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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!

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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Caustic Soda: Hello the War is Here 1 of 3

7 May

Happy New Comic Book Day!

Late last month, Dan Crosier finished the illustrations through page twenty-four, completing the first issue. Issue one of our three-issue book was then sent to Patrick Brosseau for lettering. I worked with our layout guru and hops-connoisseur, Muana Fanai on layout and print prep. The variant cover by Joe Triscari worked incredibly well, check it out:

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Issue 1 will be available in extremely limited quantities and for sale at Denver Comic Con http://denvercomiccon.com/ (June 13-15) and also at the Caustic Soda/Show Devils launch party at Three Kings Tavern, Sat. June 14 (more info on that soon), online at the CS Shop and at San Diego Comic Con.

You can purchase a copy in the CS Store, COMING SOON.

Below you will find a link to a Spotify playlist that captures the scope of Part 1 in sound. Songs by The Stooges, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Wire, Max Richter, Wu Tang, MC5, Baby Huey and more have been part of my ongoing, working soundtrack and inspiration for Caustic Soda.

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.

Matz and Jacamon’s The Killer – Comic Book Wednesday

7 Aug

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Happy #comicbookwednesday! The Killer by writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon follows a nameless kill-for-hire assassin in the twilight of his career. I picked up the Omnibus edition at #SDCC while spending hours (and $$$) in the Archaia Entertainment booth.

The protagonist narrates the story as he attempts to collect the debt owed him by his employer. His musings on life and death are fascinating. Admittedly, he prefers silence and distance to complete a job. He also mediates on his own reptilian tendencies and how he fits in with the rest of the human species but these never suffer from sentimentality and he deftly avoids moralizing. It’s this singular focus that keeps The Killer from spiraling into pathos. One can’t help but cheer for the guy. While on ‘one last job’ he begins assessing his life’s work of dealing death when something goes awry. We follow him as he investigates the betrayal.

The art is arresting. Cinematic. Its no wonder David Fincher optioned the story and is currently in pre-production on a filmic version of The Killer. The female characters are exquisitely rendered, vibrant and exotic though mostly one-dimensional with the exception of The Killer’s love interest. An exotic and beguiling beauty he meets while vacationing in South America.

If you love hard-boiled, noir-style narratives, I highly recommend Matz and Jacamon’s The Killer. 

Successfully Funded!

7 Aug

We are thrilled to celebrate a milestone in a creative endeavor in the making for nearly five years. Successfully funding Caustic Soda – A Year Future Narco Romance is as much a victory for us as it is for you, our fans, kickstarter backers, friends, family and new fans. 

In just thirty days we’ve accomplished something difficult and tangible and for that you have our sincerest gratitude. In the next few weeks we’ll be sending out a survey. Please take a look and respond at your earliest convenience, as we’ll need to begin coordinating the production of the rewards. As a backer exclusive, we intend to have the 12-page preview ready by this Fall (‘round Oct) and available for download! 

 – Also, you can follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/causticsodanarcoromance

ComiXwriter Scriptwriting Software

23 Jul

Aside from being an incredibly amazing way to fund creative endeavors like graphic novels (Caustic Soda, ahem, 109% funded!), films and even video game consoles, Kickstarter is also a great place to discover new tools to create.

I recently contributed to a campaign for ComiXwriter,  a scriptwriting program specifically for comic books. Currently, I’m using MS Word, color coding dialogue, pages and blocking out panels. I probably spend 1/3 of the time formatting the script prior to sending a final draft to Dan to work on the pages. Add direction, description, setting into the equation, i.e. basically every panel, and the .doc becomes a labyrinth of notes, hyperlinks to source images, etc.

And so, having backed several projects on kickstarter, I found ComiXwriter shortly after launching the campaign for Caustic Soda. Unfortunately, I missed them while they were at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend. SDCC is all shock and awe. I’m lucky I made it out of the convention center without having my face latexed into a post apocalyptic zombie grimace.

The trend spotters at Bleeding Cool did a post on it earlier this week and the venerable Kevin Smith ‘tweeted’ about the software a few nights ago, spiking ComiXwriter closer to their modest goal. Post at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/07/22/comixwriter-a-software-package-that-helps-the-comic-writer-in-us-all/

I’m hoping they can make their goal and maybe, if you’re reading this, you can help them as well by spreading the word.

Check it out on Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/219402484/comixwriter-scriptwriting-software-for-comic-books

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