The Press Release:
The comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content kicks off October with the debut of the first three creator-owned titles penned by #1 New York Times bestselling writer Scott Snyder and co-created by some of the top artists in the industry. First comes We Have Demons #1 by Snyder and Greg Capullo on October 5th, then on October 12th comes Clear #1 by Snyder and Francis Manapul, and on October 19th comes Night of the Ghoul #1 by Snyder and Francesco Francavilla. Closing out the month on October 26th the wickedly curious can get a glimpse at the next five upcoming titles in a Halloween Sampler.
“October has been deemed “Scottober” at comiXology Originals,” says Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Head of Content. “With the arrival of We Have Demons featuring widescreen action and the kinds of jaw dropping storytelling twists that have made Snyder and Capullo the bestselling creator duo of the last 25 years, followed by Clear Snyder’s first noir thriller and Manapul’s first ever creator-owned book, which is a dazzling, sci-fi thrill ride into a strange dystopian future, and in the lead up to the most terrifying night of the year, Snyder and Francavilla—two modern masters of horror—collaborate for the first time with Night of The Ghoul, a bold and bloody reimagining of monsters that celebrates classic creature features.”
The “Scottober” celebration headlines comiXology’s presence at New York Comic-Con 2021. Fans at the convention can find comiXology located in Artist’s Alley at Booth #H1B5 which will be decked out for the occasion. Come take a Scottober themed selfie between 11:00am – 6:00pm daily and get an electronic image for sharing and a commemorative print out.
Exciting giveaways include limited-edition enamel pins and exclusive We Have Demons posters (available while supplies last) which you can get signed by the superstar duo during their two signings. And don’t miss their live panel conversation moderated by The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald. Schedule of appearances below:
Friday, October 8:
4:30pm-6:00pm—Signing Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo at comiXology Booth #H1B5
Saturday, October 9:
3:00pm-4:30pm—Signing Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo at comiXology Booth #H1B5
5:00pm-6:00pm—ComiXology Originals Presents: CONversations with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo in Room 1A21.
In addition to what’s happening inside the convention, look for billboards outside the Javits Center and the nearby 7 subway stop.
October 5, 2021:
We Have Demons #1 (of 3) written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion with colors by Dave McCaig and letters by Tom Napolitano.
In practically every folklore throughout history, there’s a struggle between angels and demons–beings of goodness and light and monstrous beings of darkness. But what if this struggle, this war for the soul of humanity, wasn’t rooted in the mystical or supernatural, but in science?
Lam was named after the first female angel, “Lamassu.” Lam never really understood her father’s devotion to their small-town Unitarian church. And when he dies under mysterious circumstances, she starts to question everything she thought she knew.
We Have Demons is full throttle entertainment by two comic book megastars, featuring action, conspiracies, secret organizations, monsters, mayhem, and a climactic war of good and evil with no less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
October 12, 2021:
Clear #1 (of 6) by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Francis Manapul and letters by Andworld Design.
Welcome to the future, a world where people can connect to the internet neurologically and mediate the real world through the lenses of their eyes, transforming reality. Everything can be skinned to fit a preference from steampunk to old fashioned Hollywood glamour. If you can name it, you can live it. You choose how you see the world and no one else knows what you’re seeing.
San Francisco, private detective Sam Dunes is working a case when he’s approached by his former police partner, who informs him of his ex-wife’s alleged suicide. But nothing about this adds up. And when he receives a gift in the mail, Dunes finds himself pulled into a wild and twisting mystery that stretches from the city’s deadly underworld to the even deadlier heights of the city’s wealthy and powerful elite.
October 19, 2021
Night of the Ghoul #1 (of 6) written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Francesco Francavilla and letters by Andworld Design.
It was said to be the greatest horror movie in cinematic history. Shot in 1936, “Night of the Ghoul” by writer/director T.F. Merritt was meant to sit beside “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” as an instant classic… But the legendary film never made it to the silver screen. Just before editing was finished, a mysterious studio fire destroyed the footage and killed the cast and crew during their celebratory wrap-party. Rumors of the doomed film’s greatness persist to this day, but no footage from it was ever recovered…until now.
Forest Inman is a horror film obsessive who digitizes old films for the famed Aurora movie studio. When he stumbles across a seemingly forgotten canister of footage, his discovery sends him on a dark odyssey to the California desert, where he’s warned by a mysterious old man that the film’s ghoul is far more than a work of fiction.
Night of The Ghoul is a dazzling work of contemporary horror, intercutting between the present-day narrative and the story of the lost film (drawn by Francavilla in stunning black and white).
In July, comiXology Originals announced that Scott Snyder of Best Jackett Press will release eight new titles for the exclusive digital comics line collaborating with some of the biggest artists in comics, including Rafael Albuquerque, Greg Capullo, Francesco Francavilla, Jamal Igle, Jock, Tula Lotay, Francis Manapul, and Dan Panosian with veteran comics editor Will Dennis overseeing the books. More release dates will be announced soon.
Since debuting in 2017, comiXology Originals has continued to feature an impressive list of exclusive content for all types of fans, including the Eisner Award winning titles Afterlift (Zdarsky/Loo) and Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost (O’Neil, Kendall, & Wheeler), the Eisner Award nominated titles The Stone King (McDonald/Crook) and Promethee 13:13 (Diggle, Martinbrough & Jock), and most recently, the Harvey Award nominated title Adora and the Distance (Bernardin/Kristantina).
ComiXology Originals titles are available at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on the Amazon Kindle Store and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited gives customers access to more than 1 million titles, including thousands of audio books, and current magazines for just $9.99 a month with a free trial period at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 30,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at http://amazon.com/comixologyunlimited .
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About the Artists:
Greg Capullo is an American illustrator. He’s worked for every major comic company over the course of his illustrious career. Notable titles include Marvel’s X-Force, Image Comics/Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and most recently, his critically acclaimed run on DC’s flagship title Batman. His work can also be found in the pages of his creator owned titles The Creech and Reborn which is soon to be a Netflix feature film. His work extending out of comics includes art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, as well as album cover art for rock heavyweights Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, and Disturbed.
Francis Manapul is a Filipino-Canadian artist and writer living in Toronto, Canada. An award- winning artist, some of his notable works include writing and illustrating The Flash, Detective Comics as well as Trinity which stars Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman for DC Comics. In the past he’s illustrated Legion of Super-Heroes, Adventure Comics, Tomb Raider, Witchblade, Sept Guerrieres, accompanied by his prolific career as a cover artist. In the past, Francis has also dabbled in the world of television as one of the main hosts on History Channel’s Beast Legends, which combined globetrotting adventures and challenging art projects.
Francesco Francavilla, an Eisner and Eagle Award winner and New York Times bestselling creator, is best known for bringing his signature neo-pulp style to the comics industry, from horror to superheroes and sci-fi. Francesco has worked on the acclaimed horror series Afterlife with Archie and Batman: The Black Mirror. He wrote and illustrated Will Eisner’s The Spirit and is currently illustrating his own creator-owned The Black Beetle. In addition, he works on movie poster art, cover art for movie and music albums, concept art and storyboards for film and TV, and editorial illustrations for a variety of books and magazines. Born and raised in Italy, he now lives in Atlanta, GA, with his lovely partner Lisa and their two cats.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is a revolutionary, cloud-based digital comics service. With content from over 125 publishers as well as thousands of independent creators from around the world, comiXology provides an unrivaled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées. The company’s first-in-class innovations include Guided View technology, which provides an immersive and cinematic reading experience, and a new monthly subscription service. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle and Los Angeles. Follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now before you start screaming at me, I apologize for the lateness in sharing this news since a good piece of it refers to what was going to be happening at the annual New York Comic Con which just finished up earlier today. The thing is I was not sure I was going until only a few days ago and this press release came way before that so I didn’t see it until I talked to the fine folks at ComiXology. I did stop by their booth and secured those enamel pins which looks sweet but no signed posted for my collection of such things. Going forward I’ll be keeping tabs on the ComiXology Originals releases for our Comics focuses in the Pop Culture section. I have an account but really only download the freebies right now. The budget was sliced quite considerably during the pandemic and we’ve a bit of a road ahead of us on that but I digress. What do you readers think about the notion of “Scottober”? Will you be adding some of these digital releases to your favorite mobile device? Chime in down below in the comments and I will see you again soon.