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Leah Wishnia recommends Tyranny of the Muse #2

Imagine a world in which creative inspiration can literally be inserted directly into one’s brain; a seed that has the potential to grow and flourish in the mind. It’s the drug of choice for some artists struggling to find their muse, a kind of salvation for the easily dispirited and tired. But as with any other drug, with every high, there’s a much deeper low, as aspiring screenplay writer Frank Fisher has learned. 

In the first installment of “Tyranny of the Muse”, written by Eddie Wright and illustrated by Jesse Balmer, we were left off with a hopelessly depressed and desperate vision of Frank, pleading for a “new seed” or injection from his dealer friend Bonnie, a seductive and mysterious woman prone to sarcasm with a smirk. Hesitant at first, she eventually complies with his request, and even injects the new seed for him, thrusting the syringe of liquid into a clearly infected abscess on Frank’s forehead. In this moment, the scene goes dark and so begins issue #2 in which we awaken to find Frank speeding down the road with Bonnie in a state of drug-induced elation.

The tone has changed, visibly. The thick black brush strokes and detailed cross-hatching in Jesse Balmer’s inking that evoked a dark, and chaotically tense environment for the first issue have evolved into organically-formed, fluid, and free movements for the second. “This is the one!” he exclaims, a hallucinatory energy radiating from his body and mind as Bonnie looks on with a weary eye. It’s the seed he has “been waiting for,” the one that will finally inspire the production of his great American screenplay — not like all those other seeds, he exclaims. But will it? Or will this seed, like the ones before it, wear off too quick, bringing Frank back down to a state of despair and frustration?  Time will tell, as this ongoing series has only begun to unravel the mysteries it holds.

In short, Eddie Wright’s futuristic take on a very prevalent, modern-day affliction is ambitious and promising, with Balmer’s intricate and striking brushwork heightening every emotion, thought, and action in their alternating states of psychedelic ecstasy and despair. Together they create a twisted, futuristic narrative that blurs the lines between real and surreal, a journey for which each upcoming installment should be an exciting one.

[Read Tyranny of the Muse #2 on comiXology]

Leah Wishnia is a digital assets specialist and production assistant at ComiXology, as well as a working artist who hopes that they never have to inject any “seed” into their mind to inspire creativity. 

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Tyranny Of The Muse #2 Is Now Available

You can now get Tyranny 2 in print and more and you can keep it and read it and share it and love it.


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You are all not nothing. 

Me courtesy of Shannon Wheeler in his God Is Disappointed In You.

Me courtesy of Shannon Wheeler in his God Is Disappointed In You.

#APE continues to be a thing. Come see Jamaica Dyer and myself and get things. Table 907A!

#APE continues to be a thing. Come see Jamaica Dyer and myself and get things. Table 907A!

This is my whiskey at #APE.

This is my whiskey at #APE.

APE is a thing and I’m at it and I have comics for you. You should come.

APE is a thing and I’m at it and I have comics for you. You should come.

You should come to APE 2014

This weekend is the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco and I’m going to be there selling brand new copies of Tyranny of the Muse 2 and other things too!

Jamaica Dyer will be joining me on Sunday, Oct 5 and we’ll have copies of our Chrysalis zine and tons of great things from her as well. 

We’ll be at table 907A. This is where that is:

APE will take place on Oct 4-5 at 11am at:

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion

2 Marina Blvd.

San Francisco, CA 94123

You should come and we’ll smile and be nice to you and you can smile and be nice back. 

Find out more here.


Look! In print! Available for pre-order soon.


Look! In print! Available for pre-order soon.

When we conceive an enterprise and commit to it in the face of our fears, something wonderful happens. A crack appears in the membrane. Like the first craze when a chick pecks at the inside of a shell. Angel midwives congregate around us; they assist as we give birth to ourselves, to that person we were born to be, to the one whose destiny was encoded in our soul, our daimon, our genius.
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Download Tyranny of the Muse #2


Tyranny 2 is now available to read on your fancy electronic device thing. You can pick up a PDF from Noisetrade and pay whatever you feel like, or you can grab one from the Tyranny shop and plunk down a buck. It’s up to you.