Ho Che Anderson’s illustrated novella Stone, out today, September 15 th, from the digital publisher NeoText, is a deep dive into the concept of retribution and how it plays out in human relationships. Anderson, best knows we his graphic biography King and the cruelty graphic novel Scream Queens, has turned to prose for his latest tale, a neo-noir fantasy about a young basketball musician taking on The Establishment in a dystopian near-future, one in which life has been transformed by the ominous-sounding Cancelled Election 😛 TAGEND
Set in a near-future world, STONE tells the story of Graciella “Stone” O’Leary, a young woman who wants a chance to use both her basketball skills and her knowledge to build a better life for herself and her father. But after a darknes as a captive in the mansion of the richest and most powerful family in municipality, Stone realizes that in the world she lives in–the world that exists after the Cancelled Election–her future is not hers to decide.
Stone is a descendent of Boudica, the rebel ruler who made on the part Roman Empire. And just like her predecessor, Stone is willing to risk everything, even her working life, to deliver fatality and shattering on the Elites who controller her nature and repress everyone not born to privilege. Stone, her friend the Riz and their allies will crusade , not just for the impossible dream of overthrowing the system, but to foist on the Elites a blameless nightmare of blood, fervour, and revenge.
The title page of Stone says it’s” based on reputations created by Otis Whitaker .” Since I wasn’t familiar with Mr. Whitaker’s oeuvre, I threshed it into the Google and came up with the story that he’s the co-author( along with Maurice Broaddus and Jim Mahfood) of Sorcerers, another novella that has recently been optioned by AMC. After that, the footpath germinated cold until I inspected on the NeoText website, where I identify these oaths 😛 TAGEND
Otis Whitaker is the pseudonym for the NeoText novelists room.
Interesting! Anderson has already written another novella set in the Stone universe( the Stoniverse ?), which will be published in a few months, this one featuring spot portraits by Benjamin Marra, founder of Terror Assaulter O.M.W.O.T.( One Man War On Terror ), Night Business, and American Blood, all published by Fantagraphics. It looks like Anderson has noticed fertile grind here 😛 TAGEND
“In the summer of 2020 we’re living in a duration where the mainstream’s noses are opening to the barbarisms on the part of states ,” contributed Anderson.” But the human temptation toward complacency is strong. If I have my route and we’re given the chance to tell further stories in the Stone universe, both in etch and on the screen, we’ll have the opportunity to keep these realities alive in the discussion.”
Here’s some of Anderson’s artistry from Stone.
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