Saturday, January 3, 2015

TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and Fantagraphics


ANNOUNCEMENT

TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) will be published as a graphic novel by Fantagraphics. It will come out in the fall of 2015. Below is the press release:

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Fantagraphics Teams Up With Benjamin Marra To Explode Your Head Off

JANUARY 2, 2015, SEATTLE, WA—Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Benjamin Marra’s TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror), to be released in the Fall 2015 season. Cartoonist Benjamin Marra brilliantly satirizes America’s obsession with justice — and disinterest in consequences — via a highly stylized, hyper-masculine style that evokes 1980s independent comics and, to a lesser extent, the blissfully ignorant aesthetics of 1990s Image Comics like Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood. Gushing with violence, sex, and international politics, TERROR ASSAULTER batters down the boundaries between psychedelia, political commentary, and aggressive expressionism.

TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) is a graphic novel about a man on a mission for the greatest nation on earth: America! He must defeat Terror at all costs, as long as it leaves time for steamy dates with hot chicks. The man’s codename is O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and he is a walking punching fist, shooting gun, and fucking cock. He is the world’s greatest protector. He is a villain’s worst nightmare.

“Benjamin Marra’s comics have a real visceral energy to them that I find very alluring,” explains Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “I’ve been a fan for a number of years and I’m glad my badgering him to do a book with us finally wore him down. In an era when torture has become a mere policy issue rather than a human rights abuse, sometimes you just need to underscore the absurdity of it all, and Terror Assaulter delivers in spades.”

“I’m beyond thrilled to have my first long-form comic book narrative to find a home with Fantagraphics, a publisher with an unparalleled legacy in the medium,” says cartoonist Benjamin Marra. “With TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) I hope to create a story readers will never forget, alter American foreign policy forever and shatter human civilization. But let’s just say...I hope those who take the time to read it are entertained above all else.”

Benjamin Marra is the controversial and influential creator of the comic books  Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse, The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction), Lincoln Washington: Free Man!, and Blades & Lazers. Marra has been compared to pulpy comics stylists like Paul Gulacy and Jim Steranko, as well as underground comix legends like R. Crumb and Spain Rodriguez, and even the Beat writers. His art is beyond the cutting edge; his work is in the cut itself.

Marra received a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University; studied in Florence, Italy; and earned his M.F.A. degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he draws comics and is a designer for the MLB Advanced Media.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

SOUTHERN CROSS Variant Cover

My variant cover for the upcoming Image Comics series, SOUTHERN CROSS, from Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Heroes Con 2014

I'll be at Heroes Con this weekend in Charlotte, NC. Heroes Con is one of the best cons I've ever been to. It's just an incredible production and complete cross-section of all things Comics. If you live down south, make every effort to attend. It's fantastic.
This year, I'll have two new books available: TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and BLADES & LAZERS 2 (should the shipping from the printer come through in time).

I will also have a ton of original artwork for sale and will be doing commissions all weekend. You can check out my original artwork for sale on my Storenvy site here.

I'll be at TABLE #1107 on the Indie Island on the convention floor with my good friend, Matthew D. Smith. See map below.

Also, I will be on a couple of panels over the weekend with some awesome fellow creators:

12:00 pm
Room 203BINDIE CREATORSThe DOLLAR BIN’s ADAM DAUGHETTEE sits down with some of the most talented denizens of INDY ISLAND. Adam will chew the fat with AARON CONLEY (Sabretooth Swordsman), SCOTT C. (Amazing Everything), JIM RUGG (Supermag), BEN MARRA (Blades and Lazers) and ALEXIS ZIRITT (The Package). Miss this one at your own peril!

2:00 pm
Room 207ABPERIOD INFLUENCETOM SPURGEON of COMICS REPORTER interviews BEN MARRA, JIM RUGG, KATIE SKELLY and TOM SCIOLI. They will discuss Period influences in their artwork and storytelling. Hold my calls, I’m going to this one.







Friday, June 13, 2014