SEATTLE, WASH., March 18, 2021—Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Ed Piskor’s ambitious, new horror comic book series Red Room is getting a Free Comic Book Day Issue with Fantagraphics. The Red Room Free Comic Book Day issue will showcase the dark and twisted world of Red Room, where criminals livestream murders on the dark web for fun and profit. Fantagraphics will publish the debut issue of Red Room on May 19, 2021 with an oversized 64-page first issue, featuring a standard cover by Piskor, as well as orderable variant covers by Piskor, Street Angel artist Jim Rugg (who co-hosts the popular Cartoonist Kayfabe with Piskor) and superstar artist Peach Momoko. The Red Room Free Comic Book Day issue will be available nationwide on August 14, 2021.
Best known for documenting the history of hip hop with the best-selling Hip Hop Family Tree graphic novels and for distilling more than 8,000 pages of Marvel Comics continuity into the seamless masterpiece X-Men Grand Design, Red Room represents a significant milestone for the cartoonist: the creation of his first creator-owned, shared universe.
“Red Room is a cyberpunk, outlaw, splatterpunk comic that you can’t unsee once you feast your eyes on the mayhem,” said Piskor. “Think of Red Room as modern day E.C. Comics, infused with the dream of Black Mirror. These are subversive, stand alone stories that are all part of a larger, twisted narrative.”
The series will be told through a series of interconnected, stand alone stories, focusing on unsavory characters that lurk in the most grotesque corners of cyberspace. The murders are a mystery, the victims unknown. Aided by the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency, business is booming and the viewership is ever-growing.
The Red Room Free Comic Book Day issue will feature 100% original content, no reprints, all exclusive to FCBD, and will come out just as the first four-issue series arc ends and the second is about to begin. Though the series itself is for mature readers, this FCBD issue is PG-13.
Piskor has been teasing Red Room on Patreon and Cartoonist Kayfabe, his popular podcast with cartoonist Jim Rugg. “We’re going to be talking about Red Room on each and every episode of Cartoonist Kayfabe,” said Jim Rugg. “Comic book shops are going to want to have plenty on hand with issue 1 drops in May.”
Red Room will be released in a variety of formats. The series will be published as monthly, four-issue arcs in a standard 32-page comic book format at $3.99 each, with the exception of May’s first issue, which will be a specially priced, 64-page double-sized issue selling for $6.99. In the fall of 2021, the first four issues will be collected into a trade paperback. Once the Red Room saga is complete, there will be a total of 12 single issues and three trade paperbacks.
“This is no-holds-barred cartooning,” said Piskor. “Fantagraphics is the perfect publisher for this book, because Gary Groth is a fighter. I’m going to push the boundaries with this book and I knew I needed to have a publisher that will unequivocally have my back.”
“We’re thrilled to both be continuing our relationship with Ed, who’s given us the perfect opportunity to get back into the monthly comic book periodical business,” said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “Red Room peels back the curtain on a shadowy side of humanity. The series is chock full of graphically horrific imagery, punctuated by Ed’s sharp sense of humor, gorgeous cartooning, and dynamic storytelling.”
Red Room issue 1 is available for pre-order via Fantagraphics:
Red Room issue 2 is is available for pre-order via Fantagraphics:
The Red Room variant covers will be available from Diamond, ahead of final orders closing:
Red Room #1 Ed Piskor variant cover: 615200815950-00121
Red Room #1 Jim Rugg variant cover: 615200815950-00131
Red Room #1 Peach Momoko variant cover: 615200815950-00141
“This comic is going to make some people’s heads explode when they read it,” said Piskor. “There are already thousands of pre-orders for issue 1, so fans should let their stores know now if they want it added to their pull lists, especially if they want one of the collectible variants.”
Issue 1 will be published on May 19, 2021.
For more info, follow:
Red Room #1
By Ed Piskor
Diamond Order Code: XXXX
64 pages • Full Color • 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Red Room: The Antisocial Network
By Ed Piskor
160 pages • Full Color
Softcover • 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
About Ed Piskor:
Ed Piskor was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a former student of The Kubert School and collaborated with underground comics pioneer Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) before creating the New York Times Best-Selling series Hip Hop Family Tree and the Marvel Comics series X-Men: Grand Design. Piskor has built a cult following in the comics industry with his viral YouTube channel, Cartoonist Kayfabe, with videos that get tens of thousands of daily views.
For over 45 years, Fantagraphics has published the very best comics and graphic novels that the medium has to offer. Our mission is to celebrate great cartooning in all of its incarnations, from the form’s early luminaries to contemporary artists currently forging the future of visual storytelling. Not content to rest on our laurels and extensive roster of talented artists, we constantly seek out fresh voices from across the globe. Thus, we honor the rich history of comics while providing a platform for bold new stories, styles, and perspectives that push the boundaries of the medium. Fantagraphics remains peerless in our commitment to be the publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists.