May 22 – BTTM FDRS release party with Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore

Dream team comics creators Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) and Ben Passmore (DAYGLOAYHOLE, Your Black Friend) are hitting the road to promote their latest creation, BTTM FDRS. This original graphic novel blends humor, horror, satire, and science fiction in an afrofuturist tour de force. Signing events on this tour will have a limited number of exclusive pre-publication advance copies of the book available for sale. Don’t miss it!

Once a thriving working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, the “Bottomyards” is now the definition of urban blight. When an aspiring fashion designer and her image-obsessed BFF descend upon the hood in search of cheap rent, they discover something far more seductive… and deadly.

WHO: Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
WHAT: BTTM FDRS release party and reading
WHEN: Wednesday May 22, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

“I fell in love with this comic right about page one, and then just kept falling. The story is smart, the characters feel lively and real, and the art is moody and lovely. One hell of a winning recipe. On top of that the story becomes truly creepy as the mysteries, and the monsters, reveal themselves. Gentrification horror at its finest.”

— Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

“Sharply observed satire. The book pokes fun at the zeitgeist with a sharp stick in a manner reminiscent of Jordan Peele’s film Get Out.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A brilliant meteor of a graphic novel. Vibrantly drawn and perfectly paced, this comic is as compelling to read as the story is necessary to hear. Simultaneously delivering visceral horror, cutting satire and a nuanced interrogation of urban gentrification, BTTM FDRS gives classic weird fiction a much needed tune-up. A truly tremendous ride.”

— Edie Fake, Eisner-Winner, “Gaylord Phoenix”

“Daniels and Passmore bring their satirical acumen and sense of the macabre aspects of society to their first collaboration. The medium is the monster and the mastery of its use are utterly apparent in this powerful sequential manifesto.”

— John Jennings, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Eisner-Winning Scholar/Artist

“Creepy and charming, it mashes up oozy, sick horror and dark, politically barbed comedy. It does all this with a cast of distinctive characters, funny, stinging dialogue, and moments of queasiness built around a body horror conceit: that of a building that literally gets inside your guts. It’s one of a kind.”

— Charles Hatfield, Extra Inks