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Winnebago Graveyard Scares Up a Second Printing

Image Comics has announced that Winnebago Graveyard by Steve Niles and Alison Sampson will be sent back to print in order to keep up with the increasing level of customer demand. The second printing will feature a wrap-around cover with artwork by Katie Skelly.

In Winnebago Graveyard, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. The series promises to take readers on a plot-twisting road trip filled with mystery and intrigue as they encounter creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

Winnebago Graveyard #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY178160) and Winnebago Graveyard #2 Cover A Sampson (Diamond Code MAY170741) and Winnebago Graveyard #2 Cover B Rubin (Diamond Code MAY170742) hit stores on Wednesday, July 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 26th.

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Review: Winnebago Graveyard #1

Winnebago Graveyard #1 is a freaky as fuck. I don’t know why I decided to wait until almost 11 PM the night before it came out to read and review it. I haven’t been this terrified by a comic book since Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches. Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, and Stephane Paitreau open the book in a crescendo of flame, gore, and ritual cultist nudity, switch over to domestic drama for a second, and then conclude by invoking one of the scariest settings of all: the old roadside amusement park. The setup of the comic is pretty simple: a father is taking his first vacation together with his wife and stepson and instead of going to one of the Disneys, Six Flags, or a solid, corporately branded theme park, they and their RV stop by the decrepit ruins of a carnival. And the dad makes them leave their phones in the car because he is a complete and utter dumbass. (Or connected to the cult in the cold open, who knows?)

The opening few pages are a master class in using pacing and especially color to set the mood of a comic, and the final few pages are a similar master class in how to do suspense. Niles and Sampson avoid jump scares and sink us deeper and deeper into this Southwestern wasteland. One thing that helps with Winnebago Graveyard”s overall tenseness is that the characters look and act like ordinary human beings. Sampson’s figures are photo-realistic, but not stiff. I darkly laughed at all the faces that the mother, Christie, was pulling as her husband decided to stop at the park and especially her reaction to her son brandishing a stick as they wandered far from civilization with no phones or transportation. Niles writes her as the consummate voice of reason while her husband is definitely the new stepdad trying to overcompensate by showing his stepson a whimsical, or creepy good time. It’s a relatable situation thrown into an environment that starts out as fantastical, but could just be another rural desert area in Texas, Arizona, or New Mexico. 

Stephane Paitreau’s color palette truly matches gradual increase in the intensity of Steve Niles’ plot while also subverting some readers’ expectations. For example, it might seem like the carnival in Winnebago Graveyard could be like the infuriating (in difficulty) late-90s arcade game CarnEvil where all kinds of ghosts and ghouls chase you in an abandoned Midwest amused and be the epicenter of the horror in the book. No, Paitreau’s colors are neutral and faded like the glory days of the park. But when the family leaves the park in search of a phone or some form of civilization, his palette turns gloomy. Mountains and Joshua trees that would usually be in the background of nature selfies become just as freaky as a dark wood in a more on the nose horror story in Simpson and Paitreau’s hands.

PaitreWinnebago Graveyard #1 made me never want to leave an urban adjacent area and have my cellphone permanently glued to my hand. Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, and Stephane au are masters of gory and atmospheric horror storytelling, and your heart will feel like the creepy naked guy’s heart in the first few pages when you reach the final page cliffhanger.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Alison Sampson Colors: Stephane Paitreau
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Early Review: Winnebago Graveyard #1

In Winnebago Graveyard #1, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. This horror-adventure story about a family stuck on a road trip gone terribly awry is filled with creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

I’m rather mixed on horror stories with them being rather hit and miss for me. I couldn’t say exactly what I enjoy, I just know I enjoy it. Winnebago Graveyard is the type of horror I enjoy with a solid build up in a first issue that’s full of creepiness and enough to make me squirm and be full of lots of questions. In other words, I really want to see what happens next.

Written by Steve Niles, Winnebago Graveyard reminds me a lot of classic horror films especially that of the 70s but infused with a somewhat modern take playing off the uneasiness that pervades America. Niles is a master storyteller, especially when it comes to horror, and everything presented is done so in a way that it adds to the story or cuts off the usual tropes and traps we see in this sort of tale.  But, what Niles does especially well is set the mood that gave me an uneasy feeling throughout the story.

That’s helped by Alison Sampson‘s art which is helped by Stephane Paitreau‘s colors. The art enhances the mood, especially giving us the 70s throwback meets modern time mix that works so well. Sampson’s art enhances the uneasiness throughout the story with things never being quite perfect and slightly off. Whether done on purpose or just Sampson’s style it works so well for this story helping keep the reader off balance and upping the creep factor.

As I said, I’m not of a horror person and I know what I like when I see it. I really liked this first issue as it was both familiar and left me wondering where things are going and what’s happening next. This is a must for horror fans.

Winnebago Graveyard #1 is in stores June 14.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Alison Sampson
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.80 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mystery Miniseries Winnebago Graveyard Will Launch this June

The Winnebago Graveyard miniseries—written by Steve Niles with art by Alison Sampson and first announced at Image Expo—promises to take readers on a plot-twisting road trip filled with mystery this June.

In Winnebago Graveyard #1, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret.

This horror-adventure story about a family stuck on a road trip gone terribly awry is filled with creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong? Winnebago Graveyard draws heavily on 1970s horror films, pulling inspiration from America’s dark heart wherever possible.

Winnebago Graveyard #1 Cover A by Sampson (Diamond Code APR170723) and Cover B by Mingjue Helen Chen (Diamond Code APR170724) hit stores on Wednesday, June 14th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 22nd.

Preview: 30 Days of Night 15th Anniversary Edition

30 Days of Night 15th Anniversary Edition

 Steve Niles (w) • Ben Templesmith (a & c)

Direct Market Exclusive

Fifteen years ago Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith burst onto the comic book scene with their explosively fast and violent take on vampires that kick-started a modern horror comics revival. Going on to become a feature-length film from Sony Pictures in 2007 and spawning a full run of comics and graphic novels, the phenomenon is collected here, with the first three volumes of 30 Days of Night!

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 348 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-936-3

Preview: The October Faction: Deadly Season #4

The October Faction: Deadly Season #4

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

With their first clue to Fred Allan’s disappearance, the rest of the Allan family turns to Geoff’s magic in an attempt to find their missing father. Meanwhile, a manhunt’s on for Fred as he tries to survive in a dead city. Will the family be able to locate him before the monstrous children of his old enemies hunt him down?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: The October Faction: Deadly Season #3

The October Faction: Deadly Season #3

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

A new monster has been unleashed as Fred Allan fights to stay alive in the Dead City. Fred has been kidnapped and now he is being hunted, so it’s up to the Allan family to find him before it’s too late!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Richard Matheson: Master of Terror Graphic Novel Collection

Richard Matheson: Master of Terror Graphic Novel Collection

Ted Adams, Chris Ryall, Steve Niles, Ian Edginton (w) • Mark Torres, Rafa Garres, Elman Brown, Simon Fraser (a) • Sam Shearon (c)

Four of Richard Matheson’s classic tales of terror are collected in this graphic novel collection: I Am Legend (Steve Niles with Elman Brown), Hell House (Ian Edginton with Simon Frasier), Duel (Chris Ryall with Rara Garres), and The Shrinking Man (Ted Adams with Mark Torres). Matheson’s classics come to vivid life in these inspired comic book adaptations.

TPB • PC • $49.99 • 572 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-708-6

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Preview: The October Faction #18

The October Faction #18

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

The Allan’s have become a full-force monster-fighting machine. But as they retaliate against the vampires for the attack on their home, they are struck by a tragedy that will change their family forever.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Jim Carrey and Eli Roth Team to Bring Comic Aleister Arcane to Film

Jim CarreyAt this point, it feels like it’s easier to list comic books that aren’t being adapted into a movie or television series. The latest to be announced is Aleister Arcane, a horror comic from IDW Publishing.

Jim Carrey will star in and executive produce while Eli Roth will direct. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will develop the adaptation which was optioned from IDW Entertainment. Jon Croker will adapt for the screen.

Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce along with Michael Aguilar and be executive produced by IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams and IDW Entertainment President David Ozer.

Aleister Aracane, written by Steve Niles (whose 30 Days of Night was also a comic adapted into a film) and illustrated by Breehn Burns, was first published in 2004 by IDW Publishing. The story centers on a group of children who befriend a former local TV horror host who was shunned by their parents and forced off the air. After his death, only they have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town.

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