Official Press Release
Los Angeles, CA — Adding to its growing line of acclaimed graphic novels, Active Images brings readers The Nightmarist, an original graphic novel written and illustrated by Duncan Rouleau. The Nightmarist ($12.95, ISBN: 0-9766761-8-4, 140 pages, black and white interior, color cover) ships this December and is featured in this month’s Previews catalog (p. 202, OCT052669F). Check out the cover at http://www.activeimages.com/
The Nightmarist, a dark horror fantasy of existential proportions, has already been optioned by Paramount; a screenplay has been completed and the film is currently in development.
“I love stories that challenge the lines of reality,” said Duncan Rouleau. “Plus, a strong character like Beth, tormented by dark and strange external forces feeding on her own internal struggles, made this a fun book to write and illustrate. Then there’s working with Richard Starkings and the fine folk at Comicraft and Active Images. That’s always a privilege.”
When a mysterious figure calling himself The Nightmarist appears in Beth Sorenson’s dreams, claiming to protect her from forces plotting to twist her will, Beth’s reality begins to crack. Paranoia and suspicion rise and the support of her friends, family and psychiatrist are called into question. Haunted by horrific visions, while both awake and asleep, Beth must decide—has she gone crazy or have her dreams become ground zero in a battle for the future of mankind? Can she trust The Nightmarist?
Her choices may cost more than her soul.
Duncan Rouleau has been a professional artist for many years. His comic book and graphic novel work has included his own M. Rex, Superman in Action Comics (#779 to present), X-Factor and Wolverine. Duncan is also known for storyboarding a number of feature films including Bram Stokers Dracula (Directed by Francis Ford Coppola). More information about Duncan can be found at http://www.manofaction.tv/home.html
ABOUT ACTIVE IMAGES
Active Images is the publishing arm of COMICRAFT, the lettering and design studio founded by First Tiger Richard Starkings and Secret Weapon John ‘JG’ Roshell in 1992. Active Images entered the world of print publishing in 2002 with Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection and in only a few short years became a publisher of great note, putting out a compelling and eclectic line of graphic novels featuring some of the most talented and up-and-coming creators in the industry, including: Solstice (Steven T. Seagle), The Spiral Cage (Al Davison), Ballast (Joe Kelly), Strange Embrace (David Hine), Temptation, Skidmarks, Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw, The Fly Chronicles, and Brickman Begins. Industry legends Dave Sim, Alan Moore and Will Eisner are just a few who have sung the praises of Active Images’s lineup.
ABOUT MAN OF ACTION
With a proven track record in Film, Television, Comics, Online, and Video Games, four of the comic book industry’s most innovative professionals have consolidated their considerable talents and resources to form MAN OF ACTION, a Development/ Production House conceptualizing and developing work of exceptional quality, commercial viability, and explosive creativity. Among their many projects: Ben 10, airing next year on Cartoon Network; the play N.W.C currently on a nationwide tour; and the award-winning video game X-Men Legends. Each stands as benchmarks in Man of Action’s growing influence in the entertainment industry.
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