By Staff Reports
Heading your way on January 25th, Black Mask is proud to present THE DREGS, a 4-issue smart and unique horror comic book mini-series written by new voices Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson with evocative artwork by Eric Zawadzki (Last Born) and Dee Cunniffe (X’ed).
THE DREGS is a crime noir murder-mystery that takes place among the homeless in Vancouver during a period of gentrification, but in this sordid tale the gentrification is manifested as an upscale restaurant abducting homeless people to serve as a culinary feast for the most elite of foodies. It plays as a gripping horror mystery and also as an urgent metaphor, like a modern Sweeney Todd with a noir spin.
Zac, Lonnie, Eric, and Dee’s storytelling mixes well-wrought mystery, paranoia, and the madness of an unreliable narrator with a sharp, street-level message.
“Incredibly bold.” – RYAN FERRIER (D4VE, Kennel Block Blues)
“The Dregs is the kind of story comics needs right now. It’s a reminder that the purpose of art isn’t just to make everyone feel good; sometimes it’s the job of art to grab us by the lapels and show us the things we choose to ignore. The Dregs does just that, and it does it very, very well.” – MICHAEL MORECI (Roche Limit)
“When reality is this grim, sometimes it takes a brutal tale of lost friendship and cannibalism to help make sense of it.” – VICE
THE DREGS #1
Written by: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Art by: Eric Zawadzki
Colored by: Dee Cunniffe
In Stores: Jan 25, 2017
A gentrified city. Its homeless population restricted to six square blocks called The Dregs. When people start disappearing, a drug addled homeless man obsessed with detective fiction becomes addicted to solving the mystery. Equal parts Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote set in a thriving metropolis that literally cannibalizes the poor, The Dregs is the first homeless meta noir ever made.
What are folks saying about it?
“Really confident… builds the world wonderfully.” – STEVE ORLANDO (Midnighter & Apollo)
“Exceptional… A chilling Grand Guignol narrative rooted in major issues facing big cities.” – A.V. CLUB
“Smart formalist meta-noir set across a backdrop of homelessness and gentrification.” – CURT PIRES (The Forevers, Pop)
“Highly provocative.” – TIM DANIEL (Burning Fields, Enormous)
“Black Mask is known for bold and innovative comic books and this one is no different… this series features the classic struggle between the rich and poor but with a violent twist.” – MULTIVERSITY COMICS
“Masterful visual work going on, and a delicious mystery simmering beneath.” – KURTIS WIEBE (Rat Queens)