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Life of Agony founding member hosts cover contest for first issue of
new twisted miniseries: Wire Hangers

Coming in April

Wire Hangers cover contest imageSan Diego, CA (February 17, 2010) – Alan Robert, Life of Agony bassist and Spoiler NYC front man, and IDW Publishing together present a new horror comic series, Wire Hangers. This four-issue miniseries is a multi-layered story of kidnapping, murder, revenge and government conspiracies. Wire Hangers will debut in April with a 32-page, ad-free first issue. Pill-popping detectives, corrupt secret agents and a mysterious, disfigured homeless man are only a few of the characters greeting readers in the first issue.

To commemorate this first issue, IDW and Robert are inviting fans to join this cast of characters on the cover. Robert will randomly select one lucky winner, who will have their face drawn into the cover. All interested fans must submit their name, age, email address and name of their local comic book store to WireHangerscomic.com/contest by Friday, February 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm PST. In addition to getting their face on the cover, the winner’s local comic store will be mentioned on the inside front cover of the issue.

Created, written and illustrated by Robert, Wire Hangers follows a twisted tale of serial kidnappings and murders in New York City and the cop assigned to solve the case. Nelson DeCastro (Marvel Masterpieces) will provide gripping covers. Explains Robert, “There is a lot of big reveals in the book, so I don’t want to give too much away, but the basic premise is that the kidnappings seem random, so it’s even scarier for the public. The mayor puts a once-known hero cop on the case, but he isn’t the hero cop he once was, and so there’s a lot of twists and turns.”

Robert is best known for being the primary songwriter for Life of Agony‘s River Runs Red album, but he is also an accomplished artist. Robert studied cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, under Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor) and has had his work appear on ad campaigns, merchandise and web sites for 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown.

“I really can’t express how excited I am to finally see this idea come to life. I’ve been a huge comic book fan since I was just a kid and so to finally create my own original comic series is a dream come true,” added Robert. “Releasing it through IDW is the icing on the cake. They’ve put out some of my favorite books, like 30 Days of Night and Welcome to Hoxford. It’s a real honor to have Wire Hangers appear alongside those titles.”

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Wire Hangers #1 (of 5, $3.99, 32 page ad free, full color) will be available in stores in April. Diamond order code FEB10 0963.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; YOE Books, a partnership with YOE! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.