IDW Publishing – News week (March 18th, 2019)

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It’s a new week, so time to talk about what IDW Publishing announced this week. Among other news was the announcement of a new series from
writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone, and a new series starring Cassie Hack from Tim Seeley and Jim Terry.

Magdalene Visaggio has written other series set in the 1980s (as discussed here), and now she will be part of the creative team along with Zarcone for MARILYN MANOR.

The 4-part series for mature readers is set in 1981 and follows the adventures of the president’s daughter and her friend Abe as they plan a party at the White House.

Also this week a new four-issue miniseries starring Cassie Hack was announced. The series from creator/writer/artist Tim Seeley with inks by artist Jim Terry will see Cassie go after The Crow.

Look for the first issue of THE CROW: HACK/SLASH this June with a main cover by Seeley, a variant cover edition from Rebekah A. Isaacs as well as a special “inked” variant by Seeley.

Full press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of IDW.

Follow the First Daughter’s Post-Punk Exploits in Marilyn Manor IDW Wants to Know: “Where Were You in 1981?”


SAN DIEGO, CA (March 18, 2019) — Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone invite you to the ultimate rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Marilyn Manor, a four-issue creator-owned miniseries from IDW Publishing, intended for mature readers!

When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August 1981, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abe – who claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincoln – throw the party of the decade, unearthing dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide.

“We’ve been trying to capture the feel, the excitement, the energy of the rise of the New Romantics, of the decade that embraced excess and excitement in hugely over-the-top ways, and filled it with chaos and insanity. This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written in the best way possible, like an apocalypse directed by John Hughes,” says co-creator/writer Magdalene Visaggio.

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl) for the first time, Marilyn Manor explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship, set just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: the debut of MTV.

“There isn’t an artist alive who could perfectly capture the style and verve of the early ’80s like Marley Zarcone,” says editor Shelly Bond. “Coupled with Irma Kniivila’s vibrant palette, Marilyn Manor is for readers who like a bit of pop art and revisionist history with their coming-of-age satire.”

For information on how to secure copies of Marilyn Manor beginning with its launch issue in June, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Creator Bios

Magdalene Vissagio is the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer behind Kim & Kim and Eternity Girl. She’s written comic books for most major publishers including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Oni. 

Marley Zarcone is the artist on the critically-acclaimed series Shade, the Changing Girl for Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint. She is the co-creator/artist of Effigy with writer Tim Seeley for Vertigo, and has worked on numerous projects for Image.

Cassie Hack, the Killer of Undead Killers, Sets Her Sights on The Crow!

The Crow: Hack/Slash Brings You the Bloodiest Face-Off in Comics,
Courtesy of Tim Seeley, Jim Terry, and IDW Publishing

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 18, 2019) – Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley brings his singular vision of horror – and his unique version of the “Final Girl” – to IDW in The Crow: Hack/Slash, a comic book crossover debuting in June. Illustrated by Tim Seeley with inks by returning Crow artist Jim Terry, this four-issue miniseries sees fan-favorite femme fatale Cassie Hack on the trailer of an all-new Crow… one unlike any that fans have seen before!

In The Crow: Hack/Slash #1, a soul is brought back… but something is terribly wrong! The resurrected Angeles Cero won’t stop killing on a quest for revenge, and the bodies are piling up. Now, slasher hunter Cassie Hack and her monstrous partner Vlad are on the trail of the Crow Killer, wrongly believing themselves in pursuit of a masked murderer they’ve hunted for years.

The Crow defined me as a fan of the comics medium, but also introduced me to a whole world of music and fashion that I’d never had access to before – one that completely fit the attitude my teenage brain was desperately looking for,” says Tim Seeley. “It introduced me to the idea that comics could tell dark and personal stories full of pain and beauty. No doubt about it – without O’Barr’s original The Crow, there would never have been a Hack/Slash. Mixing Cassie, Vlad, and The Crow has been in the making for 25 years, and my buddy Jim Terry and I cannot wait to unleash it on the world.”

Jim Terry says, “O’Barr’s The Crow was a turning point for me – his book brought me to indie comics and blew the doors off what I thought a comic could be. Years later, I’d become friends with James and eventually work on The Crow: Skinning the Wolves. It was my first published work and still among the best things I’ve done, and now I get to work in this universe again with my pal Tim Seeley. He’s a clever writer and a gifted storyteller, so I’m excited to take this ride and push some artistic limits!”

Issue #1 will feature a regular cover by Tim Seeley, with a variant edition by Rebekah A. Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and a special “inked” variant by Seeley.

For information on how to secure copies of The Crow: Hack/Slash, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

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