One thing there’s definitely not a shortage of nowadays is kickass horror comics ready and waiting to be adapted into feature films. Next on the block is Alan Robert’s Wire Hangers, a horror/crime graphic novel about a string of abductions in New York City.
Best known as the bassist and creative force behind the respected hard rock group Life of Agony, Robert created, wrote and illustrated Wire Hangers last year; and the graphic novel was published by IDW Publishing (30 Days of Night, Locke and Key, Zombies vs. Robots). Robert’s newly formed film production company, Wasted Talent Entertainment, is currently pursuing a short list of choice directors and screenwriters for the film. IDW CEO Ted Adams is on board as executive producer, with Robert and ZAM Entertainment’s Jeff Mazzola attached as producers.
Check out some teaser artwork of Cypra, the main character in Wire Hangers, below (his costume was designed by Robert Hall of Almost Human FX), and for more visit the official Wire Hangers website.
In addition to the film news, fans of Robert’s work will be thrilled to learn he is also launching a new comic mini-series entitled Crawl to Me (published by IDW as well) beginning monthly in July 2011. The story centers on a young family coping with a series of disturbing events which force them to question their relationships, their faith and even their very existence.
When husband and wife Ryan and Jessica move into their first home together, strange things begin to occur. Half-eaten animals and other remains are found inside the basement’s crawl space, their family dog disappears within the house and distant voices are heard from beneath the floorboards. The couple begins to think that an evil entity is living inside their walls, but Ryan and Jessica soon realize they must set aside all they believe to be true in order to face their inevitable reality.
“All my life I’ve been told that I have a warped and twisted imagination,” said Robert, “so with these horror stories, I’m finally putting my morbid thoughts to good use. When Wire Hangers was received so well by comic and horror fans last year, it really inspired me to continue creating stories in the medium. With Crawl to Me I wanted to go even darker, but don’t be fooled. This is not your typical, run-of-the-mill haunted house story. It’s more of a thriller, filled with a ton of demented mind-games that will keep you guessing. Think of it like a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode on steroids.”
“I couldn’t have been happier to do Wire Hangers with Alan,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, “and to see him stretch in different areas here is even more gratifying. This is a dark, psychologically affecting and surprisingly intimate story that I’m happy to foist on an unsuspecting comic-reading public. Put another way, if you survived Wire Hangers with any part of your psyche intact, Crawl to Me should help finish the job.”
Crawl to Me will feature three unique covers per issue, the first of which you can see below. Along with Robert, cover artists include Silent Hill: Past Life painter Menton J. Matthews III and UK illustrator David Lupton. Keep tabs on the series’ progress at the official Crawl to Me website.