A peek at German Ponce’s unpublished ‘A More Perfect Union’

Detail of German Ponce artwork for page 4 of A More Perfect Union for Cinema Purgatorio #8

Max Brooks’ A More Perfect Union Cinema Purgatorio story line changed artists on issue 8.

AMPU issues 1 through 7 were drawn by Michael DiPascale. DiPascale had done quite a bit artwork for Avatar Press, including drawing Absolution, God Is Dead, and lots of covers from Providence Weird Pulp covers to various Uber and Crossed covers. In September 2016, DiPascale posted that he had “severed all ties” with Avatar Press.

Beginning with issue 8, AMPU art duties shifted to Gabriel Andrade, who drew Alan Moore’s initial Crossed+100 arc, as well as Purgatorio‘s The Vast.

German Ponce’s A More Perfect Union cover for Cinema Purgatorio #9 was solicited, but never published

In between DiPascale and Andrade, Avatar Press had begun to work with artist German Ponce. Ponce’s AMPU cover artwork for issue 8 still appears on the publisher’s website. Several pages of Ponce’s internal AMPU artwork for issue 8 are viewable online, though none of his AMPU art appeared in print.

Purgatorio Annotato emailed with Ponce earlier this month to better understand the story of his unpublished A More Perfect Union artwork.  Continue reading

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Max Brooks Talks About ‘A More Perfect Union’ at The Nerdist Podcast

For the full podcast, listen to this episode of The Nerdist
For the full podcast, listen to this episode of The Nerdist

In August 2016 Max Brooks was interviewed at The Nerdist podcast. He spoke for a bit about his Cinema Purgatorio creation A More Perfect Union, illustrated by Michael DiPascale. Listen to the whole interview if you want all the details (including ideas behind Brooks’ earlier Avatar Press title Extinction Parade), but here are a few things he mentioned that shed light on where Union is headed. (starting at minute 15)

We’ll start off with pop culture… Alan Moore wanted to put together an anthology of horror stories and he got together the awesome-est of the awesome-est. Garth Ennis, Kieron Gillen, Christos Gage. So he got together this awesome team, and then me.

I had a story I wanted to tell, but it wasn’t what I consider to be traditionally horror. When I think horror, I think dark alleys, and AAAAH! and suspense… and mine’s not. Mine is actually a throwback to the old 1950s movie Them!, which was one of my favorite movies of all time. The one thing Them! never did was have a giant ant battle. Because they couldn’t afford it. They could afford like three animatronic ants and that was it.

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