NBM to publish Chad Michael Ward's 'Black Rust'

Thu, May 29th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

"...like a hot stripper performing at a postmortem examination."

Tim Bradstreet

[Black Rust]This August, NBM launches an exciting new talent in fantasy art, Chad

Michael Ward.

He's already got, even before his first book is out, two rather important fans: Tim Bradstreet and Warren Ellis. Let's just let them tell you why Ward commands your attention:

"Totally relevant to its place and time, it exudes a decadent SF that mainstream culture is three steps behind. Think about it for a second. Chad Michael Ward with his computer, his digital Gutenberg press, a hugely disruptive technology, using it to reflect back at the world what's in his eyes and ears, using secret photographs to create a darkly infinite library of images that don't exist. Something that isn't real, but which he somehow lets you touch. Like black rust."

So says Warren Ellis from his foreword. In the afterword to the book, Tim

Bradstreet adds:

"We share a similar vision. You can't teach it. It is a thing that comes

from the depths and is spawned from emotions and feeling. Ward pours it out

through his tablet and onto his computer monitor. His canvas is digital. His

brushes, an extension of his subconscious. The characters exist in a

dreamscape, shrouded in smudge, sweat, mist, grit, grime, and blood. A

vision through a semi-blurred lens that sharpens to focus in all the right


Black Rust is a collection of extraordinary visions linked with a bit of

story, a background that introduces you to a possible world of the future,

one where bio-engineering and robotics have blurred the lines of humanity

and its sexuality. A world on the edge, a fascinating landscape.

9x12, 96pp., full color trade pb., $18.95, coming in August, order from your

comics bookstore, Diamond order code JUN032433.

For more information and a preview of the art, visit the Black Rust website at http://www.digitalapocalypse.com/blackrust

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