Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming launch of Evil Ernie, a comic book series showcasing the most iconic horror fiend in the industry and the cornerstone of the popular Chaos! Comics shared universe. Co-written by Chaos! architect Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) alongside his brother and fellow writer Steve Seeley, Evil Ernie will feature interior artwork by talented artist Rafael Lanhellas. The first issue will debut in October 2014, and features a wide selection of cover options by Tim Seeley, Jae Lee, Carlos Rafael, Ardian Syaf, Kyle Hotz, Ken Haeser, and Andrew Mangum.
“Steve and I first discovered Evil Ernie when the first issue (of the classic 1990s series) came out. We were both teenagers, and our dad was a big horror movie fan, so we were plenty familiar with mayhem and massacre,” says Tim Seeley. “But something about seeing this punk teenager trying to take out the entire world really appealed to us. So, when a new Evil Ernie series was available, Steve and I figured it’d be a great time to debut out first brother-on-brother comic book collaboration, as we return Ernie to his anti-hero/slasher movie roots. This is going to be tongue-in-cheek, apocalyptic slasher movie comic book goodness, loaded with everything that two guys spent their teenage years neck deep in: heavy metal, horror, and comics.”
“Tim knows horror like few other writers in comics today. The Seeley brothers demonstrate their knowledge of and passion for Evil Ernie on each page of the scripts, and I can’t wait for fans to read this suspense and horror-filled adventure,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
In Evil Ernie #1, the teenage psychopath Ernest Fairchild is dead, resigned to Hell where he belongs. But when reality is threatened by an evil even the Devil can’t handle, he calls on the only weapon that can prevent total megadeath: Evil Ernie himself. Meanwhile, the genocidal Mistress Hel has found new love… or perhaps the term “loves” would be more appropriate. A tale that follows in the wake of the Chaos! mini-series event yet welcomes new readers with an easy jumping-on point, Evil Ernie proves that the deadliest mass murderer of all time may be the world’s only hope.
Dynamite will celebrate the new Evil Ernie #1 with a variety of cover options. Co-writer Tim Seeley performs double-duty by supplying the Main cover. Variant cover editions feature the talent of Carlos Rafael (Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris), Ardian Syaf (Batgirl), Kyle Hotz (The Hood), and Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse). To celebrate the classic Chaos! Comics art style, an “Old School” variant is supplied by Andrew Mangum. Finally, superstar illustrator Jae Lee (Batman/Superman, The Dark Tower) provides a special incentive cover to encourage strong pre-orders from comic shop retailers.
Evil Ernie #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Evil Ernie with their local comic book retailers. As with sister titles Chastity and Purgatori, Evil Ernie will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
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About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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