Official Press Release
DieGo Comic Publishing is an independent London-based publishing house, which aims to introduce great Italian authors to an English-speaking audience. Italy has a rich comic scene, something that needs to be shared with a global community.
Our first full series is Rourke the Hexbuster, a horror-fantasy set in Ireland, filled with demons and magic, witches and other supernatural horrors. Rourke is our heavy drinking antihero, burdened with a dark power: the ability to adopt people’s curses. With the help of his teenage daughter and the ghost of his mother, Rourke protects his clients, destroying their curses and setting them free.
In the first two episodes, Moon Worshippers and The Silent Dwelling, we met our hero and saw that witches do indeed exist. In Rourke’s world they are organized and powerful, secret associations that have waged battle with the Church for centuries. DieGo presented this at the 2013 MCM London Comic Con, where it was well received.
Rourke was first published in Italy between 2009 and 2010, in a series of eight episodes. DieGo’s English edition groups these together, offering four fully-realised 200 page volumes, each containing two episodes.
It is written by Federico Memola, writer of Jonathan Steele, Harry Moon, Enchantment Agency and other acclaimed Italian comics. He is assisted by author Francesca da Sacco, and the renowned Italian illustrators Cosimo Ferri, Val Romeo, Enza Fontana and Manuela Soriani.
The second volume of Rourke contains the episodes ‘Africa’ and ‘Bor’s Mark.’ First, Rourke flies into the heart of Africa where he must deal with powerful, native magics. Then in Bor’s Mark, we get a greater understanding of Rourke’s past, and we learn about his family and powers as Memola makes way for the rest of the saga.
It is set for publication in May 2014, and to do this we need your help. We have a selection of exclusive prizes for pledges of any size, including the first volume of Rourke and our other publications, original artworks, two oil painting by Cosimo Ferri and signed books – even an invitation to the 2014 London Film and Comic Con – few other rewards will be added during the campaign. Your support is greatly appreciated, and will not only help bring the second volume to life, but also the rest of the Rourke series, and comics from many other amazing Italian authors.
Rourke the Hexbuster volume I can be purchased at www.diegopublishing.co.uk, at Amazon and selected comic stores in UK. The second volume, release date May 2014, can be pre-ordered at www.diegopublishing.co.uk The third and fourth volumes in the mini-series will be released in November 2014 and May 2015.