Only a few hours after 44Flood launched Ben Templesmith’s new OGN project, “The Squidder”, to the crow-funding site Kickstarter, the 18,000$ goal was met. At the time of writing this piece, it’s been a few days since the project went live, and the funds have reached nearly 63,000$, proving to all of us that this is indeed, the Year of The Squid.
With slightly less than a month left in “The Squidder” campaign, lord knows what possibilities lie in wait for the talented men of 44Flood, especially the head of this project, the dashing Ben Templesmith.
“The Squidder” is a 108-page original hardcover graphic novel written and illustrated by Templesmith, his first creator-owned comic in five years. The story follows an old soldier in a post-apocalyptic world that has left him behind. Templesmith promises the graphic novel will be loaded with Lovecraftian elements, gore, and, of course, some black humor.
Weeks ago when Templesmith mentioned he’d be rolling out a new Kickstarter, he explained it to me as Mad Max meets Cthulhu, which has now become a sort of unofficial logline for the project. For those subsequent weeks I had squids, and luscious, terrifying tentacles dancing in my head. Naturally, being the nerd that I am, I chose to grill Templesmith on the Lovecraftian aspect of the project, and what I got in return was a philosophical dialogue on humanity, social issues, natural forces, creative empowerment, and the power to control your purpose. READ MORE
Sexuality and comics are good buddies. Have been for uhm…ever. Not all comics. Obviously. But a lot of them. If you don’t believe me, go look at the breasts of every female character in any given superhero comic. Actually don’t, because that’s weird.
But recently, we’ve been seeing the psychosexual genre trending upward in comics and graphic novels— “psychosexual” being the psychological issues that come with sexuality. For example, although the sexually intimate relationship between The Joker and Harley Quinn is merely implied, we see Quinn deal with psychosexual breakdowns on the regular.
Now for the real coup. Psychosexual Horror is really starting to find its way into comics. When you add horror to the mix, the psycho part of psychosexual changes a bit. Emotions and sensibilities change. They are emotions and sensibilities you’d have when confronted with horror. So psychosexual horror of a very interesting mix — I’ll just say it, it’s essentially getting turned on by horror.
Over the last five years, there’ve been five psychosexual horror comics/graphic novels released that I highly suggest reading. This is my list of “must read” psychosexual horror comics/graphic novels… so pay attention, you fiends. READ MORE
Farah Al-Hakkak (ShadowJayd) and Lonnie Nadler (Lonmonster) have returned with more weekly commentary for Visions of Horror, to showcase the best horror artists and artwork the comics industry has to offer. By profiling pieces that have made a profound impact in the comics world, The BD Comic Book Crew (as we are henceforth to be known) hopes to ignite a spark of well-deserved appreciation and respect for all the exceptionally talented comic book artists, both living and past.
This week, we’re excited to spotlight one of today’s most prolific and relevant horror artists, Menton J. Matthews III (most popularly known as menton3). Specifically, we will be discussing his unforgettable splash page from Tom Waltz’ “Silent Hill: Past Life” #4, which was nominated for a 2011 Horror Comic Award for “Scene of the Year”. Hit the jump to feast your eyes on the glorious art in question. READ MORE
44FLOOD and IDW are joining forces. This feels like it was only a matter of time knowing that all the guys behind 44FLOOD have worked with IDW extensively in the past. The partnership means that IDW will publish 44FLOOD’s upcoming projects, meaning distribution should run much smoother.
44FLOOD is an artist collective formed by formed by Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith, and menton3. If you haven’t checked out their work, you’re really missing out on some outstanding artistic ventures. READ MORE
Kasra Ghanbari of 44FLOOD curated a show at the prestigious dark art gallery/Paul Booth tattoo parlor in New York City, Last Rites Gallery, to celebrate the “TOME 2: Melancholia” anthology. The show opens this Saturday and is packed with artwork from “TOME” contributors. If you live in NYC, this is quite the opportunity. Not only do you get to see this amazing artwork up close, but many of the artists will be present during the show. To learn more, you can check out my interview with the 44FLOOD team here, hti up the Facebook page, and check out all the show details below. READ MORE
Come October, IDW will be releasing “The Memory Collectors”, an original 3-issue limited series written and illustrated by Menton3. Anyone who has followed Menton’s body of work knows that his illustrations are creamy and surreal, with a touch of realism that combines to make beautifully dark art.
Much like his work, Menton3 likes to keep this mysterious. His overwhelming passion for his projects has him locking up the artistic details until release, which always makes the payoff so grand.
We know little about the plot for “The Memory Collectors”, but what we have been told is enough to make us salivate. And now we have just a little bit more to salivate over. Menton was gracious enough to compile five bits of information, in what I like to call: “5 Things People May Not Expect From The Memory Collectors.” READ MORE
“LUST” is a provocative new book from 44FLOOD. Further diversifying the term “comic book” are Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, and Menton3 telling a prose story with accompanying images. Upon casual observation, it is clear that “LUST” is more than your average comic. It defies the term, but adds to it at the same time. The haunting visuals hang with the dreadfully dark stories to make for one incredible reading experience. READ MORE
The Secret Origin panel series this year at ECCC brings in a bunch of top creators in the industry for one-on-one chats to hear their thoughts on the industry and their upcoming work. Ben Templesmith chatted at length about his career, including his first paid gig on a “Hamlet” adaptation that never saw the light of day.
Templesmith dove into the topic of creator owned comics, and even expressed interested in writing a Lobo story. You can check out the panel recap below. READ MORE
Nick Idell is the owner of AlleyCat Comics and one of the co-founders of the hot new publisher 44FLOOD alongside Ben Templsmith, Menton3, and Kasra Ghanbari. For most, it’s a tough feat to offer a list of all-time favorite horror movies, but you can tell a lot about a person based on their taste in horror. As a special October treat, Nick chimes in with his top 10 favorite horror films of all time with running commentary. Check it out below! READ MORE
The team that brought you the original “30 Days of Night” series is back together for a new project from 44FLOOD titled LUST. Following the wild success of 44FLOOD’s first project, “TOME”, the new publisher took to Kickstarter again this morning to help fund their second project. “LUST” is a 48-page comic/art/prose fusion book written by Steve Niles with art on one-half by menton3 and art on the other half by Ben Templesmith.
The team at 44FLOOD has been teasing this project for the past couple of weeks, and the book is said to explore virtues and vices of our world. This is the first time since “30 Days of Night” that Niles and Templesmith are teaming up, and that was almost a decade ago. The backing options for their Kickstarter offer a wide variety of original artwork from both Templesmith and menton3. I have a feeling this will be funded within a few hours. Check out the details after the jump. READ MORE
If you read horror comics, you know the name Ben Templesmith. Over the past decade Templesmith has solidified his spot as one of the top horror artists in the game. After a brief two year hiatus, he returned to the comics industry this past year with renewed appetite and vision.
Recently, Ben Templesmith co-founded a company called 44FLOOD alongside Menton3, Kasra Ghanbari, and Nick Idell as a way to offer unique comic/art fusion books. Their first project, an annual anthology series called “TOME”, was launched through Kickstarter, reaching it’s goal of $18,400 in only a few hours. Over the past week, 44FLOOD has been teasing a new project called “LUST” through their facebook page that will reunite Ben Templesmith and Steve Niles (more details coming tomorrow). Templesmith sat down with Bloody-disgusting at Montreal Comiccon to discuss his return to the industry, his excitement for the future of 44FLOOD, his views on art, and plenty more. READ MORE