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Dec. 31, 2007

Isotope : A Post-Apocalyptic...Relationship Drama?!

Link: A short Preview for the IDW edition of Therefore Repent from the folks at Isotope comics in San Fransisco.

When I first heard about the book, an original graphic novel about a post-rapture world in which magic works, thoughts of the terrific Strange Girl by Rick Remender (who actually worked with Therefore Repent's artist Salgood Sam on Sea of Red) popped into my head. But after reading the preview for the book I have to say that despite the similar Hollywood style pitch, no two books could be more uniquely different.

Therefore Repent! approaches the Rapture in a very interesting human manner, despite the fact that our tour guides are a bird-headed girl, her mummy-wrapped boyfriend, and a talking dog. Yes, I know... I tend to not like the talking animal books either. Like I said, this book really surprised me!

Juxtaposing between oddly normal moments, in this case taking over a raptured couples' apartment and clearing out their garbage... with the violent retribution of the angel militia that still police those left behind, author Jim Monroe serves up a thinking man's look at the post-rapture apocalypse. And it's hard not to sit up and notice a book that so artfully explores the fundamental truth that even in end-of-the-world conditions our relationships, both good and those falling to dust, still take precedence over all else.

Really not like anything else out there, and definitely worth checking out!

Sweet, and to add a layer to this, i don't know if they know this, but i was also briefly going to do the art chores for Strange girl, if i had this would have been even more interesting a contrast between books.

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Dec. 29, 2007

Therefore Repent! Review on The Outhouse

After getting some high profile but middling reviews of my work recently, it's nice to have someone not be put off a bit by my detailed art...

LINK: I recently received from my awesome retailer a free advance sample of Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam's Therefore Repent. It is a self-published graphic novel about the survivors of the rapture, those left behind and not taken to heaven. I think it's a really interesting take on an apocalypse-based story. I've read the Left Behind books (the entire series) and I've spent a considerable amount of time reading about the "end of the world" in the bible. In fact, my dad spent a lot of time reading about prophecies and we had many discussions about it during his time. So with my apparent interest in the story, I ordered a copy and received it in the mail yesterday. Of course, I read it right away.

The story starts out with the main characters, Raven and Mummy, who have to deal with their relationship in a new setting in post-rapture Chicago. In a similar fashion to comics like Y: The Last Man or Wasteland, the narrative spends a good deal of time setting up what the world is like after the apparent crisis, and Munroe does a find job establishing a world that doesn't seem as grim and hopeless as the bible does. One of the big details is that magic now works after the rapture, but those who do magic risk being grotesquely deformed for it. I really like this idea because it seems to really work with the biblical "Devil's time on earth" stuff that the book of Revelations spouts. I also like this because it adds depth to the characters in the book. Salgood Sam's art on these characters just tattoos your mind because he draws them so well.

So we have Raven and Mummy, two characters who use magic, and become deformed for it. I found that the relationship between Raven and Mummy being the central focus of the narrative to be well executed, and that the setting blending in around them works so well with the intended message or finality that Munroe has in the story. The end of the story may seem preachy, but it attempts to put a different spin on the way God works and the whole reasoning behind the rapture. It spoke to me and my own personal beliefs and yet it was not preachy at all. It was a very pleasant ending. Salgood Sam's art is fantastic. I'd first seen his work on Sea of Red and I thought it was quite fascinating. This book is no exception and I actually like it a lot more. It may be in black and white, but his art really tells a story and if the word balloons were taken out, this story could thrive on his art. I really enjoyed his dog drawings.

If any of the rapture stuff interests you, I'd recommend this book. It will be available for release in 2008 from IDW, or you can buy it from Jim Munroe's website It's really a nice book to read and I'm glad to have come across it. I've passed my sampler along to someone in hopes they will enjoy this book as much as I did. Oh, and if you do buy it from Jim's website, he autographs it and writes a little something, which is really neat! I think all writers should do that.

And don't forget, the 15th of Jan, our IDW edition hots the comic shops. If you haven't pre-ordered yours please do, more we sell this excellent book [thats not hype, I'm very proud of this book, think we did good here] the more time i can work on the next one before i have to think about the next paycheck.
The Diamond catalog # is NOV073660, ISBN:978-1-60010-146-1.

Happy new years and best of luck in the new one!


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Dream Life 008inks

Some art without the wash work, I'm feeling like a really good stride if being hit right now with this. Nothing against the last project at all, but it's so nice to be doing something i wrote myself right now. Primarily because of things like this: this was NOT in the script for these two pages, was just going to have a big panorama of the landscape. But the idea hit and i ran with it. No one to check with, i could strike while the irons were hot and it came out lovely, and will add a nice bit of layering to the story with this figure showing up in Charlie's dream here.

More to come when i get back from the holidays.

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Dec. 20, 2007

Cover mock up for Dream Life...

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001 from dream life

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Dec. 17, 2007

Dream life 003

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Dec. 16, 2007

We always knew politics was a comic affair | In the season's harvest of graphic novels, Nathalie Atkinson finds that the personal is political

Got a mention in the Globe and Mail weekend books section! Not exactly raving but they liked it, and got the point of the story i think for the most part nicely - though I'd split hairs about the solders being strictly evil...

"In Therefore Repent!, by Jim Munroe and drawn by Salgood Sam (No Media Kings/ECW, 160 pages, $16), the vision of the near, post-Rapture future is more surreal. Jesus is Dubya's White House sidekick (they are on a cross-country evangelical-political tour), but the book focuses on the lives of average people, mostly through the relationship between Mummy and Raven, a couple who are "left behind."

The heavily shaded artwork is often busy and over-detailed, but Therefore Repent! is also filled with its own rich collection of small details. On a subway map, many of the stations are crossed out by hand, a medium channels the Internet rather than spirits, and a group called "splitters" believes the second phase of the Rapture is imminent. These details often pose more questions than they answer. Why are the angels, who look like present-day young American soldiers, so evil? Why does magic now work? How is it that a dog can talk? Much is left for the reader to fill in, making the work stronger and more interesting."

Can't please them all, but it's a great nod just the same i think:)

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Dec. 6, 2007

Forgive us our sins -


Local illustrator Salgood Sam and author Jim Munroe create a post-Rapture work in Therefore Repent!


When prolific indie author, quick and dirty filmmaker and DIY organizer Jim Munroe got a grant to create Therefore Repent!, a full-length "post-Rapture" graphic novel, Montreal-based, long-time Munroe fan and sometime collaborator Salgood Sam jumped at the chance to render it. "I'd read an early Munroe novella at a zine fair when I was 19 or 20 and I really liked it," says Sam. "I've been following his stuff ever since. When you really identify with a writer's vision, they've tapped the voice you hear inside yourself, they're appealing to you on that level." Sam spent more than a year meticulously bringing Munroe's ideas to life, drawing on skills honed in both the indie comics realm and through years of grunt work for the likes of Marvel. "Jim's a good writer to collaborate with because he was into gearing it into what I was into doing," Sam says. "I didn't have to do any contortions to visualize the script as I was reading it." Munroe agrees. "He's perfect, because he can do the hipsters and the hellspawn," says Munroe. "He can do urban settings very well and true to life, but also fascinating fantastical things."

Therefore Repent! begins with the arrival of the fascinating and fantastical Raven and Mummy in a near-future Chicago. Munroe, who's based in Toronto, set the story in an American city because, as he quips, "They go together like peanut butter and jelly, America and the Rapture." 144,000 Christians have floated up to heaven, Jesus has joined George W. in the White House, and heavily armed angels from on high are descending to do the Lord's dirty work on Earth. Things would seem quite hopeless for the rest of us godless (i.e. not fundamentalist) sorts, except that magic is afoot...everything from Eastern cosmic insights to transubstantiation actually works. Soon enough, a grassroots magical insurgency starts to form.

"I was inspired by this idea that the most powerful people in America purport to literally believe in Christians floating into the air, into heaven, which is what George W. Bush says he believes in," says Munroe. "That's pretty mind blowing, that in their own mythology they'd have something that wild-especially when the conservatives have problems with Harry Potter."

After a more ambiguous approach to the idea of evil in An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil, Munroe decided to go for a dark fantasy scenario in which, if miracles, angels and such were to be given free play, then other forms of magic would be just as valid. "Well, if people are going to float into the air, how about less top-down magical manifestations?" Munroe says. "Religion is very top-down, it's God or who God specifically anoints. But if there is magic from on high, then it is going to emerge from below as well, if people are willing to explore it and not kowtow to the powers that be. I like the idea of it being nascent in all of us, but only if we embrace it-individual power, rather than waiting for other people to anoint us. The whole DIY, coming from the grassroots thing."

Therefore Repent! launches this Saturday,
Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Drawn & Quarterly
Bookstore (211 Bernard W.)

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Dec. 4, 2007

Second Audio add for Therefore Repent!

This is getting first playing in ISR101

Problem with the player? grab the mp3 here.

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