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Writer Garth Ennis has made a name for himself over the years with his work on several acclaimed comic series including Preacher, Punisher, Hellblazer, Judgment Day and so many more.
A few months back, we reported on Ennis branching out in his career and adding the title director to his resume when he helmed the short film Stitched which centered around a group of soldiers fighting against zombies in Afghanistan.
After its successful premiere at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Avatar Press proudly announces the upcoming November 2011 launch of an ongoing comic book series based on Ennis’ short film Stitched which is being created by both the legendary comic writer and artist/writer Mike
And if you missed Ennis’ directorial debut during SDCC 2011, the release of Stitched #1 is being planned in conjunction with the DVD debut of the short film Stitched at comic book shops and specialty stores worldwide. The upcoming comic series will expand upon the events of the short film, laying the groundwork for a continuing saga of American and British soldiers beset by murderous supernatural creatures.
Look for both the Stitched DVD and comic series to hit stores in November. Read on for more details from the press release and make sure to dig on the artwork below too!
From the Press Release:
The Stitched comic book series launches with a #1 issue conceived by Garth Ennis, and adapted from the original film script by writer Mike Wolfer. Featuring interior and cover artwork also by Wolfer, Stitched #1 is recommended for mature audiences for violence and strong language, and will be available through Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews September catalog with multiple cover variants, including:
A Mischief Maker Studios production, the Stitched DVD (also solicited through the September 2011 Previews catalog for release in November with a $15.99 SRP, Diamond Item Code: SEP110799) features the full 17-minute widescreen film, plus a wealth of bonus features including a stills gallery, the original movie script, and over 90 minutes of bonus footage spread across the film’s “Making Of” documentary and a career retrospective interview with Garth Ennis.
The Stitched film introduced a cast of stranded pilots and commandos, struggling through the mountains of Afghanistan and pursued by both Taliban fighters and strange, undead assailants. Adapting and building upon the film premise, the comic book series explores the root of this supernatural evil and the extent of its reach. Ennis explains, “Our heroes are up against not just inhuman monsters, but the very human evil that guides them.” The Stitched, glimpsed in the short film for one unnerving battle sequence, are part of a much bigger and nastier picture. “They’re essentially undead war machines. They’re animated and controlled by a specific process; their masters have been in conflict for a long time and have learned to use the dead as weapons.”
Mike Wolfer, whose atmospheric, gritty artwork brings Ennis’ creative vision to life, elaborates on the ongoing series: “The first issue of Stitched is an expanded adaptation of the short film. Issues #2 through #6 will adapt the screenplay for the full-length feature which Garth has written, and after that I’ll be scripting new material based on the premise established in the first story arc.” Regarding the future direction of the Stitched storyline, Wolfer says, “Without giving too much away, I can tell you that the Stitched threat is not relegated only to war-torn Afghanistan. That’s where this modern terror has its roots, but we’re going to find that those roots go back centuries, and they are directed by subversive, human intelligence.”
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