Posted by Samantha Fox at Fangoria
Asylum Press and Night Owl Productions have announced a new horror comic miniseries and corresponding web series: CHOPPER. Written by screenwriter Martin Shapiro and drawn by Dark Horse artist Juan Ferreyra, CHOPPER is described as a modern-day reimagining of the infamous Headless Horseman, who has now become a headless Hell’s Angel on a motorcycle who collects the souls of sinners in the afterlife, and attacks individuals while they’re high on a new designer drug with supernatural side effects.
“When Martin showed me the first two issues of CHOPPER, I was blown away,” says Frank Forte, president of Asylum Press. “He has created a dark, truly original world of drugs, outlaw bikers and supernatural mayhem that horror fans should really respond to.”
“The idea for CHOPPER came to me when I was at the Daytona Bike Week Festival,” adds Shapiro. “I love custom choppers and I love horror films from the 1970s and ’80s, so I decided to combine the two elements into a hardcore, no-holds-barred, R-rated story. I wanted to create one of the most beautiful books on the market with lots of attention to detail and cinematic coloring.”
The 32-page full-color CHOPPER #1 (check out a special six-page preview here) goes on sale October 5, the same date the corresponding web series makes its YouTube debut. Other CHOPPER tie-ins will include an iPhone game app, a music deal with a currently unannounced heavy metal band and a sponsorship with Rockstar Energy Drink.
“I realized there was an opportunity to expand Martin’s strong characters and story universe from the comic book by utilizing trans-media storytelling to create original on-line tales that could further enrich the overall CHOPPER mythology and entertainment experience for fans,” says producer J.C. Christofilis. “Our goal is to reach massive audiences through all possible media platforms as we unleash integrated, killer content via the comics, web series, social media and ultimately feature films. We are confident this new horror franchise will connect deeply with fans who appreciate a mix of quality storytelling and hardcore horror on the level of SLEEPY HOLLOW and the first NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!”
Click here to read the full article at Fangoria or click here to learn more about Chopper.
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