Another announcement coming from Black Mask Studios today relates to their initiative to bring the music and comics industries closer together, as they did with “12 Reasons To Die” in 2013. This time around they bring in metalcore band Earth Crisis to the animal activist “Liberator”.
“Salvation of Innocents” will be written by “Liberator” creator Matt Miner along with Earth Crisis. Javier Aranda and Joaquin Pereyra will provide the art. The first issue hits shops on March 5th, and a new album from Earth Crisis lands on March 4th. See all the details below.
Now wrapping up its critically-acclaimed debut slate, Black Mask Studios, the creator-supporting comics publisher founded by Matt Pizzolo (founder OCCUPY COMICS, Halo-8), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records),and Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), has presented a sneak peek of its March 2014 offerings with plans to unveil the full slate next month.
MUSIC CULTURE & TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING
Following through on the company’s mandate of utilizing transmedia-storytelling and music culture to bring comics creators to new audiences, March’s releases include another music-comic crossover concept project in the mold of slate one’s 12 REASONS TO DIE by RZA and Ghostface Killah, this time teaming legendary animal rights hardcore punk band Earth Crisis with the animal-avenging vigilante story LIBERATOR.
The 12 Reasons To Die comic book sold nearly as many copies in record stores as it did in comic book stores, demonstrating how effective this multi-pronged distribution approach can be at finding new readers for comic book creators.
CULTIVATING A SAFE SPACE FOR COLLABORATION
Black Mask’s primary goal is to support comics creators, and part of that is by cultivating a space where creators can feel safe to support one another. The March debuting LIBERATOR Volume 1 collected book reflects this mission’s success so far, with the book featuring 40 brand new, previously unreleased comic stories taking place in the world of Liberator written by a range of creators including Tim Seeley (REVIVAL, HACK/SLASH), Ales Kot (IRON PATRIOT, ZERO), Ed Brisson (SECRET AVENGERS, SHELTERED), Alex de Campi (GRINDHOUSE), Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Fabian Rangel Jr (DOC UNKNOWN), Megan Hutchison (OCCUPY COMICS), Matt Pizzolo (GODKILLER), Matthew Rosenberg (12 REASONS TO DIE), and Adam Egypt Mortimer (BALLISTIC).
LIBERATOR/EARTH CRISIS: Salvation of Innocents #1
32 pages / T+ / Full-color / $3.99
Comic book street date: March 5
Album street date: March 4 (Candlelight Records)
“Earth Crisis has wanted to have a comic that went along with an album’s lyrical concept for a while, but we didn’t think one existed that shared the same vision of the band, until now! Liberator and Matt Miner are just what we’ve been waiting for, and we are honored to have him help us tell the story!” -Earth Crisis
“Working with EARTH CRISIS on the comic book side of Salvation of Innocents has been a dream project for me. Our styles, ethics, and ideologies are a fitting match and I’m super excited for folks to read the story.” -Matt Miner, creator Liberator
“It’s crazy to me that it took twenty years for comics to produce a set of animal-minded vigilantes strong enough to roll with EARTH CRISIS. It’s probably the most perfectly aligned superhero team-up ever.” -Matt Pizzolo, Black Mask Studios
Why it’s awesome: Hardcore punk legends Earth Crisis join forces with Liberator for this unique comics & music collaboration, telling the story of a young janitor in an animal testing lab who stumbles on a dark conspiracy and is inspired to rescue the animals.
Different sides of the same story are told in the simultaneously released comic book and concept album.
Synopsis: When Sarah Mann takes a crappy custodial job at a cosmetics lab, she discovers cold-blooded scientist Dr. Elena Reznik’s secret facility where illegal vivisections are performed on live, conscious animals. Inspired by the stories of Jeanette and Damon’s animal liberations, Sarah pulls on her own mask and sets out to rescue the tortured animals.
“Salvation of Innocents isn’t just the story of a badass vigilante rescuing animals. It’s a challenging hero story because it’s true, and it’s the type of heroism any of us can step up and do ourselves.” -Matt Pizzolo, Black Mask Studios
“It’s refreshing to see a comic hero fighting for something I care about, rather than protecting the financial security of the rich.” (-Earth First Journal)
Creator: Matt Miner
Producer: Matt Pizzolo
Writers: Matt Miner, Earth Crisis
Illustrators: Javier Aranda (pencils/inks), Joaquin Pereyra (colors).
Cover A: Menton3
Cover B: Rod Reis