In the future, there will be slave ships again.
At least according to Concrete Park, a gritty and gorgeously drawn science fiction comic by Tony Puryear, and co-created by Erika Alexander (from Living Single!) and Robert Alexander. It’s like City of God meets Firefly. After reading the first issue, I was blown away. The town the story is set in is appropriately called Scare City. In this dystopian future, turfs will be formed like how they are today—through segregation, forced and “chain” migration, and extreme poverty. In this story, ethnic divides are still a very real thing. No colorblind, whitewashed future here!
Every page was action packed, and something was always blowing up—whether it be because of beef or debt. The characters are also beautifully drawn, and damn that dreamy Luca and her curves… <3
It’s also sad to discover how difficult the road was to get to the production of this comic. There’a a great interview between Hilton Collins and Erika Alexander over at Bleeding Cool about this. It’s goes into the problems in dealing with the racist gatekeepers that make up hollywood and mainstream media. This was originally a movie/TV show pitch, but the team was told:
”black people don’t like science fiction — they don’t see themselves in the future.”
To which, Erika goes into more detail:
Hilton: Did the executive’s words about your pitch surprise you? How did it feel to hear that?
Erika:[laughs] We were very surprised. We were actually shocked by his blatant racism. It wasn’t just that he said that black people wouldn’t like it. His assumption was that you’re only making it for black people, so that’s the problem. You have people, they give themselves the tag of white Hollywood liberals, and they can often be some of the most racist people you’ve ever met.
So far, I am loving the first issue, and I look forward to finding out the fate of the M-80s and seeing more of their planet, Oasis. You can get Concrete Park at Dark Horse
Rihanna in Italy (Aug. 27)
I think it’s a great day. I ate an egg bagel that Lev’s slut made me. I internet-acquired three pairs of very rare Ray Bans. I’m doing awesome - Frances Ha (2012)
Mythology Meme- 2/3 Locations: Helheim (Hel)
Helheim (“house of Hel”) is one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. It is ruled by Hel, the monstrous daughter of the trickster god Loki and his wife Angrboda. This cold, dark and misty abode of the dead is located in the world of Niflheim, on the lowest level of the Norse universe. Those who die of old age or disease, and those not killed in battle, go to Helheim while those who die bravely on the battlefield go to Valhalla. The entrance to Helheim is guarded by Garm, a monstrous hound, and Modgud. The giant Hraesvelg sits at the edge of the world, overlooking Helheim, in the form of an eagle with flapping wings he makes the wind blow.
WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: AUSTRALIAOriginally located in Arnhem Land, The Australian College of Sorcery and Witchcraft was a sprawling campus of large huts that eventually coalesced into one single structure. The college detached from mainland Australia soon after British settlement in order maintain their practices and culture. Ever since, the school has been drifting haphazardly in the ocean, although it never strays far from the Australian coast for ancient magic keeps the school tethered to Australian soil. Every year, a team of witches and wizards must be employed to anchor the floating campus so students aren’t forced into a cat-and-mouse chase at the beginning of the year in order to attend school (a frustrating endeavour which often results in the postponing of classes due to a large number of absences). To students’ great enjoyment, various creatures (including the occasional mermaid) can often be found sunbathing around the perimeter of the campus which gently slopes into the water. Due to their exposure to unusually friendly oceanic creatures, the college boasts incredibly extensive courses in aquatic-life studies, and is held in high esteem by the international wizarding community for its innovations in water magic.
This is all gonna be a memory when we get to El Rey. It’s gonna be blue agave, sunshine, and beaches. Just you and me, buddy. It’s you and me.
"Lucifer implies demons. I have none as of yet, but I probably should initiate a few …"
The Wicked + The Divine #2
We like to talk big… vampires do. “I’m going to destroy the world.” That’s just tough-guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You’ve got…dog racing, Manchester united. And you’ve got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It’s all right here.