Way back in the mid 90′s I was reading a lot of Vertigo comics for their brand of goth inflected urban horror & fantasy. It was a pretty good time for Vertigo, some interesting work was coming out at that time. It wouldn’t have been unusual for me to pick up a Vertigo book, just because it was Vertigo… even if I didn’t know who the creators were. That was the case with 7 Miles A Second. Who was David Wojnarowicz? I didn’t know, but his Polish sounding name made me curious. James Romberger? Never heard of him, but the few snippets of his art I’d seen were intriguing. Once I opened the comic and started reading it, the art detonated in my head… Jason T. Miles over at the defunct (but not dead!) ComicsComics site said it best:
James Romberger is a discovery for me. His work here is awesome and its difficult to look at because it READS. He has an inviting line and he’s got that magic cartoon thing where I feel shoulder to shoulder with his ink. I feel projected into his graphic world. His lettering is lettering! (Dear 2023 Reader, there was a time when comics were only lettered by computers pretending to be humans. I know it sounds stupid but that’s why all that old stuff looks old.) Romberger’s lettering fits somewhere between Alex Toth and Aaron Cometbus. Romberger appears to be coming from the Toth, 80s Mazzucchelli, Tony Salmons side of the yard but in someways he’s more restrained and direct, more functional and attentive to conjuring Wojnarowicz’s script. Flipping through the comic, the layouts look choppy but all those hard breaks evaporate and the eye willingly, thankfully let’s Romberger drive. And its a seasick road because the story is fucked! [read the rest here]
Back then, I never dreamed that I’d ever be publishing James’ work (heck I never dreamed I’d ever be a publisher!). Fast forward to today, and I’m honored to announce Post York a new comic-book by James Romberger! Here’s what it’s all about:
Post York is a multimedia project that takes the form of a comic book with a musical flexidisc attached. The story is set in New York City after the polar ice caps melt. A young man navigates the flooded city, looking for something, anything, anyone…to start again. The comic book by James Romberger takes a postmodern turn as it uses improvisatory cinematic techniques to make the reader a focus group for a pair of alternative endings. The song by Crosby extends the story into another medium to add deeper emotional resonance.
James Romberger’s acclaimed graphic novels include 7 Miles a Second (a new edition is due in December 2012 from Fantagraphics!) with legendary artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz and artist and punk diva Marguerite Van Cook, and Aaron and Ahmed (DC/Vertigo, 2010), with Guggenhiem fellow Jay Cantor. The main character of Post York is modeled on James’ son Crosby, the MC behind Hip Hop Howl of SXSW fame and a prolific designer for Swizz Beatz. Crosby provides the back cover collage as well as the song on the flexidisc, which features production by Kidde and also a special appearance by singer Jordan Lane.
Music and comics meet as two generations of artists come together to propel a moving vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Step aboard and try to stay dry.
The comic book is available for preorder and will debut at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, with preorders shipping by mid-November. Preorder now!