Since Alan Robert put his music career with “Life of Agony” on the back burner, he’s hit the gas on his comic career and exploded onto the scene. His brilliant horror mini-series “Crawl To Me” (which we recently announced is getting a film adaptation) was a huge hit last year, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting the announcement of his next project. The wait is over!
Robert and IDW have pulled back the floor boards to reveal that he’s been working on Killogy, a new comic series that features characters based actor Frank Vincent (The Sopranos), punk-rock legend Marky Ramone (The Ramones), and starlet Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter). IDW describes Killogy as, “an off-the-wall, genre-busting mash-up of crime, dark comedy and horror”. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this one, as Robert’s consistently delivers the goods time and time again.
Here is the official press release from IDW:
What do you get when you throw three murderers into one prison cell together? Well, when those characters happen to be based on the likenesses of celebrities FRANK VINCENT (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Sopranos), MARKY RAMONE (formerly of The Ramones) and BREA GRANT (Heroes, Dexter), you can bet that the outcome will be anything but ordinary. From the creator of IDW Publishing’s hit series Crawl to Me, comes Alan Robert’s KILLOGY®; an off-the-wall, genre-busting mash-up of crime, dark comedy and horror. Written and illustrated by Robert, this original, four-issue mini-series kicks off in October 2012 from the award-winning comics publisher.
Visit the KILLOGY® website, here: http://www.killogycomic.com
Robert said, “When I was growing up, I must’ve seen Goodfellas and Raging Bull about forty times each, easy. I mean, I can still recite entire scenes by heart. The same goes for my old Ramones records. They are total classics to me. So now, to be working with some of my childhood heroes, along with Brea, on something so cool and different like this, what can I say… it’s a great honor and at the same time, it’s a bit surreal.”
“When I was a boy, one of the first things that inspired me to be an entertainer was comic books,” Frank Vincent said, “they were the rage then and now they’re the rage all over again… it’s a great feeling to be on a cover of a comic book and reach an audience through this great medium.” Actress Brea Grant added, “There’s nothing more exciting than seeing yourself as a comic book character.” The KILLOGY® project was green-lit by IDW back in 2011, but the stars were not quite part of the equation at that time. Shortly after signing the deal, Robert came up with the concept of basing his three main KILLOGY® characters on Vincent, Ramone and Grant. “I had specific ideas on what these characters should look like and I’d constantly find myself comparing them to the stars we ended up approaching. I thought it would be a complete long shot to get them involved, but to my surprise, they were all very receptive to the idea,” said Robert. “You rarely see an original, creator-owned comic series that features celebrities depicting its characters. I thought it would be interesting, in the same way The Twilight Zone had guest stars at the center of its stories.”
“I’m happy that IDW has become the home for Alan Robert’s dark and wayward visions,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “I feel like we’re not only helping society by keeping his horrific proclivities focused on comics but we’re also helping bring some truly inventive and captivating comics to the world as well. I’m very happy to continue that trend with KILLOGY®.”
The first printing of Alan Robert’s critically acclaimed horror graphic novel, Crawl to Me (IDW Publishing), sold out within a week of its release back in January 2012. As a result, the award-winning publisher is pressing an oversized, deluxe hardcover version, titled Crawl to Me: Evil Edgar Edition, this summer. The book, written and illustrated by the Brooklyn-bred Life of Agony bassist, collects the four-issue mini-series and boasts a beautifully painted cover by the talented Monocyte artist, Menton3. An introduction, written by Robert’s former cartooning teacher, the legendary Walter Simonson (Thor), starts off the graphic novel.
In related news, director David A. Armstrong, cinematographer for the successful box-office hit franchise, Saw, is attached to direct a live-action adaptation of Crawl to Me for the big screen, with screenwriters David White & T.J. Cimfel (Shut In) penning the screenplay. Armstrong is currently directing the indie hostage drama, Pawn, starring Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four) and Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker.