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A very cool 45 second video by our very own Nik Poliwko for his and Martin Powell's THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN RETURNS. Enjoy!





And another one for Martin Powell's THE HALLOWEEN LEGION.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact: Michael Hudson


ATHENA VOLTAIRE FLIES TO SEQUENTIAL PULP ON A DARK HORSE

Globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire battles Nazis, occult science, and mythical creatures against the backdrop of the pulp era. And now she’s coming in for a landing with Sequential Pulp Comics.

Co-publishers Sequential Pulp Comics and Dark Horse Comics are pleased to announce their publishing plans for writer/artist Steve Bryant’s 1930s heroine. “Steve and I share a common love for all things pulp and for telling great stories. His character, Athena Voltaire, could not be a better fit for our line of graphic novels,” said Sequential Pulp president Michael Hudson. “These stories will have a beginning, a middle, and a true end to them, giving the reader a complete and fulfilling experience. The art and the writing are masterful. I can’t wait to see how Steve and his team develop this wonderful property as we move ahead.” "I can't think of a better home for Athena Voltaire than the Sequential Pulp imprint. Their commitment to adapting genre classics and creating new pulp icons is second to none," said Bryant. "To be published through Dark Horse is the cherry on top. Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Buffy, Battlepug—they put out some of the best comics on the stands today. I’m flattered and humbled to see my book added to such a prestigious line!"

Athena Voltaire launched as a part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was also included in St. Martin's The Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition).

In addition to covering representational rights, the exclusive print and digital publishing agreement calls for an Omnibus edition containing remastered versions of the previously published Athena Voltaire material followed by new adventures, including two graphic novels and an illustrated prose anthology.

With titles scheduled into 2015 and beyond, Athena Voltaire is sure to continue to please her existing fan base as well as those who will be coming aboard through this relaunch. Anyone who enjoys pulp, classic adventure stories, classic and modern comics will fall in love with this heroine who is unlike any other in comics today.

About Dark Horse Comics:

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the third-largest comic-book publisher in the U.S., and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.



About Sequential Pulp Comics:

Sequential Pulp is a new imprint and production house whose focus is on publishing graphic novels based on classic to neo pulp of all genres. Its books will include both licensed and creator-owned material.



About Steve Bryant:


Steve Bryant began his comics career with the launch of Athena Voltaire as a webcomic, eventually earning him an Eisner Award nomination in 2005, and a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in 2007. Bryant has contributed artwork to publications from Image, IDW, and Ape Entertainment, as well. Outside of comics, Steve has produced illustrations for everything from clip art and greeting cards to theme park design and roleplaying games.








 




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The FIRST Action-Adventure Hero Returns in a new series of Quatermain Adventures from Sequential Pulp Comics



Allan Quatermain may not be as well known as Tarzan or Indiana Jones, but he adventured his way through lost civilizations long before those two characters’ adventures had been put into writing.


Quatermain first appeared in Sir H. Rider Haggard's 1886 novel, King Solomon's Mines, and he set the standard for generations of adventure heroes. Haggard's second most famous character, the iconic Ayesha followed a year later in the rousing "lost civilization" yarn, She. Both Quatermain and Ayesha proved to be so popular that Haggard wrote one of the earliest versions of a "crossover" with Allan and She. Both characters have proven to be remarkably durable over the decades in both print and film and continue to thrill audiences today.


With a resurgence in pulps and classic adventure at an all time high, Sequential Pulp’s Michael Hudson felt a graphic novel series built around the adventures of Allan Quatermain was due and thus was born the first two books A Quatermain Adventure: King Solomon’s Mines and A Quatermain Adventure: She.  Michael Hudson says, "Our version of King Solomon's Mines is the first in a series of wild  adventures that take Quatermain and his companions all over the world...and even beneath it. The second graphic novel in the series is an adaptation of She, which blends elements from both the original novel and She and Allan.  I’m thrilled to have two creators well versed in adventure comic storytelling in  Mark Ellis and Pablo Marcos on King Solomon’s Mines. The work that has been coming in is stunning!”


When offered scripting reins on the project, veteran action-adventure novelist Mark (James Axler) Ellis saw it as an opportunity to "re-imagine" Quatermain and his milieu.  Ellis says,  "Quatermain is not just the template for all modern adventure heroes, but for the 'Englishman who went native' character archetype.  I thought it would be interesting to examine that a bit in our series.  So Pablo and I decided to present Allan as younger man, more dynamic, with a touch of the savage about him. And that extends to sexy female characters such as Princess Ignosa in King Solomon's Mines."


Quatermain remains popular with movie studios. Such actors as Stewart Granger, Richard Chamberlain and  Sir Sean Connery have portrayed him.  Recently Sonar Entertainment announced a 10 episode TV series entitled Quatermain, expected to go into production on location in Africa later this year. Sequential Pulp’s King Solomon’s Mines will solicit mid 2013 followed by She.


About Dark Horse Comics:

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the third-largest comic-book publisher in the U.S., and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.


About Sequential Pulp Comics:

Sequential Pulp is a new imprint and production house whose focus is on publishing graphic novels based on classic to neo pulp of all genres. Its books will include both licensed and creator-owned material.

Mark Ellis:

The author of 50 novels and the creator of the best-selling Outlanders SF novel series, Ellis is no stranger to action-adventure. He has written what is generally considered the best comics version of Doc Savage, as well series based on popular TV shows such as The Wild, Wild West and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He has also created comic/graphic properties such as Death Hawk, HP Lovecraft’s The Miskatonic Project, Star Rangers, and The Justice Machine.


Pablo Marcos:

Pablo Marcos has worked in comics and commercial illustration for decades. A native Peruvian, Marcos is one of Peru’s leading cartoonists.  His first U.S. work was in Warren Publishing’s Creepy #39 in 1971. Marcos has been associated with Batman, Dracula, Conan the Barbarian and his signature character, the Zombie for Marvel’s black-and-white horror comics magazine Tales of the Zombie (1973–1975).  He has also illustrated many young adult adaptations of classic novels including King Solomon’s Mines for Great Illustrated Classics and Baronet Publishing.










ARTIST JAMIE CHASE TAKES US TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH IN ERB'S AT THE EARTH'S CORE

AT THE EARTH’S CORE Adapted by Martin Powell and illustrated by Jamie Chase. Authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. Coming soon from Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics.

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NEW PABLO MARCOS ART FOR SEQUENTIAL PULP COMICS' KING SOLOMON'S MINES


Pages 4 and 5 of Sequential Pulp Comics' KING SOLOMON'S MINES as adapted by Mark Ellis and illustrated by Pablo Marcos. Enjoy!



MARTIN POWELL AND JAMIE CHASE GO TO THE EARTH'S CORE WITH SEQUENTIAL PULP/DARK HORSE


AT THE EARTHS’ CORE Adapted by Martin Powell and illustrated by Jamie Chase. Authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. Coming soon from Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics



TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE COMING YOUR WAY SOON FROM SEQUENTIAL PULP/DARK HORSE COMICS



SEQUENTIAL PULP COMICS LANDS DEAL TO PUBLISH COMICS BASED ON RICHARD PRATHER'S SHELL SCOTT

Our writer, Mark Ellis says, "Here we go...David Enebral's wonderfully atmospheric rendering of Shell Scott...who is apparently realizing anew that the sidewalks of 1960s Hollywood were just as likely to be paved with blood as stars." I think you'll agree our hero, Shell Scott is going to be up to his ears in trouble when our graphic novel, KILL THE CLOWN comes your way. Adapted by Mark Ellis and illustrated by David Enebral.





Artist Thomas Boatwright's cover to our first HALLOWEEN LEGION graphic novel, entitled "The Great Goblin Invasion." Published by Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics in 2012. The Halloween Legion © Martin Powell. Artwork © Thomas Boatwright. Logo by Ver Curtiss and Cover Design by Michael Hudson.

 
 
 
 



I thought you might enjoy Will Meugniot's progression from  inks to flats and to rendered color on the promo art for Edgar Rice Burroughs' CASPAK,THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT. Coming your way from Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics in 2012 as adapted by Martin Powell and illustrated by Will Meugniot.





MARTIN POWELL AND THOMAS FLOYD GO NATIVE WITH EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' NUMBER 13

Tom Floyd's color rendition of promo art for Sequential Pulp Comics' NUMBER 13 based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' THE MONSTER MEN. Adapted by Martin Powell and illustrated by Tom Floyd. Available through Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics in 2013.





MARK ELLIS AND PABLO MARCOS TACKLE H. RIDER HAGGARD'S KING SOLOMON'S MINES

Sequential Pulp Comics is thrilled to have adventure scribe extraordinaire, Mark Ellis and comics' legend, Pablos Marcos team for a retelling of H. Rider Haggard's KING SOLOMON'S MINES. Haggard's Allan Quatermain stories have found new audiences over and over since the character was initially introduced in 1885.

The source material is in public domain. There have been numerous films based on KSM. The latest coming in 2004 from Hallmark Entertainment and starring Patrick Swayze as Allan Quatermain. The most famous version would still be MGM's 1950 big budget epic staring Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr. It has just been reported that Dreamworks and Aussie heartthrob, Sam Worthington will tackle the role of Quatermain in a futuristic version of the novel.

Our writer/adapter Mark Ellis had this to say when asked how he plans to keep the material fresh when it has been in front of the public for so many years. "We plan to maintain the spirit of the story but alter sections in the original source material in order to streamline the narrative. We want to make the whole thing a bit more palatable to a contemporary graphic novel reading audience. That means tweaking characterization to some extent. Pablo Marcos, of course, is one of the few living legends of the comics and graphic novel field, and it's quite the privilege and honor to work with him."

Sequential Pulp is committed to honoring the wonderful writers who have come before us and we respect their vision and the integrity of their work. That being said I've read Mark's story synopsis and it is fantastic. He has remained true to Haggard,his style and the essence of his storyline. He does it with great finesse taking us to the same place Haggard took us so many years ago. We hope you'll join us on our journey to bring you one of the finest adventure tales ever written to graphic novel format.

The image below is of Pablo Marcos artwork and is designed by Melissa Martin-Ellis and Michael Hudson for promotional purposes. This will not be the actual cover for the graphic novel.





ARTIST LOWELL ISSAC JOINS WRITER MARTIN POWELL ON MARTIANS, GO HOME

Sequential Pulp Comics and Dark Horse Comics are very pleased to announce the new artist for Martians, Go Home. Allow me to introduce Lowell Isaac, using his own words: "I'm a lifelong writer/illustrator, I studied film at the Art Institute of Chicago and printmaking at the John Herron School of Art and Design, and I'm currently employed by Author House Publishing. I'm a collector of oddities, a science buff, and a family man."

Michael Hudson sates, "Lowell is such a great addition to our growing group of talented writers and artists. I believe he is going to work magic with Martin's adaptation of Fredric Brown's classic paranoia sci-fi story."









Martians, Go Home is written by the comparable Martin Powell, based on the classic sci-fi dark comedy by Fredric Brown, and will be published by Sequential Pulp Comics/Dark Horse Comics in 2012.



You'll never think of Alien Invasion the same way ever again.





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SEQUENTIAL PULP COMICS LANDS RICHARD PRATHER'S SHELL SCOTT LICENSE

Dick Prather's inimitable, incomparable SHELL SCOTT returns in a series of graphic novels scripted by Mark Ellis with art by his Justice Machine partner, David Enebral. Publisher Michael Hudson says, "We owe a lot to Linda Pendleton for making this a reality. I've been planning this for over three years and can't wait to see what our team does with the property."

Ellis had this to share. "Shell (Scott) is the first literary private eye I was exposed to. Dick Prather's books were what ignited my interest in the genre. I don't think people now realize just how enormously popular and even influential the Shell Scott series was for 20 plus years. What's even more amazing is that the entertainment value still holds up today."

The first three books to be adapted are Kill The Clown, Dead Man's Walk and Pattern For Panic. The adaptations should run 44 pages in length and are expected to come out bi-annually through Sequential Pulp joint publishing partner, Dark Horse Comics.





LIST OF BOOK IN PROGRESS

MARTIANS GO HOME
TIM CONRAD'S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
SWORDS OF VENUS
MARTIN POWELL'S HALLOWEEN LEGION
CASPAK, THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT
NUMBER 13, THE MONSTER MEN
THE CAVE GIRL
A NIGHT FOR SCREAMING
CURSE OF THE WREWOLF OF PARIS
THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN RETURNS
SKYLARK OF SPACE
SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN
KING SOLOMON'S MINES
UNDER THE PYRAMIDS
SILVER JOHN •GHOST MUSIC
BLACK AMAZON OF MARS
DEATH HAWK
TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE
AT THE EARTH'S CORE
SHELL SCOTT • TO KILL A CLOWN
SHELL SCOTT • DEAD MAN'S WALK
SHELL SCOTT • PATTERN FOR PANIC

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