These days there are less and less new comics that generally excite me. In actual fact my subscriptions for my local comic shop have gradually trickled down to a big fat nothing. Don't get me wrong: I still read comics, but these days it is primarily reprints or second hand comics from comic history's Bronze Age.
Monsterverse's upcoming new release Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave, however, is one anthology comic I just need to have. This 48-page issue will be in the comic shops on November 03 and retail at $4.99.
This issue will feature stories and art by Kerry Gammill, James Farr, Chris Moreno, John Cassaday, Rob Brown, Derek McCaw, Rafael Navarro, Martin Powell, Terry Beatty and Brian Denham. The contribution I am most looking forward to is Bruce Timms. For Little Shoppe of Horrors he has drawn some of Hammer's sexiest babes and if I can judge by prerelease images has gone on to draw Vampira (or some Vampira lookalike) for this comic. Oh, and you can also expect an article by leading Lugosi researcher and author Gary D. Rhodes.
If I was living anywhere near Hollywood I know where I'd be on October 28 when there will be a release party for this project at the American Cinematheque in the world famous Hollywood Egyptian Theater.
This is a premiere issue and stories in future issues will likely be written by cult stars such as John Landis, Joe Dante and Rick Baker.
Just found this Q&A that was recorded in Whitby at last week's Bram Stoker Festival. It is part of a series of YouTube videos about the event that can all be accessed through the Black Box Club Channel. The folks behind that YouTube channel used to run one of Peter Cushing's fanclubs back in the days and are soon going to revive their old practise of mailing out a horror related radio show, this time no longer through cassette tapes but via the wonders of the worldwide web. Stay tuned to their website: Broadcasts are going to start from January 01, 2011 on.
Just off Skype with Simon Oakes, CEO of Hammer Films, who kindly agreed to a little interview about the company and the projects they are currently involved in. LET ME IN, Hammer's first theatrical release in more than 30 years, will be in UK cinemas by November 05. And despite my previous issues with the concept, I am now actually really looking forward to it. Folks whose opining I generally value and who have already had a chance to watch this are raving about it and even calling it the best vampire movie of the century so far.
Not too long and we will all be able to judge for ourselves.
In the meantime I hope you enjoy the interview with Simon who comes across as a really nice bloke who is obviously very passionate about the projects Hammer is currently dealing with.
This month is going to be a good/costly one for Hammer collectors. Not only will we see the launch of Wayne Kinsey's new book at Don Fearney's event in the Cine Lumiere in London but in just a few days the first copies of Marcus Hearn's - very likely - lavish new production The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films are going to start to ship. Definitely a publication I'll be very much looking forward to.
Oh, and if I am not mistaken then we shall also soon see a new edition of Little Shoppe of Horrors coming our way around Halloween.
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