Halloween will probably be right here earlier than we all know it, and Archie Comics plans to have a good time in applicable and spooky methods. The writer introduced this week that its Archie Horror line will host a “Month of Mayhem” for the second straight yr, with new titles and collections debuting all through October.
Describing ‘Chaos Month’, Archie Senior Editorial Director Jamie L. Rotante teased what’s in retailer for readers:
“We’re thrilled to return to our Mayhem Month occasion this yr, celebrating all issues horror and Halloween all all through the month of October. From a psychological thriller in WELCOME TO RIVERDALE and a set of mid-level horror tales in TOYBOX OF TERROR, to not point out all of the Halloween enjoyable in our basic type comics and summaries, there actually is one thing for each Archie Halloween lover!
The occasion kicks off in September with a pair of releases. Excerpt from the press launch:
The initiative is launched with CILLING ADVENTURES – THE ANTHOLOGICAL COLLECTION, the extremely anticipated commerce paperback compendium of latest Archie Horror one-shots and quick tales, on September 12. A scrumptious sweet field of fast scary chills that may be dipped into repeatedly, the e-book has one thing for each horror fan throughout subgenres, artwork kinds, and tones. The month of Mayhem then continues with the subsequent episode of the author by Elliot Rahal The Madam Devil As Hell Saga follows the enduring villainess Sabrina to the lethal airplane in MADAME SATAN: HELL ON EARTH on September 20.
From there, a pair of one-shots will arrive in October, together with Amy Chase & Liane KangasIt’s Welcome to Riverdale and the mid-tier horror anthology Worry the Funhouse: Toybox of Terror. We’ll let the PR, cowl, and creators inform the story:
Main the pack of latest horror hits is WELCOME TO RIVERDALE on October 11, a weird one-shot exploring the horrifying implications of poisonous positivity gone incorrect in America’s supreme small city by the author Amy Chase (POP’S CHOCKLIT SHOPPE OF HORRORS) and artist Liane Kangas (Star Wars Adventures).
Chase stated, “Riverdale himself is a personality on this e-book, so we wish to make certain readers really feel actually welcomed by acquainted faces and locations. Lengthy-time Archie followers and curious newcomers alike ought to all discover one thing to get pleasure from as we shine a light-weight on the perfect of the enduring metropolis and attempt to preserve its bizarre and darkish secrets and techniques tucked beneath the rug. I hope individuals will really feel a little bit unsettled, but in addition charmed by what awaits us right here.
The comedian stars Ginger Snapp, an older character who has recently returned with new kid-friendly tales from Archie’s journal vary. Archie Comics Artwork Director Vincent Lovallo stated, “WELCOME TO RIVERDALE options the modern-style debut of basic Archie Comics character Ginger Snapp as she discovers that Riverdale is not as excellent because it appears. Lead cowl and story artist Liana Kangas and variant cowl artist Marguerite Sauvage each seize this ominous feeling of unease by way of vibrant colours and exquisite, but chilling, art work.
Coping with themes of misleading appearances and darkish mirror photos, WELCOME TO RIVERDALE captures a sure zeitgeist of Archie Horror’s world imprint. “Quite a lot of what individuals consider Riverdale, and certainly Archie Comics as a complete, is wrapped in Americana, a nostalgia for a bygone period by way of rose-tinted glasses,” Rotante added. There’s a lot extra beneath the facade, and whereas this comedian uncovers a darker aspect of the reality, our purpose as an organization is to at all times invite individuals to take a look at what we’re doing past your childhood notions of Archie, and to understand each likelihood we take with our publication and concepts.
Archie Horror’s first foray into kids’s horror was final yr’s FEAR THE FUNHOUSE anthology one-shot, impressed by actually scary kids’s horror films like Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Darkish?. Finishing this yr’s Month of Mayhem occasion is a return to this darkish universe with FEAR THE FUNHOUSE PRESENTS… TOYBOX OF TERROR on October 18. It has three common high quality coolers written by Timmy Heague, proprietor of Arsenal Comics and Video games, Danielle Paige (Mera: Tidebreaker), and Michael Northrop (Teen Titans Go!) that includes art work by Ryan Caskey (The scary tarot), Tango (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Ryan Jampole (Sonic the Hedgehog).
“Because the launch of the M3GAN film earlier this yr, I have been inundated with toy story shows coming to life, and it is turn out to be clear what the theme for this yr’s Funhouse will probably be,” Rotante stated. “Drawing from each M3GAN and iconic collection like Kid’s Play with a contact of toy troopers thrown in for good measure, the writers of TOYBOX OF TERROR have all delivered loads of time on their tales, every a novel tackle the theme, all with a particular Archie aptitude.”
“TOYBOX OF TERROR urges readers to play good, in any other case!” Lovallo stated. “Ryan Caskey, who debuted as Archie in final yr’s anthology, returns as the quilt artist and lead author for this new assortment of terrifying tales. And the distinctive Sweeney Boo! Each Ryan and Sweeney know methods to scare us with their mastery of illustrating unsettling expressions and dynamic compositions!”
This body story, “Love Evernever” written by Heague, units in movement a terrifying sequence of occasions that results in an invasion of evil toys from Riverdale. As Heague explains, the chaos is caused by Evelyn Evernever, a personality from the basic “Little Archie” comics who makes her Archie Horror debut right here: “Within the days earlier than the Chock’lit Shoppe, when the Riverdale gang have been hanging out on the playground, little Evelyn Evernever’s coronary heart was crushed. Now, with the assistance of a mysterious villain referred to as the Toymaker, she unleashes a Toybox of Terror to actual revenge and produce again what she misplaced a few years in the past. Beware the Riverdale gang! Evelyn Evernever and her demon dolls are coming for you!
The theme of human creations coming to life by themselves was a precedence for the three authors. Paige added, “With the appearance of AI and riffs on the massively well-liked M3GAN, I had the immense pleasure of giving a lonely Midge Klump her very personal CH3RYL doll. Come on Dollies, let’s social gathering! Midge should in the end select between her new BFF doll and her true pals, and when CH3RYL appears like she could also be dropping Midge, how far will she go to carry her again?”
Northrup has captured the spirit of the season – and the month of Mayhem! — saying, “Archie is ideal for this sort of horror. This secure and acquainted suburban setting is sort of a neatly raked pile of leaves. It is good and comfortable, nevertheless it’s simply begging to be destroyed – and possibly destroyed by a baby!
Pay attention, if you happen to’re not excited a few Riverdale model of M3GAN I have no idea what to inform you.
Anticipate all of those titles to hit Archie Comics shops in September and October.
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