Back in the early 1950s, horror and crime comics were largely regarded as morally distasteful, and were thought to be responsible for errant behaviour in youth culture. Many took issue with the subject matter, claiming it was too gruesome and violent for children. The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency conducted a study that “proved” how horror comics were in part responsible for the misbehaviour of youth during the time (not the post-war environment). As many of you know, the accusations toward the comics industry eventually lead to The Comics Code Authority in 1955 which imposed harsh guidelines on horror comic publisher. After the Code, comics lost a lot of steam. This is something the comics industry never fully recovered from.
While snooping around on YouTube, I came across this “Confidential File” report from 1955, which was supposed to educate parents on the negative effects that horror and crime comics have on children. It’s filled with hilarious reenactments, false interviews, and great one-liners like, “When I was a boy… we never spend an afternoon like this. Reading”. But the sad truth is that many who saw this report took it as fact and it helped to tarnish the reputation of horror comics forever. It not only goes to show the power of the media, but how easily blame can be misdirected. READ MORE
While bumming around in the interwebs I came across this stellar piece of street art from Fintan Magee. The street art shows four children dressed up as their favorite DC heroes. Three of which are dressed as Batman, and a lone Robin sits in the middle. Check it out. READ MORE
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event that takes place on the first saturday of May. Participating comic shops (which is the vast majority) give away a set grouping of comic books absolutely free. There is no catch. Whether you’ve been reading comics since you were in diapers, or you’ve never picked one up in your life, I urge you to head on down to your local shop and read some comics. These books are specially produced by each publisher, specifically for FCBD. They are written and illustrated by some of the best in the business. Check out a word from Hugh Jackman below. READ MORE
Corey Stoll (picture above; “House Of Cards”) will be playing the lead of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather in the TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy “The Strain”. Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel”) is still on board as showrunner and the project might pass the pilot stage and go straight to series (the same happened with “Bates”).
Per Deadline, “The project already has a full writing staff in place churning out scripts, and FX has committed $500,000 to creature creation.”
The book is “a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.”
Del Toro will direct the pilot (he co-wrote the script with Chuck Hogan).
I haven’t read this book so I feel a little out of my wheelhouse in regard to how excite I should be, but Producer Jeff Krelitz and of Quality Transmedia has optioned the screen rights to Image Comics’ Hoax Hunters, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The book centers around “a group of paranormal investigators who debunk mysteries for a TV show called Hoax Hunters. But in reality, the hunters are working hard to cover up and keep the world’s dark forces secret.” It was created by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley.
It seems like the idea at this point is to find a screenwriter to whip up a script before heading out to a studio to set up the project. Hoax Hunters is intended to be a feature film. Meanwhile, our Comics section has quite a bit of “Hoax Hunters” coverage here!
Lonmonster chiming in here. I’ve been following the “Hoax Hunters” comic series from day one, and this is absolutely a project you should be stoked for. It’s a wild series that explores bizarre cryptids and conspiracy theories all while pointing out the ridiculous nature of reality television. If done properly, this has potential to be a solid tongue in cheek horror flick. You can read the first issue for free over at ComiXology.
As soon as I heard that James Tynion IV’s “The Eighth Seal” was described as “Rosemary’s Baby meets The West Wing“, I knew it was something I had to check out. James Tynion IV has been tearing it up at DC Comics over the past few months, writing titles such as “Talon” and “Red Hood and the Outlaws”, and now he’s got a new horror series at Thrillbent that you can read absolutely free of charge.
If you’ve read any of Tynion IV’s work, it’s obvious that he has a deep love for horror, but with “The Eighth Seal”, he’s finally exploring the genre in the fullest. James sat down to chat with Bloody-disgusting about his new series, why you should check out Thrillbent, and his love for horror. Read the interview below and check out the first chapter of “The Eighth Seal”. READ MORE
Some cool graphic novel-to-TV news this evening. First we’ve got Rachel Rising by Terry Moore, which has just been picked up by Alcon Television Group, the TV arm of Alcon Entertainment. Per THR, “Moore will serve as an exec producer with Lloyd Levin, a producer well-versed in the comics sphere with credits such as the Hellboy movies and Watchmen. Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hall will also exec produce.”
The book, “centers on a woman named Rachel who wakes up dead in a shallow grave. She begins to unravel the mystery of her death while crossing paths with not only friends but also a mysterious blonde woman who is tracking her and a horrific little girl named Zoe, out on a killing spree. Also figuring into the mix is the history of the local town, magic and witchcraft.” Alcon will shop the project to networks.
Next up is Torso, which has been in development longer than Earth has been in existence. The graphic novel by comics superstar Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko is still churning and has some white water going now. David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), will now write and direct the adaptation.
David Fincher was once attached to direct a studio version of this true story of Elliot Ness’ time after the Al Capone saga, when he moved to Cleveland and got embroiled in the hunt of serial killer who was leaving torsos in the river and taunting notes to police. The project is foregoing the studio route and adapting an indie approach that “will aim be to be a high-minded, period serial killer movie.”
C-Day 2013 starts tomorrow, March 13th. The event is celebrated by comic retailers in North America, celebrating Garth Ennis’ brutal, bloody, and entertaining horror series, “Crossed”. The day also marks the release of Crossed: Badlands #25, which sees Ennis’ return to the series.
Stores participating in the celebration will be handing out loads of gross-out goodies including collectible buttons, tattoos, stickers, shirts, and some of you lucky dogs will even be treated to a full on party.At a Crossed party, anything can happen (please don’t bring weapons to your comic shops). READ MORE
ComiXology has just announced the release of “Submit” – comiXology’s self-publishing platform for independent comics creators. This is a massive game changer in the comics industry that will allow indie creators to get there work out to the rest of the world via digital distribution.
Any creators can simply upload their comic book and graphic novels for approval at no cost. ComiXology does the rest of the work, including transforming the book into guided view mode, and making it available on comiXology’s website. As with all books up on ComiXology, these will be available to a wide range of digital platforms. The ComiXology people have teamed with Shannon Wheeler, creator of Too Much Coffee Man, to outline the process. See all the industry-breaking details below. READ MORE
The announcement is not official, but you can expect it to come sometime this weekend. A new comic from
Tony Lee and JK Woodward called Omerta is coming out and it looks to combine Lovecraft and classic film noir (there goes the project I’ve been working on the past year). Check out the teaser. READ MORE
Warren Ellis, who you may have heard of, has started a new online comic strip that he plans to update weekly. The artwork is done by Jason Howard. There are already two panels up on warrenellis.com (the first of which is right here).
With love in the air on Valentine’s Day, this list explores romantic love that turns out to be train wreck. What happens when forbidden romance turns into tragedy? Or when love at first sight doesn’t turn out the way you expected? Sometimes, emotions turn to obsession and the romance doesn’t end with a satisfying ending. Below are our top love stories gone wrong in comics. READ MORE
Valiant is gearing up for their own wave of #0 issues this summer, this morning announcing the official details for Shadowman #0 and Archer & Armstrong #0. Both issues will be in stores this May and will serve as standalone jump-on-board points for new readers that delve into the origin of the characters. Each book will ship with several limited edition variant covers. READ MORE
North American Free Comic Book Day on May the 4th this year, but France is laying it down with two FCBDs this year on the 5th and 6th of April. Some of the biggest French comics publishers are giving away over a hundred thousand comics across France. Publishers include: Bamboo, Casterman, Dargaud, Dupuis, Fluide Glacial, Grand Angle, Jungle and Le Lombard. READ MORE
You’ve read all of our Bloody-disgusting staff picks for favorite comics of 2012, but now you get to hear what your favorite creators have been loving over the past year. Below are the Top 5 of 2012 lists from industry pros, Filip Sablik (“Last Mortal”, “Misdirection”), Brandon Seifert (“Witch Doctor”, “Hellraiser”), Michael Moreci (“Hoax Hunters”), Hunter Gorinson (Valiant Entertainment), Jesse Blaze Snider (“Evil Ernie”, “Muppet Snow White”). READ MORE
Alright, folks! You’ve read all of our Bloody-disgusting staff picks for favorite comics of 2012, but now you get to hear what your favorite creators have been loving over the past year. Below are the Top 5 of 2012 lists from industry pros, Alan Robert (“Crawl To Me”), Tim Seeley (“Hack/Slash”, “Revival”), Jim Zub (“Skullkickers”), David Hine (“The Darkness”, “Crossed”), And Matt Hawkins (“Think Tank”). READ MORE
The awesome folks over at Top Cow Comics have teamed with BD once again to deliver a special treat for you ladies and gents. The publisher is offering up issue #1 of their hit series, Think Tank, absolutely free!
“Think Tank” is written by Top Cow veteran Matt Hawkins, with artwork from Rahsan Ekedal. The series follows the brilliant Dr. David Loren who decides he can no longer participate in creating weapons of destruction for the military. In order to escape, he’s forced to butt heads with the big boys. This is one of the most fiercely intelligent comics of the year, and it’s well worth a read. The “Think Tank” trade paperback, collecting issues 1 through 4, drops on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. Hit the jump for the teaser trailer and issue #1 for free. READ MORE
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
Today we’re doing the MEGA list, which is all four of our lists combined into one handy guide. A huge thanks to my fellow BD chums Jonathan Barkan, David Harley, Lonnie Nadler and Adam Dodd for shooting me some of their suggestions. If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, we’ve got shortcuts below.
MUSIC / FILMS & TV / GAMES, TOYS & MERCH / BOOKS & COMICS
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It’s not all sunshine and gumdrops being a comic character. Sometimes – actually, quite often – characters meet a gruesome, brutal fate. And that’s what we’re here to celebrate, because we are horrible, morbid, immoral people who delight in the suffering and agony of fictional characters. Comics have a history of violent deaths, but sometimes they are forgotten, left lying in the gutters. We’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the most brutal deaths in comics. It goes without saying, this is NSFW. READ MORE
AJ Lieberman and Colin Lormier are spinning a disturbing tale about the seedy black market of organ harvesting. Functioning alcoholic and former top surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Dane, find himself mixed up with the wrong people, and now he plans to exact a bizarre brand of revenge on those who wronged him. Harvest is a unique horror miniseries that dives into the darker side of the medical field. There’s also a creepy kid thrown in for good measure. Issue #3 drops on October 3rd to kick off Halloween Month, and we’ve got the exclusive preview from Image Comics. READ MORE
Kill Shakespeare came onto the scene in 2010 from IDW Publishing, and co-creators Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery have not let up since. “Kill Shakespeare” is an epic fantasy literary mashup, bringing together characters from vast body Shakespeare’s plays. The plot follows Hamlet after banished from Denmark, on his quest to find and possibly kill the mysterious wizard known as Bill Shakespeare. The 12-issue series came to an end in 2011, however the series has since been adapted into a multifaceted stage play, with plans for a video game, and a feature film in the works.
The creative team relentlessly tours North American comic conventions, and recently, at Montreal Comiccon, Anthony Del Col took the time to talk about his experience writing “Kill Shakespeare” over the past few years. We chatted about everything from a potential new series, to the stage play, to “Before Watchmen” and creator rights. Check it below. READ MORE
Jeff Lemire has made the transition from critical darling on the independent scene to one of the top writers leading the pack of DC’s New 52. Very few writers can make that transition from the Indie world to mainstream superheroes, but Lemire consistently turns out top notch writing, “Animal Man” and “Justice League Dark” being two of the best things DC is publishing today.
Despite having some of the biggest success of his comic book career at DC Comics, Lemire has remained committed to producing creator owned work. Lemire continues to write and draw “Sweet Tooth”, his long running Vertigo series, as it builds towards its epic conclusion in the coming months. Recently Lemire brought Matt Kindt on board for a three issue stint on “Sweet Tooth” to handle the art duties while he concentrated on finishing his new original graphic novel The Underwater Welder. “The Underwater Welder” is perhaps Lemire’s best work to date with stunning artwork and masterful storytelling. I smell awards coming his way. READ MORE
Thanks so much to all those who participated in the contest, it was tough to pick a winner for this one. Alas, the First Prize winner is Erebus Dirge (please DM me your US mailing address to receive your signed “Autopsy” comic cover poster signed by the band). Head inside to check out his punny caption. READ MORE
As we get closer October, comic publishers will be releasing more horror titles to keep you little freaks satisfied before the Halloween season. This week looks to be the tip of that iceberg with John Arcudi’s The Creep #1, the collected edition of Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre: The Iron Spirit, issue #3 of Hoax Hunters, and plenty more.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading list somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about or if you’ve got any questions, list it in the comments. READ MORE