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Robert Englund and the "2001 Maniacs"

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This July the bloody origin behind the horror film 2001 MANIACS will be unveiled in an all new comic from Avatar Press. Fully-authorized by horror icon Robert Englund, the 2001 MANIACS SPECIAL #1 will feature his character, Mayor George W. Buckman, and the original cast of Maniacs from the movie. Written by the writer/director of the movies, genre king Tim Sullivan, #1 features the full-color art of Raulo Caceres. The 2001 MANIACS comic book as well as the upcoming movie sequel will both be featured at the San Diego Comic Con in July, supported by both cast and crew.

"I am so excited that our 'comic book' inspired movie has literally become a real comic book," boasts Robert Englund, best known as the horror legend Freddy Kruger, and from the movies Hatchet and Behind the Mask. "Now, fans of the series will finally get to learn the back story of my character, Mayor George W. Buckman, and his ill fated brethren." Avatar Press' 2001 MANIACS SPECIAL #1 will be the first licensed comic book based on the Robert Englund-starring horror franchise, which was launched in 2005.

"Free of the film making limitations imposed by budget and schedule, this comic will go places I only dreamed of going," says writer Tim Sullivan. "With not only Avatar's blessing but request, we will be pushing the envelope in all directions, so expect an extremely sexual, violent, madcap, satirical, over-the-top, politically incorrect thrill ride." Fans of origins, comics, and horror will get their slasher hearts filled with this no-limits barred memoir of how the Maniacs came to be. Avatar Press' 2001 MANIACS SPECIAL #1 will be the first licensed comic book based on Tim Sullivan's movie, and it will be Sullivan's first venture into the industry.

2001 MANIACS SPECIAL #1 will feature Robert Englund's character as well as the rest of the original cast of Maniacs, and also introduce several new characters that will appear in the 2nd and 3rd movies! The licensed comic is completely in-continuity with the films, and will be featured in a special 'making of' section on the DVD of the 2nd film, 2002 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillies.

"Tim Sullivan and Chris Kobin's script and dialogue rivals that of the original film and its upcoming sequel, BEVERLY HELLBILLYS," says Robert Englund. Writer of the series Tim Sullivan is no stranger to the entertainment biz. He holds producing credits on Detroit Rock City, writing and producing credits on both Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horrors and Driftwood, and writing and directing credits on the Maniacs films.

"I always wanted to write a comic kids would have to hide under the bed," claims Chris Kobin, Tim Sullivan's creative partner. "This is The Maniacs as we see them - without limits and without taboos!" Kobin has worked with Tim Sullivan on several horror films including 2001 Maniacs, Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, and Driftwood.

Avatar Press regular Raulo Caceres will draw the interior and three special covers. "The artwork is simply beyond amazing. Raulo Caceres has truly taken 2001 MANIACS to another dimension - and thankfully given Buckman more height and hair!" says Englund. Caceres will be releasing this comic on the heals of the CRECY graphic novel by Warren Ellis which he is also drawing and will be released in June. Along with MANIACS in July he is drawing one of his tremendously popular Wraparound covers for Ellis' on going series, DOKTOR SLEEPLESS.

Dust off your butchers' smock, the 2001 MANIACS SPECIAL #1 hits retailers this July, featuring the art of Raulo Caceres and written by the director and writer of the films, Tim Sullivan. This full-color book will be made available in three covers drawn by the series artist, and one photo cover of Robert Englund's character Mayor Buckman. Both the second film, 2002 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillies, and the Avatar Press comic will be previewed and featured at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

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