[Preview] Vault Comics’ 6/29 Release: MINDSET #1

On Wednesday, June 29th, Vault Comics is releasing the debut issue of MINDSET!

Here’s a look at the covers, the storyline, and preview pages for
this week’s new release from Vault Comics on New Comic Book Day! #NCBD


New Release for the week of June 29th, 2022



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Written by Zack Kaplan
Art by John J. Pearson
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Design by Tim Daniel

Cover Artists:
Cover A: John J. Pearson
Cover B: Martin Simmonds
Cover C: Dani Strips (1:5 Incentive Variant)
Cover D: Chris Shehan (1:10 Incentive Variant)
Cover E: Tom Muller (1:25 Incentive Variant)
Cover F: Christian Ward (1:50 Incentive Variant)
Cover G: Jacob Phillips (1:75 Incentive Variant)
Cover H: David Mack (1:100 Foil Incentive Variant)

On Sale: 6/29/22

When an introverted tech geek accidentally discovers mind control, he and his friends do something unexpected – they put the science into an app to help users break their technology addiction. But as their Mindset app achieves a dangerous cult following, lies, conspiracies, and murder come to light. Are they helping people or controlling them?


From creator/writer Zack Kaplan:

Zack Kaplan at RCCC 2019“Mindset is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller about four wide-eyed grad students who discover mind control and put it in an app, and a dark journey that follows, twists and turns, murder and mystery, love and heartbreak through the absurd world of overnight technopreneurs and social media empires. But the series is really about a dilemma I think we all feel today. How do we use devices, social media and apps to connect with each other and feel influential without allowing the technology to influence the very choices we make and thoughts we have? We believe the timing for the story couldn’t be more socially reverent, since we’ve increased our dependency more than ever on technology, but as Silicon Valley tightens its digital grip on our behavior, mind control exists right now.”

“Eisner-winning artist John Pearson delivers a creative vision in the footsteps of Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave McKean, and Eisner-worthy letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou brings a level of artistry to the lettering that’s next level. We’ve pursued a very collaborative and cohesive approach with the intention of creating a multi-layered comic experience, which is what made collaborating with brilliant editor Adrian Wassel and the entire team at Vault Comics such a perfect union here. Give us your minds and prepare to have them blown away!”

From artist John J. Pearson:

“I set out to factor in a range of divergent approaches to the art to reflect the nature of the story, mixing traditional and digital approaches in a tactile way. The artwork isn’t merely an extension of the story, it’s substantial and distinct, with its own visual narrative. We’ve developed a story where we’re dealing with themes surrounding social media, misuse of power and mind control, all very much in a post-truth context. The questions that I’m pushing throughout the series with the art reflect and subvert these themes, making the viewer question what they’re seeing and the reliability of the art presented to them, alongside (and at times against) the narrative. It’s aiming to be much more than simply an illustrated thriller, I want it to be a tangible experience with the reader as an active participant, with us leading them through a story that they can revisit time and again.”


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Creating science fiction, fantasy, and horror requires confronting the new, the bizarre, the unimagined. In these genres, creators can break the established order, dissolve conceptions of social identity, and give voices to the silenced. They can ask hard questions, and if they are brave, venture bold answers.

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