BAD RELIGION guitarist and Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz has teamed up with 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles and Halo-8 creator Matt Pizzolo to start a new project entitled Black Mask Studios.
For the companies first release, they plan to put together a “compilation” called Occupy Comics It will include work from Mike Allred, “V for Vendetta/Watchmen” creator Alan Moore, David Lloyd, Molly Crabapple, Douglas Rushkoff and many more.
Pizzolo talked to Wired about disrupting the current comic model:
It’s become this monopolized walled garden where you’re only allowed to grow two things: superheroes and movie treatments. We’re going to open new space outside the entrenched market where we can cultivate more subversive experimental and literary comics to reach broader audiences.
Gurewitz also talked about the project, saying:
Comics and punk have a lot in common, being transgressive art forms with under-appreciated potential for social influence. Leveraging Matt’s brilliant Occupy Comics model with Black Mask Studios might be disruptive, in a really good way, for both artists and fans.
Wired has some art samples from the first release.