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Bold and Heartfelt: New Black Mask Ongoing Series 'Destiny, NY' Coming from Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano,

 What if there was a magical prophecy that you were destined to save the world, and you fulfilled it so young you don’t know what to do with the rest of your life?    

That’s the problem facing Logan McBride in DESTINY, NY, the ongoing comic book series launching in March 2021 from Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles-based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including CALEXIT, LOUD, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, KIM & KIM, and BLACK. Together, writer Pat Shand (Black Mask’s SNAP FLASH HUSTLE), artist Manuel Preitano (DC Comics’ THE ORACLE CODE), and cover artists Elisa Romboli (upcoming ALICE IN LEATHERLAND) and Rosi Kämpe (SPIDER-GWEN) have created a grounded story about the magic of young adulthood, star-crossed modern romance, delayed coming of age, and finding your place in a world too busy to notice you.

“Destiny, NY is a story about what happens next. Fantasy stories always end when the prophecy is complete, when the villain is defeated. I wanted to find out what happens next. How does the subject of a prophecy go on to live a normal, fulfilling life when everyone around them tells them that they’ve already done the greatest thing they’ll ever do?” said writer Pat Shand, who originally self-published DESTINY, NY through Kickstarter. “My first two series at Black Mask Studios, BREATHLESS and SNAP FLASH HUSTLE, were dreams come true. Matt Pizzolo is someone who supports creators who come to a series with a vision, someone who asks what he can do to make that vision a reality. DESTINY, NY is my first ongoing creator-owned series, and I feel proud to bring it to a publisher run by someone who invests in passion.”  

In DESTINY, NY, Logan grew up a “prophecy kid” attending the elite NYC boarding school DESTINY, NY for children with magical prophecies. At twelve years old, she faced down a cataclysmic crisis and rescued the entire planet… but hardly anyone even knows what she did, and since then she’s been directionless. There’s no prophecy for what Logan is supposed to do with the rest of her life… she’s having a midlife crisis despite being in her 20s. But when Logan falls for Lilith, the estranged daughter of a mystical crime family, their new love puts the entire school in jeopardy.

Issue 1 will feature a special, limited edition cover by Terry Moore (STRANGERS IN PARADISE).


On contributing to the project, Moore said "Destiny, NY is an engaging modern love story written with hope and compassion. Drawing a cover for a book like this was a privilege."

“Strangers In Paradise is not only perhaps the greatest indie comics achievement of all time in that it’s an epic saga based in character, but it’s also a personal inspiration," said Shand. "To have Terry Moore draw our cover for Destiny, NY is an honor and makes me aspire to continue working on character and craft above all else.”


“I can’t think of a better time for a story about finding new direction after struggling through a crisis,” said Matt Pizzolo, co-founder and publisher of Black Mask. “At Black Mask, we’ve always been inspired by stories that are entertaining and also have an authentic and unique point of view—whether it was about two misfits on the run from a world that couldn’t understand them (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME) or a found family blasting through space in search of the hidden secrets of the universe (SPACE RIDERS). With DESTINY, NY, Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano navigate a bold and heartfelt story about trying to find a path you can believe in on the other side of youthful idealism.”    

DESTINY, NY marks Black Mask’s return to single-issue comics after focusing on OGNs and trades through the pandemic, starting 2020 with Maria Llovet’s graphic novella LOUD and devoting the rest of the year to collected editions of the Black Mask library, including early hits PIROUETTE by M.L. Miller (Gravetrancers) and Carlos Granda (Calexit: San Diego) and TWELVE REASONS TO DIE by Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and RZA with Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank) and Patrick Kindlon (Nobody Is In Control, There’s Nothing There).  

    Cover D by ROSI KÄMPE

The DESTINY, NY ongoing series will launch with a double-sized first issue in March 2021 and kick off Black Mask’s coming slate of new series.  

ABOUT THE WRITER: PAT SHAND is a writer. He has created/co-created the comic books Breathless, Snap Flash Hustle, Little Girl, Family Pets, Prison Witch, Afterglow, and Destiny, NY as well as writing for established properties, such as Charmed, Adventure Time, Disney Princess, and Joss Whedon's Angel. In addition to his work as a comic book creator, he has produced off-off Broadway theatre and worked as a novelist on original stories for Marvel, including Guardians of the Galaxy: Space Riot, Iron Man: Mutually Assured Destruction, Avengers: The Serpent Society, Spider-Man: Spideyography, and Thor: Crusade of the Forgotten. He runs the independent company Space Between Entertainment in New York, where he lives with his wife Amy and their army of cats.    

ABOUT THE ARTIST: MANUEL PREITANO was born under the Italian sun with a pencil in his cradle. After studying in Rome, he started working for comic fanzines, until the internet put him in touch with publishers all over the world. His current credits include work for DC Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, Graphic India, Dabel Brothers, and regional Italian publishers. Whether an action-y style or a cartoony style, Manuel enjoys doing comics, book covers, illustrations, and whatever else sounds fun to draw. Most of all, though, he loves cats, so Pat bribed him into drawing Destiny, NY by telling him it was a series full of felines.    

ABOUT BLACK MASK STUDIOS: Bringing the punk rock ethic to comics, Black Mask supports creators telling awesome and important stories.