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The Dregs

Illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
Published by Black Mask Studios
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A gentrified city. Its homeless population restricted to six square blocks called The Dregs. When people start disappearing, a drug-addled homeless man obsessed with detective fiction becomes addicted to solving the mystery. Equal parts Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote set in a thriving metropolis that literally cannibalizes the homeless, The Dregs is the first homeless meta noir ever made. Collects issues 1-4.

About The Authors

Zac Thompson is a writer born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He's written titles like Marvelous X-Men, Cable, and X-Men: Black for Marvel Comics. Along with indie books such as Her Infernal Descent, Relay, and The Replacer. In 2019, Zac became the showrunner of the Age of X-Man universe at Marvel Comics. His critically acclaimed miniseries, Come Into Me, was called the best horror comic of 2018 by HorrorDNA. His debut comic series, The Dregs, was called "lowbrow brilliant" by New York Magazine. His novel, Weaponized, was the winner of the 2016 CryptTV horror fiction contest.

Lonnie Nadler is a storyteller from Vancouver, Canada. He is best known for his work at Marvel Comics that includes showrunning the Age of X-Man event, and writing numerous titles. He released his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel, The Dregs, in 2017 from Black Mask Studios. His 2018 follow up, Come Into Me, was named one of the best 100 horror comics of all time by Paste Magazine. In 2020, his historical fiction, cosmic horror concoction, Black Stars Above, was longlisted for a Bram Stoker Award. Nadler's current series, Undone By Blood, is in development with BigBaldHead Productions and AMC. He also currently writes for video games and his clients include Ubisoft and Lionshead Entertainment. Lonnie's films have played at festivals around the world. His documentary, Co-Creators, held its world premiered at the DOXA Film Festival in 2018. If you're still reading this too-long bio, Lonnie has also penned stories for VICE, HuffPost, Blood-Disgusting, Seraphim Films, PanelXPanel, Ahoy! Comics Magazine, and numerous other publications. When Lonnie is not building weird stories, he's crushed by the weight of simultaneous imposter syndrome and delusions of grandeur.

About The Illustrator

Eric Zawadzki is a comic book artist who grew up in Vancouver, but has recently reloacted to Calgary. He and his two hairless cats are not handling the cold very well. He recently released HEART ATTACK from Skybound, an imprint of Image comics. He’s most well known for his work on the critically acclaimed THE DREGS and ETERNAL from Black Mask Studios. 2021 will see the release of his latest work, HOUSE OF EL, the first of a trilogy of graphic novels for DC comics’ young adult line of books.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Black Mask Studios (September 12, 2017)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628751840

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Raves and Reviews

"Lowbrow brilliant."

– New York Magazine

“When reality is this grim, sometimes it takes a brutal tale of lost friendship and cannibalism to help make sense of it.”

– Vice

"50 Best Horror Comics Of All Time List: Black Mask has a habit of combining genre concepts with social awareness, and The Dregs rises to that challenge by flipping the slogan 'Eat the Rich' on its decapitated head."

– Paste Magazine

"Exceptional... A chilling Grand Guignol narrative rooted in major issues facing big cities."

– A.V. Club

“Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler’s Chandler-referencing inner monologues sizzle.”

– Vulture

“Horrific and mesmerizing all at once.”

– Nerdist

“The Dregs is a powerhouse of a comic, stretching the boundaries of the medium. 10 out of 10”

– Horror DNA

“Nadler and Thompson’s research makes The Dregs feel almost like a work of graphic novel journalism”

– Mic.

“The Dregs is as smart and as nuanced as comic book storytelling gets. 10 out of 10”

– All Comic

“No matter how shocking 'The Dregs' might be, the series points a finger at socioeconomic problems in America making it a must-read.”

– Comic Book Resources

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