IDW publishes 'Savage Membrane' by Steve Niles and Ashley Wood

Official Press Release

[Savage Membrane]SAN DIEGO, CA - He's a detective who hunts monsters. He's a drunk and drug addict. He's Cal McDonald and he's everything you need to flush out what lurks in the shadows.

The world of Savage Membrane is much like our own, except it's shared with monsters, ghouls and freaks. But even in this world, the average American can't easily spot these strange creatures. They walk in the guise of your mailman, taxi driver or the guy sitting next to you on the bus. But Cal can see them. He knows them and he hunts down the ones that commit terrible crimes against the human race. Crimes like sucking the gray matter from human skulls. Even in a world with monsters, there must be rules.

Cal McDonald and the illustrated novel, Savage Membrane, are created by noted horror writer Steve Niles, whose most recent credits include Hellspawn and Spawn: The Dark Ages. Niles started out as a writer at a young age by adapting and bringing the works of Clive Barker and Richard Matheson to the world of comics. He is joined on Savage Membrane by award-winning and noted painter/illustrator Ashley Wood. Wood's recent art book Uno Fanta: The Art Of Ashley Wood has stirred up a buzz among art lovers around the world. He's well known for his innovative work on various Spawn books and covers and his current work includes The X-Men for Marvel Comics and PopBot for Idea and Design Works.

"Cal McDonald was originally created as a comic book character but with Savage Membrane, I had the chance to do what hard-boiled fiction does best - get inside the head of the character and let him tell the story," said writer Steve Niles.

"Savage Membrane combines all the elements of a fun movie. It's a hyperactive mix of hard-boiled action and horror with splashes of comedy. Savage Membrane is fast paced and will appeal to readers that enjoy all genres of film, TV and comics. Retailers will have no problem using Savage Membrane in a fan out consumer campaign," said Beau Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Idea and Design Works.

Savage Membrane will be published by Idea + Design Works in March 2002. It's 200 pages and retails for $15.99.

Idea + Design Works (IDW), LLC is a cutting edge entertainment company, covering almost all aspects of youth culture: DVD menu design, custom artwork and comic books, video game character design, and collectible card game formulation, to name a few. IDW has worked with a wide range of clients including Trimark Pictures, Artisan Entertainment, The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Wizards of the Coast, and many more. IDW's first publication was Uno Fanta: The Art of Ashley Wood.

More information about IDW can be found at their website, www.ideaanddesignworks.com.

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