Saints #1

Dec. 4th, 2015 01:52 pm
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"I was drawn in the moment Ben pitched the idea to me: What if the Patron Saints returned to earth and their martyrdom became their superpower. I had gone to Catholic school, I'm first generation Irish-American, really deep in religious guilt—I thought it was brilliant. It's been the most fun I've had writing something because it deals with things I'm really interested in. Deep things like what people believe in and why, but also funny and frivolous things like heavy metal. The book is thoughtful, for sure, but also insanely funny. Kind of like a Dogma on steroids. That's what makes it a joy."

- Sean Lewis

"In Saints, you have these characters, housing the souls of revered religious martyrs, that still need to eat, sleep, drink, and figure out what the hell is going on in their lives. I want to capture this balance of the contemporary mundanity with a classical sense of the monumental. Drawing on inspiration from John Singer Sargent, Giambattista Tiepolo, David Lynch, 19 Kids and Counting, Eastern Orthodox Icons, and Slipknot… I hope to create a visual milieu that although clean and simple on surface, houses a much more tumultuous interior life."

- Benjamin Mackey


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"Wait, this comic is about a group that robs from mega-churches and gives the money to charity? That's cool as hell! This comic is really great!"

- Robert Kirkman

"The Tithe's aim is true - targeting the hypocrisy born of naivete. As such it will piss off a lot of people. My only regret is that I didn't write it. Well, done, Mr. Hawkins!"

- Jim Valentino

"If you're fan of heist movies like Heat and The Town, you'll get a kick out of The Tithe. Instead of banks or art museums however, we're robbing mega-churches and the morality of all involved is put to the test."

- Matt Hawkins


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"You're trying to pin this on us?! Marville failed sales-wise because we couldn't accept your grand vision of world peace? We only wanted superheroes punching each other. Go to hell! Your comic didn't succeed because it started as a lame, unfunny parody of the comic book industry and then it was an inaccurate, moronic tale about God and the universe. It failed because it SUCKED!"- Linkara

Writer: Bill Jemas
Artist: Mark Bright
Inker: Paul Neary
Colorist: Transparency Digital

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"Among other things, this gave me the opportunity to finally read MARVILLE, which was prominently stocked. (MARVILLE was Bill Jemas' entry in Marvel's "cancellation sweepstakes" against the renumbered CAPTAIN MARVEL and whatever the other thing was, neither of which were in evidence, meaning either MARVILLE's getting some sort of distribution preference or the others are selling better.) I've read pissy reviews of MARVILLE, so I had some idea of what I was getting into, but I don't think reviewers have quite understood what a work of genius the book is. Certainly being that hamfisted and that obscure in a single story takes some sort of genius. I remember when Bill and Joe made their move at Marvel, and complained about the sort of story that you have to have inside information (like knowledge of Marvel's entire continuity history) to understand, and this certainly stands apart from that, but it's the exact same sin, a compendium of snipes and in-jokes really meant only for the cognoscenti, and pretty much guaranteed to baffle outsiders at the same time it drives home the nail that superhero comic books are really, really stupid. And this is from the guy who runs the company. (MARVILLE also became a topic of heat from retailers recently, when Marvel decided to run the second issue gratis on their website, rendering those non-returnable copies the retailers had ordered long before potentially unsalable, on the principle that you don't buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.)" - Steven Grant of Permanent Damage referencing the second issue

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"I will be honest: I was lying slightly with that “he is not the first of anything” line. Apparently he is the first modern human. You know, in 100,000 BC. And everyone else walking around is a Neanderthal. But it’s cool, because Logan can breed with them and he is, in fact, the father of the entire human race. I guess that makes this prehistoric Canada. Let’s set aside the multiple holes in that logic for a little, and get on with the story, where our modern-day clan is feeling attracted to the Neanderthal village we’re now ending up in. Jack handily tells us that our modern DNA feels a “natural bond” with our less-evolved ancestors, which is why Al, Lucy, and Mickey (man it’s been a while since I typed those names out in full) are wanting to get it on with the prehistoric pretties. Thank goodness Jack is here to remind us that this is all completely true, though. I mean, how can you argue with this logic?"- Fletcher “Syrg” Arnett

Writer: Bill Jemas
Artist: Mark Bright
Inker: Paul Neary
Colorist: Transparency Digital

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The biggest difference is that "Punk Rock Jesus" is a much more mature book with more complicated themes than anything I've done before. I think it reflects what I've learned in the years between these books, the things I've read, the influences I've discovered, etc. "Punk Rock Jesus" was in my head before "Off-Road" -- the reason I put it aside was that I knew I wasn't ready for a project that intense. Only in the last few years have I felt more like I'm in a better place to handle the task.” – Sean Murphy

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"I relate a lot to Chris. While I agree with most everything he says, his tactics are wrong. He's the version of me that never saw the value of diplomacy and patience. On my worst days, or when I'm drunk, I'm sure I can spout off a bit like Chris does from time to time. But I try not to." - Sean Murphy

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In February and March 1974, SF writer Philip K. Dick had a series of hallucinatory experiences which influenced the remainder of his personal life and literary career. Although he generally treated these as genuine spiritual revelations, on which he wrote a massive journal commentary he called the Exegesis, he did occasionally consider the possibilities that these visions were symptoms of schizophrenia or a temporal lobe epilepsy. Whatever they were, in 1981 Dick sat with interviewer Gregg Rickman to discuss them, and in the summer of 1986, R. Crumb illustrated some excerpts in Weirdo #17. 2⅔ pages out of 8.

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One thing I'd like to be clear about: Punk Rock Jesus isn't a book about atheism nor am I grinding my ax. My wife is religious and so are my parents, and I'd be stunned if they didn't enjoy this book. There's a character in the book for everyone--at least that's how I've tried to write it. Nothing would bother me more if I had Christian readers who stopped being Sean Murphy fans because of Punk Rock Jesus.” – Sean Murphy

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