Incidentals, created by writer/producer Ramón Govea and co-developed by Lion Forge co-founders David Steward II and Carl Reed, has been a cornerstone title in comics’ most diverse and inclusive universe since 2017.
Now, as the series moves into its third volume, Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) will co-write the title’s most ambitious storyline, in a first-person look at the culture of celebrity and superheroes. Two Hollywood veterans will tackle issues that have long terrorized Tinseltown behind the scenes, pitting heroes against their greatest fears in an arresting fictional account of the uglier side of filmdom.
“It has been an honor and pleasure to join the Catalyst Prime Universe and work alongside my friend and fellow creator Ramón Govea,” says writer Brandon Easton. “With our combined experiences in the tumultuous minefield of the entertainment industry as a prologue, we’re going to bring a unique sensibility to the Incidentals series. We want to explore the true costs of fame and fortune in the Hollywood dream factory, and using a superhero team as a microscope is a fun and interesting challenge.”
“We wanted to pick up a few months after the events of Issue 9 and really explore some of the unfortunate, darker truths about the entertainment industry,” says series creator and co-writer Ramón Govea. “But we’re digging into the things that haunt the Incidentals, so the team’s dynamic and emotional constitution will really be tested.”
The Incidentals are making their mark in Hollywood! Marko is managing the group as the initial offering from Luminous Talent Agency—Bo Vincent Chen’s latest entrepreneurial effort to recruit superhero talent. But rather than enjoy their new celebrity status, the Incidentals still struggle with their lack of communication, which threatens to unravel the team. Meanwhile, a mysterious new power player enters the fold with an eye to recruit our heroes . . . but can the Incidentals really trust him, or is something more sinister in motion? While the City of Angels may be caked in a layer of glitz and glam, the team finds themselves faced with what lurks just beneath the town’s shiny exterior.
The ninth issue of Incidentals debuted in stores last week and will return in an all-new series and volume on July 25, alongside the second collection of the previous series. Incidentals No. 10 pairs the new writing team with artist Jose Jaro and features covers by Ryan Brown. Reserve your copy of this essential turning point in the series and the Catalyst Prime Universe with your local comic book retailer today!
Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer based in Los Angeles, California. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Brandon was a U.S. History and Economics teacher in NYC for six years before moving to the West Coast in 2008. Brandon has written for the 2011 ThunderCatsreboot from WB Animation andTransformers: Rescue Bots from Hasbro. Easton won the 2012 Glyph Award for his Shadowlaw series and multiple 2014 Glyph Awards and an Eisner Award nomination for the Watson and Holmescomic series. He is also the producer, director, and writer of Brave New Soulsdocumentary that explored the aspirations, inspirations, and obstacles faced by African-American speculative fiction creators in the twenty-first century.
In 2015, Brandon was selected as one of the eight winners of the 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program, which led to his new position as a staff writer for season two of Marvel’s Agent Carter. In 2016, Brandon was nominated for the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics for his acclaimed graphic novel Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven, which was recently optioned for a big-screen biopic. He also volunteers at JPL/NASA as a Solar System Ambassador to increase astronomy education in underserved communities. In May 2016, IDW Publishing announced Brandon as the writer for the M.A.S.K. reboot comic book, which garnered several 2017 Glyph Award wins, including Fan Award for Best Work and Best Male Character (Matt Trakker). Recently, Easton made history as the first Western writer to tackle the classic Japanese horror franchise Vampire Hunter D with Unified Pictures’ Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars, released to wide acclaim. In early 2018, Brandon was announced at the writer of the Vampire Hunter D TV pilot.
Ramón Govea is a writer, producer, and builder of worlds who has developed narratives for distribution across film, television, comics, video games, and animation. In 2010, he founded Black Mast Studios, a video production company that developed and produced films and story content for digital distributors, including Gaia, Warner Bros. Digital, Machinima, and Stan Lee’s World of Heroes. He continued to hone his experience in multiplatform storytelling and marketing by writing for Scopely’s The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. By 2017, he landed two publishing deals for his creator-owned comic series: Incidentals for Lion Forge and Memoirs of a Starseed, a vertical-scroll webcomic for Tapas Media.
In 2017, as chief content officer for NBA All-Star, Baron Davis Enterprises, Ramón produced animation, books, and games for Baron’s Black Santa Company and produced official content for NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. In May 2018, he founded a new Franchise Development and Transmedia Studio with the intention of bridging these mediums together and maximizing their value through strategically developed and data-driven world building.