Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith create ongoing series for IDW

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA, October 9, 2003. 2004 will see the release of Sacred Hearts, IDW Publishing's first ongoing series. Sacred Hearts is a new horror spectacular by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, the creative team behind the bestselling comics 30 Days of Night and Dark Days.

While IDW has become well known for its miniseries, especially in the horror genre, Editor-in-Chief Jeff Mariotte explains, "We've been looking for the right property, and the right team, to launch our first ongoing series. In Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, we have that team-Steve's high concept storytelling is second to none, and Ben brings Steve's ideas to life brilliantly. And in Sacred Hearts we have that property-a sure winner."

According to writer Steve Niles, "Sacred Hearts is a combination of ideas I've been playing with for a while. It's sort of a horror soap opera with characters like vampires, werewolves, devils and one poor priest who walks the line between the holy and unholy.

"At its core," Niles continues, "Sacred Hearts is about self discovery and the idea that no matter what life hands us, we are not doomed to any one path. The main character is a man who has just lost his adopted parents and is told a terrible secret before they pass. Everything he ever thought he was has been a lie and now, in searching for the truth he will enter a world-a gauntlet-of religious zealots, Satanic cults, and creatures of the night!

"This is pretty cliché," Niles grins, "but it's Dark Shadows on acid."

Artist Ben Templesmith adds, "Don't expect the artwork to be the same as 30 Days of Night-my first printed work-but expect it to have the same vibrancy and atmosphere. I'm going to experiment like hell on this one."

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients including The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality titles. Among them are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night and its sequel, Dark Days; Ashley Wood's Lore; CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations; Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp; and Steve Niles' Wake The Dead. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night, with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned the movie rights to Wake The Dead.

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