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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 saga 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 on
iPad, 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
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
“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!”
More information on Asylum Press and the CHOPPER series can
be found here.
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