Official Press Release
SWORD OF DRACULA, the indy comic series that received national attention re-inventing Dracula as a high-tech allegory for the war on terror, will be back in stores this summer with a major upgrade: color.
This August, the controversial series moves to Digital Webbing Press (BLOODRAYNE) and substantially augments its production values as veteran colorist Matt Webb (STAR TREK, NEXT MEN) joins interior artist Terry Pallot (SOULCATCHER, STAR TREK) and cover artist Greg Scott (SAM & TWITCH, GOTHAM CENTRAL) in bringing to the stands creator/ producer Jason Henderson’s vision of a world where vampires are the most powerful terrorists-and Dracula is their near-unstoppable leader.
SWORD OF DRACULA ignited the kind of coverage rarely afforded an independent series with a reinterpretation of Dracula called “one of the coolest reinterpretations of Bran Stoker’s character in years” by Cinescape and “creepy cool” by Entertainment Weekly.
“My team doesn’t do a project unless it throbs like a diesel truck, and this is it-this is how I always wanted to see what we call Black Hawk Dracula,” said Jason Henderson, the Austin, Texas writer who in the first arc introduced the series heroine Ronnie Van Helsing, the commando who must use every Humvee, chopper, motorcycle, and machine gun at her command to capture Dracula, the most dangerous man on Earth.
“We launched as independents and with the first arc we made EW, we made CNN, we made VARIETY– why?– because we believed we had a rollicking story of muscle and blood, guns and silver, and the biggest bad-a** Dracula ever seen. No creepy castles: this is a vampire-ridden ALIAS,” said Henderson. “Now we return in Matt Webb’s vibrant full color– and that means reaching a bigger audience, with bigger action and bigger stakes– and we’ve just begun to scream about it. And make no mistake: practice is done. We’re in it for the long haul, now.”
Henderson will be regularly promoting the series through a partnership with horror mainstay Fangoria TV, opening up the week-to-week production process to horror fans with a “Making Sword of Dracula” a regular column. A new trailer will appear this Summer in the Summer to promote the series.
Besides the usual heavy-artillery action, the new arc will also return to one of most controversial aspects of the series, the eating disorder that plagues main character Ronnie Van Helsing. “We’ll deal with it. Ronnie has been the most surprising part of SWORD OF DRACULA’s success. We expected people to be pleased by a fresh, hard-target Dracula, but it’s been our lead, Ronnie, that people write to me about and draw pinups of. This is as much her story as Dracula’s, and she deserves to win some private battles.” The character has taken on a life of her own, inspiring readers to send in countless pin-ups (the professional ones make it into the series) and even gracing the cover of Vampirella Magazine.
Fans of the first series will be thrilled that Greg Scott, who created the Dark Lord’s new look, will be on hand as regular cover artist, while series vet Terry Pallot will return for interiors. Henderson and Pallot are also creators on SOULCATCHER, a supernatural thriller graphic novel coming in early May from Alias Enterprises and Digital Webbing about a young widow on the run from all the ghosts of New Orleans, America’s most haunted city.
SWORD OF DRACULA is wall-to-wall vampire/commando/zombie action, coming to comic racks from Digital Webbing Press starting August 2005. The first 156-page SWORD OF DRACULA trade paperback is available from IDW Publishing and can be found at comic stores-or by visiting http://www.swordofdracula.com , where you can find SWORD OF DRACULA memorabilia, forums and gossip. Publisher Digital Webbing Press is at http://www.digitalwebbing.com.
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