Monday, November 3, 2008

ReelArt Studios Mixes It Up with Sequential Pulp Comics, Signs Sales, Marketing and Distribution Deal with Dark Horse Comics

ReelArt president Michael Hudson came to Dark Horse with a proposal for a new imprint under the Dark Horse umbrella. Sequential Pulp Comics will transition well-known pulp properties into traditional American comics. Fredric Brown’s Martians Go Home and Otis Adelbert Kline’s Swords of Venus will be the first two properties to receive this treatment. Both properties are licensed directly from the authors’ estates and will feature contributions from such industry stalwarts as Bruce Jones, Martin Powell, Mike Ploog, Eduardo Barreto and Thomas Yeates. Longtime comics writer and editor Christopher Mills will serve as Sequential Pulp’s editor-in-chief.

ReelArt’s president Michael Hudson is a lifelong comics fan and collector whose interests have always been outside the superhero mainstream. His passions have been lost civilizations, detective noir, sword and planet, science fiction, horror, jungle tales, and even western stories.

States Hudson, “Aside from the very few big names such as Doc Savage, the Shadow, Conan, and Tarzan, I’ve just never understood why so many of these, in my opinion, wonderfully exciting tales have never been transitioned into comics. ReelArt has not been a company that follows the same path as others in collectibles, and I thought, ‘Why not follow that same path in publishing?’ There are a lot of stories I want to tell.”

The books will be released as full-color, twenty-two-page stories on a bimonthly basis. “Our plans at this time are to introduce our line in San Diego next year,” states Hudson. The books will be marketed by Dark Horse Comics as a specialty imprint in late 2009. In addition, Dark Horse Entertainment will represent these projects to Hollywood studios for big-screen adaptation.

Hudson says, “I’m amazed at the number of calls we’ve received from folks wanting to be a part of this. After we get these first two books up and running our plans are to venture into other genres. I love a good story and there are so many waiting to be told. Dark Horse is an amazing company, well managed and staffed with people who love what they do. The company has stood the test of time and has never forgotten its roots. With a sales and marketing staff that is second to none, unparalleled product quality, like-minded business principles, and a matching love for pop culture, I couldn't imagine a better union for our new venture.”

Dark Horse president Mike Richardson states, “Michael Hudson and ReelArt Studios have produced some of the finest products in the business. We’ve been very pleased with our existing relationship and are excited by the prospect of expanding our partnership to the printed page. Comic fans are going to see a slate of amazing original projects.”

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Bring On The Bad Guys!

Marvel is pleased to Bring On The Bad Guys with all-new villain variant covers to Thunderbolts #127 by fan favorite artist Jock, and Amazing Spider-Man #579, by the acclaimed Mike McKone!

Stay tuned to Marvel.Com for more debuts of these sinister villain variant covers!



Written by MARK WAID

Pencils & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN

Villain Variant by MIKE MCKONE

Rated A …$2.99

FOC—11/13/08, On-Sale—12/3/08



Written by ANDY DIGGLE



Villain Variant by JOCK

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC—11/20/08, On-Sale—12/17/08


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