Mind's Eye Comics Pick!! -- Public Domain #1
Public Domain #1, Image Comics
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Full disclosure: Chip Zdarsky is one of my favorite creators in comics. He's just wonderful. His writing always feels personal, relatable, goofy and just damn good. His recent ascendancy to writing Marvel and DC Comics (Daredevil, and soon Batman, to name a few "small" titles) has been a joy to watch. My first real exposure to Zdarsky was he and Matt Fraction's book, Sex Criminals, for Image Comics. I adored Zdarsky's artwork on that series, and am over the moon excited to see him both writing and drawing this new book. The new series, Public Domain feels very meta, timely and personal. It honestly feels like a story that needs to be told, and is something Zdarsky was born to write.
Public Domain follows Miles, a writer for a newspaper, and the son of one of the creators of an old comic book called The Domain. A movie studio is about to release yet another film, making loads of money off a entire franchise of films based on his Dad's creation, and Miles is upset and bitter about this. Asked to write a piece about his Dad by his Editor, Miles is forced to re-enter that world. Meanwhile, Tanya is an assistant to Jerry, the other co-creator of The Domain, who has sold out and is making millions off the movie franchise. While Miles's father attends the premiere of the film, happy to just be a part of the show, Miles laments the fact that the studio and seemingly apathetic actors are making so much money, while his Dad never did. But when Tanya is asked to find some old papers for the studio, she discovers a secret could change everything.