Official Press Release
San Diego, CA, May 27, 2004-Desperadoes, the Western/horror series created by Jeff Mariotte and John Cassaday for Homage Comics, is moving to IDW Publishing in late 2004.
"The deal I made with Homage Comics was that all rights would revert to me automatically, when a certain period of time had passed in which Homage didn't do any new Desperadoes material," writer Jeff Mariotte said. "That time has passed. No comic book publisher since EC has done as much to popularize horror as IDW, so this seems like the place to bring it. IDW's commitment to quality and excellence will, I'm sure, result in new Desperadoes works that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the earlier series."
Desperadoes has been highly acclaimed by comics professionals and reviewers, and was nominated for both the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award. Artists associated with Desperadoes have included John Cassaday, John Lucas, and John Severin. Desperadoes tells the story of four westerners, hunted by the law for the accidental killing of a sheriff's wife, who find themselves encountering supernatural and horrific phenomena everywhere they go.
While no artist has been named yet, IDW expects to make an announcement soon.
Ted Adams, IDW's President and Publisher, added, "I've been a fan of Desperadoes from Day One and I'm thrilled that Jeff has brought it to its new home at IDW. We've got some big plans in the works that I can't wait to tell everyone about."
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