March 23, 2011 â€“ Los Angeles, CA â€“ Today at comic book shops worldwide one of the genreâ€™s most celebrated franchises returns with Clive Barker ushering in a new vision of Hell in the all-new ongoing HELLRAISER comic book series! BOOM! Studios celebrates this launch with an all-new, all-original â€œPRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1â€ PDF available for download FREE from your favorite horror and comic book news sites â€” both written by Clive Barker himself.
Thatâ€™s right, to kick off the release of HELLRAISER #1 â€” available in comic shops across the nation today â€” Clive Barker and BOOM! Studios is making available for download an absolutely free, all-new, all-original â€œPRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1â€ to whet your appetite for the insidious horrors of HELLRAISER #1. So head on over to your favorite horror or comic book news site to get the â€œPRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1â€ and check it out. After youâ€™re done reading, spread the word, and share the PDF by emailing, tweeting, facebooking, and torrenting as much as humanly possible. Help us evangelize the new series to all those horror fans, Hellraiser fans, and Barker fans that may not know about the comic or havenâ€™t ever been exposed to comics.
â€œThis is an unprecedented chance to spread the word of comic books,â€ said BOOM! Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie, â€œwith one of the biggest authors and with one of his signature creations. Non-comic book fans, lapsed comic book fans, and horror aficionados who donâ€™t go into comic book stores will all be excited and interested in this. And we are calling on the fans to get the word out to them. Send this via Facebook, Twitter, torrents, and e-mails to everyone in your life that you think would dig this, and letâ€™s increase the overall pool of people worldwide who read comic books! I canâ€™t think of an easier way to share this great comic. They donâ€™t call it Portable Document File for nothing!â€
The biggest and the best comics and horror sites have joined BOOM! to launch this franchise classic with its original founding father, Barker himself. BOOM! will be updating its Twitter account with locations where you can download this must-have Hellraiser essential! Search the hashtag #HellraiserPrelude to suss out participating sites!
BOOM! Studios has made it easier than ever to join Clive Barker, who along with writing partner Christopher Monfette and HELLBLAZER artist Leonardo Manco, serve up a masterfully chilling trip through Hell and bring fresh nightmares to new and old fans alike.
This new comic book series marks only the third time Barker has written the character: first in the original novella THE HELLBOUND HEART, second in the original seminal horror classic HELLRAISER film.
â€œWith all the tremendous work and effort poured into the HELLRAISER comic series, weâ€™re confident that the second readers feast their eyes on those first pages theyâ€™ll be clamoring for more,â€ says Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. â€œWhether youâ€™re a regular comics reader or not, HELLRAISER and Clive Barker are unmistakable names in horror, and if you read the free PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll agree HELLRAISER is a series worth picking up!â€
â€œHave you ever heard of an offer like this from any comic publisher ever? I think not,â€ says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. â€œWe know how die-hard HELLRAISER fans are and to show them we mean business weâ€™re offering this fantastic PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 ready to download free! Are we crazy!? No, just BOOM! Studios.â€
Visit your favorite horror and comic news websites to download your free copy of the all-original PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1, then run to your local comic shop to pick up your copy of HELLRAISER #1!
HELLRAISER #1 and the PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 PDF are written by Clive Barker and Cristopher Monfette with art by the sensational Leonardo Manco (HELLBLAZER). HELLRAISER #1 is a 40 page giant with a back-up story by Larry Wachowski (THE MATRIX) and Marc Pacella and ships with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival respectively, as well as a very special 1-in-50 incentive cover drawn and signed by legendary master of horror Clive Barker himself! This title is suggested for Mature Readers.
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About BOOM! Studios
With back-to-back 2009 and 2010 â€œBest Publisherâ€ awards, BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling comic books and graphic novels with the industryâ€™s top talent, including Mark Waidâ€™s IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Leeâ€™s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Foxâ€™s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dickâ€™s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Companyâ€™s FARSCAPE. BOOM!â€™s recently rebranded all-ages imprint KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridgeâ€™s SNARKED!, Scholasticâ€™s WORD GIRL and DUCK TALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP â€˜Nâ€™ DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEYâ€™S COMICS AND STORIES.