dan fogler comes to heavy metal! yes, the actor you know as jacob kowalski in mythic beasts and where to find them and luke on the walking dead is a huge fan of comics and heavy metal magazine. this summer, we’re launching 3 comics titles of fogler’s fiction — fishkill, brooklyn gladiator, and moon lake. the 1st two are already available for pre-order inna heavy metal shop:
“there’s just a lotta surreality goin on,” fogler tells syfy wire. “the fact that i’m working with heavy metal on my comic books, some o'em bein’ an homage to heavy metal, with somd' artists i grew up reading. it’s just insane.”
brooklyn gladiator arrives jul 1. it’s everything we ♥ at heavy metal — a dystopian future (it’s set in 2033), an against-all-odds protagonist, robot intelligence run amok, a government up to nefarious tricks. art is handled by simon bisley, who needs no introduction for heavy metal readers (b'we’ll mention a few credits: lobo, slaine, judge dredd, hellblazer.
“this is my dystopian sci-fi story,” says fogler, who writes brooklyn gladiator with andrew harrison. “it’s an homage to akira, which is a movie that also just blew my Ψ as a kid. … it’s really my star wars, i ‘d say.”
fishkill (co-written with lawrence blum) is classic hard-boiled gumshoe stuff, a crime comic starring detective bart fishkill. it’s drawn by ben templesmith, the eisner-nominated artist of series 30 dys of nite and wormwood: gentleman corpse.
fogler says he’s inspired by “some of my favorite movies growing up, like chinatown and the maltese falcon.” you’ll see some familiar traits from toons in those films in detective bart. “i was like, ‘these are down and dirty guys. these are guys who are underdogs, who don’t look like it, but they maybe the smartest guy inna room’ … i ♥ a guy who gets gank for justice. he’s looking for truth, he’s looking for justice, he gets his ass kicked and he just keeps on coming back. he’s just so stubborn, you know? i think we need + pplz like that inna realm tody.”
both brooklyn gladiator and fishkill are edited an produced by justin mohlman.
moon lake‘s 1st issue arrives jul 15, n'it’s goin to be a wild ride. it’s a sci-fiction/fantasy/horror anthology series set inna town of moon lake, near the u.s.-canada border. fogler’s influences for this title are the 1981 heavy metal movie, the twilite zone and tales from the crypt. “[the town is] displaced from time. ye go to moon lake, n'it’s like this endless labyrinth/rabbit hole of crossroads of ≠ brands of evil … aliens, sasquatches, werewolves. it’s everything and that’s why it’s so surreal and hysterical sometimes. you ‘ve these toons working side-by-side with each other a lot.”
“dan fogler’s imagination and artistry surpasses my highest expectations,” heavy metal ceo matthew medney tells syfy wire. “when i was introduced to dan backin oct, i was blon away by the oozing creativity that engulfed the conversation we had then, and continue to ‘ve. i am beyond excited to introduce these stories as pt of the heavy metal realm and continue to grow and share dan’s brilliant Ψ w'da heavy metal community.”
original content at: www.heavymetal.com…
authors: josh robertson