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Project-Nerd Publishing Set to Mystify Audiences with Xucau

Project-Nerd Publishing Set to Mystify Audiences with Xucau

March 22, 2017 – Denver, CO — Project-Nerd Publishing announced a new graphic novel today that explores the legend and magic of Xucau.

Often thought to be Ossetian legend, the deity Xucau has long existed inhabiting the bodies of the world’s most powerful women. Choosing a new host every generation, Xucau does not control her host but instead gives her great abilities in which the host must decide to try and live a normal life with, use them for evil, or face off against evil deities resurrected in the same capacity. Each host learns to deal with this great power in her own way, including the current host Samantha.

Xucau is set to debut as a 48-page graphic novel written and created by Project-Nerd Publishing founder Iggy Michniacki. Artist J.C. Grande (The Escort, Johnny Monster, Necessary Evil) and colorist Jeremy Kahn (Hell on My Couch) join Michniacki for the first chapter titled, New Beginnings.

“It’s not only important that each of our titles be entertaining, but they need to also be vastly different from one another,” noted Michniacki. “Xucau is very different from the rest of our works, and we think it’s something people will find compelling and fun.”

Xucau will launch late spring with a public crowdfunding campaign set to offer the tale in both physical and digital formats along with a variety of other perks. The title will join the already diverse slate of content Project-Nerd Publishing has released across 2017, including three brand new comic series.

For more on Xucau and the other great titles Project-Nerd Publishing produces, visit pnpublishing.com or facebook.com/pnpublishing.

About Project-Nerd Publishing
Founded in 2015, Project-Nerd Publishing is a division of EEON, LLC offering original and independent comic books and geek literature. The division was founded with the intention to move the brand from simply covering and reviewing comics and books to actually creating and publishing their own while maintaining a balanced focus on both fans and creators.

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‘Gunface #1’ Preview

'Gunface #1' Preview

If you missed the initial exclusive preview on Geeks World Wide yesterday we have the first look at one of our hottest new titles for you right here.

Gunface: The Fall of Tommy Gunn is the legendary journey of a boy born to the streets, chosen by families of royalty and power to serve, but chained by destiny to punish them. Against the neon back drop of “Clip City” and through exchanged rounds of custom cannons those who deserve…will receive.

The series is created and written by Timothy Hunger and features the fantastic art of Paul Jason Young. It is one of many new and amazing titles on Project-Nerd Publishing 2017’s slate.

To pre-order Issue #1, visit our store here. Title is expected to ship on February 8th.

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Gunface: An Idea

Gunface: An Idea

Gunface: The Fall of Tommy Gunn creator and writer Tim Hunger penned this article as a reflection on his creation.

The idea seems simple; it always does in hindsight.

An idea in its conception is little more than a frail skeleton, vulnerable to threats from time, fear, insecurities and pressure from other ideas. The story for Gunface started with the name and the name started with the man.

When I was a young I was introduced to a man who had attempted suicide by shooting his own head with a shotgun. I can’t remember a word he said to me but his face is still as clear as if I saw it yesterday. I talked often about him and thought more and more about what his situation must have been like, before and after the event. The scars on his face suggested a very private world where so much remained hidden. It never crossed my mind that this man had never shown weakness, only a strength that stood out above everything.

I didn’t know it at the time, but he was the first piece of Gunface

Around 2006 I began developing an idea around a bodyguard who was forced to choose between protecting one of two powerful families. However, the idea lost traction, there was no real depth to the issue of power and this siphoned away the strength of the main protagonist. After some frustrating early attempts I scrapped the writing I had done and went back to research – in particular the stories of powerful families (Montana, Montague, Capulet, Wayne, etc). It didn’t take long to establish what created the power – money and family history. In less than two weeks I had created the two families that would sit either side of Gunface: the house of Tommy Gunn and the house of Texas Patterson. This set me up to build a character that would complement but not conform to their family traits.

The details around Gunface and his world had to be clear and straightforward while providing the background for a character of depth and complexity. Before I built any opposing characters or worlds I had to understand the driving force of the story. In the end I developed Gunface on the following principles.

1. Gunface must show strength in his life before and after the scars.

This creates an arc for the character. The fact that he can return from such trauma gives him an essence of strength, courage and hope – what I consider the fundamental characteristics of a hero.

2. He can die.

I always knew I was going to develop a hyper-reality film script. For that reason the second concept for Gunface was decided for me. If he is immortal then his scars are merely battle wounds and do not hold the significance they would for a mortal. The fact that he can die also strengthens the first principle by emphasising how close he is to losing everything.

3. Gunface must feel equal shares of love and hate.

This principle is what gives Gunface his most powerful weapon – his inability to walk away from a great love and to feel levels of anger and pain from which I can draw in developing the overall story. Inner conflicts complicate things and complications drive his actions and choices. I tried to keep the love and hate balanced over time and through hostile discord. I needed Gunface to be balanced in this way, creating a very complex and layered character.

Once I had enough of a picture of what he looked like and how he acted, the next thing to create was the world in which he lived – Clip City and the nine counties.

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Project-Nerd Publishing Takes a New Approach to the Superhero Genre

Project-Nerd Publishing Takes a New Approach to the Superhero Genre

December 14, 2016 – Denver, Colorado — Project-Nerd Publishing is set to release a series of one-shots through 2017 and 2018 focusing on a specific set of heroes.

Debuting in February 2017 with a one-shot titled Blaze, the series of comics follows a group of characters in Capital City that are as complex as they are powerful. Blaze is joined by fellow superheroes Lady Fox and Shock, who are a crime-fighting couple, in his every day battle to take on villains as well as his mental illness.

Blaze is written by Project-Nerd Publishing founder, Iggy Michniacki, and will feature the art of newcomer Mario Alberto Diaz Guerra. The issue will focus heavily on Blaze’s mental well-being, but will do so in a way that it doesn’t detract from an entertaining and complete story.

“I want to take a look at superheroes as we know them and introduce real issues that people deal with today,” noted Michniacki. “Depression is something millions of people suffer with and are often too quiet about because it still can be considered a taboo topic.”

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. More than 3 million people are diagnosed with it each year and it is often not discussed openly because of the stigmas it still carries.

Depending on the success of the Blaze one-shot, Lady Fox and Shock are expected to get their own one-shot later this year focusing on a variety of other issues, including racism. The creative team for that one-shot has not yet been determined.

“This isn’t your All-American tale with no darkness or issues,” Michniacki added. “I want this universe to focus on reality. If superheroes were real, it’s highly likely that these heroes would deal with matters such as depression, racism, and sexism among many other ‘isms’ we still need to address in society.”

Blaze joins a diverse slate of content set to debut in 2017 from Project-Nerd Publishing, helping refocus and relaunch the brands titles in goals in year two. Although Blaze will be available in early 2017, it is expected to be reprinted for later shows due to the important nature of the content.

For more on Project-Nerd Publishing and the exciting titles being produced, visit pnpublishing.com or www.facebook.com/pnpublishing.

About Project-Nerd Publishing
Founded in 2015, Project-Nerd Publishing is a division of EEON, LLC offering original and independent comic books and geek literature. The division was founded with the intention to move the brand from simply covering and reviewing comics and books to actually creating and publishing their own while maintaining a balanced focus on both fans and creators.

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Esme Ford Returns in New Series ‘The Escort’

Esme Ford Returns in New Series 'The Escort'

November 28, 2016 – Denver, CO — After the smashing success of Barrens: Chapter One, Project-Nerd Publishing will bring back Esme Ford in the new series, The Escort.

Audiences have been waiting for the follow up to Barrens, Project-Nerd Publishing’s first title to go to second print on two different covers, but the project came to a halt after Chapter One. With the creative team moving on to other projects, it left the door open for Esme Ford to return in a different capacity.

Set in the not too distant future, The Escort follows Esme Ford as she proves to be the best guide through the barrens as she transports goods and people between the few remaining fortified cities left in the world. Ford will open up a brand new mission with the debut issue of The Escort in January 2017.

The Escort is written by Esme Ford creator and Project-Nerd Publishing Founder, Iggy Michniacki, and will feature the pencils and inks of J.C. Grande (Johnny Monster, Necessary Evil) and colors from Esteban Salinas (Deviant Apple Studios). Erin Lei will return as Esme Ford for a cosplay cover variant of the first issue with Salinas also creating the series’ cover art.

Set to debut early next year, The Escort joins a revamped lineup for Project-Nerd Publishing that will release quarterly with specials debuting at the company’s convention stops across the country.

For more on The Escort and the other amazing titles Project-Nerd Publishing is creating, visit pnpublishing.com or facebook.com/pnpublishing.

About Project-Nerd Publishing
Founded in 2015, Project-Nerd Publishing is a division of EEON, LLC offering original and independent comic books and geek literature. The division was founded with the intention to move the brand from simply covering and reviewing comics and books to actually creating and publishing their own while maintaining a balanced focus on both fans and creators.

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