Washington-based independent comic book publisher Hashtag Comics has announced Carpe Noctem, a new horror series from indie creators Martin Dunn (Star Mage, Joshua Black) and Derrick Fish (Wellkeeper).
The ongoing series is the first from the upstart publisher, and is billed as an alternative take on all sorts of classic monsters, and (in a rare reversal) was originally developed as a concept for film by Hashtag’s founder Drew Crowder.
The first issue of Carpe Noctem will be in stores on May 27, 2015.
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18 March, 2015 – Washington, DC –Hashtag Comics, a new comic book publisher, proudly announces its breakout horror series, Carpe Noctem. The full-color series, written by Martin Dunn and co-written with artwork by Derrick Fish, is set in Las Vegas, NV and has been referred to by reviewers as the “Kitchen Sink” of monster books. Carpe Noctem blends sarcastic, dark humor with dramatic storytelling and buckets of gruesome blood and guts. Horror fans, especially those with an affinity for the supernatural, will find a refreshingly different take on everything from Vampires to Zombies, and Lovecraftian creatures to Tolkien-esque races.
Carpe Noctem follows writer Chelsea Nobles as she’s thrown into the tumultuous underworld of Las Vegas, imbued with the ancient powers of a Scribe, and assigned the task of documenting the exploits of notorious Sin City entrepreneurs, Jace and Dante Rivera. The brothers, always at odds, are descended from an ancient vampire Goddess. Readers will experience their mysterious world of horror and fantasy through Chelsea’s eyes, learning all about the brothers as she does.
Carpe Noctem is the comic book adaptation of a film concept and screenplay created by Hashtag Comics’ founder Drew Crowder. Originally set for the big screen now re-imagined by Dunn and Fish in comic book form, unleashing a whole new world on fans of supernatural thrillers and the horror genre in general.
Dunn and Fish have recently worked with IDW Publishing on its Star Mage series, and are thrilled to be working together again on Carpe Noctem. This series allows their creative energy and teamwork a chance to shine. Fish, who in the past has worked on titles for Image and Red 5 comics brings his grittiest and most stunning artwork to the table, giving fans something into which they can really sink their teeth. The coloring really makes the artwork pop, which is handled in brilliant detail by Challenging Studios (Marvel Icon’s Painkiller Jane), for an all-around thrilling visual experience.
A launch party for issue 1 is scheduled to take place at Heroes Haven Comics in Tampa, Florida on May 30th, 2015 from noon till 6pm. Both Dunn and Fish will be on hand to sign and talk with fans.
That weekend, publisher and series creator Drew Crowder will be at AwesomeCon in Washington, DC at the Hashtag Comics booth signing and selling convention exclusive variants and showcasing a special sneak peek of issue 2!
Soon retailers will be able to pre-order Carpe Noctem with an exciting incentive. Stores ordering certain levels of books will have access to limited edition Black and White retailer incentive variants featuring cover art by DC Comics’ and Legendary Comics’ artist Alan Quah (The Vampire Diaries, Godzilla).
Carpe Noctem (Issue 1 – Diamond Order Code: MAR151389) is the first monthly ongoing series from Hashtag Comics.
Fans will have their first chance for exclusive Convention Variants and Carpe Noctem T-Shirts at C2E2 in Chicago, April 24-26, at Hashtag Comics booth 126, where they will be celebrating the release of Tailwands #1, with a convention exclusive variant cover by Derrick Fish.
Hashtag Comics is a publisher of comics and graphic novels. Founded on the last day of the New York Comic Con in 2013, Hashtag Comics is in production and development on over a dozen titles, with two titles currently in Comic Shops and three coming to book and big box stores this summer.
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