Official Press Release
San Diego, CA – IDW Publishing is pushing the horror comic boundaries yet again with the release this December of the soon-to-be horror comic classic, Snaked. A bona-fide tale of terror, this all-new miniseries follows in the footsteps of 30 Days of Night-five years after IDW Publishing redefined horror comics with the frightening story of a small Alaskan town overrun by vampires.
“Horror is a terrific genre that for years was not done right, basically since it devolved into the slash-and-gash, campy horror of the 50s,” says Chris Ryall, publisher and editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing. “But IDW has resurrected horror comics and Snaked is IDW’s newest horror sensation.”
With only a few reviewers copies released, Snaked is already garnering high praise. “Snaked is raw and uncompromising and stylish as hell,” says Dave Gibbons, the British writer/artist who is best known in the U.S. for Watchmen, one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time.
More accolades came from SilverBulletComicBooks.com, which called Snaked “everything that a comic book is supposed to be: fast, smart, action-packed, suspenseful and thought provoking.”
Politics and Snake-Like Characters
Snaked takes place in the modern-day political arena. It’s the story of Bill Timmons, a man with untapped serpent-like abilities who discovers that being a snake is more than a metaphor. But he’s unprepared-as is everyone else-for what happens when he sheds his skin and the fangs start to show.
“Bill Timmons lives in a world where everyone is a snake, metaphorically speaking,” says Clifford Meth, the story’s creator and writer. “This is Kafkaesque horror. It’s not about torture and gore-it’s about atmospherics. The story is plot and dialogue driven.”
Meth has been writing for the science fiction and horror industries for two decades. A riveting storyteller, Meth’s tales have garnered praise from such industry pioneers as Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, who writes, “Meth’s writing is fresh and absorbing-clever and replete with surprises.”
As both a fan and friend of master storyteller Robert Bloch, best known for the novel Psycho, Meth says that he learned the art of the twisted ending directly from his mentor. A testament of Meth’s success at the horror genre is found in a review from Barnes and Noble, which called Meth “one of dark fiction’s best-kept secrets.”
London-based comic artist Rufus Dayglo created the books’ art and cover art is by Australian artist Ashley Wood-both of whom have recently worked on Tank Girl and Metal Gear Solid with IDW Publishing.
Soon after the comic’s official release, fans will have a chance to win signed copies of Snaked, and one lucky winner will receive an original page from the first issue signed by both Meth and Dayglo. Details can be found at the book’s My Space page, www.myspace.com/snakedcomic.