Official Press Release
It takes more than one writer to create a haunting new series about Egyptian curses, bizarre murders, mystical amulets and Queen Cleopatra in the modern day. Thankfully, there are two: Fiona Avery and Tippi Blevins, who co-write a new four-part story arc called Cursed, which ships monthly starting in October from Top Cow Productions. Romano Molenarr, best known for his work on the Lady Death series, provides the artwork. Each issue will feature a guest artist providing an alternate cover, with such luminaries as Joe Benitez, Chris Bachalo and Joseph Michael Linsner.
Cursed tells the story of Shan Beaumont, a woman with a secret. She is cursed with the ability to see visions of horrific events and she uses that ability to help her write stories as a journalist. But this curse, placed on her family in the time of Cleopatra, drives people insane. Her own father lies in a psychiatric ward, his mind delving deeper and deeper towards total madness. Shan is asked to help solve a series of gruesome murders while Queen Cleopatra appears in the modern day to help figure out the mystery as well.
A preview of this comic, as well as cover images from the series, are available online at www.topcow.com/cursed along with other interviews from the co-writers.
Co-writer Fiona Avery actually spent some time as an archaeologist before her writing career took off, but she definitely enjoys writing about this genre now. "It's much more fun inventing the past with some poetic license." She got the idea for Cursed's heroine, Shan Beaumont, from her time in the pyramids of Egypt. "I kinda had this idea for a protagonist who [was cursed], like maybe a Journalist or something." Tippi Blevins adds, "[this book] reworks some Egyptian myths and sheds new light on some old ones. Ever wondered what *really* happened after Cleopatra was stung by the asp? You'll find out in Cursed."
Tippi Blevins started writing stories and prose which have appeared in dozens of websites, magazines, and anthologies. Her science fiction story, "The Dog-Faced Boy & the Amazing Winged Man" won the Speculations Readers Poll for short fiction, and was on the Nebula Awards preliminary ballot. She is a frequent contributor to the popular vampire fiction magazine, Dreams of Decadence. Cursed marks her very first foray into the world of comic books.
Fiona Avery is best known for her work with J. Michael Stracynzski on TV series like Babylon 5 and Crusade. She has also written comic book series such as No Honor, Witchblade: Obakemono, and Rising Stars: Bright. Her No Honor comic book was recently optioned by Valhalla Pictures and sold to Showtime as a TV Pilot which Fiona will be writing-producing this year.
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and 2 licensed) in the industry's Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise Witchblade was TNT's #1 original film of 2000. Virtually all of Top Cow's other properties are in development as feature films, live action television or animation. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and role playing games.