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Robert Englund and the “2001 Maniacs”

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Robert Englund and the “2001 Maniacs”

Official Press Release

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,

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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