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Misery City

Writer: Kostas Zachopoulos

Artist: Vassilis Gogtzilas


128 pages – Full Colour

Max Murray – An unlucky trench coat detective, forever damned in the concrete labyrinth of Misery City. Hunted by Hell’s lurking horrors has to struggle to remain in one piece. Torn between saving his life or saving his soul, Max enters into an one man’s doomed crusade. Can Mr. Murray find salvation, or the blind goddess will cast him into the ever dark of Misery?

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... η misery city κυκλοφορει ηδη σε ψηφιακη μορφη στο comixology:


...το πρωτο και το δευτερο τευχος ειναι διαθεσιμα ενω τα επομενα δυο θα διανεμηθουν διαδυκτιακα τις επομενες ημερες...

... μια εντυπη εκδοση θα ακολουθησει αρχες του 2013...


..περισσοτερα νεα στο facebook:


...αλλα και στο blog της misery city...:






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τα 5 πρωτα τευχη της misery city διαθεσιμα στο comixology:



preview απο τα πρωτα τευχη στο γνωστο site τρομου bloody disgusting:



και 5 λογοι για να διαβασει κανεις την misery city απο το ιδιο site:



επισης η ο πρωτος τομος της ελληνικης εκδοσης στο site της jemma press:


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Misery City GN (στο previews Ιουνιου και κυκλοφορει Αυγουστο!)
Story & Art: Vassilis Gogtzilas
Writer: Kostas Zachopoulos
128 pages – Full Colour - $17.99
Max Murray – An unlucky trench coat detective, forever damned in the concrete labyrinth of Misery City. Hunted by Hell’s lurking horrors has to struggle to remain in one piece. Torn between saving his life or saving his soul, Max enters into an one man’s doomed crusade. Can Mr. Murray find salvation, or the blind goddess will cast him into the ever dark of Misery?

"Misery City is unique as the two fellows who dreamed it up, and it's worth more than a look. It's something special."
Sam Kieth

"And so from Greece comes a new genre: Surreal Noir. Raymond Chandler meets Terry Gilliam by way of Lewis Carroll. Misery City is a detective story set in the twisted world inside our own heads and heart-courtesy of the formidable team of Vassilis Gogtzilas and K.I. Zachopoulos."

Diamond order Code: JUN13 0704





επισης διαθεσιμο και ως digital comic μεσο του comixology


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 τα τευχη 6 και 7 διαθεσιμα στο comixology


 issue 6: http://www.comixology.com/Misery-City-6/digital-comic/37773

 Ol' Maxy had a farm, and its belly was deep and made of concrete. From its hellish bottom a new monster crawled up to the surface. Now Max has to face a nightmarish adversary straight from the sewers of Misery, all while battling his own dark side. For what is a monster if not a forgotten self, well hidden beneath the flesh 'n' bones?





issue 7: http://www.comixology.com/Misery-City-7/digital-comic/48691

 When the levee breaks, poor Max has to cross the borders of consciousness and dive into the abysmal birthday of his miserable city and self. While Max does the graveyard shift, a new uninvited player comes to town, ready to raise Hell. Now, who can change what is written in the stony pages of fate?






επισης ο πρωτος τομος διαθεσιμος απο την markosia:







και δυο reviews:

[From the blog "What Would Doom Do!"]
Having finally gotten around to my stack of new comics, courtesy of London Super Comic Convention and its focus on creators and comic books rather than hype and shiny things,  I'm pleased to announce I can begin to share my thoughts on them. I know I know, this is the moment you've all been dreaming of (yes I have been drinking, no I'm not drunk).

But lets not dwell on me and how much of a hero I am but rather lets look at Max Murray, on one hand the classic pulp detective, fedora pulled down low, trench coat wrapped around him to keep out the chill of the city, and on the other, a man stuck in Misery City with hell itself coming out of the ground and very possibly the only person capable of doing anything about it, even if it is rather begrudgingly. This is Misery City, it's pulp noir meets the supernatural, a twist of Sin City with a dash of the Maltese Falcone and a sprinkling of Lewis Carrol, and even this doesn't quite sum it up, it just is Misery City. And I love it, the grimy feel, the fear and hate held within the pages, the desperate wish to be elsewhere but the need to keep going, its everything I want from a book titled Misery City.


And the reason for all this? The creators, the honest to god geniuses behind it, K.I. Zachopoulos and Vassilis Gogtzilas (I've checked the spelling of their names three times and I'm still not sure it its right) who I had the honour of talking to at LSCC and one thing is obvious, their passion for this book, and I can feel it, it reaches out through the words and art. K.I. Zachopoulos is a literary phenomenon and one of the main reasons for the brilliance of this book, with the other being the artistic talent of Vassilis Gogtzilas but I'll get to that. The words that man can use, they way he plays with them, its a joy to read, you can feel the icy fingers of his words caressing your soul, drawing you in deeper until they are clawing at your mind but you cant look away. And its then you realise that you are Max Murray, and all because of K.I. Zachopoulos.

 However, this is a comic, and the words are only half the story, with the other half being the art, art that fully expresses the misery and decay, the hopelessness of life, the power of cruelty and the rawness of the story,  the art of Vassilis Gogtzilas. And it fits right in, it takes those words and wraps them in misery that shoves them straight into the nerve centres of the brain. The harsh raw line worked, like the hacked limbs of the unlucky, and the decayed murky colour of the world a reflection of the souls that inhabit Misery City and the splashes of colour, the show the power of hate and pain that shine like a beacon within this world created by Vassilis Gogtzilas and K.I. Zachopoulos. Its the perfect pairing, and it truly is miserable, but utterly fantastic because of it. Read it.


[from the blog "Now Read This"]

For purists every literary genre is sacrosanct – unless you can come up with a way to mix or blend them with such style, verve and panache that something new is born which feels like it’s always been one if the gang…
Misery City is a dark, bleak and ferociously introspective comic that relates the cases of Max Murray, a dowdy, down-at-heel shamus walking the meanest streets imaginable, in a vast and ever-changing metropolis situated on the outskirts of Hell – and, no, that’s not poetic license or flowery prose, it’s a geography lesson…
Following an effusive Foreword from arch-stylist Sam Keith and anIntroduction from big-league writer J. M. de Matteis, the first five issues of the comics series unfold in this pocket novel package: a stark, unrelenting procession of grimly trenchant case-files starring a shabby private eye just trying to get by uncovering other people’s secrets and make some sense of the most pitiless town in creation.
Of course he has a few secrets of his own…
The black parade begins on the ‘Night of the Corpse’ when the world-weary Max is attacked by a giant skeleton and has to use his beloved and handy handgun Fat Betty to end the undead animate. Times are both tough and weird so he doesn’t give it much thought before retiring to his dingy office to await a new client and case…
When the phone rings it’s that sexy waitress Pakita from the Bar. Max has had the serious hots for her forever, but his rising hopes take a dive when the mercurial Mexican only hires him to check up on her cheating boyfriend.
With heavy heart and azure cojones the gumshoe goes looking, utterly unaware that an old enemy has returned seeking vengeance.Professor Ego was penned in unimaginable torment because of Murray, and now that he’s out he’s wasting no time in sending a plague of devils to get some payback…
As a host of demonic clowns hunt the private detective, Max has found Pakita’s man. Seeing the faithless dog with another woman drives him crazy though and the shamus goes ballistic, beating the cheating Dick to a pulp. Appalled and repentant, Max then heads over to Pakita’s place to apologise and finds her gone, snatched by his long-forgotten foe.
Answering the ‘Call of Ego’ Max heads for the horror’s Tower hideout and a brutal showdown…
Despite his shoddy appearance, this PI is no dumb palooka. His secret vice is reading and his internal monologue is peppered with quotes and allusions from poets like Dante and Tennyson. They’re the only thing comforting him as ‘A Wooden Coffin for Max Murray part I’ finds him taking the Hell train to the worst part of MiseryCity for a surveillance job.
Horny as usual, Max is disappointed to discover what the owner of that sexy French voice on the phone looks like, but still agrees to check out the old abandoned timber-framed family house the tearful widow fears property developers want.
Maybe he should have been more suspicious, but the client’s stunning daughter Josephine had turned his head and all points south…
When he enters the ramshackle old pile a colossal zombie fiend attacks Max and, before he can react, the entire house explodes out of the ground and rockets into orbit…
Lost in space and out of options, the gumshoe reveals a few of his own incredible survival secrets destroying the monster (said client’s vengeful and very angry husband) in ‘A Wooden Coffin for Max Murray part II’ before escaping the timber trap and settling scores with the murderous she-devils.
It appears Max is on a first name basis with the Big Boss of the Inferno, and the head man is keen on renewing a satanic acquaintance with the understandably reluctant detective…
The malign mystery yarns conclude with a stunning surprise in ‘The Last Drag of a Pocket God’ as Max tracks down a puissant phantom with astounding delusions of grandeur. However, after sending Marty “The Voice” Coronado to his final rest, an uncomfortable conversation with Pakita forces him to confront his own long-suppressed thoughts and examine the illusions that keep him going on the pitiless streets of Misery City…
Potent targeted vulgarity and a brusque, verbally confrontational narrative style gives Kostas Zachopoulos’ manic scripts a supremely savage edge, whilst the freakish, surreal Horror-Noir milieu is perfectly captured by illustrator Vassilis Gogtzilas’ astoundingly frenetic art, delivered in a melange of assorted styles. This mean, moody and menacing chronicle is topped off with a host of powerful pin-ups and a cover art gallery to further disquiet and beguile the unwary reader.


το 8ο τευχος ερχεται συντομα...

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OMNIBUS πότε θα βγάλετε;

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τωρα εσυ η κατι ξερεις η... προς το παρον ενα δευτερο volume κατα το μαρτιο.. και ισως ειναι πιθανο μια επανεκδοση του πρωτου...



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