Published on May 25th, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning


Announcing SURVIVAL STREET: THE RADICAL LEFT, co-created and written by five time Harvey nom and Excelsior Award-winner, James Asmus (Rick & Morty: Corporate Assets, Captain America & Bucky, Transformers), and the celebrated fan-favorite writer Jim Festante (Rick & Morty: Super Spring Break Special, The End Times of Bram & Ben, Field Tripping)—featuring a star-studded creative team with illustrations by Kazakhstanian artist Abylay Kussainov, colors by Ringo Award-winning Ellie Wright (Batman/The Shadow, Red Sonja, Vampirella), and letters by Ringo Award-winning Taylor Esposito (Drawing Blood, Space Ghost, Robin Lives!).

This four-issue miniseries with standalone adventures is the exciting continuation of the original Survival Street series, packing an all-new punch in battles against A.I., soulless kids’ entertainment, American colonialism, and much more!

After America is sold off to private companies, this A-B-C-Team of ex-entertainers rescues kids from cruel company towns. But Portland can’t hold everyone they rescue, and the cracks are about to break… Prepare for a radical departure in the series Library Journal called a “blisteringly satirical mash-up of Sesame Street and Robocop.”

“Survival Street started as the creative primal scream Jim in 2020 is probably the most enthusiastic reception of anything I’d done in 16 years of writing comics,” said James Asmus. “The idea of these colorful children’s television characters as our gritted heroes was not about shock value or cheap laughs. Volume 2 shifts focus to the thorny struggles that can cause friction or fractures among allies. Really, so much of the magic and success of the series stems from the incredible team who put their passion and skill into the pages. Our editor Daniel Chabon and the team there have kept that legacy alive with incredibly original books by so many of the most exciting creators in comics, we wear the Dark Horse as a badge of honor. We couldn’t be happier that Survival Street is part of their incredible legacy of truly original creator-owned comics.”

“James and I have always been drawn to satire because you can take a really big, really complex issue and use humor to make it accessible,” said Jim Festante. “When it’s not grounded in something you see every day (like anthropomorphic puppets), it’s easier to step back and say, wow, that’s pretty messed up – how can I address or fix that? We wanted people who don’t usually read comics to be excited for Survival Street. I imagine the sets of our little Venn diagram involve an awareness of politics, love of puppets, and a desire for catharsis in a world where tech bros pump out AI-driven nonsense for kids whose only goal is to keep little eyes glued to a screen. I am so unbelievably proud of the team that’s brought these books to life. Getting to make comics with Abylay Kussainov, Ellie Wright, and Taylor Esposito, and to collaborate with my favorite writer and friend James Asmus, it’s been such a joy to be a part of Survival Street.”

Featuring additional cover art by Ben Dewey, Juan Doe, Marie Enger, Artyom Trakhanov, and Colleen Coover, this new entry in Dark Horse Comics’ legacy of truly original creator-owned series, Survival Street: The Radical Left drops in shops September 25, 2024, and is now available for preorder at your local comic shop.


About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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