LOS ANGELES 06/23/2022 — Today Skybound announced the superstar creative teams and stories behind Creepshow #1, the debut issue of the hugely anticipated five-issue comic book anthology based on Greg Nicotero’s hit Shudder TV series which is produced by Cartel Entertainment, which is also acting as the studio for the TV series. Creepshow #1 will arrive in comic book shops September 21, 2022. In the spirit of all iterations of Creepshow in pop culture, each issue of the Creepshow comic anthology series will come packed with two spine-chilling stories. All-star writer/artist Chris Burnham (Die! Die! Die!) kicks off the debit issue with a terrifying tale of trick or treaters who are taught what happens when you mess with the wrong house.
“I first saw Creepshow in third or fourth grade...right around the time I had the initial germ of the idea for the story in this issue!” said Chris Burnham. “I was absolutely terrified to take more than one candy bar from the TAKE ONE bowl. What if the owner of the house was hiding in wait? And what would they do if they caught me?!? I’ve chewed these questions over for thirty years...and this story is the definitive answer!”
Then, legendary writers Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) and Stephen Langford (Creepshow TV series) team up with artist John McCrea (Hitman) to petrify readers with the party antics of Shingo, the birthday clown with an appetite for more than cake! “Parents might fool themselves into believing that anything big, cute and silly is good for kids, but little ones recognize a monster when they see one. Stephen Langford and I put ourselves back into that childlike mindset when we dreamed up Shingo,” said Paul Dini. “In the world of Creepshow, kiddie birthdays are rarely fun, parents often have worse outbursts than their kids, and that strangely grinning party character is not as friendly as it seems.”
"Writing for Creepshow was mind-blowing but having co-written a Creepshow comic goes beyond any of my expectations as a writer,” said Stephen Langford. “It’s hard to believe that Paul and I created the character Shingo and he’s finally come to life!” “Working on the Creepshow book was thrill enough, but to be teamed up with Stephen and Paul was the gory icing on the creepy cake,” said John McCrea. “And the character Shingo is such freaky fun to draw, it’s a dreamscream!”
In addition to the main cover by Chris Burnham featuring the iconic Creep, Creepshow #1 comes with an impressive lineup of variant covers. A cover by Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) and a 1:10 incentive cover by singular artist Vance Kelly will also be available.
The lineup behind this Creepshow issue joins the superstar roster of creative teams from the worlds of comics, film, television, and beyond working on the anthology, including Josh Malerman (Creepshow TV series, Bird Box), David & Maria Lapham (Stray Bullets), Steve Foxe (Razorblades: The Horror Magazine), Kelley Jones (Batman, The Sandman), and Steve Orlando (Spider Man 2099), with many more to be announced. Brian Witten is overseeing on behalf of Nicotero’s Monster Agency Productions. Each issue of the five-part anthology will feature uniquely horrifying standalone stories guaranteed to SCARE YOU TO DEATH.
The Creepshow comic miniseries deal was brokered by Striker Entertainment, a global licensing IP accelerator.
Creepshow #1 (of 5) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The full list of covers is below:
- CREEPSHOW #1 CVR A by Chris Burnham (JUL220023)
- CREEPSHOW #1 CVR B by Declan Shalvey (JUL220024)
- CREEPSHOW #1 CVR C by Vance Kelly (1:10 Incentive) (JUL220025)
Founded in 2011 by partners Stan Spry, Eric Woods and Jeff Holland, Cartel is a feature film and television production, distribution, financing and management company representing top-tier show runners, show creators, writers, directors, producers and production companies in film, TV and new media. Cartel has also produced more than 150 movie and television productions since inception, including the hit series Creepshow for Shudder, the animated series Twelve Forever for Netflix, and Syfy series Day of the Dead. Cartel previously produced the series Ties That Bind for Up TV, and A Place in the Sun for Discovery as well as several recent feature films, including Christmas With the Campbells, Monsters of California, Switched for Christmas, Jeepers Creepers 3, Christmas Connection, Love at the Shore, Sun Sand and Romance, Love at First Glance, and Wrong Nanny, to name a few. In 2013, Cartel purchased and renovated Tamarind Lithography Studios, which is their Los Angeles headquarters, as well as a full-service production and post-production complex. Cartel also has offices in London, England, Las Vegas, USA and Winnipeg, Canada.
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