Dark Horse Talks Horror Comic Line-Up at NYCC Panel

Posted by at 11:24 am on October 16, 2013

VeilDark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie hosted a lively panel last Friday at New York Comic-Con on the company’s latest horror offerings. Announcements included new five-issue limited series called “Veil” by fan-favorite crime writer Greg Rucka with artist Toni Fejzula, and “Bad Blood” by horror novelist Jonathan Maberry with artist Tyler Crook.

In addition to Rucka and Maberry, the panel included Dan Braun, editor and contributing writer of the EC Comics revival series “Creepy” and “Eerie;” Alex de Campi, writer of “Grindhouse” and “Ashes;” Tim Seeley, who is writing “Ex Sanguine” and “The Occultist” for Dark Horse; and Beast of Burden writer Evan Dorkin.

De Campi described “Grindhouse” as “the comic your mother warned you about. Like literally when they said comics were bad for you, they were talking about ‘Grindhouse.’ It’s sex and gore, basically, and it doesn’t care what you think.”

Allie said “The Occultist,” by Seeley and artist Mike Norton, “is more of a superhero story, but with these guys doing it, it’s more of a horror title.”

Seeley said, “They told me it was Doctor Strange meets Peter Parker and I was like, ‘I’m in!’ He’s a guy who doesn’t really know how to control his magic powers but he fights like monsters and stuff. The goal was to make monsters that had no historical equivalent. You don’t know the rules. It’s crazy stuff.”

Maberry makes his Dark Horse debut with the graphic novel “Bad Blood.” Mayberry said, “I’d been doing superhero comics for Marvel since 2008 and this is my first step into horror comics, which is what I love to do anyways. Horror comics are my favorite things… This is the furthest thing from a superhero. It’s a kid with leukemia whose blood is toxic to vampires because of chemo. So his only superpower is that vampires get sick or die when they bite him. It’s not exactly a feel good story. It drops in January.”

Allie invited Rucka, a surprise guest, up to the stage to announce that he’ll be writing “Veil” for Dark Horse next year.

“[“Veil”] is very different from what I normally do… It is about a woman who appears one day in an abandoned subway station without a stitch of clothing, or any idea of who she is, how she got there, what she is, why she is,” Rucka said. “She has some rapidly acquired language skill that develops over the first issue or two. People die in horrible, horrible ways. Sometimes people who deserve it, sometimes people who don’t.”

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