Black Mask Studios Kicks Off “CALEXIT: Comics Change The World Tour” In Conjunction w/ Highly-Anticipated Series by Matteo Pizzolo & Amancay Nahuelpan

Black Mask Studios Announces the “CALEXIT: Comics Change The World Tour”

And An Official Publication Date for CALEXIT

CALEXIT #1 – Cover A

What if California refused to be ruled by a tyrannical President? Comic book readers will discover the answer to that question starting on July 12, 2017, when Black Mask Studios publishes the first issue of the eagerly anticipated comic book series CALEXIT a week before San Diego Comic Con 2017. The Los Angeles-based indie publisher Black Mask Studios is promoting the sure-to-be-controversial ongoing series by writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan with The “CALEXIT: Comics Change The World Tour” of comic stores to promote the new series, the publisher announced.

“Given the level of conversation we’re already hearing around CALEXIT, it made sense to debut the series timed to California’s own San Diego Comic Con where we can directly engage with readers and discuss the intentions behind the book,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios and the writer of CALEXIT. “We’re looking to spark a dialogue with fans, press and retailers about what’s happening, both in the real world and in the fictional world of CALEXIT. There’s no better way to do that then hit the road on the ‘CALEXIT: Comics Change The World Tour’ signing tour.’”

In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year —  ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.

Pizzolo and Nahuelpan will be joined by other Black Mask Studios creators at CALEXIT: Comics Change The World Tour events throughout the year:

CALEXIT: Comics Change The World Tour Wave 1

  • CALEXIT #1 – Cover B

    4 Color Fantasies, Rancho Cucamonga

  • Alakazam Comics, Irvine

  • Brian’s Comics, Petaluma

  • Cape & Cowl Comics, Oakland

  • Comickaze, San Diego

  • Comics Conspiracy, Sunnyvale

  • Comics Factory, Pasadena

  • Comix Experience, San Francisco

  • Escapist Comics, Berkeley

  • Golden Apple Comics, Hollywood

  • Hypno Comics, Ventura

  • Meltdown Comics, West Hollywood

  • Mission: Comics & Art, San Francisco

  • Njoy Comics & Games, Northridge

  • POP Comics, Anaheim

  • Pulp Fiction Comics, Long Beach

  • Pulp Fiction Comics, Culver City

  • A Shop Called Quest, Claremont

  • A Shop Called Quest, Downtown LA

  • A Shop Called Quest, Redding

  • Southern California Comics, San Diego

  • More locations to come!

Wave 2 will be in Pacific Coast Sister Cities this summer, with signings in Tijuana, Oregon, and Washington State. Wave 3 will be a Red State Tour in the Fall.


Named Wired Magazine’s ‘World’s Most Wired Comics Creator’ and included in Bleeding Cool’s Top 100 Most Influential People In Comics, Matteo Pizzolo is a comic book writer-creator (his GODKILLER was listed as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books Of The Year and his YOUNG TERRORISTS was second only to Lumberjanes as the highest selling indie graphic novel of the year), an award-winning filmmaker, and the co-founder of Black Mask where he’s championed SPACE RIDERS, BLACK, THE DREGS, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KIM & KIM, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, and more. Utilizing his background in political organizing, Pizzolo created the Occupy Comics project and devotes himself to supporting and creating some of the bravest comics on shelves.


Amancay Nahuelpan (pronounced Aman-kay Na-well-pan) is a comic artist who was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in the south of Chile. He graduated from University with a Major in Interior Design. He began his career working with independent Chilean publisher Caleuche Comics before breaking into the US market as a participant in the Zuda Comics Competitions. His first US published work was in OCCUPY COMICS. He has worked on ROBOCOP for Boom!, BOY-1 for IDW, co-created YOUNG TERRORISTS and created the tale of revolution CLANDESTINO for Black Mask which he writes, draws, colors, and letters.


Bringing the punk rock ethic to comics c/o co-founders Brett Gurewitz, Steve Niles, and Matteo Pizzolo, Black Mask supports creators telling awesome and important stories.

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