TEASER: "Wild Children" is Not an Assault RifleA comics news article
From Image Comics' press release:
WILD CHILDREN, the explosive new graphic novella by Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo, hits shelves on July 11. A surreal exploration of complacency, the educational system, and violence, WILD CHILDREN has been garnering enthralled reactions from reviewers (inclduing USA Today, which enthused, "With their graphic novella Wild Children, Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo are making it clear once and for all to people that comic books can say something deep about the world...") and comics professionals.
"This is a COMIC. It can't be told any other way, and it can't work in any other medium. And how it works! Ales, Riley, Greg, Clayton… thank you."
-David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist, Wolverine)
"Wild Children reveals the black hole at the center of consensus reality. An artful act of intellectual terrorism that leaves you hopeful instead of dead."
-Douglas Rushkoff (Life, Inc., A.D.D. - Adolescent Demo Division, Program
or Be Programmed)
"I don't know what the hell just happened, but I hope more of it happens soon."
-Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim)
"Ales Kot, through "fictional" aggressive actions of teenagers, lets loose the notion that the comic is metaphor for life as life is metaphor for the comic. Ultimately inseparable, life and story. Inherently, the message is that we live by the story we design for ourselves, we decide what is in the frame and what isn't. And the perfectly sparse art by Riley Rossmo allows for the universe to fill the space between the lines. Together, these creators arrange a deceptively easy to digest study of what makes up an existence. Just read it."
-J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea, Desolation Jones)
"Wild Children is a book that can not exist in a vacuum; it can only exist in our world -- the world that Ales Kot cares so deeply about."
-Tyler Crook (Petrograd, Mike Mignola's B.P.R.D)
“Brilliant. This is more than just a satisfying and stimulating read. It feels like it's a jumping off point, with so many references, it's almost obligatory to have Google to hand. I'll be re-reading this many times. And I love the art. It's rough and ready and sophisticated at the same time. This book has so many chaotic elements but it is clearly the product of disciplined minds.”
“Cutting through metaphors like a hot knife, Wild Children plays on the grammar of the comic book format as a language of the post-modern culture. Beautifully drawn and cleverly written through the lens of a conscious popular culture that is continually creating and consuming itself.”
-David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil)