Welcome to comic creator Paul Sizer's latest multimedia sequential art project, B.P.M. (Beats Per Minute).
B.P.M. is available internationally to comic stores, bookstores and libraries through Diamond Comic Distribution.
Ordering information for B.P.M. can be found HERE.
BPM is a full color 96 page graphic novel written and drawn by Paul Sizer (LITTLE WHITE MOUSE, MOPED ARMY graphic novels). The graphic novel will contain the main story, plus a comprehensive sketchbook section and detailed playlists and notes. Plus, the book will also be linked with iMixes from the Apple iTunes website that provide a “soundtrack” to accompany the book, as well as playlists for each of the main DJ characters, showing each person’s musical tastes.
“B.P.M.” is Paul Sizer’s love letter to the music he loves. In combining the story of a young DJ with the power of computer enhanced artwork, Paul’s goal is to merge his love of comics and his love of music into a moving, dynamic story of passion, motivation and hard choices over following one’s creative dreams. Paul has challenged himself as a writer and artist, using new techniques to tell this story. Combining his art with hundreds of photos he’s taken in New York, Paul has worked to make “B.P.M.” a unique visual experience as well as a thoughtful and engaging story that transmits the raw power and inspiration that music can generate.
"Roxy spins records in dark clubs and small bars, hoping to make a name for herself as a DJ in the complex and demanding club culture of New York City. She stumbles across Robie, a burned-out former superstar DJ, who shows her how to rise to the next level of her art. As Robie’s mentoring begins to elevate Roxy’s career, she must choose whether to follow her heart or the beat of the music she loves. Looking for the "perfect beat" is a long and demanding journey. Which path will Roxy choose, and what will she have to leave behind?"
REVIEWS/PRAISE/MEDIA FOR B.P.M.
COMIC GEEK SPEAK podcast interview about B.P.M. (November 17, 2008) DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE HERE.
MOST PEOPLE ARE DJ's podcast/vidcast 8-part interview series. CHECK OUT THE EPISODES HERE
ICv2 Review of 'B.P.M.'
4.5 Stars Out of 5
Published: 10/30/2008 08:36pm
"Roxy's set at the small New York club where she deejays is beginning to stagnate. As much as she loves the music, the crowd, and the life, she doesn't have the guts or know how to push things to the next level. The time and effort it takes to learn her craft eat away at the time available to do anything else, and Roxy's exasperated girlfriend leaves her, hoping to force Roxy to give up her crazy schedule and settle down. When a chance meeting with a former music producer and DJ superstar turns into a mentor/student relationship, Roxy's talents begin to blossom. With the support of her friends, the guidance of her teacher, and the following of a growing fan base in the clubs where she spins, it looks like Roxy's dream of turning her love of music into a career just might come true.
According to his introduction, Sizer has written this self-published book as an homage to his two obsessions, music and comics, and he has succeeded. Roxy is a fully formed character, complete with self-doubt, determination, and a palpable euphoria when a night of music, dancing, and a great crowd all come together. The side characters are also well-defined, as is Roxy's reactions to their impact on her life. As her relationship with her girlfriend comes to an end, she feels responsible for the break-up despite her girlfriend's inability to understand Roxy's drive to be a deejay and her unwillingness to see Roxy's work as a "real job." Roxy's interactions with the two friends who act as role models are both natural and tinged with a bit of hero-worship, and her excitement at finding a teacher who thinks she has talent and respects what she does is understandable after having her work dismissed by her girlfriend.
Sizer's art is a bit inconsistent in the beginning of the book, with characters' heads weirdly changing size and shape, but by chapter two it has smoothed out. The colors used are vibrant, especially the deep, lush purples, blues, and oranges used in the night scenes. An added bonus is the "soundtrack" of song titles and artists that Sizer feels reflects what is happening in the comic. Strangely, the book is rated for older teens and for mature audiences, but other than a few images of women in their underclothes, there is nothing in this book that is any worse than what can be found in an average superhero comic. Highly recommended for older teens and adults."
—Eva Volin, ICv2 reviewer
“Whatever kind of music you like, you will feel the energy and rhythm coming right at you from the pages of this
book. Whether loving lead character Roxy or scolding her for her life choices, you cannot remain unmoved;
B.P.M. is that real.”
—Kat Kan, Voice of Youth Advocates graphic novel columnist, graphic novel selector for Brodart and HW Wilson
“In his visually stunning and intimately personal masterpiece, Paul Sizer shows us exactly why both music and
the human heart are measured in Beats Per Minute.”
—Dan Traeger, Blogcritics Magazine
“If there’s any justice, Paul Sizer’s ‘BPM’ is destined to become known as the graphic novel equivalent to
Nick Hornby’s ‘High Fidelity’.”
—Tim O’Shea , TalkingwithTim.com and Blog@Newsarama
“BPM captures the vivid life of a professional DJ in an eye-opening way. I was amazed at how well Paul Sizer
put the feel of the perfect, life-changing song on paper.”
—Johanna Draper Carlson , Comics Worth Reading http://comicsworthreading.com
“Sizer has scored a direct hit on the DJ club world in his foray into the realm of the real people who go bump
in the night.”
—Karen Maeda aka Miss DJ Jackalope, Sequential Tart Magazine
KAREN (DJ JACKALOPE) MAEDA
DJ/COMIC BOOK FAN
I’m sure like BPM’s comic book heroine, Roxy, I have found myself seated in too many 24-hour diners having pancakes and french fries and maybe a chocolate shake all at the same time cuz I’d been up for 24 hours after throwing a rave or deejaying at a club and couldn’t decide on what to eat. It’s usually around 7 a.m., after a night of sheer chaos and carefully constructed fun. Fun such as rocking the room, testing a crowd (or even the sound system for that matter) to see how much they will take or carefully finding the right moments to back off, throw some vocals in, and give everyone a short rest before decimating the room with bass. These are things that all DJs can identify with whether if they are in a comic book or in real life. I wish I could live in both worlds!
Deejaying is way too much fun. It’s something I’ve been doing for the past 12 years, spent countless dollars on when I could have been out buying groceries, but instead would come home with the newest record by my favorite producer. And besides, what other jobs give you an excuse to dye your hair blue and rock out at earth shattering volume to your favorite music?
Miss Jackalope been playing records for 12 years and has played almost every electronic genre you can think of. Somehow, over time, the breakbeats stuck, and she stayed with jungle and electrobreaks. Her dedication to hard beats has her opening for the likes of NYC’s pH10, Ming+FS, Reid Speed, DRC, and a variety of other DJs and live performers. She is the resident DJ for some of the largest computer security conferences in the world. Her website is located at www.dj-jackalope.com where she sells cds and has some mp3s to download. She has a little grey cat, a car in need of selling, and she also has an army.
PODCASTER, “MOST PEOPLE ARE DJ’S”
I don’t have the data, but I have a theory it’s not until the teen years, people start developing their own
taste in music. Up until that point it’s all guided by what our parents are listening to. I got the short end of that stick. My parents were country-western lovers. Is it any wonder then the music we listen to as teens tends to
be rebellious? It’s our chance to announce to our parents (as well as the world) this is what separates “me”
As a person who always felt somewhat removed or on the outside looking in at the various “clicks” and groups at school. My self-identification with music came with Gary Numan’s groundbreaking album “The Pleasure Principle.” At the time, I couldn’t put words around it, but something about the texture of the music, the flatness of the vocals and the themes of alienation and machines appealed to my love of science fiction as well as my self-imposed isolation. From Gary Numan to Kraftwerk to the beginnings of techno, the themes and melodies of electronic music continued to pique my interest. Moreover, I started to discover something else about electronic music. How when weaved together from track to track it creates an atmosphere of sound that just can’t be matched with any other genre of music.
Similarly, Roxy, Atsuko, and Dominic, the DJs from BPM understand how music informs, guides and exists as the soundtrack to our mostly mundane lives. However, as Paul so masterfully tells it in BPM, their comprehension runs deeper. As a DJ they construct patterns of sound that cause movement and thought to a crowd, resulting in shaping their identity and life choices for years to come. They’ll never get the recognition they deserve for giving more meaning to life. The most recognition they get is a “nod” and a “thanks” for providing the crowd with something to move to. But, the DJ doesn’t need recognition. They just need music, preferably with a good beat.
Mike Pfeiffer aka Mikel O.D. is a freelance Journalist and the host of Most People Are DJs, a music show available on the internet at www.mostpeoplearedjs.com. Mike believes traditional radio is inherently evil and any band that charges more than $50 to see them should be boycotted.