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Leah Wishnia recommends Tyranny of the Muse #2

Imagine a world in which creative inspiration can literally be inserted directly into one’s brain; a seed that has the potential to grow and flourish in the mind. It’s the drug of choice for some artists struggling to find their muse, a kind of salvation for the easily dispirited and tired. But as with any other drug, with every high, there’s a much deeper low, as aspiring screenplay writer Frank Fisher has learned. 

In the first installment of “Tyranny of the Muse”, written by Eddie Wright and illustrated by Jesse Balmer, we were left off with a hopelessly depressed and desperate vision of Frank, pleading for a “new seed” or injection from his dealer friend Bonnie, a seductive and mysterious woman prone to sarcasm with a smirk. Hesitant at first, she eventually complies with his request, and even injects the new seed for him, thrusting the syringe of liquid into a clearly infected abscess on Frank’s forehead. In this moment, the scene goes dark and so begins issue #2 in which we awaken to find Frank speeding down the road with Bonnie in a state of drug-induced elation.

The tone has changed, visibly. The thick black brush strokes and detailed cross-hatching in Jesse Balmer’s inking that evoked a dark, and chaotically tense environment for the first issue have evolved into organically-formed, fluid, and free movements for the second. “This is the one!” he exclaims, a hallucinatory energy radiating from his body and mind as Bonnie looks on with a weary eye. It’s the seed he has “been waiting for,” the one that will finally inspire the production of his great American screenplay — not like all those other seeds, he exclaims. But will it? Or will this seed, like the ones before it, wear off too quick, bringing Frank back down to a state of despair and frustration?  Time will tell, as this ongoing series has only begun to unravel the mysteries it holds.

In short, Eddie Wright’s futuristic take on a very prevalent, modern-day affliction is ambitious and promising, with Balmer’s intricate and striking brushwork heightening every emotion, thought, and action in their alternating states of psychedelic ecstasy and despair. Together they create a twisted, futuristic narrative that blurs the lines between real and surreal, a journey for which each upcoming installment should be an exciting one.

[Read Tyranny of the Muse #2 on comiXology]

Leah Wishnia is a digital assets specialist and production assistant at ComiXology, as well as a working artist who hopes that they never have to inject any “seed” into their mind to inspire creativity. 

Nice review of Tyranny 2 from ComiXology!

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You should come to APE 2014

This weekend is the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco and I’m going to be there selling brand new copies of Tyranny of the Muse 2 and other things too!

Jamaica Dyer will be joining me on Sunday, Oct 5 and we’ll have copies of our Chrysalis zine and tons of great things from her as well. 

We’ll be at table 907A. This is where that is:



APE will take place on Oct 4-5 at 11am at:

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion

2 Marina Blvd.

San Francisco, CA 94123

You should come and we’ll smile and be nice to you and you can smile and be nice back. 

Find out more here.

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Pre-order Tyranny of the Muse 2 In Print

Tyranny of the Muse 2 is finally in print and you can pre-order it now before it launches on October 8, 2014! And if you do, you’ll get a very exclusive, one-of-a-kind free gift. More details below.



If you pre-order Tyranny 2 right now, not only will it be signed by both myself and Jesse Balmer, but you’ll get a free, HANDWRITTEN short-short by me featuring Frank and/or Bonnie from Tyranny! Pretty cool, right? I’m gonna have one helluva sore hand. But it’ll be worth it.

This is a one-time deal, so if you don’t get in on the pre-order, you’ll miss out on the exclusive. The book will ship on October 8!


If you’re in the SF Bay Area, you can also pick up a copy of Tyranny 2 at APE on Oct 4-5. Jamaica Dyer, Jesse Balmer, and I will be there at table 907A with copies of not only Tyranny 2, but the collaborative horror zine Chrysalis by Jamaica and I, and lots of other cool stuff. Stop by.

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Download Tyranny of the Muse #2

Tyranny 2 is now available to read on your fancy electronic device thing. You can pick up a PDF from Noisetrade and pay whatever you feel like, or you can grab one from the Tyranny shop and plunk down a buck. It’s up to you. 



Click here to download Tyranny of the Muse 2 from Noisetrade Books (pay what you want)

Click here to download Tyranny of the Muse 2 from my shop (pay a buck)

I’ve also got these cool new buttons up for grabs. 3 for $3. Do it.

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That’s a Wrap on Tyranny of the Muse 2

The final pages of Tyranny 2 are live on Study Group Comics and you can head there and read the entire issue like crazy. 



The full comic will be available to download from various places in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for that.

A print version will be here eventually. 

Then comes Tyranny 3 featuring art by the great and cool Dave Chisholm.

These are all good things. 

And good things are good things.

So click Frank’s face to read read read.



Pick up Tyranny of the Muse #1 right here.

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Pay What You Want For A New Digital Edition of Tyranny of the Muse #1

Tyranny of the Muse #1 is now available on Noisetrade Books. You can download it for free (or kick in a few bucks if you’re feeling generous!). 



This is a brand new edition of Tyranny #1. I slightly re-edited the issue, updated the title page, and changed a bit more so if you already have a digital copy, you should get this one as well for a slightly altered experience.

Head over to Noisetrade to download it! 

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