Established by the team of 30 Days of Night author Steve Niles, HALO-8 Entertainment’s Matt Pizzolo and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, the transmedia publishing company Black Mask Studios have now enlisted an impressive crew of writers and artists to pen their first original comic books.
According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, the list includes Watchmen writer Alan Moore, V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd, Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus author Art Spiegelman, legendary Spider-Man writer J.M. DeMatteis, The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Madman’s Mike Allred, 30 Days of Night artist Ben Templesmith and Shell Game’s Molly Crabapple.
Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Ghostface Killah will also contribute works to the company.
According to the article, this diverse list of contributors represents the company’s goal of widening the comic book audience.
“One of the chief goals is to expand the audience of comics,” Pizzolo says in the article. “We are trying to do that by bringing in different sensibilities, like Wu-Tang, like hard sci-fi and futurism, and with madcap energy.”
The company’s first release will be Moore and Lloyd’s Occupy Comics Anthology. The offering is a politically themed three-issue miniseries, which will reunite Moore with Lloyd for the first time since they collaborated on the equally polemic V for Vendetta in the 1980s. The book is set to hit stores on May 1, and a portion of its revenue will go to Occupy-related initiatives.
Afterwards, RZA and Ghostface Killah’s 12 Reasons to Die will explore more of the company’s multimedia leadings. While part of the story—a “brutal tale of gangsters, betrayal, and one vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crimelords in the world,” according to the article— will be told in comic form, part of it will be told musically via Ghostface Killah’s upcoming album.
You can check out more details on the releases at The Hollywood Reporter.