laying bare the established conventions of comic book imagery as brutish, trite and fundamentally uninteresting. Some of his strongest work involves no dialog or narration, the story conveyed solely through the sequence of deeply immersive images. His re-envisioning of Conan as a figure of almost feline grace and strength challenged Frank Frazetta’s muscle-bound depictions, and his conception of Robert E. Howard’s pre-historical civilization is invested with a deep sense of narrative space and of the image rendered in its moment of narrative conception. The art of Barry Windsor-Smith is in the image in motion brought to life in the light of the imagination, a phenomena unique to comics in their latent potential for narrative movement. This is where he made his home as an artist.

You can read a remarkably candid review with Barry Windsor-Smith here:

http://www.tcj.com/the-barry-windsor-smith-interview/

Samples of his art can be found here:

http://barrywindsor-smith.com/

– Gary Lain

 

Gary Lain is the editor of Caustic Soda. He lives in San Diego, CA. He has published fiction and non-fiction in Fiction International, Review of Contemporary Fiction, American Book Review, Brooklyn Rail, Texas Review, Belphegor, Crash Test, Journal of Experimental Fiction.