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Monster Elementary Heads to Space Goat and Debuts Free Comic Book Day

Monster-Elementary-LogoThe new kids on the block? They’re monsters.

Monster Elementary, the all-ages comic, was not only a twice-funded Kickstarter project, but also the winner of the 2015 Gold Medal for Best Humor Graphic Novel at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Space Goat Publishing has announced they have signed the comic for publishing with a formal launch this summer.

Written and created by Nicholas Doan, and edited by Gwendolyn Dreyer, Monster Elementary is an all-ages adventure featuring classic horror movie archetypes–the Vampire, the Werewolf, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon–reimagined as elementary school students. But rule #1: Don’t eat the other students no matter how tasty they might be. And rule #2: Avoid Vanessa Elle Sing, their classmate who is also a monster hunter out to expose the new kids.

Monster Elementary is a series of short stories, all written by Doan and illustrated by a team of rotating artists, including Caanan Grall, Christopher Tupa, Josh Gowdy, Cal Moray, Patty Variboa, Lee-Roy Lahey, Bobby Timony, and Daniele Serra.

The monsters’ adventures and experiences hiding their identities and growing up are the focal point of the stories. Desmodus, Lukos, Francesca, Rags, and Gilda are monsters, but they’re also kids dealing with real-life issues that every kid faces: bullying, homework, and being hunted down by a classmate with a wooden stake.

The project was such a success that the Kickstarter edition of Monster Elementary is currently sold out. Doan and Dreyer’s desire to bring Monster Elementary to even more people led them to Space Goat.

Monster Elementary‘s first Space Goat appearance will be in an 8-page story in Space Goat’s all-ages Free Comic Book Day anthology, Dark Lily & Friends. The FCBD book will be released on May 7, 2016. In June, Space Goat will launch an introductory one-shot, Monster Elementary: First Semester, followed by an all-new edition of the first Monster Elementary trade in time for the 2016 San Diego Comic Con.

The Tides Have Turned in Archaia’s New Horror Series Plunder

Archaia, an imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the February debut of the new original horror series Plunder. Author Swifty Lang and artist Skuds McKinley bring us a tale of terror reminiscent of Captain Phillips and The Thing.

After facing off with an illegal Chinese vessel, a gang of Somali pirates tries to board what they think is a research vessel, only to find themselves in the midst of a massacre. As their worst nightmares become reality, the 14-year-old boy who went from translator to reluctant pirate not only becomes the key to survival, but must decide for himself how far he is willing to go in the name of self-preservation.

Plunder #1 arrives in comic shops on February 18th from Archaia with a main cover by series artist Skuds McKinley for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC141206. Also available in limited quantities are a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Ramón K. Pérez, and a retailer incentive cover by Daniele Serra.

Plunder #1 10 Years Incentive Cover by Ramón K. Pérex (Full wraparound image shown) Plunder #1 Main Cover by Skuds McKinley Plunder #1 Retailer Incentive Cover by Daniele Serra

Preview: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #4 (of 6)

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #4 (of 6)

Authors: Lela Gwenn, Ben Meares, Christian Francis, and Mark Miller
Artists: Daniele Serra, Huseyin Ozkan, and Carlos Magno

The descent into darkness continues with more all-new tales of the Cenobites! First, in “Study,” Lela Gwenn and Daniele Serra follow a anthropologist who goes from observer to subject, while in the continuing story “The Hunted,” Pinhead begins his counterattack against those trying to usurp his power.

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