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Third Eye Faithful, we are honored and totally stoked to be hosting the one and only PAUL POPE for the release of his graphic novel ESCAPO, courtesy of the very talented folks at Z2 Comics!
Folks, I gotta tell you: Pope is a true legend in the world of comics, with a style of comic storytelling that has influenced an countless creators, and left it’s mark on many fans worldwide.
His work on series like HEAVY LIQUID, THB, BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED, and most recently, BATTLING BOY, has been incredible, and we are totally amped to have the man himself here to kick off his incredible graphic novel release: ESCAPO!
What’s the scoop on ESCAPO? Like a feverish mash-up of Fellini films, Heavy Metal magazine, and classic Jack Kirby comics, ESCAPO tells the tale of a circus escape artist extraordinaire, who can escape from any situation — even from DEATH himself!
However, there is one force even more powerful than the Reaper which Escapo must face.
This gorgeous meditation on life, love and mortality is not to be missed! Fully colored, and laid out in the French BD format, featuring 50+ additional pages of bonus content, this release of ESCAPO is a must-have for long-time fans of Pope, as well as a great place to sample the man’s work for those of you who may not have had the chance.
Other Great Works by Paul Pope
In addition to ESCAPO, Paul Pope has done a ton of other incredible projects, and we’ll be sure to have plenty of each on hand (along with tons of ESCAPO) for you guys to check out!
First off, we’ll talk about one that we know many of you have already fallen in love with: the iconic BATTLING BOY, which just recently debuted here at Third Eye. In BATTLING BOY, Pope delivers a mash-up of pure Jack Kirby-infused comic energy and modern mythology to make one heck of an awesome read.
In the spirit of truly all age books that anyone can enjoy, like BONE, THE AMULET, and MOUSE GUARD, Battling Boy tells the story of a boy dropped on a world by his warrior god father. Only problem? There’s an infestation of bloodthirsty monsters awaiting him, and all his dad leaves him with is a trunk full of enchanted t-shirts, a magic credit card, and instructions to not come home until he’s liberated the planet from its plague of monsters.
It’s one kid vs. an entire world full of monsters. And, folks: the monsters don’t stand a chance.
Pope’s art leaps off the page here, as he crafts a truly epic modern fantasy tale that keys in on our love of giant kaiju monsters, and classic comic book.
Another favorite of our’s by Paul Pope is his classic take on the Dark Knight in BATMAN: YEAR ONE HUNDRED. This iconic reinvention of the Batman mythos remains one of our favorite BATMAN graphic novels of all-time, and if you haven’t checked it out: you have go to give it a shot.
It’s the year 2039, and a federal agent is murdered in Gotham City, leaving the Batman, a forgotten icon from the past, wanted for the murder.
Paul Pope’s classic 100% is a must-have, with it’s subversive, and dystopian tone. This book which could be called a graphic movie moreso than a graphic novel, tells three separate but interconnected stories in Pope’s trademark dynamic style, shifting viewpoints and characters across the urban maze of 2038 Manhattan.
Filled with wit, charm, sex, and menace, 100% brings a surprisingly true-feeling future to gritty life.
In ONE TRICK RIP OFF, young lovers Tubby and Vim want to escape — escape the mistakes they’ve made, the lives they’ve lived, and the dirty city weighing them down! Their plan is simple: all they have to do is rip-off Tubby’s pals: the One Tricks – the toughest street gang in LA. And, if they pull it off? They’re set for life.
If not, their lives won’t matter much anyway. What was going to be a straight-forward, smooth heist becomes a fast paced battle to the death. Pope delivers big time with this incredible, stylized noir tale that grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go.