What if California refused to be ruled by a tyrannical President? Comic book readers will discover the answer to that question starting on July 12, 2017, when Black Mask Studios publishes the first issue of the eagerly anticipated comic book series CALEXIT by writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan.
“California has been the hub of the anti-Trump resistance since the first hours of the new administration, but what if that resistance turned to revolution? A new series from Black Mask Studios promises to take us into a world where a Left Coast uprising gets real.”–FORBES
“Never one to shy away from controversial topics, Black Mask Studios is wading deep into the current political tumult with its latest project: CALEXIT.” — CBR
CALEXIT “wants to inspire readers as much as it does depress them—each issue of the series will also include non-fictional material pointing readers to upcoming Senate and House seat midterm elections in 2018, in an attempt to drive wider political engagement.”–io9
“Provocative.” — FORCES OF GEEK
“With California’s secession movement gaining momentum, it was only a matter of time before someone turned the state’s dissent into art.”–AV CLUB
“Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan put the politics back into comics.” — BLEEDING COOL
“Comics meets social commentary – always a good idea.”— David Lloyd
What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?
This is the world of CALEXIT, the new ongoing comic book series launching on July 12th from Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including SPACE RIDERS, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KIM & KIM and BLACK. Together writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan, the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, have created a timely title about resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.
“This is a special moment in the history of comics. We’re experiencing a real renaissance of progressive and political comic books and graphic novels,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios and the writer of CALEXIT. “It’s not by accident that the first comic to win a National Book Award is the incredible MARCH by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or that images of anti-fascist superheroes are capturing the imaginations of people around the world right now. There’s never been a more diverse range of comics that speak to our politics here at home or to the unrest around the world.”
In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from Occupied Los Angeles where martial law has been in place for the past year — ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.
“I can’t think of a time when confronting the status quo with progressive, political art has been more important,” said Brett Gurewitz, co-founder Black Mask. “Black Mask Studios has consistently focused on stories that are both entertaining and have a real message driving them. With OCCUPY COMICS, we published stories devoted to the goals and themes of the Occupy movement. Since then, we published stories about living under a fascist state (GODKILLER), about fighting celebrity politicians (YOUNG TERRORISTS) and gentrification (THE DREGS). We’ve published the 2017 GLAAD nominee KIM & KIM, and the creators of the breakout hit BLACK have donated proceeds to Black Lives Matter. The fact that the comic market is supporting brave voices like these is a real testament to comics’ crucial role in our national and international cultural dialogue.”