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This July, acclaimed comic book creators Matt Fraction (Hawkeye,Casanova, Iron Man) and Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS, AMERICAN FLAGG) will take readers back to the Golden Age of Television, a time when innocence was as manufactured a fiction as the perfect families in the comedies that captivated audiences at home. Their new Image Comics series SATELLITE SAM, debuting in July, takes a look at the darkness behind the small screen when, in 1951, Carlyle Bishop, the star of the beloved serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a filthy flophouse.
Carlyle’s son Michael has a hunch that his father’s death was anything but natural, but the only clue is a box full of photographs of women in various states of undress — and Mike can’t bring himself to stay sober long enough to make any sense of it.
For Fraction and Chaykin, SATELLITE SAM is a chance to tell a murder mystery while simultaneously divesting the 1950s of its mantle of moral purity.
“It’s a detective story, a history of television, and a record of addiction, sex, and depravity during a time when the antiseptic shine off Ozzie and Harriet obscure what was really happening in the world,” said writer Fraction. “And these are just a few of the many joys that come from telling a story about television while it was being invented as a mass medium in New York City.”
The creative team researched television’s early days in preparation for the series, getting a feel for the era and for the people who lived real lives while inventing an idealized — and fictionalized — image of families and relationships.
“We’d been talking about SATELLITE SAM for a while, but what really got it going was a long Winter’s day Matt and I spent wandering New York, feeling the city’s ghosts, its lost and found architecture, ending up at the Paley Center, where we watched kinescopes of long dead men and women, acting out children’s fantasies, while living complex lives off-camera,” said Chaykin. “To say that I’m both having the time of my life collaborating on this project, and getting my ass kicked in the process, is to grossly understate the case.”
SATELLITE SAM is an ongoing black-and-white series. Its first issue can be pre-ordered now from the May issue of Previews and will be in stores on July 3.
From Michelle Nguyen
Adrian and I will be at Stumptown Comic Fest this weekend! Come stop by at Table C02 to see some exclusive fest swag and chat us up :D
Now, since you guys are so awesome, have a comic about how to pet your cat. Just in case you guys forgot!
Hi, I’m Daniel Way and I’m the writer and co-creator of Gun Theory. I, along with artist Jon Proctor, are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund publication of the book. You can find out more—and contribute!—at…
FINALLY, I can tell you guys! For the last few months, I’ve been doing concept art for a short, retro-pixel-art-style RPG that will be downloadable on the PS Vita. The project is being led by Wolfgang Wozniak with final art and animation being done by the super awesome Jackson Lango. This poster is ~somewhere~ at GDC right now, and I think we should have a few prints available for sale soon.
Expect a lot more art posts and information in the coming weeks!
I’m tabling at the Stumptown Comics Fest (Table F6) Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at the Portland Convention Center. I’m debuting two new limited-run 12x12” prints at the Fest: “Super Cosplay Dance Party” and “Pete & Brucilla” (pictured above). Lines by me. Colors by Bill Mudron. All-ages. Comes in a custom envelope printed with B&W lineart and art credits. Only 10 bucks each.