Coming soon – Channel Evil

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We just got a press release from Renegade for their upcoming comic Channel Evil. I read the blurb on this and I like the sound of it. We’ll hopefully have some art to show you in the run up to the comic’s launch this month.

In the meantime  check out the press release.
Renegade Arts Entertainment Ltd present Alan Grant and Shane Oakley’s CHANNEL EVIL

Released March 2009    A Four issue Story Arc co-published with Berserker Comics

Created by one the greatest writers of all time, Channel Evil is Alan Grant’s imagination unleashed without any corporate compromise.

In Alan’s own words talking about the idea for Channel Evil:

‘The idea originally came to me while I was reading a book by a guy who had formed a “channelling” group to contact the spirits of the dead. I did some research and found that, although it’s ignored by the mainstream media, channelling has a huge audience all over the world. I wondered what would happen if, instead of channelling one of the boring spirits who advocate peace and love, somebody managed to channel the spirit of some long-forgotten scion of evil.
I used to own a flotation tank, it was soundproof, and totally dark. Once, when I was in the tank, I was thinking about a Batman story I was working on, which featured a villain known as Cornelius Stirk. Stirk suffered from severe mental illness, which he “treated” by cutting the still-beating hearts out of his victims and then consuming them. The thought suddenly flashed through my mind: “This is what I do for a living…and it’s evil!” Immediately, and to my terror, a disembodied voice said clearly: “You think that is evil? I can show you what evil really is!” Chills ran up and down my spine. I broke out in a cold sweat. I was out of that tank faster than a ferret up a drainpipe! When I’d calmed down and thought about it, I realised that – whatever the reality of what had happened – it was a brilliant base on which to build a story. I hope it frightens readers as much as it terrified me.’

Shane Oakley was always in Alan’s mind when writing the story, and his unique style is perfeectly suited to the beautiful and terrifying people and events Alan has created.

Shane’s take on Channel Evil

‘Alan has written a dream script for me, and truthfully I’m drawing the best art of my life, I’m pouring my heart and soul into this story and it shows. Though working on a story this steeped in horror might well send me over the edge and down into the depths of dark madness.’

The story follows Jez Manson, a local TV chat show host ready to exploit everyone in a bid to make the big time.  After watching a successful medium channel a benign spirit, Jez invites her on his show, ready to ridicule her for cheep laughs an a few headlines. But Jez is persuaded to try channelling himself.  Full of scorn Jez agrees, planning to fake it, but it turns out that Jez is a natural and finds himself channeling Baal, an ancient source of evil.

Trying to laugh the whole thing off, Jez is unaware that he has opened a door for Baal to exploit and return chaos and destruction to the world.  Jez finds his dreams full of twisted nightmares that share too many details with the next days news reports.

But the channelling show has made the national news and Jez could be on to the big time. Persuaded to channel him again on live TV, Jez knows deep down he’s on the edge of the abyss but the lure of fame and fortune is too strong.  What will he unleash this time?

Renegade Arts Entertainment Ltd is Alexander Finbow, Alan Grant and Doug Bradley, and was formed in December 2007 to create comic books, horror movies and audio books, animation, and sci fi and fantasy projects.

Currently based in the UK, Renegade has just opened a subsidiary studio in the Canadian Rockies to work more closely with North American talent and to oversee a large feature length animated movie.

The classic horror strand ‘Doug Bradley’s Spine Chillers features award winning dramatised movies of works by HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, and the audio books are currently available to download from audible.com and will be launched in stores and on Amazon in April.

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: Renegade Arts Entertainment

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