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Author Interview: Cynthia von Buhler

Today I am interviewing Cynthia von Buhler, author of the new graphic-novel, The Illuminati Ball. 

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DJ: Hi Cynthia! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Cynthia von Buhler: Hello! I’m an artist and writer. I’ve shown my 3-D and interactive paintings/sculptures in galleries and museums worldwide. I’ve also illustrated for most well-known magazines, newspapers and publishers –and won awards for that. For the past ten years I’ve been focusing on writing and illustrating graphic novels and staging interactive theater based on them. 

DJ: What is The Illuminati Ball about?

Cynthia: It’s is a warning call about new scientific discoveries, human greed, and corrupt governance on our planet subversively hidden in a provocative book about joining the Illuminati.  In real life I have been holding Illuminati Balls of varying sizes for the past four years (with the same premise). Guests need to apply in order to attend. They take part in a variety of rituals, anthropomorphic escapades and morality tests. My hope is for humans to stop being a cancer on earth and live harmoniously with nature.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Illuminati Ball

Cynthia: Several years ago, my choreographer, Delysia La Chatte, sent me intense photographs of the Rothschild’s Surrealist Illuminati Ball from 1972 as inspiration. Audrey Hepburn, one of the attendees, wore a birdcage over her head and the Baroness de Rothschild wore a stag head mask with diamond tears. These images made me think about the sadness of animals. I thought about global warming, factory farming, vivisection, hunting and so many other ways humans hurt animals. I decided to create an immersive play combining a Surrealist Eyes Wide Shut-type party with a story about non-human animals. I was also inspired by The Georgia Guidestones, a monument erected mysteriously in the eighties in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. The commandments engraved in it’s massive granite stones struck me as deeply pertinent advice for our times. At one point some thugs spray painted “Die Illuminati Pigs!” on one of the stones. This made me think, what if the Illuminati was an organization of pigs? Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Wythces, Vol. 1 (Wytches #1-6) by Scott Snyder

Witches, Vol. 1 (Wytches #1-6) by Scott Snyder (story), JOCK (art), Matt Hollingsworth (color), and Clem Robins (letters).

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: June 24, 2015

Edition: Paperback, 114 pages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Mystery

Rating: 4.5/5 Rating

Horrifyingly terrific
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Graphic Novel Review: Utopiates by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha

Utopiates by Josh Finney (story, art), and Kat Rocha (art)

Publisher: 01 Publishing

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Edition: Paperback, 84 pages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 3.5/5 Rating


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Graphic Novel Review: Crazy Mary by Michael Colbert

Crazy Mary by Michael Colbert (story), J.L. Woodward (cover,art), William Blankenship (art), Ryan Sergeant (art), Josh Finney (editor), and Kat Rocha (editor)

Publisher: 01 Publishing

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Edition: Paperback, 84 pages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Cyberpunk

Rating: 3/5 Rating

Nothing special, but this was fun and funny!

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Graphic Novel Review: Wolrd War Kaiju by Josh Finney

World War Kaiju by Josh Finney (story), Patrick McEvoy (art), Michael Colbert (additional scenes, concepts, dialog), and Kat Rocha (editor)

Publisher: 01 Publishing

Publication Date: September 4, 2014

Edition: Paperback, 104 pages

Genre: Comic, Monster

Rating: 2/5 Rating

Well, there’s a pretty badass-looking Kaiju on cover?

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