Official Press Release
The return of Snake Plissken to the world of pop culture has many people
excited, but none more than his creators, director John Carpenter, producer
Debra Hill, and actor Kurt Russell. In celebration of the renowned
anti-hero’s return, CrossGen Entertainment and Hurricane Entertainment have
arranged for all three Hollywood superstars to sign copies of JOHN
CARPENTER’S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #1, on sale June 25th, as a special
“Initially we offered a free copy of issue #1 signed by John Carpenter as a
special incentive to the first 100 retailers who ordered 150 copies,” stated
Jan Utstein-O’Neill, CEO of Hurricane Entertainment. “However, when we did a
grass roots campaign, polling retailers on their response to the preview
copies of SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES that reached them just last week, we
found that order activity would be higher than anticipated. Therefore, we
would like to thank the retailing community by altering the incentive
criteria. We have decided to entirely eliminate the ‘only the first 100
retailers to order’ requirement and lower the minimum order from 150 to just
90 copies. This will now allow the incentive to be available to smaller
“We only recently found out from Debra that Kurt Russell himself would be
pleased to sign copies to help draw attention to new stories starring
Snake,” explained series writer William O’Neill. “How cool is that? This has
got to be a first for the comic book industry.”
“Snake Plissken is John Carpenter’s favorite character that he created,”
stated Hill. “He’s also Kurt Russell’s favorite to play, and my favorite to
share with many generations of new fans.”
JOHN CARPENTER’S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES, phase one of a much larger Snake
launch, is the result of a partnership between Hurricane Entertainment and
Carpenter, Hill, and Russell. The debut of the comic book series will be
followed by a new release of Escape From New York on DVD from MGM Home
Video, with a plethora of bonus materials, including pages from the comic
itself. There will also be a series of novelizations, an anime feature from
Production IG (producers of Ghost In The Shell), and an electronic video
game due out summer of 2005.
“Snake still has a lot of fans,” added Tony Panaccio, CrossGen’s Senior Vice
President of Product Development. “Retailers can expect many of the top
entertainment magazines to cover his big return.”
The complete set of Incentives now include:
JOHN CARPENTER’S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #1 (in solicitation now for June
release) Incentive – buy 90 (any combination of three covers) and get a free
issue #1, Tone Rodriguez Cover, signed by director John Carpenter (Big
Trouble In Little China, The Thing).
JOHN CARPENTER’S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #2 (August release) Incentive –
buy 60 (any combination of two covers) and get a free issue #1, Kurt Russell
Photomontage, signed by actor Kurt Russell (Backdraft, Stargate).
JOHN CARPENTER’S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #3 (October release) Incentive –
buy 50 (any combination of two covers) and get a free issue #1, John Van
Fleet cover, signed by Producer Debra Hill (Halloween, The Fisher King).
As a bonus, writer William O’Neill and artist Tone Rodriguez will also sign
all of the free issues.
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