On June 10th 2009, 13 Publications will release the first issue of a brand new ongoing comic book series based on the independent horror anthology DVD series, GoreGoyles.
We spoke with 13 Publications publisher, Alex Michaud, about the book.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of GoreGoyles?
Alex Michaud: It's an anthology in the tradition of the old DC and EC stuff but the
stories are a little bit more mature and modern. We're trying to keep the
pulp feeling to it but we are much loose loose when it comes to blood and
guts and nudity. Each issue of GoreGoyles will have 3 different stories.
Some stories will be serialized over many issues and some other will be
self-contained. The common denominator between the story is that it relies
on visual horror. It's a book for gore films lovers.
The Big Bad Wolf: The press release mentions that this was a DVD. Are the stories based
after what happens on the DVD?
Not at all at this point. The DVDs were horror anthologies. Each story was
self-contained. We may go back and translate some of the stories from the
film to comic book at some point but all the stories in the first issue are
100% original. Basically, what we are doing is continuing the DVDs series
in the comic book media. Hopefully, some people liked the DVDs and will
pick up the comic book and vice-versa. There are 3 GoreGoyles DVDs
available right now. All of them were released by Brain Damage Films
between 2003 and 2007. Look it up on Amazon.
The Big Bad Wolf: In the press release, two characters are mentioned, Jack Stone,
Professional Monster Killer and were-beast hitman, Black Sheep. Can you
give us some information on each of those characters?
Alex Michaud: These are the main characters from the 2 serialized stories that we're
starting with. JACK STONE is a mercenary hunter specialized in legendary
monsters. He travels the world to kill monsters for money. It's kind of
the ultimate monster/adventure character in my opinion. The possibilities
are just endless. In the first story, we pit him against the BIGFOOT in
Northern Canada but we plan on taking him to Mexico to take on the
Cupachabra and to Eastern Europe to take on a bunch of vampires later on.
It should be a good ride. BLACK SHEEP is something quite different. It's a
characters I created many years ago for a film project. He's a professional
hit man who ends up cursed by his latest victim. He then becomes some kind
of wild beast with a vicious and uncontrolable lust for blood. That pisses
him off so he decides to start searching for a way to get rid of the curse
and things get ugly... The first story of JACK STONE should wrap within 4
issues but BLACK SHEEP should be a little longer.
Big Bad Wolf: What can we expect from this book in terms of blood and gore?
Well, as I said, the common denominator between the stories is that it
should all rely on visual and graphic horror to create an effect on the
readers. That means there is quite a lot of blood in each issue. Also, the
fact that we are selling it as a mature readers book allows us to go wild
and put as much gore and sex as we want. As publisher, what I wanted to do
was give total freedom to the writers and artists and push them to the
The Big Bad Wolf: Is this an ongoing series?
It's an ongoing. We want to publish every six week or so.
The Big Bad Wolf: Is the book color or black and white?
It's black & white because it's just so damn beautiful. I always loved the
work of a good penciller in black & white so when came time to decide if
we'd color the book or not, I just went for it. A good example is the
artwork of Tom Mandrake in the first issue. The guys is a freakin master of
B&W. We told him right away that the book would be b&w so he created
everything to but super clear and jump out of the pages. He did a wondeful
job. Same goes for the other two artists. The book was designed and
created for black and white so the artists adjusted their style and
technique for that from the beginning.
The Big Bad Wolf: How many pages per issue?
Alex Michaud: We're starting with 32 pages but we may jump to 40 or 48 if it catches on.
I'd like to publish it as some kind of cheap-priced horror digest at some
point in the future but for now is a regular 32-pages comic book priced at
the regular $2.99 (yes, only $2.99 and not 3.99 like the madmen at DC and
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?
Our street date for GOREGOYLES #1 is June 10th but the book is available
right for pre-orders from our distributor; Haven Distributor. Ask for it
right now at your local comic shop so they'll place the order for you. The
book will also be available on our website of course at helltimate.com but
it's much much easier to just tell your comic shop owner about it.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who's the creative team on the first issue?
We are extremely proud to have TOM MANDRAKE doing story and art for one of
the stories in the first issue. The guy worked on Batman and The Punisher
but most of you will remember is infamous run on The Spectre with John
Ostrander. He is a goddamn legend in my book. His story is called Bloody
Ground and it freakin rocks. It's about zombies in the middle of the Civil
War. Tom also provides the cover. I wrote the 2 other stories myself. I'm
new to comic books but I've been writing and directing films for 10 years
now... JACK STONE is drawn by an incredible guy named Luis Guaragna while
BLACK SHEEP was illustrated by a very talented young man called Sherman
McClain. Sadly, Sherman passed away before the book could be published.
That's part of the reason why we pursued this project for so many months.
The book is dedicated to him.
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about GoreGoyles?
They can visit our website at helltimate.com. We're also in the process of
creating a MySpace page for the comic book. That should be available very
soon under the name 13 Publications. Check out
http://www.myspace.com/463614651. People can also check out the
GoreGoyles DVDs at Amazon or on NetFlix or, if they are lucky, at their
local video store.
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about GoreGoyles?
We have great plans for this series, so be sure to get your copy of the
first issue and tell your local comic shop owner about us. Let's make this
a success and we'll give you more for your bucks than anything the Big Two
are giving you right now. Support independent horror on DVD and in comic
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Alex! Good luck with GoreGoyles.
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