It’s been over six months in the making but today sees the announcement of a new comic book company, 44FLOOD. Thew new publisher is founded by Kasra Ghanbari, menton3, Ben Templesmith, and their friend Nicholas Idell, who runs a comic book shop in Chicago. Their focus is to create incredible art-driven books, both straight-up art and sequential narratives, and then penetrate markets outside of comic books while maintaining a direct relationship with end-buyers. Sounds like a hell of a task at hand.
They’ve also launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning for their flagship book Tome, which is an annual anthology at around 11×17″ and 180 pages with world-class artists from many different fields and disciplines exploring a single theme. The folks involved so far include Ashley Wood, Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chet Zar, David Stoupakis, George Pratt, Guillermo Rigattieri, Kasra Ghanbari, Matthew Bone, menton3, Riley Rossmo, Scott Radke and Steve Niles. The campaign runs for 44 days and has a goal of $18,400. I’ve already chipped in my $90, but there’s some great levels at a much lower price.
Monocyte #4 hits stores May 16 and concludes the original series. It’s 36 pages, $3.99, and features three covers. Once again the comic features two supplemental stories done by guest creators focused on the human slaves.
Created/written by menton3 and Kasra Ghanbari
Interior art by menton3
Interior art pages 12-19 by Chris Newman
Interior art pages 20-21 by Ben Templesmith [Fell, 30 Days of Night, Wormwood]
A cover – menton3
B cover – David Stoupakis [fine artist, Korn CD cover artist]
Incentive cover – Phil Hale [world-renowned fine artist, formerly cover artist for Marvel/DC]
human slave prose story – Steve Niles [30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre]
final allegorical human slave story – Barron Storey [fine artist, Sandman: Endless Nights, The Marat/Sade Journals]
The Monocyte collected edition will be a 224-page oversized 9×13.5″ hardcover out in July with 60+ pages of new content. It’s in May Previews for pre-ordering (#MAY120462) and will include the series prequel that was previously only available digitally, all 4 issues, all 8 side stories, and all 12 covers. This includes art by Ashley Wood, Bill Sienkiewicz, George Pratt, Phil Hale, Barron Storey, Ben Templesmith, Riley Rossmo, Christopher Mitten, David Stoupakis, and Chris Newman.
The 60+ pages of new content will be filled in part with art contributions by some amazing comic book and fine artists/sculptors such as Scott Radke, Matthew Bone, Guillermo Rigattieri, Richard A. Kirk, Alberto Ruiz, Tim Roosen, David Stoupakis, Richard Friend, Toby Cypress, and many more.
JANUARY 23, MILWAUKIE, OR—When Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre, 30 Days of Night) premiered artwork from his upcoming collaboration with artist Menton3 (Monocyte, Proof: Endangered, Crawl to Me) via his Twitter feed, speculation and anticipation spread like wildfire across the Internet. Today, Dark Horse is proud to announce that this new vampiric tale will premiere in Dark Horse Presents!
The Black Plague was a time of death and misery . . . except for the undead. For vampires, the Black Death was a welcome relief from being hunted and a time of incredible growth for the undead. On the night of their wedding, two vampire lovers are torn apart and separated for five hundred years, setting off a sequence of events that will bring the modern world to its knees!
“I haven’t been this excited about working on something in a long time. Menton3 is the perfect artist and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing this at Dark Horse,” Niles said. “This year I’m making a big push to become 100 percent creator owned. Nosferatu Wars will be a big part of that, I hope.”
Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith redefined the vampire genre with the groundbreaking comic series 30 Days of Night in 2002. Ten years later, Niles is poised to make history again, as he and Menton3 blow the sparkle off of the undead in Nosferatu Wars, premiering in Dark Horse Presents later this year!
Alan Robert (w) • Alan Robert (a) • Robert, menton3 (c)
Rocker turned comic creator, Alan Robert (of the hard rock band Life of Agony) dives deeper into the insanity with Crawl to Me #3. With Max gone and Jessica experiencing supernatural events of her own, Ryan is left alone, desperate for answers. But, when a stranger appears at his door, he just may get more than he bargained for. Written and illustrated by Wire Hangers creator, Robert, with covers by Robert and Menton Matthews III (Silent Hill: Past Life), plus incentive covers by U.K. artist, David Lupton.
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio
IDW Launches Literary Mash-Ups with
Limited Joe R. Lansdale Novella
Full Classics Mutilated collection coming in October
San Diego, CA (July 15, 2010) – IDW Publishing is proud to announce CLASSICS MUTILATED, an all-new prose collection of genre mash-up stories by top-tier authors, coming in October. At San Diego Comic-Con, IDW will debut the original novella “Dread Island” by noted horror and crime writer Joe R. Lansdale, as an exclusive preview of the upcoming collection. Lansdale will be featured at special autograph sessions at the IDW booth #2643 throughout the convention.
CLASSICS MUTILATED offers a different take on the current monster-lit trend by challenging a coterie of major talents to twist fantasy and horror elements with classic tales and icons, creating all-new stories. Lansdale’s “Dread Island” showcases the collection’s unique tone by featuring Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in a new adventure, with bizarre fantasy and supernatural elements out of both H. P. Lovecraft and Uncle Remus.
“I wrote ‘Dread Island’ based on my love for Mark Twain,” reveals Lansdale, “which collided with my interest in Lovecraft, and the fact that the Uncle Remus tales may have been the first stories I ever read. And then there were comics. I always saw ‘Dread Island’ as a kind of comic book in prose, the old Classics Illustrated look. That’s how it played out in my head.”
Available in October, the full CLASSICS MUTILATED collection will feature fifteen stories from writers such as Nancy Collins, John Shirley, Thomas Tessier, Kristine Katheryn Rusch, Chris Ryall, Rick Hautala, John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow. The collection will also feature a painted, wrap around cover by Menton Matthews III.
To promote the upcoming CLASSICS MUTILATED, “Dread Island” will be available in four different editions, beginning with the trade paperback version, limited to 500 copies and available only at conventions. After SDCC, IDW will offer a 400-copy signed hardcover edition and a 100-copy signed and numbered leatherbound edition exclusively through the company’s website. A fourth, “retailer only” configuration will be available to Diamond accounts for an October release, alongside CLASSICS MUTILATED.
“CLASSICS MUTILATED is our take on this so-called Monster- Lit trend,” explains Jeff Conner, the collection’s editor. “Rather than foisting zombies and the like onto beloved literary classics or unsuspecting historic figures, we’re approaching the concept from the other end, challenging an unholy cabal of fantasy and horror writers to use their dark arts on genre-blending. The results have been remarkable, as lucky readers of Lansdale’s ‘Dread Island’ preview edition will get to see.”
Dread Island ($15, 86 pages, trade paperback, prose) will be available from IDW at San Diego Comic Con.
Dread Island ($35, 86 pages, hardcover, signed, prose) will be available from IDW Publishing in August.
Dread Island ($100, 86 pages, hardcover, signed and numbered, prose) will be available from IDW Publishing in August.
Dread Island ($24.99, 86 pages, hardcover, signed, prose) will be available in stores in October.
Classics Mutilated ($16.99, 320 pages, paperback, prose) will be available in stores in October. ISBN 978-160010830-3
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
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 comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. 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 EA Comics and 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.