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Preview: Killbox #1

Killbox #1

Story: Tom Riordan
Art: Nathan Gooden

It’s a reality competition bathed in blood as bartender Timothy Choir attempts to be the last man standing in order to win money for his dying son. But there are odds against him calculated using the most diabolical methods imaginable, and it may not be in everyone’s best interests for him to survive.

This #1 issue opens the door to the wider, completely insane world of KILLBOX, where the most vivid of underground entertainment comes with a price, and there are always people desperate enough to pay it.

KILLBOX #1 1

WonderCon 2016: American Gothic Press’ Announcements

At their first ever WonderCon panel, American Gothic Press took the stage and talked about their first year they’ve had with titles like Gunsuits, Broken Moon, Project Nemesis, Monster World, and the more recent success in Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures.

The discussion then focused on the upcoming action title Killbox, with writer Tom Riordan and artist Nathan Gooden on hand to talk about the process and the decision to keep the comic in black and white. They revealed the cover of the upcoming third issue (see below). The comic drops April 20, 2016.

KILLBOX

After Killbox, the conversation switched to Lost in Space, with discussion of both the current story arc “The Curious Galactics” and the upcoming “Malice in Wonderland” (LOST IN SPACE #4-6). It was announced that colorist and cover artist Patrick McEvoy will be taking over art duties for the second arc.

Lost in Space

The discussion then focused on the upcoming Tales From the Ackermansion Kickstarter launching in May. To celebrate Forrest J Ackerman’s 100th birthday later this year, Famous Monsters of Filmland is putting together a graphic anthology to honor their founder. The list of contributors so far includes Kirk Hammett, Ray Fawkes, John 5, Richard Christian Matheson, Dan DiDio, Matt Frank, Christian DiBari, Charlie Benante, Juan Ferreyra, Darick Robertson, Bob Eggleton, Ben Meares, David Weiner, Holly Interlandi, Joe Moe, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Travis Williams, Dave Kelly, Trevor Goring, Buzz Dixon, Mark L. Miller, Jim Terry, Jonathan La Mantia, Lara Antal, Victoria Lau, and Patrick McEvoy.

TALES FROM THE ACKERMANSION

Looking towards the future, the cover for Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour was debuted, illustrated by Jeff Zornow. The first issue solicits in May 2016.

ISLAND 731

Gunsuits will return later this year with Gunsuits: Alix, a one-shot with Philip Kim, Holly Interlandi, and Dennis Calero as the creative team.

GUNSUITS

Finally, it was announced that Broken Moon will also be returning, with Nat Jones returning on art duties. The cover was shown, featuring a sinister looking Gill-Creature.

BROKEN MOON

Killbox vs. Killbox (Updated)

It’s a case of two comics from two publishers with the same name. Last week American Gothic Press announced that they’d be publishing a new comic series Killbox from creators Tom Riordan and Nathan Gooden. In the announcement Riordan says the idea for the series has been in his mind since about 2000.

The problem?

Antarctic Press already has a series called Killbox by Brian Denham which has been published since 2002. The publisher Tweeted asking American Gothic Press and Riordan to change their title’s name.

Here’s the description of Antarctic Press’ series:

As the lost US Marine Corps tank crew refuels in Iraq, a sniper’s bullet punctures their fuel line, dousing them in the flammable liquid! It’s a race against time to move out before the sniper’s tracer round ignites the gas and turns the tank into a 65-ton funeral pyre!

And here’s the American Goth Press description of theirs:

Beneath the sultry façade of Los Angeles lurks a mysterious casino bent on making money off of murder. Bartender Timothy Choir and otherwise regular people play as undercover pawns in a violent competition that leaves the winner with millions of dollars—and the losers dead. But there is much more than mortal death going on in the Killbox, and Timothy soon discovers that winning might not be an option.

While the two series are in no way similar, there definitely could be confusion between two comics with the exact same name from two different publishers.

American Gothic Press’ Killbox will be available in April. Antarctic Press’ version is available now.

Update: Antarctic Press has sent American Gothic Press a cease and desist.

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