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Image/Skybound and Anonymous Content to Release New Special Issue Based on the Hit Audio Drama This July

LOS ANGELES 04/14/2022 — Today Image/Skybound, in partnership with Anonymous Content, announced a prequel to the #1 Fiction Audible Original series, Impact Winter #1, a new post-apocalyptic one-shot coming July 6 from Audible series creator Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Carnival Row), artist Stephen Green (Hellboy and the BPRD), colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Batman: White Knight, Little Bird), and letterer AndWorld Design. The epic tale of darkness and light will feature many of the characters made beloved in the heart-stopping audio drama, as well as the first appearance of an important character that has not been introduced in the audio series.

The 40-page extra-length issue takes place several years prior to the events in the audio series—one year since a comet hit Earth, inflicting an “impact winter” and blotting out the sun. Now, the world is a dark, cold landscape ruled by vampires.

“We are so excited to be expanding the epic world of Impact Winter into comic books, and working on this prequel with both Travis and Stephen has been a fantastic experience,” said Amanda LaFranco, Editor at Skybound. “If you’re new to the world of Impact Winter, Darcy’s journey will pull you in and make you want to stick around for more. And if you’re already a fan, this story will shine a light on details that have been brewing since Episode One. It’s a story you do not want to miss!”

In the British countryside, a band of survivors has formed a resistance in the fallout shelter of a medieval castle. Among them is Darcy, a young, headstrong fighter waiting for her chance to prove she can be on the front lines. But when that opportunity comes, Darcy will come face to face with the true horrors of this new world.

“I’m honored and excited to work on such a great script with an excellent team,” said Green. “Nothing is cooler than vampires.”

"For me, the fun thing about Impact Winter is that it can be so many things all at once—fantasy, folklore, gothic horror, post-apocalyptic drama,” added Beacham. “It’s a huge sandbox, with lots of shadowy corners to explore. This story is really just the beginning.”

The epic drama from Audible, Skybound Entertainment, and Anonymous Content debuted in February as the #1 Audible Plus bestseller across categories and the #1 Audible fiction bestseller in its week of launch. This action, romance, coming-of-age story delivers an unprecedented sonic experience via binaural action sequences, original music and incomparable sound design, all of which come together to bring to life this post-apocalyptic world in visceral detail. Impact Winter is now available via all major podcast providers, including Apple, where it has ascended as high as #3 on the fiction podcast charts.

Skybound and Audible have previously announced that the Eisner Award-nominated Image/Skybound comic book series Gasolina created by Skybound’s SVP, Editor-in-Chief Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter will be adapted for audio as part of Audible’s upcoming narrative slate.

Impact Winter #1 will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Established in 2010, Skybound is a multiplatform content company that works closely with creators and their intellectual properties, extending their stories to further platforms including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, digital content, events and beyond. The company is home to critically-acclaimed global franchises including The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Superfight.

Skybound’s capabilities include services as publisher, producer, and global distributor for tabletop and video games across all genres, including the multi-million unit selling The Walking Dead video game series. Skybound Games is also a strategic global marketing and distribution partner of Striking Distance Studios for the highly anticipated survival-horror game The Callisto Protocol.

The company also maintains key partnerships across the entertainment industry including Universal Pictures and Image Comics, holds a first look development deal with Audible, and has engaged an ongoing strategic business partnership with mobile games publisher and developer 5th Planet Games (OAX: FIVEPG). Skybound digital and creative IP boasts unique creators such as Kristian Harloff and the Schmoedown Entertainment Network as well as Peter Santa-Maria and his Attack Peter brand. For the most up to date information on Skybound, please visit the company on Twitter (@Skybound), YouTube (Skybound), Facebook (@Skybound Entertainment), Instagram (@skyboundent), and at www.skybound.com.

Anonymous Content is a visionary and disruptive media company that produces multi-platform premium content and boasts an exceptional client roster which includes many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors, and comedians. The company’s award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically acclaimed works. Current Anonymous Content films include the recently released and critically acclaimed SWAN SONG (Apple TV+), WORTH (Netflix), STILLWATER (Focus Features) and THE MIDNIGHT SKY (Netflix) as well as the highly anticipated upcoming film, FOE (Amazon) starring Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and Aaron Pierre. The company is also behind the three-time Academy Award winning film THE REVENANT, Best Picture Academy Award winning film SPOTLIGHT, and Academy Award winning film for Best Original Screenplay, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. The company’s TV credits include the upcoming series TIME BANDITS (Apple TV+) from Taika Waititi, SHANTARAM (Apple TV+) starring Charlie Hunnam, as well as many award winning and critically acclaimed series including TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO), MR. ROBOT (USA Network), SCHITT’S CREEK (POP), HOMECOMING (Amazon), 13 REASONS WHY (Netflix), DICKINSON (Apple TV+), HOME BEFORE DARK (Apple TV+), and DEFENDING JACOB (Apple). In 2018, Anonymous Content created The Lab, a creative incubator designed to push the boundaries of how brands tell stories by engaging emerging filmmakers and diverse storytellers. Through its Commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless leading global brands. For more information, visit www.anonymouscontent.com.