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Jason Howden to direct Monsters of Metal based on his Opus Comics series!

Jason Howden will direct an adaptation of upcoming comic series Monsters of Metal. Written by director and visual effects artist Howden together with Opus Comics’ founder Llexi LeonMonsters of Metal sees a group of beloved horror icons team up to form a heavy metal band in this riotous R-rated mockumentary set to be a cross between Spinal Tap and The Monster Squad.

Frankenstein’s monster (named Frank) and his bandmates Medusa, Jack O’Lantern, Werewolf and the Bride have spent the last few centuries squatting in Dracula’s castle – unbeknown to their slumbering host. But after a band rehearsal gets out of hand and wakes the fearsome vamp, the group get booted from the castle and are forced to hit the road.

As Frank and the band take their act on tour they find themselves fighting off crazed groupies, monster hunters and fellow crypt creatures in a darkly comic tale that puts the death in “death metal”.

Opus Comics’ parent company Incendium will produce Monsters Of Metal as the first in a slate of titles entering development for film and television, with more to be announced soon. Llexi Leon will executive produce for Incendium.

Monsters of Metal #1 is written by Howden and Leon with art by Luis Guaranga and covers from Ryan Christensen. It’s on sale from October 19th.

Exclusive: Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 Gets a Second Printing after it sells out of almost 50,000 copies

After an overwhelming response to their debut issue, Opus Comics has announced they’re going back to press for Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1. The issue will feature a rarely seen Death Dealer illustration by the man himself. The initial first printing received almost 50,000 copies.

The launch title for Opus Comics enjoyed strong initial orders and a variety of retailer exclusive covers, but it still wasn’t enough to meet the demand for this new series and the publisher is keen to ensure everyone can get a copy.

Death Dealer #1 also was the launch pad for a wider Frazetta-verse which will unfold in upcoming Opus Comics’ issues, and across Incendium’s wider product lines including its FIGBIZ action figures.

Written by Mitch Iverson and rendered by artist Stefano Martino, with colorist Luis Antonio Delgado and letterer Jacob Bascle, the first issue embarks on an epic adventure through the worlds of Frazetta, introducing readers to extraordinary characters and places envisioned by the “Godfather of fantasy art.”

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 second print is being rushed through production to arrive in stores alongside Bill & Ted: Roll The Dice #1 on June 8 (one week after Death Dealer #2). Final orders for both titles will need to be placed by May 23.

Check out the exclusive first look at the second printing cover below as well as a preview of the first issue!

Incendium Launches Opus Comics into the Direct Market. Get an Exclusive look at Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer covers

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There’s a new comic line to keep an eye on. Incendium has announced its publishing arm, Opus Comics, will be releasing comic books in the direct market, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Opus and Diamond also announced that the publisher will implement a new Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) program, effective with products scheduled to go on sale on May 4 and now carrying an FOC Date of Monday, April 11.

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 and Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 are the first titles from the new publisher, making its retail debut in May. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 4, Death Dealer #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 11. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 18, Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 25.

The first titles in the lineup, hitting shelves in May and June 2022, include the new Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer comic series and the Bill & Ted Roll the Dice miniseries, plus the music-based titles Disturbed: Dark Messiah and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet.

This marks a new stage for the production company, which has been selling comics, toys, games, and collectibles for 15 years, with an emphasis on creating merchandise for the heavy metal music scene. Driven by the company motto of “Myths, Monsters, and Metal,” the brand embraces ’80s and ’90s counterculture with a contemporary twist.

Incendium was founded in 2006 and initially established as a creative service business for the music industry, with clients including Iron Maiden, for which it produced comics, music videos, toys, and more. Incendium grew into a multifaceted production company, remaining independently owned. The company moved into comics with Eternal Descent in 2010, an original series that explores a radical take on the heavy metal music genre with axe-wielding metal masters in a dark fantasy world.

Over the years, the company has been involved in many unique productions, creating video games, animation, comics, music, and more. Incendium also moved into physical manufacturing of toys and collectibles for a number of clients and developed a pipeline for a line of 5” fully articulated “Figbiz” action figures, an homage to the ’90s toys Leon collected as a child.

During the pandemic, Opus Comics started working more with bands as tours and releases were delayed and musicians had more time and opportunity to explore narratives based on their music IP. This led to collaborations with popular metal and rock bands like Evanescence, Exodus, Cradle of Filth, Disturbed, and many more making their comic medium debut with Incendium. In this vein, the team behind Opus Comics always looks to push boundaries with stories exploring genre fiction, especially fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, be it with existing legendary properties or original ideas.

CEO Llexi Leon is joined at Opus Comics by Executive Editor Denton J. Tipton, who spent the past decade rising through the editorial ranks at IDW Publishing, most recently in the position of Managing Editor. R.G. Llarena has also come aboard as International Editor for Opus Publishing. He spent several years working as a freelance writer for both the American and Mexican comic book markets.

Opus Comics will be debuting Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 on June 14th, 2022, a four-issue miniseries set after the events of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The series is written by James Asmus with art by Wayne Nichols, and will also have a backup story featuring the origin of villain Chuck De Nomolos, written by John Barber with art by Andrew Currie. In addition to putting new Bill & Ted comics on the racks every month from June, Incendium also makes official Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey merchandise, including FIGBIZ toys and playsets, art prints, apparel, and accessories.

The first issue of Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer debuts May 4, embarking on a brand-new adventure through the worlds of Frazetta, introducing readers to extraordinary characters and places envisioned by the “Godfather” of fantasy art. This first title, authored by animation writer Mitch Iverson and illustrated by celebrated artist Stefano Martino, begins a major launch of comic books building towards an entire multiverse of stories inspired by Frazetta’s most famous creations. This is the start of a decade-long partnership between Frazetta Girls and Incendium, spanning comics, toys, games, and more across physical and digital collectibles.

Other high-profile titles in Opus Comics’ lineup include direct market releases of the Disturbed: Dark Messiah comic book series, written by Tim Seeley, and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet series. Incendium is also releasing collectible FIGBIZ action figures for every project related to the bands and their comic book storylines.

Metal Band HammerFall Teams Up With Incendium For Comics And Figures

Templars of Steel, arise! HammerFall and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of an epic high-fantasy adventure comic series that explores the legacy of Hector, the iconic mascot depicted across decades of album sleeves from the legendary Swedish heavy metal band.

Incendium has also announced the first in a line of collectible HammerFall action figures inspired by the bands’ cover artwork and lyrical lore; ‘Hector’ will be available for the first time as a fully articulated 5” action figure with accessories.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, HammerFall is crafted by industry veterans: writer Ian Edginton and artist Kevin West , with lettering by Jacob Bascle, and features cover artwork by Ryan Christensen.

In HammerFall #1, a vile blight spreads across the land. When a lone warrior rides deep into the forest to face the savagery and madness head on, his quest for Justice leads him to a figure from his past, the herald to a dark master who cannot be undone by mastery of arms alone.

The first print edition of HammerFall #1 will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of the comic will be limited to 1666 copies at $19.99, and is available to order. It is available to order now and ships in March 2022. The Hector action figure is also available to pre-order for $32.95, shipping summer 2022.

Heavy Metal band Helloween Teams with Incendium for Comics and Action Figures

Pumpkin fans, unite! Helloween and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of Seekers of the Seven Keys, a supernatural horror-fantasy comic book that explores the iconic cast of characters depicted on album covers from the legendary German heavy metal band, known as the “godfathers of melodic speed metal.” Incendium has also announced a line of collectible Helloween action figures inspired by the bands’ cover artwork and lyrical lore: The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, Seekers of the Seven Keys is crafted by horror masters, writer Joe Harris and artist Axel Medellin, and features cover artwork by Santi Casas.

In Seekers of the Seven Keys, the mystical Seven Keys have been lost, and the Keeper wants them back. But he’s not the only one looking. And when teenage siblings stumble upon the quest, they embark on a 1980s-style science-fiction, fantasy adventure filled with the horror tropes, campy characters, and throwback humor for which the band is known.

The debut of the comic book comes in the wake of the recent release of Helloween’s self-titled album, which has climbed to the top of the charts across the world. The album is reminiscent of all eras of the band’s history, and unites their three vocalists Michael Kiske, Andi Deris and Kai Hansen. The band’s sixteenth studio album was released in June by Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH.

The first print edition of Seekers of the Seven Keys will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of the comic will be limited to 2,000 copies at $19.95, and is available to order. It is available to order now and ships by October 31, 2021. The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern action figures are also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping spring 2022.

Thrash Metal Band Exodus Teams Up With Incendium For a Comic Series

Exodus and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of Tales Of The Damned, a four-issue comic book anthology series that explores classic tracks from the band, a legendary pioneer in the thrash metal genre. The terrifying “Organist” from Exodus artwork and lore will also be immortalized as an action figure.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, the first issue riffs on the title track of 2004’s Tempo Of The Damned and is crafted by horror masters, writer Ian Edginton and artist Luis Guaragna. Tales Of The Damned #1 features cover artwork by Ryan Christensen that showcases the “Organist.” The first issue is lettered by Jacob Bascle and edited by Llexi Leon and Denton J. Tipton.

In the bone-chilling first issue of Tales Of The Damned, a teenage girl goes missing after becoming obsessed with “The Wavelength,” a mysterious signal coming from an elusive radio station. Her protective older sister’s search leads to an abandoned town, where she not only unravels the mystery of her sister’s disappearance but also of the cursed music behind it…The Tempo of the Damned.

The debut of the comic book series coincides with the release of Exodus’ new album Persona Non Grata, which the legendary thrash metal band recorded themselves from home-built studios with the help of Andy Sneap on mixing and mastering and with Steve Lagudi at the helm of engineering. Their groundbreaking eleventh studio album, Persona Non Grata, will be released by Nuclear Blast Records.

Tales Of The Damned is a quarterly anthology series; the first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of each issue will be limited to 1500 copies at $16.66, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships October 31, 2021. The “Organist” action figure is also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping Q1 2022.

Heavy Metal Celebrates 40 Years by Rocking this Limited Edition Custom Guitar

Heavy Metal Entertainment, Incendium, and Minarik Guitars have announced that they are teaming up to release a limited edition custom electric guitar to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary Heavy Metal film. The handmade guitars are available to order, in time for the anniversary of the film, released on August 7, 1981. Each Heavy Metal custom guitar will be made to order on a first come, first served basis for the remainder of 2021.

The custom instrument will be built by Minarik Guitars and features stunning airbrushed art of Taarna and more iconic scenes from the movie on the body of the guitar, while the fretboard inlay displays the Heavy Metal logo along with Taarna’s famous sword, channeling lightning down the length of the neck. The back of the guitar pays homage to the B-17 segment, looking like metal torn straight off one of the bomber planes with a bolted steel airbrushed effect, complete with bullet holes and missile artwork. Additional highlights and hidden accents can be seen when the instrument is placed under UV Black Light.

The artwork which covers the Heavy Metal custom guitar was designed by Matt Skiff and airbrushed by the legendary Craig Fraser, known for his work on Iron Maiden’s instruments. This marks the second brand collaboration for boutique workshop Minarik Guitars, following a sold-out release for the 50th anniversary of Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. 13 electric guitars and 1 acoustic guitar were built to commemorate the popular attraction. For this project, Heavy Metal Entertainment is collaborating with Incendium as a premier licensing partner. Incendium is a lifestyle brand and production company known for its impressive slate of animation, comic book, toy, and video game projects.

The Heavy Metal custom guitar, which is priced at $19,666, will be available exclusively from http://www.incendium.online and features a dazzling array of craftsmanship. The instrument’s top, back, and sides are built from select Honduran mahogany checked for weight and resonance, and it features a 3 piece hard maple neck through body construction, with a figured Ebony fretboard and headstock plate which incorporate 100s of pieces of assorted inlay materials—including stone, mother of pearl, brass, aluminium, and acrylics—to depict Taarna’s war blade charged with lightning that strikes the entire length of the neck, ending with a blood red Heavy Metal logo. The unique contours of the body feature hand cut abalone trim and 5-ply binding, which frame the airbrushed artwork on the carved top.

Upon assembly, the Heavy Metal custom guitar is appointed with a MannMade intonatable wraparound bridge, precision machined from aircraft grade Aluminium, fitted with brass saddles and studs. This is fitted with a bone nut and gold Gotoh machine heads, whilst the 3-way toggle connects a DiMarzio AT-1 in the bridge and Gravity Storm in the neck, customized with gold bobbins and nickel poles, continuing the mixed hardware look. Clear speed knobs on the 2 volume and master tone knobs allow the graphics to shine through.

This limited edition custom guitar is built to order and only available to order this year, for the remainder of 2021. The guitar includes a hard case, certificate of authenticity, and a set of Heavy Metal branded plectrums from Dunlop in a matching tin.

Heavy Metal, Disturbed, And Incendium Team Up For Comic Series

Disturbed, Incendium, and Heavy Metal Entertainment have announced Dark Messiah, a five-part comic book series. Published under Heavy Metal Entertainment and Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, the story was conceptualized by Incendium CEO Llexi Leon and Tim Seeley and written by Seeley, with illustrations by Ángel Hernández, and cover artwork by Ryan Christensen.

Dark Messiah takes place in the not-so-distant future, as firefighter Griffin DeSanto finds himself a man out of time, stumbling into a harsh world of poverty, automation, and subjugation. Technology rules and a tech empire built on suffering keeps the population in check through surveillance and mechanized policing. Though lost, Griffin is never alone. He was brought here for a reason, and The Vengeful One is his guide.

Dark Messiah begins as a 5-issue comic series; the first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Disturbed’s Dark Messiah will extend beyond the printed page into toys, apparel, and collectibles, including an action figure of “The Guy”.

The first printing of each Dark Messiah issue will be limited to 3000 copies at the devilish price of $16.66, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships July 2021. “The Guy” action figure is also
available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping October 2021.

Heavy Metal Entertainment, Incendium, and Evanescence Debut ‘Echoes From The Void’

Evanescence, Incendium, and Heavy Metal Entertainment announce the launch of Echoes from the Void, an Evanescence Graphic Anthology Series, under Incendium’s all-new music-focused OPUS imprint.

Echoes from the Void is a fantasy Graphic Anthology Series, comprised of 48-page deluxe comic books, each featuring two or more story adaptations from the Evanescence catalogue. Beginning with story themes based on songs from their upcoming March 26th release The Bitter Truth (BMG), and culminating in revisiting iconic material from throughout the band’s career, the project is comprised of a series of short stories created by an all-star cast of graphic artists, animators, illustrators, fine artists, screenwriters, novelists, and more.

Combining bandleader Amy Lee’s love of visual arts, fantasy-inspired graphics, and graphic novels with the narrative power of Evanescence’s music, the series is being developed in close collaboration with Amy as she oversees the creative direction of the art and stories. Echoes from the Void begins as a 5-issue series, with each issue containing stories based on two or more of Evanescence’s songs, presented in a variety of visual styles and mediums. Issue #1, available in limited-edition, includes two stories inspired by the songs “Better Without You” and “Wasted On You,” from the forthcoming Evanescence album, The Bitter Truth, with tales written by Carrie Lee South and Blake Northcott. The issue will feature illustrations from Hugo Award-winning artist Abigail Larson and highly-esteemed painter Kelly McKernan.

The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited-edition collectible comic book, with cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 3,000 copies priced at $18.95, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships in June 2021.

The art of Echoes from the Void will also be made available to purchase through a series of archival fine art prints, the first of which is illustrated by Kelly McKernan. Incorporating symbols and themes from across the band’s discography into an intricate traditionally painted work that also debuts a mysterious original character, the print features a blue tint glow in the dark base with a luminous pink UV active overlay, as part of an individually numbered 500-piece collection. Kelly’s print is available now.

Cradle of Filth Goes Heavy Metal with a New Comic Anthology Series

Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment have announced the launch of Maledictus Athenaeum, a Cradle of Filth comic book anthology series, under the all-new music-focused OPUS imprint.

In the ruined halls of the Maledictus Athenaeum lie occult histories, sealed records, and cursed artifacts – this unholy archive explores the far corners of Cradle of Filth’s musical legacy, a vast universe of Ageless Vampires, Mythical Creatures and Vengeful Gods. The Countess, The Huntress, Lilith, The Manticore, and many more, will be revisited in stories from an all-star roster of comics talent from the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine and beyond.

Maledictus Athenaeum begins as a 5-issue series. The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 2500 copies at $16.66, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships in May 2021.

The cursed tales of Maledictus Athenaeum will extend beyond the printed page into toys and collectibles. Dani Filth and the iconic Succubus of Cradle of Filth’s 2001 album Bitter Suites to Succubi make up Wave 1 of the Cradle of Filth action figure range, also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping June 2021.

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