Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman are all "Thumbs" in new techno-thriller series from Image Comics
There’s no doubt that technology is a huge part of our lives. After all, I’m writing this on a computer that is connected to the web, and you’re reading it on some sort of device that is connected to the same internet. While the benefits of having so much information at our fingertips is certainly up for debate, it’s hard to argue that the ability to stay connected to people and events from all over the world doesn’t have at least some type of positive effect.
But that’s not to say we can’t get some good fiction out of it either.
Enter: Thumbs, a new techno-thriller miniseries from Image Comics. Pitched as “The Social Network through the lens of Black Mirror,” the series will consist of five issues, each totaling 40 pages apiece, with a story that looks at what would happen if a tech guru amassed an army of tech-obsessed teens.
You know, exactly what your grandma warned you would happen.
Check out the details below.
AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT SEAN LEWIS TEAMS WITH AWARD WINNING ARTIST HAYDEN SHERMAN FOR NEW TECH THRILLER COMIC SERIES THUMBS
PORTLAND, OR 03/25/2019 — Award winning playwright and comics writer Sean Lewis (Coyotes, Saints, The Few) teams up with award winning artist Hayden Sherman (The Few) for a new technology thriller series in Thumbs. The rapid-paced, science-fiction maxi-series will be five issues—each issue a total of 40 pages—and will launch from Image Comics this June.
Imagine someone like, say, Mark Zuckerberg created his own army of tech-obsessed teens and directed them to take on the government. What would the fall-out be? Thumbs explores a high-stakes world where that—and much worse—can unfold. Charley “Thumbs” Fellows is a member of just such an army. Poor and raised by the influential MOM™ app, he finds himself in the center of a war.
"I was watching a kid play with his phone and how anxious he was waiting for a message back from a friend and it made me think about how anxious all the people I know are," said Lewis. "I started thinking about the internet and our obsession and reliance on it and the realities of who controls the flow and embedding of information. Was our anxiety planted? Has tech become such an obsession for us that we'd go to war to keep it? Just watching that kid and all the emotions that three dots on a screen were creating made me wonder—do we actually control the tech, even at its smallest levels?"
Best described as The Social Network meets Black Mirror, Thumbs is a must-read book from the team behind the hit series The Few and is perfect for readers of Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt’s Crowded.
Sherman added: "Thumbs is as much a story about technology as it is about loss, time, and learning your place in the world. With the great range of themes and locales that play into these five issues, I've taken the chance to expand and really push myself with how a story can be told. The hope is for it to be between storybook and comic book, where it could be either at any given moment."
Thumbs #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers June 5.