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Ryan Cooper

Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz gets into the Comic Business

By February 19, 2013

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Comic books and punk rock, while never being fully intertwined, have never been that far apart. Perhaps it's that certain level of geekiness often inherent in either, but they do seem to pair up well.

In college, my friends and I spent more than a few afternoons drinking beer, cranking hardcore records and thumbing through a large pile of zines and comic books, so for me, the two always were quite close.

Now Black Mask Studios is seeing fit to completely close that gap.

The new publishing house, founded by by comic book writers Steve Niles, and Matt Pizzolo, and Epitaph Records founder/Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, is coming out of the gates with a blatant political agenda, one that would give them massive punk credit, even had Gurewitz not been involved.

Their first release will be the Occupy Comics Anthology, a political, three-issue miniseries that reunites comic luminaries Alan Moore and David Lloyd for the first time since the two joined to create V for Vendetta in the 1980s, a book with anarchist leanings whose trademark Guy Fawkes mask has become symbolic of political movements. In stores May 1, a portion of revenue2 will go to Occupy-related initiatives.

After that, the publisher will be releasing titles that include a vigilante series about two people who avenge the torture of animals (with thirty percent of the profits going to animal-rescue efforts), and 12 Reasons to Die from Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Ghostface Killah, with a story told partly in the comic partly on the new Ghostface Killah album.

Punk, politics, comic books and the Wu-Tang Clan. Seriously, this news item could only get cooler if it also included monster trucks and dinosaurs.

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