I had the chance to read Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul yesterday, and if you’re a fan of hard sci-fi, I recommend checking it out. It’s creepy and disturbing without being oppressively bleak, asking some tough questions about morality and ethics while maintaining a strong emotional backbone. It’s a spiritual cousin to Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire’s A.D. After Death, at least in the broad strokes, so if you dug that you’ll definitely be into this.
To promote the book, Daniels will be going on a nationwide book tour, and just the fact that they still do these makes me happy. It means more exposure for comics and more opportunities for fans and creators to interact. Can’t go wrong with that. Check out the details below.
Per Lion Forge:
LION FORGE ANNOUNCES EZRA CLAYTAN DANIELS’S UPGRADE SOUL LOS ANGELES LAUNCH EVENT AND NATIONWIDE BOOK TOUR!
Visionary Creator to Appear at Eso Won Books This Saturday, Followed by U.S. Book Tour Kicking Off at New York Comic Con
ST. LOUIS, MO—In conjunction with the release of Ezra Claytan Daniels’s Upgrade Soul, for which he was the recipient of the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, Lion Forge announces his book release and signing this Saturday at premier independent Black-owned bookstore, Eso Won, followed by a nationwide book tour next month accompanied by Ignatz and DiNKy Award–winner Ben Passmore.
For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? This page-turning graphic novel follows Hank and Molly as they discover the brutal reality that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.
“The only reason I make comics is to reach people, but the other half of that is letting people respond,” says Upgrade Soul creator Ezra Claytan Daniels. “That’s the best part about going on tour, and with Ben riding shotgun, there’ll be no shortage of discourse and adventure.”
Ezra’s cross-country signing tour with Your Black Friend artist Ben Passmore kicks off at the legendary Philadelphia comic book store Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse just before New York Comic Con on October 3.
Following that, Ezra will appear in the Lion Forge Booth #1936 at New York Comic Con before embarking on this national book tour.
After NYCC, the book tour will continue on to Pittsburgh at the Copacetic Comics Company, followed by stops in Chicago, St. Louis, Overland Park, Sioux City, Omaha, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland.
Ezra and Ben’s full itinerary of events can be found via the Team Tan US Tour Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tours/236374807229720/
Look for additional stops and appearances to be announced in the coming weeks.
Upgrade Soul is released in finer bookstores everywhere today, September 18, and further info on this weekend’s event at Eso Won can be found here:
Upgrade Soul is in book stores now.