On Saturday, November 18th, Black Mask Studios will release six limited edition items to commemorate Local Comic Shop Day, a nationwide event that celebrates locally owned independent comic book specialty stores. The Los Angeles-based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including THE DREGS, KIM & KIM, and SPACE RIDERS is releasing three limited edition hardcovers, a CALEXIT bandana and two “DIY” Lenticular hardcovers for some of their acclaimed titles.
"To me comic shops are the heart of the comic industry,” said 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK writer Matthew Rosenberg. “It's where comics live. And Local Comic Shop Day is a fun chance to do something cool and unique for our fans that also celebrates that heart."
“LCS Day celebrates places that are vital to the comics community, which are one part book club, one part hang out, and one part cultural center for fans and future tastemakers,” said BLACK co-creator Kwanza Osajyefo.
The Black Mask Studios Local Comic Shop Day releases are as follows:
4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK – Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Hardcover. 208 pages. $29.99
“Exploding with ambition and love of the medium!” — Brian K Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man)
4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans. When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father's life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices: let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige makes a bad decision. And we can’t look away.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Boss pull off something almost as rare as a successful bank heist: a seamless collaboration that celebrates their, and our favorite, cultural touchstones—with loving nods to THE GODFATHER, STAR WARS, SCARFACE, and the films of Wes Anderson, Sidney Lumet and Quentin Tarantino—while creating a story that is immediate and original.
BLACK – Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Hardcover. 160 pages. $34.99
“Daring, exhilarating.” — AV CLUB
In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers?
Co-created by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith III, illustrated by Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle, and featuring a cover by illustrator Khary Randolph, BLACK follows the story of a young man, who, having miraculously survived being shot by police, learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. He must decide whether it's safer to keep history’s secret, or if the truth will set him free.
YOUNG TERRORISTS – Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Hardcover. 224 pages. $29.99
“A call to action, a creation of pure passion, and a damn terrifying look into a seedy world that can’t be ignored…. Mixing the shady politics of House Of Cards and the unyielding revenge-fueled spirit behind The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Young Terrorists is a stand out political thrill ride that focuses on the darkest corners of corruption.”— BLOODY DISGUSTING
From writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan — the creators of the acclaimed and controversial CALEXIT comic book — comes YOUNG TERRORISTS, in which a young heiress discovers her father is part of a tyrannical new world order and vows to burn his whole empire down.
Local Comic Shop Day CALEXIT “Mulholland Resistance” bandana. $9.99
Join the resistance with this black bandana inspired by the flag of The Mulholland Resistance, Zora’s band of black masked revolutionaries from the pages of Black Mask Studios’ breakout hit CALEXIT.
Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive: DIY Lenticular Hardcover Options for BLACK and YOUNG TERRORISTS
Artist Amancay Nahuelpan provides illustrated lenticular cards, which shops or readers can affix to their Local Comic Shop Day book for a DIY lenticular cover or keep separate as a special collectible sticker.
"Local Comic Shop Day is a celebration of the lifeblood of the comics market,” said Matteo Pizzolo, Co-Founder of Black Mask Comics and writer of the acclaimed CALEXIT comic book. “Every day, comic shop clerks champion stories, turn readers into fans, and integrate the culture of comics into their local communities. LCSD is one of the ways we all show our appreciation to local comic shops and the communities they foster."