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Heavy Metal releases a message from new CEO Marshall Lees

We’re only 18 days in to 2023 and things have already seen a lot of changes and shakeups in the comic industry. Yesterday news broke that Matthew Medney was stepping down as CEO of Heavy Metal with Marshall Lees taking over the role.

The publisher has had troubles of late including a money crunch, a “reorganization”, accusations of selling foreign rights without the creators knowledge or compensation, and accusations the publisher has been having troubles fulfilling purchases.

Today, the company’s new CEO has issued a statement about the situation:

A message from Heavy Metal’s new CEO to all our valued partners, friends and fans.

As stewards of a renowned brand that has had a significant impact on cinema, art, literature, and culture for over 40 years, we recognize that we have made mistakes. As the new CEO, I am excited and honored to take on this role, but also aware of the challenges ahead. The brand, its legacy, our team, and all of you deserve better, and I, along with the new team, are committed to delivering that.

We recognize that creatives are the lifeblood of our company. They are the reason we exist. Moving forward, Heavy Metal will focus on being a conduit for unfettered creativity, providing support for your exploration and a platform for reaching the world without boundaries or restrictions. We want to hear your stories, see your art, and empower you to create without limits. As part of this commitment, Heavy Metal Publishing will publish a wide range of stories and content that pushes boundaries fearlessly. Additionally, we are implementing a more transparent creator portal to improve communication with all of our partners.

To all of our fans, including those who have remained loyal to us and those whom we have disappointed, we want you to know that we deeply value your support and contributions to the legacy of our brand. We are committed to doing better for you and enhancing your experience with Heavy Metal in new and exciting ways, while staying true to our roots. You can expect increased engagement with our community, great emphasis on timely delivery, and improved products that you will be proud to own. THe journey ahead is only meaningful if you join us on it.

There are many reasons to be enthusaistic about the future. The new leadership brings a desire to rebuild and a commitment to allowing creators to do their best work. The team is reinvigorated and passionate about what they do. Heavy Metal Studios, our emerging TV and film studio, is poised to break through barriers in the entertainment industry. Additionally, we have a variety of exciting new products and intellectual property that we are confident will excite our audience.

Our management team will continue to have some familiar faces. Tommy Coriale will remain our Head of Studio, Kris Long remains as our Chief Sales Officer and now serves as interim Publisher, Jamie Penrose has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer and Joe Durko fills the critical role of Chief Restructuring Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

I am here to listen and learn from you all and I open my inbox for you to reach out to me at ceo@heavymetal.com if you would like be a part of the exciting road ahead as we rebuild Heavy Metal together.

Welcome to the new Heavy Metal.

Marshall Lees
CEO

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web to start the day.

The Guardian – French comic book author Fabcaro to pen next Asterix – Nice.

The Beat – Heavy Metal is “catching up” on invoicing over the holidays – Sigh.

CBR – AI-Created Comic Has Been Deemed Ineligible for Copyright Protection – As anyone that knows about copyright said would happen.

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Heavy Metal Partners with SCP on New Merch

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announce that it is partnering with SCP on new merchandise, available now. The company, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, is famous for being the home of the legendary illustrated Heavy Metal Magazine and the source for the cult classic animated film Heavy Metal (1981). For over a decade, SCP has managed merchandise lines for top-level musicians and entertainment personas such as Billie Eilish, Jacksepticeye, Keith Urban, and Carly Rae Jepsen. Heavy Metal and SCP present both classic and holiday merchandise lines, with all items now available to purchase. Fans can go to https://merch.heavymetal.com/ to buy merchandise from the official store.

The classic line of Heavy Metal merchandise includes a black T-shirt and Trucker Hat with the company’s beloved red branded logo. For vintage fans and lovers of the Heavy Metal film, the shop also has a T-shirt with the chrome version of the Heavy Metal logo, made famous by acclaimed “Sexy Robot” artist Hajime Sorayama in 1980. The classic line also features a black hoodie available for purchase, showcasing a special version of the Heavy Metal logo designed by the late esteemed artist Kim Jung Gi, who created a set of Heavy Metal Magazine covers earlier this year.

The holiday line of Heavy Metal merchandise includes two Taarna T-shirts featuring art by Tehani Farr and Ken Kelly, respectively. Both pieces of Taarna art, showcasing the company’s iconic warrior heroine from the Heavy Metal film, originally debuted as covers of Heavy Metal Magazine. The Tehani Farr Taarna art also takes center stage on a speciality woven blanket tapestry, perfect for cozying up with a viewing of Heavy Metal or for hanging on the wall as art. Another new offering is a pair of sweatpants with bloody eyeballs inspired by the horror comedy serial The Axe, co-created by Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman, actor Brian Posehn, and Marvel artist Scott Koblish. Fans can also purchase a Cold Dead War poster with art by Agustin Alessio from Heavy Metal Magazine #300 featuring famous war zombie Nelson, and a red Heavy Metal branded beanie and socks.

NYCC 2022: Heavy Metal Partners with Whatnot Publishing

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Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced a strategic partnership with Whatnot Publishing, in an arrangement that sees both parties partnering to co-publish much of the Heavy Metal line, inclusive of the monthly magazine, floppy comics, trade paperbacks and specialty books.

Whatnot Publishing is positioned for a partnership with a legacy brand like Heavy Metal. Their mission—to build a space where creators, retailers and fans are part of a united community—serves Heavy Metal’s own mission as well, which is to reach beyond the legacy fans of the brand and engage with a new audience hungry for compelling sci-fi, fantasy and horror content.

Some of that content includes the following serials, magazines and collected editions:

  • Heavy Metal Magazine #1: scheduled for early 2023, the first issue in a new era of Heavy Metal Magazine, featuring the launch of all new stories and content.
  • Crashdown: the first joint release from Whatnot Publishing and Heavy Metal. Written by comic influencer “Comic Tom” Garcia, Ryan Sargeant and veteran artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days Of Night).
  • Ranx: the complete collection, a 208 page omnibus featuring the entire RanXerox library. The Italian sci-fi graphic novel series by Stefano Tamburini and Tanino Liberatore, following a bizarre antihero, Ranx, a mechanical cyborg.
  • Dark Wing: a collected edition of the sci-fi adventure serial following Captain Benedict Gunn and his crew, who journey across the stars searching for a new sun to power the spaceship that is home to a whole civilization. Written by Matthew Medney (Beyond Kuiper) and illustrated by German Ponce (Cold Dead War).
  • A Darker God: a nightmarish sci-fi horror serial, following a group of friends who must confront their deepest fears. Written by Homero Rios (Mundo Diablo), with art by Carlos Fabián Villa (Black Cat), Oscar Carreño, Andrés Esparza, and JAME.
  • RAMGØD: a cyberpunk action thriller serial revolving around a new player recruited for a dangerous high-octane global sport. Co-created by Morgan Rosenblum (Stable) and Owen Rosenblum.
  • Aeon: an existential sci-fi serial about a society of sentient robotic beings. Co-created by Matthew Medney (Dark Wing), John Connelly (Beyond Kuiper), and Joe Harris (The X-Files).
  • Lucy: a historical fiction serial following in the footsteps of Lucy, the ancestor of mankind. Written by Patrick Norbert and illustrated by Tanino Liberatore (Ranx).

The strength of the Whatnot app and its formidable community proved to be a winning strategy with the recent success of their launch title Alpha Betas, which topped the new series sales charts. Heavy Metal and Whatnot feel this particular group of titles can capitalize on those strengths and empower retailers to get more copies into readers’ hands. Among the highest profile projects distributed out of the gate includes Heavy Metal’s 321st issue, branded as the first issue of Volume 2 of the historic magazine, the long awaited Ranx collected edition, and the collected edition of Medney’s Dark Wing serial which is set for a major adaptation announcement before the end of this year.

Heavy Metal and Whatnot commemorated their new partnership with a strategic push at New York Comic Con this past weekend, with Heavy Metal talent signings at the Whatnot Publishing booth. Taarna cover artist Peach Momoko, Heavy Metal cover artist Tehani Farr, WhatZit writer and illustrator Gideon Kendall and writer of the Heavy Metal-published Tripwire 30th Anniversary book, among others, appeared there.

SDCC 2022: Heavy Metal Announces ‘The Metalverse’ with a Slate of TV & Film Projects with a tease of a live action Taarna

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced the ‘Metalverse’, a slate of live action and animated TV shows and films at the company’s ‘Forging the Future’ panel on Thursday afternoon at San Diego Comic Con. The publisher, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, is known for being the home of the legendary illustrated Heavy Metal Magazine and the source for the cult classic animated film Heavy Metal (1981). Now the iconic company looks to the future with a lineup of film and television projects, under its studio division Heavy Metal Studios, as well as its upcoming publishing projects.

Heavy Metal’s President and Head of Studio Tommy Coriale presented a sizzle reel which features new live action test footage of Taarna, the fierce heroine originating from the 1981 Heavy Metal film, arming herself and fighting in battle, replicating the famed pose from the movie poster astride her pterodactyl Avis. The video also includes inspirational clips that bring to life a whole slate of adaptations from Heavy Metal’s vast IP library, including Taarna (by Stephanie Phillips and more), Cold Dead War (by George C. Romero and more), Dark Wing (by CEO Matthew Medney), Arena Mode (by Blake Northcott), The Adventures of Adrienne James (by Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards), Sun Eater (by Dylan Sprouse and Joe Harris) The Rise (by George C. Romero), and Savage Circus (by Brendan Columbus).

At the panel, attendees were also treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming Heavy Metal animated television series Moon Lake, created by award-winning actor-writer Dan Fogler and based on his anthology graphic novel series. The horror comedy television series, currently in development and seeking distribution, is being co-produced by Heavy Metal, Fogler, Emmy and Peabody-winning

Executive Producer Daniel Powell, and Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bardel Entertainment, the studio behind hit shows like Rick and Morty and Teen Titans Go!. Moon Lake is a thirty-minute animated TV show hosted by the Man in the Moon, a farcical character reminiscent of iconic TV anthology hosts of the past who has been held captive by “moon-men” since childhood. He prevents these aliens from attacking Earth by keeping them endlessly entertained with shocking tales of gruesome horror and hilarity.

The ‘Forging the Future’ panel, which was moderated by Heavy Metal’s Associate Publisher & Chief Sales Officer Kris Longo and included Medney, Coriale, Heavy Metal’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord David Erwin, Executive Editor Joseph Illidge, Dan Fogler (Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill), and Blake Northcott (Arena Mode), also gave the audience a taste of the future of Heavy Metal publishing. Not only is Heavy Metal Magazine being published monthly for the first time in 35 years, but also the publisher is debuting exciting new series like this summer’s Entropy, written by Christopher Priest (Black Adam, Black Panther). A stunning sci-fi miniseries about what happens when someone gets ultimate power, Entropy is inspired by the likes of Green Lantern and Breaking Bad.

Executive Editor Joseph Illidge also teased a little about Fall Out Boy Joe Trohman and actor-comedian Brian Posehn’s The Axe horror-comedy series, Dan Schaffer’s cyberpunk series Wiremonkeys, Morgan Rosenblum and Øwen Rosenblum’s futuristic Fast & Furious-inspired series Ramgod, and an unsettling horror series about nightmarish deities, A Darker God. Heavy Metal also announced that it will be publishing a 30th anniversary book about Tripwire, the beloved British publication and site that covers all things pop culture. More on these fronts to come soon!

San Diego Comic Con attendees can visit Heavy Metal at Booth #1529 where the company is selling books and merchandise, including convention exclusives like special editions of best selling issues of the magazine and comics and new apparel celebrating the publisher’s 45th anniversary this year. Fans can also purchase tickets for the Heavy Metal Live Hornblower Boat Party, taking place this Saturday July 23rd at 7pm PST in San Diego Harbor. In partnership with iBoatNYC, the concert cruise will feature sets from the popular DJ Matt Steffanina and electronic artist Doll Machine. Ticket packages start at $34.96.

Book signings from Heavy Metal’s acclaimed talent will also take place at Booth #1529 with the following updated schedule:

Saturday, July 23rd Signings

  • Gideon Kendall: 11:00am – 12:00pm (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine)
  • Brendan Columbus: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (writer: Savage Circus)
  • Dan Fogler: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer)
  • Tehani Farr: 3:00pm – 4:00pm (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine)

Sunday, July 24th Signings

  • Brendan Columbus: 11:00am – 12:00pm (writer: Savage Circus)
  • Dan Fogler: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer)
  • Matthew Medney: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (Heavy Metal’s CEO; writer: Beyond Kuiper, Dark Wing, The Adventures of Adrienne James)

HEAVY METAL’S PANEL SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 23rd:

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room: 28DE: Heavy Metal Launching New Voices
Heavy Metal has launched many careers in the worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Come meet some of the new faces launching into the world of comics. Learn what it takes to start a career in this industry. Moderated by GlobalComix’s Eric Tapper with the following panelists: Joseph Illidge (Heavy Metal’s Executive Editor; writer: MPLS Sound), Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman), Gideon Kendall (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine), Brendan Columbus (writer: Savage Circus), and Tehani Farr (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine).

SDCC 2022: Heavy Metal Announces its Programming

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced its 2022 San Diego Comic Con programming lineup. Heavy Metal is home to the legendary illustrated Heavy Metal Magazine, a growing slate of comics and prose novels, a podcast network, film and television division Heavy Metal Studios, and so much more.

Heavy Metal will be taking over Booth #1529 to sell books and merchandise, including convention exclusives like special editions of best-selling issues of the magazine and comics with sheet metal covers, like the Peach Momoko cover edition of Taarna: The Last Taarakian #1, and new apparel celebrating the publisher’s 45th anniversary this year.

Fans can also purchase tickets for the Heavy Metal Live Hornblower Boat Party, taking place on Saturday July 23rd at 7pm PST in San Diego Harbor. In partnership with iBoatNYC, the concert cruise will feature sets from the popular DJ Matt Steffanina and electronic artist Doll Machine. Ticket packages start at $34.96 HERE.

Book signings from Heavy Metal’s acclaimed talent will also take place at Booth #1529 with the following schedule. More signings may be added closer to the event.

Thursday, July 21st

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Dan Fogler (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer)

Friday, July 22nd

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Isaac and Esau Escorza (artists: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Door, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin)

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman)

Saturday, July 23rd

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Gideon Kendall (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine)

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Brendan Columbus (writer: Savage Circus)

HEAVY METAL’S PANEL SCHEDULE:

** Note that more panelists may be added closer to the event.

Thursday, July 21st:

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Room: 6DE: Heavy Metal Forging The Future
Heavy Metal has been the premiere home for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror for 45 years. From the world’s greatest illustrated magazine, to comics, to the legendary animated film. But what’s next? Join some of the biggest names at Heavy Metal as they discuss the future of the legendary brand.

Moderated by Kris Longo (Heavy Metal’s Associate Publisher & Chief Sales Officer) with the following panelists: Matthew Medney (Heavy Metal’s CEO; writer: Beyond Kuiper, Dark Wing, The Adventures of Adrienne James), Dan Fogler (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer), Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman), David Erwin (Heavy Metal’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord), and Tommy Coriale (Heavy Metal’s President and Head of Studio).

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Room: 32AB: Heavy Metal Comics – Genre Vs Super Heroes

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Vs Super Heroes. In an industry built on capes and tights, Heavy Metal stands out as an indie publisher focused on the genres outside the box. But how do you compare creating for both? Meet some incredible creators who have worked in the world of supers while also creating world’s outside of the genre, shaking up comics forever.

Moderated by Joseph Illidge (Heavy Metal’s Executive Editor; writer: MPLS Sound) with the following panelists: Dan Fogler (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer), Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman), and Tehani Farr (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine).

Friday, July 22nd:

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room: 28DE: The History of Heavy Metal: The World’s Greatest Illustrated Magazine
Heavy Metal has had a significant impact on modern mythology and pop culture as a whole. From the countless references to the careers it’s touched, Heavy Metal has inspired generations of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror creators around the world. Join us as we take a look at that rich history. Moderated by esteemed journalist Rob Salkowitz with the following panelists: Matthew Medney (Heavy Metal’s CEO; writer: Beyond Kuiper, Dark Wing, The Adventures of Adrienne James), David Erwin (Heavy Metal’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord), Dan Fogler (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer), and Isaac and Esau Escorza (artists: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Door, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin).

Saturday, July 23rd:6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room: 28DE: Heavy Metal Launching New Voices
Heavy Metal has launched many careers in the worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Come meet some of the new faces launching into the world of comics. Learn what it takes to start a career in this industry. Moderated by GlobalComix’s Eric Tapper with the following panelists: Joseph Illidge (Heavy Metal’s Executive Editor; writer: MPLS Sound), Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman), Gideon Kendall (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine), Brendan Columbus (writer: Savage Circus), and Tehani Farr (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine).

Christopher Priest and Montos introduce a new big villain in Entropy

Heavy Metal Entertainment is thrilled to announce Entropy, the publisher’s event series of 2022. Written by comics legend Christopher Priest and illustrated by on-the-verge artist Montos, the new sci-fi series is the genesis story of Henry Hanks, the new herald of Kako, the living embodiment of chaos and misery. Breaking Bad meets Green Lantern in the origin story of Heavy Metal’s ultimate supervillain.

Entropy #1 hits shelves on July 6 and features a special Breaking Bad homage retailer incentive cover and each subsequent issue will feature one. These covers, created by artist Antonio Fuso and designer Voodoo Bownz, highlight how this is Heavy Metal’s birth of a villain story along the lines of Walter White’s journey in the iconic television series. The main covers are created by artist Björn Barends.

Henry Hanks had a good life, until he betrayed Kako. With his whole world destroyed, Henry is killed and reborn as the newest herald of Kako, with the power to destroy entire worlds in his master’s name.

Entropy #1 hits shelves on July 6, 2022. For every 5 copies ordered and received, retailers may order one Breaking Bad homage variant by Antonio Fuso and designer Voodoo Bownz.

Entropy #1

Hajime Sorayama and Heavy Metal Magazine Team for “Sexy Robot Covers”

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced that legendary Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama, famous for his Sexy Robot paintings and statues, will be contributing artwork for three new covers for Heavy Metal Magazine #312. There is also a gallery within the magazine featuring the full, uncensored artwork by Sorayama, alongside a profile written by Heavy Metal Entertainment’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord David Erwin. The three different covers showcase sci-fi inspired robots in different sensual poses; all three editions of the magazine are available to purchase starting December 8th, 2021, when the issue became available in stores and online.

Sorayama previously illustrated the iconic front cover of Heavy Metal Magazine’s November 1980 issue, featuring a stunning female android draped in a red sheet, as well as the back cover for the August 1981 issue. Heavy Metal is happy to reunite once again with Sorayama for this spectacular Sexy Robot artwork. Hajime Sorayama is a celebrated artist on a global scale; his extensive oeuvre centers upon an ongoing pursuit for beauty regarding the human body and the machine, and he has continued to receive high international acclaim.

The “Sexy Robot” series, Sorayama’s signature body of work, started in 1978 and continues into the modern day, serving to establish his world-wide reputation. The Sexy Robot artwork he created for Aerosmith’s 2001 album Just Push Play earned him global renown, and in 2018, Sorayama collaborated with fashion house Dior for its 2019 pre-fall collection in Tokyo, presenting a 39-foot-high gigantic Sexy Robot statue for the show that gained vast attention from all over the world.

Issue #312 of Heavy Metal Magazine not only feature Sorayama’s artwork, but also includes the first two parts of Avenging Demon Princes, a newly translated French space opera, adapted by Jo Morvan from the original novel by Jack Vance, with incredible art by Paolo Traisci. Heavy Metal Magazine #312 also presents the return of The Adventures of Adrienne James, Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards’ “female Indiana Jones in space” series, with all-star illustrator Santa Fung coming aboard as the artist for the series.

All-new chapters of Ron Marz’s Swamp God series, Steve Orlando’s Starward series, and Ryan K Lindsay and Sebastián Píriz’s Black Beacon series are also featured in the issue.

Junkie XL is Named Heavy Metal’s Music Czar

Tom Holkenborg

Heavy Metal Entertainment is proud to announce that multi-platinum musician, composer, and producer Tom Holkenborg, AKA Junkie XL, has been named Heavy Metal’s first-ever Music Czar. In a role created specifically for him, Holkenborg will develop Heavy Metal’s sound through his own work and by helping to guide other composers and musicians on Heavy Metal projects. Holkenborg will continue his successful scoring career outside of his role at Heavy Metal, and is currently working on George Miller’s 3000 Years of Longing and a number of major features slated for release in 2022 and 2023.

Known as a “full-contact composer,” Holkenborg will work directly with Heavy Metal Entertainment CEO Matthew Medney and President and Head of Studio Tommy Coriale throughout Heavy Metal’s divisions, most notably for its recently announced film and television branch, Heavy Metal Studios, which has a slate of projects in motion with producing and financing partner Range Media. In addition, Holkenborg will consult on scoring Heavy Metal’s upcoming screen adaptations of Dan Fogler’s Moon Lake graphic novel series, Blake Northcott’s Arena Mode, and Joe Trohman and Brian Posehn’s The Axe comic series.

Heavy Metal’s music legacy links back to the release of the 1981 animated cult classic film, Heavy Metal, produced by Ivan Reitman. The film’s epic soundtrack has defined Heavy Metal’s sound throughout the ages; the album features original and classic songs from rock legends Don Felder (who sang the theme song), Sammy Hagar, Black Sabbath, Journey, Cheap Trick, and many more. 

Heavy Metal Teams with Herø Projects for Graphic Novels and Screen Adaptations

Heavy Metal has announced that it is teaming up with acclaimed comics and animation company Herø Projects to publish a slate of sci-fi graphic novels and to develop Herø’s original IP for screen adaptations to be produced through Heavy Metal Studio. 

Herø Projects’ “Ønyx” lineup of sci-fi graphic novels will be published through Heavy Metal and distributed by Simon and Schuster in 2022-2023. The titles featured in the lineup are post-apocalyptic space opera Stable, dystopian thriller The Red, historical sci-fi Dogma Resistance, action-adventure The Awakening, and decopunk crime noir Remnant.

All five of the “Onyx” line of books being announced were created by Matthew Medney, Morgan Rosenblum, Jonny Handler, and Pete “Voodoo Bownz” Russo, and written by Medney and Rosenblum. Notable artists featured in the series of OGNs include Francesco Pisa, Jon Lam, Giuseppe Peppe, Santa Fung, Andrea Adiletto, Fabrizio Ugolini, and many more.

Stable will be on sale in winter of 2022, followed by Remnant coming out summer of 2022, both of which are collaborations with Tomato Farm Agency, then The Awakening in fall of 2022, Dogma Resistance in winter of 2023, and The Red in spring of 2023.

Along with the slate of graphic novels hitting shelves soon, Heavy Metal’s President and Head of Studio Tommy Coriale is in the process of developing screen adaptations of Herø Projects’ graphic novel collection, based on the original IP. Heavy Metal plans to produce the television and film projects with additional partners. Stable and The Red are the first two of the titles being developed, with the others in the pipeline.

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