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Pope Digs Deep for "One Trick Rip-Off/Deep Cuts"

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  • Posted on 15th Sep, 2022 09:18 AM

Writer and artist Paul Pope revisits his '90s work with a colored hardcover collection of his story "One Trick Rip-Off" as well as new, mostly unseen material in new book from Image Comics.

Paul Pope took a trip down memory lane for his upcoming Image Comics release "One Trick Rip-Off/Deep-Cuts." The 288-page hardcover features colorized reprints of Pope's "One Trick Rip-Off" story which first appeared in "Dark Horse Presents" in 1995 as well as 150 pages of other rarely or never before seen stories and comics from that same time. These other works include the "Supertrouble" manga along with several manga pieces created for Kodansha Ltd, the largest publisher of the form in Japan. Pope would go on to create beloved and critically acclaimed series' like "100%," "Heavy Liquid" and the Eisner Award winning "Batman: Year One Hundred."


"One Trick Rip-Off" follows a small gang whose members can control people with their minds and ran from "DHP" #101 to #112. Pope and Image Comics enlisted colorists Jamie Grant ("All Star Superman") and Dominic Regan ("All Star Western") to go in and brighten up the original black-and-white story as well as the extra material.

While he admitted looking back on some of these nearly twenty-year-old stories could be painful, Pope also said it's important to do so. CBR News talked with Pope about how Moebius influenced that opinion, Grant and Regan handled the coloring process and Quentin Tarantino inspired "One Trick Rip-Off."

CBR News: Can you explain the concept behind "One Trick Rip-Off" to people who might not be familiar with it from the original run in "Dark Horse Presents?"

Paul Pope's "One Trick Rip-Off/Deep-Cuts" 288-page hardcover edition debuts from Image Comics on January 16.

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