Black Mask Studios with writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan are bringing another politically charged comic series, Calexit, to stands this May.
Calexit aims to capture the #Resist and #NotMyPresident political movements in comic book form by telling a story of California resisting a democratically elected fascist, autocratic President. In fact, this President lost the state of California by almost 3.5 million votes nearly a 2-to-1 margin. And the people of California aren’t going to let him rule over them. They take to the streets in massive protests and shutdown two of the largest international airports in California’s LAX and SFO.
The President ignores their protestations and signs an executive order to deport all immigrants. In response, California declares itself a Sanctuary State.
Well, the President responds by instituting martial law. That’s where the series picks up. After a year of martial law in Occupied Los Angeles, Calexit will follow along with Jamil, a 25-year old courier and Zora, a 27-year old leader of the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance. The two meet in a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles where they escape together.
“This is a special moment in the history of comics. We’re experiencing a real renaissance of progressive and political comic books and graphic novels,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios. “It’s not by accident that the first comic to win a National Book Award is the incredible MARCH by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, or that images of anti-fascist superheroes are capturing the imaginations of people around the world right now. There’s never been a more diverse range of comics that speak to our politics here at home or to the unrest around the world.”
“I can’t think of a time when confronting the status quo with progressive, political art has been more important,” said Brett Gurewitz, co-founder Black Mask. “Black Mask Studios has consistently focused on stories that are both entertaining and have a real message driving them. With OCCUPY COMICS, we published stories devoted to the goals and themes of the Occupy movement. Since then, we published stories about living under a fascist state (GODKILLER), about fighting celebrity politicians (YOUNG TERRORISTS) and gentrification (THE DREGS). We’ve published the 2017 GLAAD nominee KIM & KIM, and the creators of the breakout hit BLACK have donated proceeds to Black Lives Matter. The fact that the comic market is supporting brave voices like these is a real testament to comics’ crucial role in our national and international cultural dialogue.”