Monday, February 7, 2011

My New Books for 2011 from Pulp 2.0


February 7th, 2011

Pulp 2.0 Press Acquires Rights to Four Acclaimed Graphic Novels

by Powell, Makinen and Olliffe

Pulp Publisher to Bring More Pulp Graphic Novels into Collector’s Hands

Los Angeles, CA - Pulp 2.0 Press CEO Bill Cunningham today announced that the company has acquired the publishing and media licensing rights to four graphic novels from acclaimed comic book creators Martin Powell (The Phantom Unmasked, The Spider, The Halloween Legion), Seppo Makinen ( Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero - The Newmatic Man, Three Musketeers) and Patrick Olliffe ( Spider-Girl, Amazing Spider-Man Digital, The Atom, The Mighty Samson) . These four graphic novels include the Eisner award nominee Scarlet in Gaslight (The historic meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Dracula), A Case of Blind Fear (Sherlock Holmes vs. The Invisible Man), Ghosts of Dracula ( Dr. Van Helsing and Harry Houdini vs. The Lord of the Undead) and Frankenstein ( a faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel). All were written by Powell with artistry by Makinen (Scarlet, Fear and Ghosts) and Olliffe (Frankenstein). These graphic novels will join other recent company acquisitions The Miracle Squad and The Twilight Avenger.

The Washington Post had this to say about Scarlet in Gaslight:

Powell's florid story and Makinen's elegant draftsmanship create a vision of Dracula more satisfyingly cinematic than many of the movies, and almost inevitably give both him and Holmes a super-villain and hero look, which seems appropriate.”

We are incredibly pleased to be bringing these books out in new collectible editions for our pulp-loving audience. Many of these titles have fallen out of print, and when Martin approached us with the opportunity to license them for Pulp 2.0, I jumped at the chance,” said Pulp 2.0’s Mad Pulp Bastard Bill Cunningham. “Readers have always loved these ‘mash-ups’ and the timing couldn’t be more perfect with the upcoming Christmas release of the new Sherlock Holmes movie. The big bonus is we also get to revive Martin and Patrick’s acclaimed Frankenstein graphic novel adaptation and add it to our library as a companion must-have to our New Adventures of Frankenstein series of prose novels."

"I'm absolutely delighted to see the books in print again, getting the sort of treatment I've long dreamed of," said writer Martin Powell the 2010 Moonbeam Gold Award winner for Best Children's Graphic Novel (The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan). "In many important ways creating these stories defined me as a writer, and I have a great affection for all of them. I'm excited that there will electronic editions, as well. Pulp 2.0 is really presenting the best of both worlds for the fan and the collector, and it's an honor to have my books included alongside those of such a wonderfully prodigious author as Don Glut, whom I've admired for many years, and who has been a definite influence to me."

“We are now assembling the artwork and bonus materials for these books - material that hasn’t been seen before in any of their incarnations. Our goal is to always do right by the story and the fans. That means creating books, merchandise and other media that is entertaining and collectible, distinct from previous editions. Both Scarlet in Gaslight and A Case of Blind Fear are authorized by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate so we have that added ‘pressure’ of making these graphic novels something extra special,” said Cunningham.

About Pulp 2.0:

Pulp 2.0 is a publishing and media company that creates and distributes quality pulp entertainment media in every manner possible for its audience all over the world to enjoy. The company licenses, redesigns and republishes classic pulp, exploitation paperbacks and magazines through a variety of print and digital media; breathing new life into many of these ‘lost’ properties.

The company also creates new pulp entertainment for its target audience including the original vampire blaxploitation novel Brother Blood by Donald F. Glut, an internet radio adventure serial “The Murder Legion Strikes at Midnight” (produced in association with Toronto’s Decoder Ring Theater), and the upcoming book tribute to legendary radio adventure historian Jim Harmon, Radio Western Adventures and features a lost western tale by Doc Savage creator Lester Dent. In addition, the company is developing the re-release of Glut’s widely acclaimed horror-adventure book series The New Adventures of Frankenstein in collectible editions for print and digital.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Bill Cunningham at the information at the top of the page. Further details will be released as they become available.

Scarlet in Gaslight, A Case of Blind Fear, Ghosts of Dracula, Frankenstein © Martin Powell. Artwork © Seppo Makinen and Patrick Olliffe.

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