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'A brilliant piece of dystopian fiction.'
'2017's Most Dangerous Comic.'
LA WEEKLY - Black Mask Cover Feature -- Black Mask Studios Is Dragging the Comic Book Medium Into the Politically Aware Era...
At Comic-Con, Calexit will be working with the grassroots organizing group Indivisible: San Diego on a voter registration drive. Pizzolo is also doing a special panel with the Indivisible organizers. He's determined to not only tell important, all-inclusive stories but also to make sure that translates into important, real-world work.
Yeah, this isn't The Avengers.
ROLLING STONE -- Black Mask Draws the Resistance: LA-based anti-establishment comics company Black Mask Studios kicked off Comic Con with the announcement they'll produce an official Mr. Robot prequel penned by the show's writing team. "I feel like Mr. Robot has that punk vibe to it, so we thought an indie publisher would fit nicely with that," showrunner Sam Esmail said. But fsociety isn't the only way Black Mask is drop-kicking fascism: They ran a voter registration drive on the convention floor and debuted a one-off issue, CALEXIT: All Systems San Diego (a riff on the Rocket from the Crypt album), about a young woman fighting DHS internment camps through pirate radio. The publisher also dedicated precious panel time to amplify brand new work from subversive creators such as Vita Ayala (The Wilds) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black [AF]).
SAN DIEGO CITY BEAT -- Although it's set in a brutal near-future, CALEXIT is a comic book struggling to outpace the vicious present... Pizzolo says the story emphasizes the characters and not polemic, but the comic is, indeed, a form of political activism: Each issue includes interviews with progressive candidates and community organizers.
SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE -- Dozens of San Diegans will arrive at Comic-Con this weekend to register voters for the midterm elections. The drive will be led by comic book publisher Matteo Pizzolo, of Black Mask Studios, and the local chapter of the political group Indivisible.
The drive's theme will be 'Voting Is My Superpower' and volunteers will be wearing capes as they seek to register voters inside and outside the convention center each full day of Comic-Con.
Pizzolo - who authored a comic book about an effort for California to secede from the nation know as 'Calexit' - will also headline a panel discussion at Comickaze in Liberty Station on Saturday at 2 p.m. on the local effects of the nation's immigration policy. He'll be joined by representatives of Indivisible, the ACLU and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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