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Gene Simmons Takes The Lead In KISS: The Demon Series

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Gene Simmons Takes The Lead In KISS: The Demon Series

As part of their slate of New York Comic Con announcements, Dynamite Entertainment has revealed that they are expanding their line of KISS comics to include a new limited series: “KISS: The Demon.” The series, which shines the spotlight on KISS co-founder and bass player Gene Simmons, is co-written by Amy Chu (“Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death”) and Erik Burnham (“Ghostbusters: International”) and features art by Eman Casallos (“Vampirella”).

“I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it’s awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it!” said Chu in the press release. “Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, answer a lot of the origin questions like who is Mr. Blackwell? and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise.”

The announcement comes ahead of the launch of Dynamite’s flagship “KISS” series, which is also written by Chu and features art by Kewber Baal. “KISS” #1 will arrive in October, while “KISS: The Demon” is slated to launch in January. “The Demon” will be set in Iowa and follow three KISS fans as they form their own band and “embark on a journey that will not only change their lives, but also the fate of the world.”

“KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further,” said Gene Simmons. “When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love.”

“KISS: The Demon” from Chu, Burnham and Casallos will arrive in January.

"KISS: The Demon" #1 cover by Kyle Strahm

“KISS: The Demon” #1 cover by Kyle Strahm


"KISS: The Demon" #1 variant cover by Tom Mandrake

“KISS: The Demon” #1 variant cover by Tom Mandrake


"KISS: The Demon" #1 variant cover by Adams

“KISS: The Demon” #1 variant cover by Adams


"KISS: The Demon" #1 photo variant cover

“KISS: The Demon” #1 photo variant cover


"KISS: The Demon" #1 variant sketch cover by Kyle Strahm

“KISS: The Demon” #1 variant sketch cover by Kyle Strahm


"KISS: The Demon" #1 variant sketch cover by Tom Mandrake

“KISS: The Demon” #1 variant sketch cover by Tom Mandrake


"KISS: The Demon" #1 variant sketch cover by Ken Haeser

“KISS: The Demon” #1 variant sketch cover by Ken Haeser


Official Press Release

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES KISS: THE DEMON COMIC BOOK SERIES FROM CO-WRITERS AMY CHU AND ERIK BURNHAM, AND ARTIST EMAN CASALLOS

Series Launch in January, Kicking Off the 40th Anniversary of KISS in Comics!

October 3, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Just before the highly anticipated debut of KISS #1 from writer Amy Chu and artist Kewber Baal, Dynamite Entertainment announces the first spinoff series, KISS: The Demon!

Co-written by series writer and comics superstar Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters), with art by Eman Cassallos (Jennifer Blood, Vampirella), KISS: The Demon will feature the band’s iconic bassplayer and co-founder himself, Gene Simmons, in his own miniseries!

Before Blackwell, before Morpheus, there was the MUSIC. In a small town in Iowa, three young KISS fans meet at a concert and form their own band, unaware they are about to embark on a journey that will not only change their lives, but also the fate of the world. A prequel to the ongoing series!

“I am so excited to collaborate on The Demon with friend and fellow writer Erik Burnham. He’s written a ton of great stuff: X-Files, Scarlet Spider, and Ghostbusters for Marvel, IDW, Image among others,” states co-writer Amy Chu “I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it’s awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it! Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, answer a lot of the origin questions like who is Mr. Blackwell? and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise.”

“KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further,” says Gene Simmons. “When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love.”

“I will reiterate, Gene is a rock star in every sense, and an incredible storyteller and showman. I couldn’t think of a better way to expand our line of KISS comics than to tackle stories of the individual characters,” said CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “The Demon is one of the most iconic characters in music and comics, and a great candidate for the first spinoff series. The fact that we could keep Amy on-board, co-writing with Erik Burnham and joined by our very own Eman Cassallos, helps continue the quality that we’re establishing with the main KISS series.”

KISS: The Demon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ November 2016 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2017. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS: The Demon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on social media.