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“…full of nightmarish imagery that horror fans will instantly crave. ”
“I can’t wait to read the rest of this series and see what hells Manco, Monfette, and Barker have to show us.” – Ain’t It Cool News
March 29, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios announced today that Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 is completely sold out! In a historic promotion, BOOM! simultaneously released an all-new, all-original, free and completely sharable PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 PDF (check #HellraiserPrelude on Twitter to obtain a copy) which aided in the dramatic sell out of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 within the first three days of release! BOOM! Studios also announces today that Clive Barkers HELLRAISER #1 will be going to second print and is available to order now through Diamond Comic Distributors with the following Diamond Code: FEB118159, as well as through Haven Distributors.
Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributor and Haven Distributors are completely sold out, first printings of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Please use www.comcicshoplocator.com.
“From everyone in the HELLRAISER creative team and from everyone at BOOM! – thank you for making Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 a sweeping success,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “But we’re not stopping there, this is just the fuel that drives us to work even harder at making the HELLRAISER ongoing series the best it can be!”
“HELLRAISER, horror and comics fans have spoken, Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 is a hit!” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “We worked hard to excite not only comics fans but horror fans everywhere looking for a gory treat with our PDF promotion. Seeing Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 sell out and go to second print lets me know we’re reaching that goal!”
BOOM! Studios also received tremendous support from retailers both domestically and internationally for the release of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1:
“The new HELLRAISER comic has been outstanding with many new faces coming in to see the new material by Mr. Barker,” says comic shop owner Gary Dills of Laughing Ogre Comics in Virginia and Ohio. “I am not shocked that this book has sold out so fast, and am glad that BOOM! will be keeping copies of #1 flowing for the many Clive Barker fans yet to experience HELLRAISER #1. BOOM!’s promotion of the comic outside the normal channels in conjunction with ComicsPRO store fronts was a great vehicle for driving new faces to stores and I think that they should be applauded for working outside the traditional comic media to promote this work!”
“Well played, BOOM! Studios for producing a digital comic, that actually created new customers for the local comic shops. BOOM! Studios marketed outside the traditional comic book fan sites and drew in valuable new faces. This is the type of savvy street smart marketing that the direct market needs from our Publishing partners in order for us all to thrive and grow.” says store owner Lawrence Doherty of Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics, Shows, Skate, Toys, Gaming in Massachusetts.
“BOOM! Studios positive “Comic Shop Friendly” promotions have trumpeted Clive Barker’s long awaited return to Hellraiser and could not be more successful! The only surprise was that it took two days in stores to sell out.” says store owner Ralph DiBernardo of Jetpack Comics in New Hampshire.
“Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER takes a horror icon in a new direction that has already, in a single issue, piqued the interest of both longtime fans and new readers alike. This is one to keep in stock for the long haul,” says store owner Thomas Gaul of CornerStoreComics in California.
“Reading this comic brought me back to when I first saw the movie,” says store owner Steve Clifton of Clifton’s Comics & Games in Ohio. “As chilling as the original, I can’t wait for more!”
“New Hellraiser? Easy sell. New Hellraiser written by Clive Barker himself? Unbelievably frickin’ easy sell!” says store owner Jay Bardyla of Happy Harbor Comics of Alberta, Canada.
In a historic online promotion never attempted by a comic book publisher, BOOM! Studios offered an all-new all-original, completely free and shareable 8 page PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 PDF, written by Clive Barker with Christopher Monfette and drawn by Leonardo Manco (HELLBLAZER). The free PDF could be found hosted by some of the most popular comic and horror news websites online. Buzz circulated through the online community, especially through Twitter as followers could locate where to download the prelude PDF by searching the hashtag #HellraiserPrelude. All these efforts translated into a dramatic increase in sales causing Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 to sell out in its third day, sending the hit horror series into second print!
Since its release, Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER #1 has garnered critical acclaim from reviewers across a wide spectrum:
“I can’t wait to read the rest of this series and see what hells Manco, Monfette, and Barker have to show us.” – Ain’t It Cool News
“Messy horror, full of intrigue…” – Bleeding Cool
“A Tour De Force For The Twisted” – Major Spoilers
“If there was an Eisner category for creepiest opening two pages, HELLRAISER #1 would be the runaway favorite…” – Newsarama
“Manco’s artwork mixed with the storytelling of Barker and Monfette has me geared up and ready for more.” – Comic Monsters
“HELLRAISER #1 is a flawless tale told on an operatic canvas.” – Pop Matters
“…if you’re a fan of the HELLRAISER series, and especially if you’re a fan of Clive Barker, you will want to pick this issue up.” – Geeks of Doom!
“The comic is everything that I hoped for and more. It’s the HELLRAISER story that fans have been waiting over two decades to read! Don’t miss out!” – Hypergeek
HELLRAISER #1 second print (Diamond Code: FEB118159) contains the first installment of the epic ongoing horror series written by master of horror Clive Barker with Christopher Monfette, and featuring sensational art by Leonardo Manco (HELLBLAZER). The first printing shipped with two covers in a 50/50 split and special 1-in-50 incentive cover drawn and signed by Clive Barker himself.
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This signed and numbered WonderCon ’11 exclusive hardcover will only be sold during the signing time that is limited to 2pm – 4pm on Saturday April 2nd, 2011 so be sure to get to the BOOM!/KABOOM! booth #415 early. HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN WonderCon ’11 exclusive will be limited to 100 copies, but still only costs $19.99.
March 29, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN comes to BOOM! as sensational New Yorker cartoonist and legendary indie comix creator Shannon Wheeler signs a three-book deal with BOOM! Studios lit-comix imprint, BOOM! Town! It’s a landmark publishing event as Shannon Wheeler ushers in three new bodies of work, TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: CUTIE ISLAND & OTHER STORIES, GRANDPA WON’T WAKE UP and a follow up to last year’s smash hit I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, sure to delight comedy fans everywhere!
“There are few names in the indie comix scene bigger than Shannon Wheeler, and I’m honored to be working with him again,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’re excited to have Shannon’s signature creation, TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN, and his other projects join the “BOOM! Town” line and will be putting a lot of muscle into making these books something comics and humor fans will not want to miss!”
“Having been there at the genesis of TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN when we lived next door to each other back in Austin, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see TMCM come to BOOM!,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “I’ve known Shannon for over 20 years and even helped him staple some of his first TMCM mini-comics, so it is great to be working on TMCM again in an official capacity. And you better believe we’ll be pushing to make all of these next Shannon Wheeler books huge hits!”
Shannon Wheeler kicks off his three-book deal under the BOOM! Town imprint this fall with the all-new original graphic novel GRANDPA WON’T WAKE UP written by simon max hill, followed up next winter by a new collection of Wheeler’s signature creation with TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: CUTIE ISLAND & OTHER STORIES, and finally next spring sees a sequel to the critically acclaimed I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER with an all-new collection of rejected New Yorker cartoons!
Shannon Wheeler and “BOOM! Town” previously teamed up to release last year’s critically acclaimed I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, collecting the best of his rejected cartoons from The New Yorker which quickly sold out its run and will be reprinted in the fall of 2011 in a new gift-friendly hard cover format.
Announced in 2010, BOOM! Town is an imprint of BOOM! Studios, specializing in high quality, lit-oriented comix. BOOM! Town has already released works by such indie comix luminaries as Denis Kitchen with DENIS KITCHEN’S CHIP BOARD SCETCHBOOK, and through association with Denis Kitchen, R. Crumb’s HEROES OF THE BLUES and EARLY JAZZ GREATS trading card sets, as well as Harvey Kurtzman’s THE GRASS HOPPER AND THE ANT and more.
TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN has had a storied publishing history, first self-published in the 90′s by Shannon Wheeler himself and then during the last decade by Dark Horse Entertainment from which previous volumes can still be purchased today.
Via The L.A. Times
Less than three months before it hits theaters, “Green Lantern” is missing something critical: a marketing campaign.
“Green Lantern” is easily Warner Bros.’ riskiest bet of the year: its first attempt to mine the DC Comics’ library — beyond the well-known Batman and Superman characters — for a big-budget summer tentpole. The picture cost more than $200 million to produce before the benefit of tax credits in Louisiana where it was shot, according to people familiar with the matter.
It’s a key part of the strategy by Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. motion picture group president, to replace the multibillion-dollar “Harry Potter” series. Robinov was profiled in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times as he assumes “greenlight” authority at Hollywood’s biggest studio.
But beyond an early trailer released last November that studio executives acknowledged was poorly received by fans, there hasn’t been any promotional material yet for “Green Lantern,” which stars Ryan Reynolds. The reason: The movie’s intricate 3-D visual effects, including numerous scenes set in space and featuring aliens, are taking longer than anticipated.
“We are on a learning curve in getting 3-D materials and marketing materials on the same schedule,” Robinov said. The advertising campaign “has been delayed strictly from production.”
Warner is finally showing new promotional material to exhibition executives at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week and to fans at the WonderCon convention in San Francisco this weekend. It also plans to release a new trailer that will play with the Marvel superhero movie “Thor” in early May. Sue Kroll, the studio’s worldwide marketing president, said she was confident the reaction would be different than it was for the teaser trailer in November.
“Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren’t ready to show, and we suffered for it,” she said. “We can’t afford to do that again.”
Robinov said Warner Bros. had learned its lesson the hard way on aligning its production and marketing schedules for special-effects-heavy 3-D tentpole films. “We won’t be in this position again,” he said.
He also said he wasn’t worried about the movie’s ultimate success or the fact that Warner is covering the entire budget itself without a financial partner, as is increasingly common for big-budget pictures in Hollywood. Just as the studio has done with the hugely profitable “Harry Potter” series, Robinov said he wanted Warner Bros. to own 100% of as many DC movies going forward as possible.
From Dark Horizons
Chris Nolan’s upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” is a trilogy capper – a true ‘end of Batman’ story that finishes off the universe he created in “Batman Begins” and expanded in “The Dark Knight”, and certainly isn’t territory we’ve seen a “Batman” film explore as yet.
That of course isn’t the kind of thing a studio likes to hear – especially if the property is still very much a viable and healthy one. Now, talking with The Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. executive Jeff Robinov says the studio is planning to continue on with the character, and that Nolan himself will be involved albeit in a reduced capacity.
“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is” says Robinov, indicating that a reboot of the franchise (ala “The Amazing Spider-Man”) is on the cards once “The Dark Knight Rises” has been released.
How involved Nolan will be is unsure. Either it will be similar to his producing arrangement on the Zack Snyder-directed “Superman” reboot which he initially helped steer but is now sitting back and letting Snyder call the shots, or it simply could be a name only kind of arrangement akin to Tim Burton’s involvement in Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever”.
Either way, it’s a good move as it does open up the franchise to all sorts of possibilities that won’t affect the legacy or continuity of Nolan’s incarnation. Fans begging for a David Fincher or Darren Aronofsky-directed stand alone adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” might get to see that wish come true in their lifetime.
Robinov says he’s also committed to moving forward with film adaptations of key DC Comics properties at the studio and says a “Justice League” film is a priority for 2013. Robinov confirms a script is in the works, one with no relation to George Miller’s aborted “Justice League” film back in 2008, and that scripts for “The Flash” and “Wonder Woman” movies were in development to be spun-off into their own franchises after “Justice League”.
Begs the question, will the first post-Nolan incarnation of Batman make an appearance in that “Justice League” movie?
From MTV News
Last we heard from writer/director Adam McKay (“Anchorman”), his planned adaptation of the ultra-violent comic book series “The Boys” was still in the scripting stage, though he had already begun weighing the pros and cons of 3-D filming for the project.
MTV News caught up with McKay at last weekend’s Comedy Awards, and while he confessed that “The Boys” script is still a work in progress, he’s already taken meetings with some prominent actors regarding the film.
“I’ve sat with some people. I really like the idea of Russell Crowe for [Billy] Butcher,” said McKay. “We met and had kind of an interesting meeting.”
For anyone who hasn’t been reading the hit series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the story follows a group of CIA agents assigned to police the world’s super-powered heroes and villains. Led by the tough-as-nails Billy Butcher, the super-powered team recruits meek civilian Hughie “Wee Hughie” Campbell in the first issue after his girlfriend is killed by a superhero.
Over the course of the series, it quickly becomes apparent to Wee Hughie that the team is willing to put super-powered individuals in their place by any means necessary — including assault, blackmail, kidnapping, and frequently, murder.
Alluding to Wee Hughie’s resemblance to actor Simon Pegg (Robertson has admitted modeling the character after the “Shaun Of The Dead” actor), McKay said the role is his for the taking.
“Everyone knows Simon Pegg can take Hughie if he wants,” he said. “I don’t know what his schedule is like, though.”
“I’m writing completely on my own on that, so it’s taking twice as long as it should,” he laughed. “I am actually in the home stretch. I have about two weeks left on this draft and we’re going to try and get it made. It’s looking pretty cool. I’m excited about it.”
Still, even with high-profile actors in place, McKay admitted that “The Boys” could be a tough sell.
“You really have to wait until the draft is done to get serious about it, plus it’s like a $100 million, Rated-R, anti-superhero movie, so we have to see who bites on it,” added McKay.
“I’m going Disney #1, or Nickelodeon,” he joked.
Empire Online has release a bunch of new concerning the future of the X-Francise, spanning from X-Sequels to Wolvie-Sequels to the New Deadpool movie. All of which are accompanied by a tri-fecta of images being release for their cover.
The Wolverine, the Hugh Jackman-starring sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, lost its director, Darren Aronofsky, soon after we spoke, but Donner still hinted at the direction in which the Japan-set movie could go. “It will have depth and a dramatic backbone,” she said. “And yet there’s more action in this one than in any one we’ve ever done. It’s such a good script. We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it’s very true to the Japanese saga. This is Logan on his own…”
As for Deadpool, the movie which will reintroduce Ryan Reynolds as the wise-cracking mercenary who was given such short shrift in Wolverine, Donner confessed that it would be “a total reboot. We’re either going to pretend that didn’t happen, or mock it, which he could do.”
No director has yet hopped on board Deadpool, although the film has been offered to the likes of Robert Rodriguez in the past. “We’re looking for a director, yes,” said Donner who, mindful of Reynolds’ ever-growing logjam of work, added that the film would shoot in the next year or so. “He’s very involved, Ryan. He’s working with the writers on the screenplay and it is as much as it is ours.”
And Donner also confirmed that this would be the Deadpool of the comics, and not the mute mutant we saw in last time around, right down to Deadpool’s scarred face. “I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic,” she laughed. “You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face.”
Good or bad news, at least it’s somewhat promising.
Neil Gaiman has revealed that a film adaptation of his book American Gods is in the works.
The novel, first published in 2001, takes place in a world in which gods and mythological creatures exist.
In a recent interview, Gaiman exclusively revealed to DS that a director “who has many, many Oscars” is already on board the project.
“I’m going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to,” he confirmed. “I’m going to be… talking to them, find out where they’re going and if there’s any way that I can help.”
He also described the unnamed director attached to the film as “a genius”.
“He fell in love with this [novel] about six or seven years ago and has not given up,” explained the writer.
Watch Neil Gaiman discuss the upcoming American Gods film in full below.