Happy belated returns of April, Gatherers! Here we are again braving the spring elements waiting on that blazing summer once more. Then again, in balmy Southern California, did any of us really have much of a winter to begin with? Anyway, why am I giving you a weather forecast when you’re quite clearly wanting some good Picks to enjoy?! Sit tight and lets see what looks good out there in the indie world this week!
Live Work #1 (of 6)
Writer(s): Pat Palermo
Artist(s): Pat Palermo
Cover Artist(s): Pat Palermo
Synopsis: “Welcome to 2007 New York, a year before the financial crash, in which a provisional community of young artists attempt to come together to carve out a space for themselves and launch their own careers, all while toiling in the margins of the booming New York art world. Welcome to the world of Live/Work!”
Sometimes you just have to leave the world of superheroes, mystery, action and adventure aside to embrace the tenets of realism. And in this work by Pat Palermo you get all that and more as it gives you insight into what the life of young artists trying to make it in the Big Apple is like. In truth it makes one wonder if this story is comparable to all artists and the struggles they go through in the midst of the world around them.
Survival Fetish #1 (of 5)
Writer(s): Patrick Kindlon
Artist(s): Antonio Fuso
Cover Artist(s): Antonio Fuso, Tyler Boss
Publisher: Black Mask
Synopsis: “Downtown Honolulu is a sniper alley, and Saheer runs it better than anyone. He’s a local celebrity for transporting medicine and information across a no-man’s land occupied by militias and street gangs. But what people say about you is never the full story, and when the cheers die out Saheer is left with just his anxieties… and his secrets. The first of a five-issue series that keeps its foot pressed on your adrenal gland. From Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, There’s Nothing There, S.H.I.E.L.D.: Quake) and illustrator Antonio Fuso (James Bond), Survival Fetish is a pulse-pounding thrill-ride that mixes political intrigue with deep characters and high octane action.”
People tend to become celebrities for a variety of reasons. But when someone vies for popularity due to how they can dodge a bullet in a bullet ridden world where society is divided into warring clans, that celebrity becomes even more a precious commodity. For Saheer, it’s all he’s got, and without it his purpose may be called into question entirely.
Realism has come home to roost for us adoring fans this week, Grand Geeks! Sniper-driven survival instincts coupled with struggling for one’s art. Topics like these and others are what await you at the mere click of button on your keyboard or the touch of your tablet or phone screen. But I would encourage you to take that last full measure of fandom and march right down to your local comic store and show your support for their business by getting the hardcopy editions themselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start up a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, Gatherers, remember…GGG!