Concrete Park Returns With New Monthly Mini-Series, Only-In-Print Bonus Stories

21 Jul

July 21st, 2014


Concrete Park Returns With New Monthly Mini-Series, Only-In-Print Bonus Stories

Award-winning graphic novel from Dark Horse is in stores September 3.

Los Angeles, CA – July 21, 2014 – Concrete Park, the critically-acclaimed sci-fi graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics, will return in a five-issue, monthly mini-series, Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T, debuting September 3. The series is drawn and co-written by Tony Puryear (Eraser), and co-written by Erika Alexander, and will be announced by Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 24. In addition to 22 pages of all-new story material, each print issue will carry an exclusive, only-in-print bonus story featuring “Talladega™,” a mysterious new character whose exploits will impact the main drama in unexpected ways.

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T continues and expands the world of the gritty science-fiction epic. Set in a disturbing near-future, it chronicles the adventures of a group of young human exiles on a distant desert planet. The first volume of the story, Concrete Park: You Send Me, was selected as one of The Best American Comics 2013 and appeared in the pages of Dark Horse Presents, the Eisner Award-winning anthology. Concrete Park was created by Puryear, Alexander, and her brother, Robert Alexander.

The five-part bonus story, Talladega in ‘A World of Hurt,’ is unusual in that it follows a fictitious character within the Concrete Park story world. Talladega is the star of a series of movies and videos, watched by everyone in Scare City. She’s a thief, a will-o’-the-wisp  in magnetic boots who rides the skies of the planet Oasis standing, Silver Surfer-style, atop her flying car. Everyone in this rough part of the universe knows Talladega and her bigger-than-life adventures are fake. Everyone is wrong, and as the five-issue R-E-S-P-E-C-T miniseries progresses, Talladega may fly off the screen and into the streets of Scare City.

The bonus story is co-written and drawn by Tony Puryear and co-written by Erika Alexander. Presented in a restrained three-color palette, drawn in a comic-strip style, the bonus story has a different look and feel from Concrete Park’s Technicolor desert hues.

Erika explains the personal appeal of the Talladega character with a reference to her own unique-for-a-comics-creator biography: “As an actress who’s starred on a couple of hit series that are still in re-runs, I know a little something about being a split personality. When the real me walks into a room, she’s preceded by “Cousin Pam” from The Cosby Show, or “Max” from Living Single, as well as all of the expectations fans have for those two characters. I’m always afraid I’m disappointing them. It can be a strange way to live.”

Why a print-only bonus story? Tony Puryear explains:First, we love print, and we fell in love with comics you could hold in your hands, swap with your friends and collect. Second, we love comics shops, and we want retailers to have something special from Concrete Park that you cant’t get anywhere else; you have to come into the store. Third, it’s a chance to play with a different look and feel for our world and to tell story in a different way. Lastly, Talladega is cool, and to build this crazy story in a story is so much fun.”

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T begins its five month run September 3.

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1 Cover

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1 Cover

Image 1: The cover of Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-C-T pages 14-15

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-C-T pages 14-15

Image 2: A spread from Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T Talladega™

Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T Talladega™

Image 3: Talladega™, the star of the bonus story

About Concrete Park

Created by screenwriter Tony Puryear (Eraser), actress Erika Alexander (Living Single) and Robert Alexander, Concrete Park was first serialized in the pages of Dark Horse Presents, the Eisner Award-winning anthology. The series was selected as one of The Best American Comics, 2013. A Dark Horse hardcover, Concrete Park Vol. 1: You Send Me will be released October 14.

Concrete Park deals with issues of race, poverty and exile. It tells a dark and provocative story that takes place in a massive city on a distant, desert planet (think Cairo or Rio in space). Young human exiles from Earth must fight to make a new world there. They are “young, violent and ten billion miles from home.” Amid the struggle to survive this harsh urban environment there is also a fight for hope and beauty, that proverbial “rose in Spanish Harlem.”

With its warring factions, its feuds and passions, with its intricate backstory and deeply-elaborated world, Concrete Park has been compared by fans to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but with samba music and cyborgs.

Erika Alexander co-writes and Puryear co-writes and draws, inks and colors the book. Reviews have been glowing:

Technorati says: “Concrete Park should be a stand-alone comic. It’s gorgeous and building in intensity.”

Inside Pulse calls Concrete Park “fascinating” and adds “I’m appreciating the level of thought and planning on display in this series.”

Comics Bulletin says: Every time I think I know what is going on in Concrete Park, (it) throws me for a loop. I have to read more.”

Read About Comics said: “(Puryear’s) art… instantly grabbed my attention. His thick, heavy inks are striking, forming his characters with a great deal of confidence and force. Through his art, you instantly get a feel for this near-future (city); …the swagger of (the) characters and their surroundings just bursts off of the page.”

About the Dark Horse Originals imprint

Editor Philip Simon says: “Our goal was to make sure that our more genre-blind, adult-friendly, intellectual, and one-of-a-kind “original vision” projects by artists both renowned and unknown had a special place in the company. It was an idea all of our editors working with eclectic, visionary creators rallied around, and it allowed us to consolidate and showcase a unique and stylish side of Dark Horse.”

Contact: Tony Puryear

or: Jeremy Atkins
Director of Publicity, Dark Horse Comics

Concrete Park co-creator, co-writer and artist, Tony Puryear

Concrete Park co-creator, co-writer and artist, Tony Puryear

Concrete Park co-creator and co-writer, actress Erika Alexander

Concrete Park co-creator and co-writer, actress Erika Alexander

Concrete Park co-creator Robert Alexander

Concrete Park co-creator Robert Alexander


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