The Nineteen Eighty Five Comic Series By James Reitano
James Reitano’s Nineteen Eighty Five, is a series of comics following a group of graffiti artists in the mid-eighties. The series recaptures the nostalgic youthful rebellion of what seems to be Reitano’s personal stories. The setting is a small California beach town, where a teenage graffiti artist finds himself battling with rival crews and local law enforcement to get his name up. The comic is largely time-period based, with bboys, the uprising of hip hop, and a powerful street bombing scene. Most would agree you would have to live the experience to represent and reproduce it. When looking at the details, James Reitano has obviously had a first hand account with the graffiti scene, and shows his appreciation in cognate way.
Each issue is packaged with a suggested 30 song soundtrack consisting of artists like Black Flag, Talking Heads and the Beastie Boys. The addition of the soundtrack, mixed by Bubba G. Scotch and DJ Imperial, makes this a perfect nostalgic collectable.
Volume 4 was just released! 40 pages, bound with a color cover and the soundtrack for $10. What?!
We just posted the release of MF Doom and Madlib’s Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remixes, the boxset includes a super dope 1970’s throwback 12 page comic by Reitano. He produced the famed animated music video, ALL CAPS, for MF Doom. James has also written and animated music videos for Cut Chemist and old school legend Kool Kieth. James Reitano has created work for various clients including Santa Cruz Skateboards, HP, Wu-Tang Clan and Spike TV. He is currently creative director for the design/animation shop TFU Studios based in Los Angeles.
Check out more images below for a bit of an unboxing of Nineteen Eighty Four Volume #3.