Be Seduced by the World of Masque

Critics call it a “superb” and “a tragic masterpiece … Rarely does a work make feeling devastated also feel so satisfying.”

Conceived and realized by the award-winning co-creator of Elfquest, this intensely emotional adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe classic will delight fans of gothic romance, science-fiction horror and all-is-allowed erotica.

Seven glowing chambers await…

Masque songs at The Rockwell

Via Facebook I have amazing news. Things are happening for the Masque Musical very fast. You know about the industry-only reading on Oct. 27th. On the following week, Monday Nov. 3rd, Gregory Nabours will be performing a program of Masque songs at The Rockwell Table and Stage!!!! The Rockwell is featuring choice excerpts from four […]

First assembled cast rehearsal

Today is another milestone kind of day: the first assembled cast rehearsal of “Masque of the Red Death – a Musical Thriller.” For the first time I the writer, Gregory Nabours the composer and Calvin Remsberg the director will hear the songs and dialogue straight through. For the first time we’ll see what the story, […]

Two weeks and one day until the first official industry reading of “Masque of the Red Death – a Musical Thriller!” [via Facebook]

Masque in Playbill

We made Playbill today! That’s as high as you can go in the theater news world! [via Facebook]

An irreverent take

BoingBoing has a, shall we say, irreverent way of putting things. But this take on the Masque Musical press release is essentially accurate (shmeat?!?). Except for one thing: it’s cibongs, not ebongs (unless you’re trying to sell them on Ebay, I guess).

On Audiences

No one can predict how audiences will react to a show. Shows that have “legs” tend to be the kind that people come back to see more than once – plus they tell their friends. “Jekyll & Hyde,” one of Masque’s inspirations, has followers called “Jekkies.” Young teenage girls are the predominate audience for “Wicked” […]

Sonny Strait on Masque

So what, as the artist and writer of Masque the graphic novel, do I think of the work that came to be the source of “Masque of the Red Death – a Musical Thriller?” It’s weird, but I don’t really know what to say. So I will give you the words of my fellow artist/writer […]

We have gone national! First reading of Masque

This just happened – WE HAVE GONE NATIONAL! (Caveat: this is an industry only, invitation only reading. Unfortunately it is not open to the public, so please don’t inquire.) This press release, which is being promoted by every theatrical news service as I type, is so crazy-wonderful, I just had to share it. From Broadway […]

Gregory Nabours to perform songs from Masque

This is in the “it just keeps getting better and better” category. My brilliant, young, handsome, visionary composer Gregory Nabours is on the verge of super-stardom. This November, he’s been invited to perform an evening of his own compositions INCLUDING TWO SONGS FROM “MASQUE” at a li’l ol’ place called the Kennedy Center for the […]

Wendy Pini interviewed by Sequential Tart

Reproduced with permission from sequentialtart.com ST: How does your take on Masque of the Red Death compare to Poe’s original? What elements are the same, and how does it differ? W: Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death is a very, very short story…a mood piece, really. Its well-deserved fame is due to the […]

Requiem for Madame Kabala

Posted by Atomic Fungus Been mulling this over for a while, as I’m not used to writing necrologs of any kind. But figured I couldn’t let go without saying a few farewell words about the most outrageously cool and devious bitch queen of the entire Masque universe. I know she wasn’t everyone’s favorite character, but […]

Comics Bulletin Review

Reproduced with permission from comicsbulletin.com Best known for her original SF-Fantasy Elfquest, Wendy Pini changes gears here and takes on a classic, re-imagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death as futuristic yaoi. Envisioned as a three-year project, this volume collects the first four chapters of the webcomic as well as sketchbook pages […]

The Now of Masque

Posted by Loa Shelley Edgar Allen Poe’s work is a cornerstone of American literature, taking us into the depths of our own inhuman horrors. Known during his lifetime mainly as a literary critic, it was only long after his death in 1849 that his works of fiction grew in popularity. In May of 1842, he […]

One on One with comics legend Wendy Pini

Reproduced with permission from Giant Fire Breathing Robot, as published June 1, 2010 The first day of Fanime 2010 held many wondrous things – Cosplay, Gaming, Dweeb as Kule, Comics, Cthulhu themed tshirts and a million-and-one references to Fooly Cooly. But the most wondrous thing was yet to come! While wandering Artist Alley, we moseyed […]

Review by El Santo

Reproduced with persmission from WebcomicOverlook.com, as published on June 29, 2010 I became a comic fan in the early 90′s during the debut of Jim Lee’s X-Men. Thanks to my nerdy, obsessive nature, I ended up taking a strong interest in the history of comics. I used to hope up at the Detroit Public Library, […]

A Newbie’s Perspective

Sent in by Kristen Olsen: I was asked by the wondrous Madame Masque to post my views as a newbie reader who read the backlog to the current (Masque web comic episode) in one sitting. I went into a bit of an emotional overload at this. Reading all at once was at once both neat […]

Absolutely marvelous!

Sonny Strait writes: Wow! You know you’ve hit on something as an artist when you’re able to stir up controversy. If a story is to be considered erotic, then one must be turned on by it. A cartoonist can only take a story and present it in a way that pleases them. Some will like […]

About Masque

On a futuristic earth-type world, in the vast, technologically overrun megalopolis of SIVARSI 9, citizens live what seems to be a utopian existence. But Anton “Prince” Prosper, last scion of a fabulously wealthy, morally bankrupt dynasty, lusts for more. A scientific genius secluded from the world on his own, private island, Prosper dedicates his gifted […]

About Masque

On a futuristic earth-type world, in the vast, technologically overrun megalopolis of SIVARSI 9, citizens live what seems to be a utopian existence. But Anton “Prince” Prosper, last scion of a fabulously wealthy, morally bankrupt dynasty, lusts for more. A scientific genius secluded from the world on his own, private island, Prosper dedicates his gifted […]