Destiny, NY Comes To Black Mask Studios This March
by James Ferguson
After several successful Kickstarter campaigns, Destiny, NY is coming to the direct market through Black Mask Studios. The first issue from writer Pat Shand and artist Manuel Preitano drops in March. The series is 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.
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.
“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. “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.”
“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 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 Studios’ return to floppies after focusing on original graphic novels and trades through the pandemic. The first issue will be double-sized, featuring a limited edition cover by Terry Moore, as well as covers by Elisa Romboli and Rosi Kämpe. It’s set for release in March 2021.