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Moonstone Books Kickstarts a Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel

On Tuesday, January 11, 1972, Kolchak: The Night Stalker terrified and delighted audiences on ABC. The TV movie — written by horror legend Richard Matheson and based on an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice — was the highest-rated TV movie in U.S. history. It subsequently spawned both a second TV movie, The Night Stalker, and a cult TV series that ran for just one season, but inspired a generation of storytellers, notably including X-Files creator Chris Carter. 

Moonstone Books is celebrating this pop culture milestone with a Kickstarter campaign for Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel, edited by James Aquilone. This all-new, 100+ page, full-color graphic novel will feature 10 startling stories chronicling the life of monster-hunting reporter Carl Kolchak. The stories are written by such master storytellers as David Avallone, Rodney Barnes, James Chambers, Nancy Collins, Peter David, Kim Newman, Jonathan Maberry, Richard Christian Matheson, Tim Waggoner, and Aquilone, and illustrated by such amazing artists as Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, Marco Finnegan, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Paul McCaffrey, Clara Meath, Julius Ohta, Tom Rogers, J.K. Woodward, and Colton Worley. It features covers by Colton Worley, Jerry Ordway and J.K. Woodward as well as lettering by Thomas Napolitano, coloring by Zac Atkinson, and text design by Shawn T. King.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel also includes an introduction by Richard Christian Matheson, the bestselling horror author/screenwriter/producer and son of The Night Strangler writer Richard Matheson, an essay on the 50th anniversary by Mark Dawidziak, the author of The Nightstalker Companion, and a retrospective of Moonstone Book’s Kolchak publication history by publisher Joe Gentile.

The Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel Anthology will be available in limited-edition softcover and hardcover editions, both with variant covers. In addition Moonstone Books is creating a special 40-page standalone comic for the Kickstarter, featuring the story “Satanic Panic ’88,” written by James Aquilone and illustrated by Colton Worley, and featuring a cover by Dan Brereton.

Moonstone in January 2013

Kolchak and Dr. Moreau

Story: Mike Kelly
Art: Mark Grammel
Cover: Valarie Jones
60pgs, 7” x 10”, b/w, $5.99

All story, no ad pages!

The title says it all as Kolchak finds himself surrounded by creepy parts and pieces of science gone wrong! Is this what it seems like? Could it be reality, when it really started as fantasy from the past?

Kolchak the Lost World: bonus edition

Author: CJ Henderson
Cover: Douglas Klauba
978-1-936814-45-9
134pgs, 4.25” x 6.75”, $5.99

Previews exclusive!

From the author of the Brooklyn Knights novel series!

Due to the almost instant sell out of the first printing of this novel, Moonstone offers this new second edition with a BONUS never-before-seen Kolchak story!

After getting a serial killer to confess, Kolchak is offered an international assignment with massive coverage around the world. With fame and fortune finally within his reach, Kolchak is ready to cover the story, when he’s confronted by a mysterious monk who warns him that “the seventy-two must always be”.

Kolchak’s dreams are then invaded by unexplainable images that let him know every step he takes is bringing him closer to death.

PULP HEROES vs MONSTERS body bag

Writers: Nancy Holder, Martin Powell
Artists: Jay Piscopo
Covers: Dan Brereton
160pgs, grayscale, $11.99

Each pack contains one each of the 40pg comics, originally priced at a cumulative $15.96.: “The Spider vs the Werewolf”, “Domino Lady vs The Mummy”. “The Phantom Detective vs Frankenstein”, and “The Black Bat vs Dracula”.

**Retailer incentive: for each 2pks purchased, retailer gets one pack FREE!**

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Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ on Kickstarter

Official Press Release

LOCAL AUTHOR USES SOCIAL MEDIA TO FINANCE SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK

Tucsonan author Eric M. Esquivel takes of advantage of internet to bankroll controversial new comic “Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ”.

Kickstarter link:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1321764791/thor-unkillable-thunder-christ

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ tells the story of a rowdy immortal youth who is banished from his father’s Heaven to a world whose Gods are weak, absent and criminally negligent.

Rather than mope about his banishment and beg his Pop for a ticket back home, Thor elects to stay on Earth, and give her inhabitants the kind of God they deserve– one who would rather bludgeon their enemies to death with a hammer than be nailed to a cross by them.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ will be published, marketed, and distributed by Moonstone books, the publisher who has brought us books like The Green Hornet, Voltron, The Phantom and Captain Action.

Eric is using Kickstarter to finance the first print run of the books (a common practice among “indie” publishers).

Eric M. Esquivel has been writing comics for seven years (in a row, even),  and can be found online at www.Facebook.com/ericMesquivelFanPage, www.Twitter.com/ericMesquivel, and at www.ModernMythologyPress.com

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