Image Expo 2018: Tough Subject Matter In Any Era – Jook Joint By Nguyen And Franklin

by Oliver MacNamee

Maria Nguyen (Bingo Love)announced her new project at this year’s Image Expo, Jook Joint, with Tee Franklin, a five issue horror period piece about a brothel/jazz club exposing the social evils of racism, rape, domestic violence, and inequality.

Because of its subject matter, Jook Joint will be released in October 2018, to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Franklin and Nguyen will work with Image Comics on coordinating special charity variants to benefit Joyful Heart, a non-profit founded by Mariska Hargitay which places focus on healing, education and advocacy.

Franklin says:

As a domestic violence survivor, this is a story I’ve been working on for years. It’s been extremely cathartic and therapeutic. It was important for me to have an artist who understood what JOOK JOINT meant to me, before inviting them to embark on this journey with me. I appreciate that Image Comics has allowed me to tackle this subject matter, in addition to working with us on charity variants for Mariska Hargitay’s Healing Heart foundation. I now have an opportunity to use my talents to help survivors like myself. People have helped me when I was going through a rough time in my life and now I want to give back.

Jook Joint #1 is out October 2018 From Image Comics.

You can find a full recap of Image Expo here.