IDW has announced its new book Shock Festival hits stores on October 25.Â Shock Festival is a mockumentary look at the world of the B movie industry, and those that work in it.
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An elaborate work of illustrated fiction, Shock FestivalÂ is a raunchy and hilarious tale of imaginaryÂ exploitation films, brought to life with hundreds of original movie posters and memorabilia items.
Romano (The Riot Act, Masters of Horror) joined forces with legendary comic artist/film designer Tim Bradstreet (Hellblazer) and film actor/director Thomas Jane (The Mist, The Punisher) to create Shock Festival.
The story depicts an alternate universe of B-movie actors, producers, and directors, all struggling for the brass ring as they churn out films in the B movie universe.
According to Stephen Romano, â€œWe wanted to do a book that was a complete fabrication, but remain completely true to the spirit of these films we love. Basically what you are looking at is a sort of â€˜historical novelâ€™ that uses the period and the art styles of movie posters of the â€˜70s and â€˜80s to tell a compelling story. Itâ€™s an epic tale disguised as a garish, over-the-top work of â€˜psychotronicâ€™ film journalism,â€ he explains.
Romano combined his own experience of working in Hollywood with a longstanding passion for the world of B-movies to create the story. â€œThereâ€™s a roguesâ€™ gallery of whacky characters populating this story, which begins in 1970 and ends in 1987,â€ Romano explains.Â â€œI’m also a character in the bookâ€”a nerdy journalist who tracks down his heroes and eventually gets to make his own movie at the end.â€