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BABYLON ISSUE ONE: LOVE IS A DEAD PLACE NOW AVAILABLE!

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This city is a complicated place. The poor are getting poorer every day, and so are the drugs. So what’s a girl to do? How about start a color-coordinated, motorcycle-themed, friendly neighborhood crime syndicate—the Rainbow Princesses. Except these Princesses will give you an ass-whooping worthy of a horror sequel.

As if taking care of the community wasn’t enough, they’re going to have their work even more cut out for them. Assassinations of high govt officials are being streamed to billions, and an ancient city in Nepal, hidden from mankind for millenia, is about to send out the last hope of humanity.

Fall into the world’s best interdimensional sci-fi soap opera, Babylon!

BABYLON ‘LOVE IS A DEAD PLACE’ ISSUE ONE / ALAN CLARK

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REVISED SECOND EDITION OF DISPOSABLE THOUGHT NOW AVAILABLE!

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Cole Scott-Knox-Under, an idealistic technophobe purposefully relegating himself to a minimum-wage fast food job, suddenly notices he is suffering from a strange neurosis: inanimate objects appear to be speaking to him, and the symptoms are worsening.

Hallucinations of lethal drink lids, personified congratulations balloons, desperate old VHS tapes, buried-alive beepers, chatty styrofoam cups, and a holocaust of waste threaten to sever him from his family, friends and job. Or are they hallucinations at all?

This final installment of a triptych of novels about technology & madness, sends characters both animate and inanimate on a sweeping adventure into neurosis, metaphysics, drinking, love, garbage, crazed artists and entrepreneurs, powerful furniture magnates, family politics, world revolution, hyperbolic intellectuals, and, eventually, into South Dakota.

A weird dark comedy examining one of the foundational pieces of U.S. modernity and crisis—disposability, in all its concrete and abstract forms.

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“Bramble’s postmodern maximalism calls to mind Thomas Pynchon and William T. Vollmann; his grim dystopianism, Orwell and Margaret Atwood; his overt social criticism, Richard Wright and Kurt Vonnegut…confirms the prodigious talent of its author.”
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“DISPOSABLE THOUGHT/AFFLICTION INCLUDED” BUNDLE

Special Release Sale! Order the “Disposable Thought/Affliction Included” Bundle now, and receive Disposable Thought at a discount of $2, and Affliction Included at a discount of $4. ($3 Shipping and Handling Included In Price.)

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After spending his youth as the son of a dissident mother who tried and failed to plot the overthrow of the consolidated world government, Stanly Borque was punished for political crimes he didn’t commit. Now, years later, he’s none other than a compliant corporate employee working in the midst of the same authoritarian, oligarchical system of total social surveillance his mother had hoped to eradicate. Which doesn’t actually bother him too much—until a business trip to Ghana where a bizarre accident catapults him back into the world of the powerful, and the inescapable arms of the regime.

As an inept participant in so much conspiracy, he’ll be confronted with a barrage of possibly important questions along the way. Like, is freedom a dead concept? Why did a global pandemic of suicides cause a tenth of the world’s population to do itself in? And, is there reason to hope anymore? A story of the world in the total opposite of disarray, and what it means when reality is at odds with the human spirit.

“It’s a rare and wonderful thing to chance upon a novelist this young already writing with this much precision, this much control, and having this much fun with it all. Steven T. Bramble is a writer to watch, and to be reading—not later—but now.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Demon Theory and Mongrels

 

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PREORDER RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHERS / BY ALAN CLARK

Issue II of the graphic novel, In Search of the Black Panthers. (Shipping and Handling Included in Price.)

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TITLES BY ALAN CLARK

‘IN SEARCH OF THE BLACK PANTHERS: THE MIDDLE PASSAGE’ / ALAN CLARK

A five-part series on the history of African people in the Americas and the historical trauma that created the Black Panther Party.

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THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF COSMIC DEATH MONKEY

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A meditation.

 

 

BABYLON ‘LOVE IS A DEAD PLACE’ ISSUE TWO / ALAN CLARK

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An ancient city deep within the mountains of Nepal, secret from mankind for millennia, dispatches mankind’s last hope for saving them from the brink of oblivion. Best of luck!

‘Love is a Dead Place’ is a five-part series of an ongoing soap opera. This a graphic novel series for adult people with terrible mind-stuff. Comes with an Issue One PDF, free!

“Skillfully rendered and arresting, [Clark’s] illustrations invite reverie and instill a desire to return to look again.”  —Oakland Magazine

 

 

BABYLON ‘LOVE IS A DEAD PLACE’ ISSUE THREE / ALAN CLARK

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It’s another day in Babylon. The girls are at it again, this time dropping homemade printer-drugs, enjoying the local racism (it’s super in now!), performing assassinations for the community—and then the most fucked up revenge you’ve ever seen. Also introducing, the bad guy!

‘Love is a Dead Place’ is a five-part series of an ongoing soap opera. This a graphic novel series for adult people with terrible mind-stuff. Comes with an Issue One PDF, free!

“Skillfully rendered and arresting, [Clark’s] illustrations invite reverie and instill a desire to return to look again.”  —Oakland Magazine

 

TITLES BY STEVEN T. BRAMBLE

AFFLICTION INCLUDED / STEVEN T. BRAMBLE

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After spending his youth as the son of a dissident mother who tried and failed to plot the overthrow of the consolidated world government, Stanly Borque was punished for political crimes he didn’t commit. Now, years later, he’s none other than a compliant corporate employee working in the midst of the same authoritarian, oligarchical system of total social surveillance his mother had hoped to eradicate. Which doesn’t actually bother him too much—until a business trip to Ghana where a bizarre accident catapults him back into the world of the powerful, and the inescapable arms of the regime.

As an inept participant in so much conspiracy, he’ll be confronted with a barrage of possibly important questions along the way. Like, is freedom a dead concept? Why did a global pandemic of suicides cause a tenth of the world’s population to do itself in? And, is there reason to hope anymore? A story of the world in the total opposite of disarray, and what it means when reality is at odds with the human spirit.

“It’s a rare and wonderful thing to chance upon a novelist this young already writing with this much precision, this much control, and having this much fun with it all. Steven T. Bramble is a writer to watch, and to be reading—not later—but now.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Demon Theory and Mongrels

 

 

GRID CITY OVERLOAD / STEVEN T. BRAMBLE

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Set in the fictional city of Grid, CO—a sprawling metropolis built to look intentionally futuristic—Grid City Overload swirls around three central characters: a budding uppers addict, an informational psychopath, and a schizotypal soda factory worker who believes he’s a fish.

Two interlocking conspiracies are slowly converging on this trio who are all socially, as well as psychologically, vulnerable to advanced technology in a city that has fostered a technocracy. A ubiquitous software company, InfoZebra, begins construction on a massive new corporate headquarters at the heart of Grid. At the same time, the legal rights to a dying woman’s head are called into question. At the center is a prodigiously skilled hacker known as XittyXat (in reality a young woman named Amy Arsenault, an informational psychopath obsessed with manipulating reality through digital means) who transforms both situations into scandals, and in so doing embroils the people surrounding her—knowing and unknowing.

What results is a journey into the minds of the citizens, and objects, of Grid. Based on Alvin Toffler’s theory of information overload from his 1970 book Future Shock, the novel tells the story of people living in the final years of the Information/Technology Age as humanity nudges into a new era of advancement. Narrated by a diverse cast, including monastic cultists, overfueled addicts, anti-identity authors, a jethead inventor of a modern religion, a retired hitman, and a sentient phone fraught by love and revolution, a portrait of high-tech civilization emerges in which human beings are abstract and reality takes on a new meaning.

Honorable Mention in Foreword’s 2012 Book of the Year Contest

“…equal parts fast-paced mystery and thoughtful, existential reflection…Grid City Overload is in many ways the Bright Lights, Big City of the current generation.”  —Foreword

“The reader is presented with these intersecting narratives and versions of their truth in a world that is speeding increasingly toward an information apocalypse…forces you to examine the amount of information you receive on a daily basis, and how you are receiving it.”  —Long Beach Post

“Steven T. Bramble is a writer to watch, and to be reading—not later—but now.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Bird is Gone and The Fast Red Road

 

TITLES BY DEAN WESTERFIELD & JEFF GUARINO

DUST OF MIDIAN / WESTERFIELD & GUARINO

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Thousands of years ago, in the sprawling tent-city of Midian, a reluctant leader of his adopted people stands at the crossroads of great change. Avoiding political power and seeing himself as a seeker of truth, he makes the daily decision to shape his world and himself by staring down duty and reflecting back what he sees by telling stories, becoming a giant over time, stepping across the ages.

Black and white art
600 pages, perfect bound 7.5 X 10

Each book is signed and sketched before shipping.

Here is a link to a video flip-through of the book, although the cover is a previous iteration: Dust of Midian

“Dust of Midian is an amazing achievement…set in a lovely background that features amazing black and white linework by Westerfield…Guarino seems to know just how much or how little to say.”  —Panel Patter

 

 

AMBOY POP. 5 / WESTERFIELD & GUARINO

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Amboy used to be a thriving desert town and popular watering hole along Route 66 in the ’50s. Now it’s a small, mostly abandoned rest-stop along an isolated stretch of road nobody travels anymore.

The town itself plays host today to at least four souls: Bob, an old man taking care of his withdrawn and invalid wife, Alaine.

Larry, who lives on the other side of 66 and is caretaker of the old motel and café, now largely fallen into disrepair.

And Larry’s faithful canine companion, Jackson.

This quiet, mostly wordless story depicts the life of two isolated men attempting to find meaning and place in the middle of nowhere.

Black and white art
200 pages, perfect bound

Each book is signed and sketched before shipping.

Here is a link to a video flip-through of the book: 
Amboy, Pop. 5

 

 

THE CAVEMAN SPEAKS / WESTERFIELD & GUARINO

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$8.00

Sometime around 2004, we completed a 40-page, wordless comix story about the intersection of art and sex. It featured a caveman. We called it Skin and Bones.

A little more than a decade later, we returned to this character and put words in his mouth.

This collection of short comix pieces are an excuse for us to say whatever is on our minds and blame it on our nameless caveman.

The Caveman Speaks contains 28 pages of comix, including 8 pages that are colored, a first for us. It sports a nifty wrap-around color cover, and we’ve included a rare and recently revised wordless story from 2004.

As usual, if you buy a book from us, we will sign it and draw in it.

Thanks for looking,
Jeff and Dean

 

 

B-SIDES / DEAN WESTERFIELD

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This solo, autobiographical book by Dean Westerfield features short comix pieces about music. Vignettes recount Dean’s discovery of punk rock, his first time slamming, and his ruminations on the Bad Brains and Nirvana.

32 pages, saddle stitched
Black and white

Each book is signed and sketched before shipping.

Here’s a flip-through of the book: B-Sides.