If you find yourself in New York City next week the day before New York Comic Con, you might consider swinging through Brooklyn for the Oni Press event at Bergen Street Comics described as “the most radical of all signings known to man” — and perhaps chimpanzee.
Radical or not, the Wednesday event will feature Petrograd collaborators Phillip Gelatt and Tyler Crook and Guerillas creator Brahm Revel.
Published last year by Oni, Petrograd follows a reluctant British spy who during World War I was assigned to orchestrate the death of Grigori Rasputin, the most trusted desire to Russia’s tsarina and the country surrogate ruler. Set during the Vietnam War, Guerillas features a platoon of chain-smoking chimpanzees that’s been transformed into the most dangerous fighting force in the jungles.
The signing party begins Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. at Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St, Brooklyn. New York Comic Con kicks off Thursday at the Jacob Javits Center. Read the full announcement below:
Creator Brahm Revel’s Guerrillas series, about a squad of chimpanzees fighting in the Vietnam War, started as a mini-series at Image Comics, with Oni Press eventually publishing a collection of those issues last October. Revel still has two more graphic novels starring the simian soldiers he’d like to publish, and he’s turned to Kickstarter to speed up the process.
“While my publisher provides a modest advance, the majority of my pay on the book comes after the book is published,” Revel said on his Kickstarter page. “To pay day-to-day living expenses until then, I have to keep a day job as a freelance illustrator and work on the book in my spare time. If I can raise the money to pay those expenses outright, I will be able to focus all of my attention on the book instead of having to take any new illustration jobs.”
Like with all Kickstarter projects, he’s offering a series of rewards based on what you contribute, which range from free stickers to actually being drawn into the book. I’d love to see the next edition, so I’ve already contributed. If you’re curious to see what the book looks like, Revel has some preview pages up on his blog.