UPGRADE SOUL is an immersive science fiction graphic novel written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Featuring an original score by Alexis Gideon and interactive design by Erik Loyer.
UPGRADE SOUL is the story of an elderly couple who become the guinea pigs of a visionary procedure that aims to revivify them by filtering toxins from their bodies on a molecular level. When the procedure experiences a fatal complication, the couple is faced with severely deformed, though intellectually superior duplicates of themselves. Soon, it becomes clear that only one version of each individual can survive, and the psychological battle for dominance begins.
A young artist moves into a loft in a blighted part of Chicago only to find the building inhabited by a dangerous symbiotic organism.
BTTMFDRS is an upcoming graphic novel by writer Ezra Claytan Daniels and illustrator Ben Passmore. Imagine a cross between Dear White People and Tremors. Watch this space for news and release dates!
In the meantime, you can check out some in-progress tracks from Ezra Claytan Daniels' BTTMFDRS soundtrack!
Short film Collaboration with Experimental Video Artist Adebukola Bodunrin.
The distant future. A Nigerian space station in a remote corner of the galaxy orbits an artificial pinpoint of matter so dense it cannot exist in our solar system. It is a recreation of the birth of the universe itself, contained for the purpose of study, and overseen by Yetunde, sole crew member on the space station Eko.
The Golden Chain is a first time collaboration between experimental filmmaker Adebukola Bodunrin and graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels. Fluent in very different disciplines, the two artists found common ground in their passion for Afrofuturism. Bodunrin has thrived exploring the lose structures and formal play of experimental cinema, while Daniels has met acclaim with rigid, cerebral science fiction graphic novels.
The Golden Chain finds the two artists intertwining their contrasting aesthetics to revisit the themes of the Yoruba creation tale. Obatala’s descent from the heavens to create the earth and mankind becomes an astronaut traveling to the edge of the galaxy to create a new Heaven. Blending traditional motifs with hard science fiction, Bodunrin and Daniels create a world at once fantastical, yet almost plausible, in order to ask the question: "Where will we go, given where we came from?"
BLACK VIOLET is an original illustrated story/live music event produced in collaboration with Chicago-based chamber group Fifth House Ensemble. Experience the first act with the FREE BLACK VIOLET iOS APP!
BLACK VIOLET takes place during the last major outbreak of the Black Plague in 17th Century London. During this time, it was widely believed that black cats were the source of the disease decimating Europe. They, along with other domestic pets, were systematically rounded up and exterminated in an attempt to contain the spread of contagion. With the resulting lack of natural predators, however, London’s rat population skyrocketed–the same population that was in fact the true carrier of the plague.
OUR STORY follows Violet, a young black house cat living comfortably in London. When her owner leaves home to do her part to help ease the suffering of London’s afflicted, and her caretaker falls prey to the plague, Violet is forced to venture out into the world for the first time in her life. In her search for her owner, Violet faces unimaginable dangers, crosses paths with bizarre characters, and forges unexpected friendships, all amidst one of the most terrifying passages of London’s history…
Check here for upcoming concert dates: www.fifth-house.com
SCREENDIVER is a digital comics directory conceived and designed by Ezra Claytan Daniels in collaboration with Submarine Channel. We aim to create an indispensable and comprehensive database of all comics harnessing technology to evolve beyond print. At the centerpiece of the site is the Digital Comics Manifesto, written and designed by Ezra Claytan Daniels.
From the makers of iAnnotate PDF comes an evolution of mobile productivity. Grab any document and mark it up with anyone, on any device. Our revelatory Smart Connection feature allows you to not only make connections between documents, but to marry your notes to those connections so you only see notes when they're relevant.
Featuring a user interface and experience designed from the ground up by Ezra Claytan Daniels, Folia is a singularly intuitive and elegant software experience.
A feature documentary by Ujji Films, featuring animated segments by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Adebukola Bodunrin, RESISTANCE untangles the complex web of factors behind the global crisis of antibiotic resistance. Experts and ordinary individuals who've faced resistance first hand reveal how our use of antibiotics has created profound challenges not only for hospitals, but for much of modern life - from our food supply to our personal health. With their help the film clarifies what's at stake, what's driving the problem and how we might turn the tide.
A one-hour multimedia video opera based on the 16th-century Chinese novel The Journey to the West, Video Musics II joins the brightest lights of contemporary animation and illustration (Becca Taylor (Punk Planet, Arthur); Cynthia Star (Coraline, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken);Ezra Claytan Daniels (The Changers and Black Violet)) with the most promising talents of contemporary music (Rachel Blumberg (M Ward, Arch Cape); Cory Gray (Norfolk & Western, Carcrashlander); Shelley Short (Hush)) to create an aural and visual universe that gleefully transcends both media. Is it film or music, high art or pop? Gideon’s work would fit snugly at either the Whitney Biennial or SXSW, which is to say it cannot be contained, really, by either venue. Marked throughout by the ambition, commitment to detail, and refusal to settle that have earned Gideon a cult following on both sides of the pond.
Alexis Gideon has toured nationally with Dan Deacon and Shelley Short as well as played with Barr, Marnie Stern, Panther, Tune Yards Parts and Labor, Zs, People, Matt and Kim, and many, many others.
Featuring several animated segments designed by Ezra Claytan Daniels, the documentary Lunch Line takes a new look at the school lunch program by exploring its past, its current challenges, and its opportunities for the future. The National School Lunch Program began in 1946, and now, more than 60 years later, the program feeds more than 31 million children every day. In the film, leaders from all sides of the school food debate, including government officials, school foodservice experts, activists, and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America’s children for another 60 years.
Lunch Line follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch — and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people might realize.
Lunch Line illustrates that, while the National School Lunch Program has become an easy target for critics, the program has a unique capacity for addressing child welfare, the public good, and the problem of hunger. Revealing the history and complexity of these issues, Lunch Line shows how those on all sides of the lunch line can work together for a common good: the health of America’s kids.
Check here for upcoming screenings: www.lunchlinefilm.com
Featuring a clean and intuitive user interface by designer Ezra Claytan Daniels, Branchfire's iAnnotate PDF is a powerful mobile productivity app that turns your tablet into a world-class tool for reading, marking up, and sharing PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoint files, and images.
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Infusing the art of comics with the flippant irreverence of improv comedy, with a dash of the swaggering bravado of professional wrestling, the “Comic Art Battle” is a live art spectacle that pits the comic book world's most talented creators, writers and artists against each other in a clash of lightning-quick wits and spontaneous draftsmanship!
Created in 2004 by indie comics creator Ezra Claytan Daniels (The Changers, Loaded Blanks Greetings, Upgrade Soul), Comic Art Battles have since headlined conventions and events across the country and beyond. With an ever-revolving roster of contenders, dynamic team line-ups, and a growing assortment of bone-crushing challenges, these unpredictably uninhibited events are never the same and always full of surprises.
Past Comic Art Battle participants include Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carré Colleen Coover, Michael DeForge, Brandon Graham, Stefan Gruber, Paul Guinan, Lisa Hanawalt, Onsmith Jeremi, Joëlle Jones, Lucy Knisley, David Lasky, Steve Lieber, Alec Longstreth, Anders Nilsen, Sarah Oleksyk, Laura Park, Jeff Parker, Aaron Renier, Kazimir Strzepek, C. Spike Trotman, and COUNTLESS more.
A melancholy story of a young woman who uses a mysterious device to track down what she believes will be her soul mate.
Commissioned by Dark Horse Comics for the digital relaunch of Dark Horse Presents, a Circuit Closed was collected in a print volume that includes stories by Tony Millionaire, Gerard Way, Joss Whedon, and many more. Buy the print version here: www.tfaw.co
Colors by Richard Lee
Two young men from an apexed Human society in the distant future are sent back in time to catalyze a leap in Human evolution. When a mutated ‘visitor’ from this altered future is sent back on behalf of his people to thank them, the events that follow convince one of the men that their mission will be a success, and the other that it will be a failure.
The debut graphic novel by Ezra Claytan Daniels, THE CHANGERS was one of 2003′s most acclaimed independent titles. Described by Johanna Draper-Carlson of Comics Worth Reading as, “A stunning, mature work from a young creator that incorporates philosophy into a true science fiction comic”, THE CHANGERS was enthusiastically embraced by a passionate audience of comics fans starved for genuine, intelligent Science Fiction. Brett Warnock of Top Shelf Comics, publisher of From Hell, Blankets, and The Surrogates calls it, “A mix of contemporary hipster lifestyles and hard core sci-fi. Better science fiction, in fact, than almost anything seen in modern comics”.
If you missed this groundbreaking series the first time around, this online exclusive is your chance to experience the story hailed by Randy Lander of The Fourth Rail as, “Absolutely fascinating, full of sociological exploration, strong characterization, big ideas and intelligent, engaging writing with solid artwork”.
Loaded Blanks is a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic art greeting cards published by Ezra Claytan Daniels, featuring original art by some of the most excited artists in alternative comics! Loaded Blanks cards are available at finer stationery and gift stores all over the world from BuyOlympia.com and online at Radiator Comics.