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Project-Nerd Publishing Looks to Thrill with ‘The List’

Project-Nerd Publishing Looks to Thrill with 'The List'

August 8, 2016 – Denver, CO – The hit horror graphic novel, The List, a 200-page graphic novel from Australia, is set to be unleashed in North America through Project-Nerd Publishing.

It’s unlikely you’ve encountered any story quite like The List (Paul Bedford, script; Henry Pop, Pencils; Tom Bonin, Inks), but if comparisons are to be drawn, think works such as The Crow, Preacher, and the movie Seven.

“True horror needs no cheap-tricks, no jump-scares, no clichés to scare its audience. True horror sneaks its tendrils into your mind, subtly commandeering your psyche to bring its darkest reaches to the fore,” said creator Paul Bedford of his hit graphic novel. “The story comes at the reader like a waking nightmare; it is surreal and heavy with menace and dread.”

The List follows ‘The Son’ – the “New Commandments” tattooed down his torso – as he stalks the streets, plunging his city into a state of terror. The graphic novel is a relentless assault of suspense and horror, keeping readers guessing until its twist ending hurls the reader back through the story in the fashion of The Sixth Sense.

Fans that have experienced the book praised it extensively: “This must be the most disturbing graphic novel I’ve ever encountered…” and “I finished reading it today, and I can honestly say I have never read anything like it. It disturbed the f**k out of me! I have never felt so uncomfortable reading something before. And I mean this all in a good way!”

Critics have also loved The List, stating “The finale to The List was as harrowing a read as I expected from the set-up… Charged with a brutal, creative passion, The List is an unyielding, tenacious work that revels in immersing its audience in an orgy of uncomfortable, ghoulish voyeurism. Traumatic, disturbing, yet refreshingly honest, this is horror comics at their most unflinching.” (Andy Oliver, brokenfrontier.com).

Project-Nerd Publishing is excited to bring a full release of The List, with a limited engagement in the Fall of this year, and a full push in early 2017 featuring a new cover from world renown artist, Menton J. Matthews III.

 The List is further proof that Project-Nerd Publishing’s goal of bringing a diverse collection of some of the most exciting and thrilling stories from around the world is in full force.

You can learn more about The List and the other exciting titles from Project-Nerd Publishing at pnpublishing.com

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.

About EEON, LLC
EEON was formed in 2016 as a parent company for specific divisions previously operating under the Project-Nerd name. Currently housing publishing, photography, podcasts, video, and cosplay ventures, EEON was established to better serve a vast and growing geek community.

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Project-Nerd Publishing Takes On the Wild West with New Series

Project-Nerd Publishing Takes On the Wild West with New Series

Denver, CO – July 8, 2016 — Project-Nerd Publishing is heading to the Wild Wild West with its newest original series, Billie.

The new series follows Billie, a rough and spirited vigilante whose parents were taken from her when she was young. Lucky enough, her neighbor Victor wasn’t too far away. He brought her in and instantly put her to the test. At a young age she learned to work with the animals, shoot guns, investigate matters, and even master hand-to-hand combat. In a male driven west, Billie is a female force on the rise.

Billie is created and written by Iggy Michniacki and drawn by Zack Rezendes. Even though this is Michniacki’s second creator credit this is the first time he’s taken on the task of writing, with early positive feedback.

“Part of the goal was for me to grow as a writer then start pushing out some of these ideas I have,” noted Michniacki. “I am excited to start this chapter of my involvement with a character and world that has been evolving for more than five years now.”

Billie will be introduced with a Kickstarter Campaign in August once the book is near completion in order for printing and shipping to occur immediately after in September. The introductory book will be a graphic novel with more than sixty pages introducing Billie and multiple other characters. Follow-up stories will be released based on the popularity of the first collection.

Billie joins a slate of diverse and distinct content from Project-Nerd Publishing, including other original creations. More on Billie and the other great series Project-Nerd Publishing offers can be found at pnpublishing.com.

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 its own while maintaining a balanced focus on both fans and creators.

About EEON, LLC
EEON was formed in 2016 as a parent company for specific divisions previously operating under the Project-Nerd name. Currently housing publishing, photography, podcasts, video, and cosplay ventures, EEON was established to better serve a vast and growing geek community.

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The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #11: IGGY MICHNIACKI

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #11: IGGY MICHNIACKI

13483198_745872652182514_8084690759386400589_oOK, so we’re calling the mad Q&A series a wrap (for now), and what better way than to book-end it with a chat with Iggy Michniacki — the brains (and mayhaps brawn!) behind Project-Nerd and PNP, as well as upcoming comic Billie?

[BTW, if you missed #1 with PNP’s Galo Gutierrez you can check that out here, the one with Matt Kyme here, #3 with Graeme Jackson hereAndrez Bergen was #4 here, Ben Gilboa @ #5, Chris Yarbrough, #7 with Bryan Timmins, Brett Jones, Paul Bedford, and lastly Zack Rezendes @ #10.]

 

Who are you?

I am the founder and CEO of Project-Nerd Publishing, along with being a creator and writer.

How did you think up Project-Nerd Publishing?

I have had a dream to make comics since I was 10 years old, so once Project-Nerd had established enough of a reputation and enough partnerships in the community I thought it was time to chase that dream. But I wanted to take some awesome folks on the ride with me.

Why are indie comics so damned important?

I, therefore Project-Nerd, live and breathe by the indie model. In all aspects of it, Project-Nerd is an independent brand; an outsider infiltrating a community of geek blogs being bought up by big corporations. I love reading things from those that get to create and own, it gives the projects more of a sense of passion.

Slide-5DC, Marvel, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, all of these — or something else?

I enjoy any publisher, especially smaller and indie ones. It’s not a matter of the publisher name on it, it’s a matter of what’s a great read with some strong art.

What style/genre of comics do you prefer to read?

I prefer anything really, and that’s why there is such variety at Project-Nerd Publishing. I am happy to sit down to a superhero story, or take on a dark, slow paced thriller, or even read a family-friendly book with the kids.

Who is your all-time favorite comic book character — and how did he/she/it achieve this status?

Clearly it’s Batman. As much as superhero comics aren’t my first target when scoping out books, Batman is not only what I grew up on — but he was different than anybody else. Not to mention the cast of villains in Gotham are truly unmatched giving Batman stories more depth.

What are your creative plans for the future?

I just finished writing my first comic book, Billie. Billie takes place back in what some call the Wild, Wild West and follows a woman who lost her family at a young age and was trained by her neighbor to handle her own. Now she’s chasing down the gangs that took her family out. It’s set to debut in September.

1001585_466231273503351_490877967_nIf Netflix or the Syfy channel made a TV series of your latest comic book, which actors would you cast in the key roles?

This one’s fun. But you’ll have to wait until a future ‘Casting Call’ article over on Project-Nerd for me to divulge those answers.

The future of comic books — what’s really going to happen in this industry?

Even though the industry can struggle at times we need to remember that entertainment industries don’t die. Even during the Great Depression people flocked to theatres to see movies and escape life. Comics, like other forms of entertainment, offer us an escape when we need it and an adventure when things are going good.

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #10: ZACK REZENDES

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #10: ZACK REZENDES
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‘Billie’

Our final creator Q&A is with American artist Zack Rezendes, who will be illustrating the upcoming PNP title Billie, written by Iggy Michniacki and coming in September!

[BTW, if you missed #1 with PNP’s Galo Gutierrez you can check that out here, the one with Matt Kyme here, #3 with Graeme Jackson hereAndrez Bergen was #4 here, Ben Gilboa @ #5, Chris Yarbrough, and #7 with Bryan Timmins, Brett Jones, and lastly Paul Bedford.]

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hello! I’m Zack Rezendes, a comic book co-creator and illustrator. I was born and raised in the United States, in the small town of Marion, Massachusetts. I am now living in Western Massachusetts with my wife Cathy, and five year old son, Zack III.

I’ve worked on projects that have been published, and others that have yet to see the light of day. The stuff you can currently find right now is Hail Odin #1, Mr. Malin and the Night, The Battle of Whatsworse, Zombie: New York Contagion, and One-Pager. However, when I’m not working during the day I spend time with my son and love every minute of it.

How did you become involved with Project-Nerd Publishing?

It was just a series of events that lead me here, but the person that brought me in was Galo Gutierrez. He commissioned me for a cool drawing for his daughter’s birthday. We kept in touch and talked often; thankfully he kept me in mind whenever an opportunity would arise. He introduced me to Andrez Bergen, and we got to talking — they featured my pin-up art in Bullet Gal, and it just worked its way from there. I’m forever grateful for being a part of this.

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‘Bullet Gal’ by Zack

Why are indie comics so damned important?

They’re so damned important, because we need a damned voice to express our damn selves. Some of the great meats and potatoes of comic books are not all capes, cowls and spandex. There is lot of freedom for expression in indie comics, including art style and story telling, that you are not allowed to use in big time comic publishers.

DC, Marvel, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, all of these — or something else? 

DC has great characters; I was always drawn to them. Yes, I do love X-Men, Spider-Man pre-“One More Day” …Man that’s a horrible story, totally tripped up that character. However, DC has the original superheroes, larger than life ‘gods’ that walk among mortal men. Batman, both animated series, and Tim Burton’s movies (sorry Christian Bale), have heavily inspired my art throughout my life. I would love to draw for Batman before I’m dead

Who is your all-time favourite comic book character? 

Though I’m a huge fan of Batman, my all time favourite is Superman. Yes he is seen as a boy scout, but he’s OK to be that, he’s a symbol of strength and hope. I have been epileptic since I was 6 months old, and officially diagnosed at five. From that, along with other things I don’t really want to get into, the Superman emblem stood for the strength I needed to get through it all. My mom made me a Superman costume for Halloween one year, and I used to wear it until I basically grew out of it.

Why is the readership of comics important?

Other than the pure financial benefits to indie creators that work long hours into the night and lose sleep to bring you the best story they possibly tell? I would have to say that it’s about the real reason: letting our voices be heard. We all have our own stories to tell, and hopefully people will want to hear more of what we have to say.

12096105_838150406282240_2580016072308293837_n-2What are your creative plans for the future — what can we expect from you?

I have many plans for the future. There are books that I can’t yet announce, but there are some in the next couple of years that you can look forward to. The two that I can mention right now is Hail Odin through Inbeon Studios, and Billie — grown right here at Project-Nerd.

Though I just have one plan in general, and that is to set an example for my son. No matter how “crazy” his dreams may seem, he can work on them until they seem a little “less crazy”, to “improbable”, to “probable”, and ultimately to “inevitable”.

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #9: PAUL BEDFORD

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #9: PAUL BEDFORD

Untitled1Let’s start our wrap of the PNP creators with our latest inductee: Paul Bedford, a name famous around comic book traps around Melbourne and the rest of Australia, for his suave personality as much as the madness that is The List.

[BTW, if you missed #1 with PNP’s Galo Gutierrez you can check that out here, the one with Matt Kyme here, #3 with Graeme Jackson hereAndrez Bergen was #4 here, Ben Gilboa @ #5, Chris Yarbrough, and #7 with Bryan Timmins, and most recently Brett Jones.]

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hi! I’m Paul, your friendly neighbourhood psych-horror writer… from Australia. It’s nice to meet you. Mind if I borrow your brain? Why? Well, I’d like to mess with it a little. How? OK, it’s your brain, so I guess you deserve to know. You see, I wrote a 200 page (very) graphic novel called The List (pencilled by Henry Pop and inked by Tom Bonin). It was my first foray into this medium, and has done OK for itself, winning a loyal following of sickos and receiving nice words from critics from all across the globe, as well as having its international film rights optioned. I never expected it to be the next Star Wars, but I’m very happy with the reception it has had.

What’s that, you say? What’s it about? OK, you asked: it’s the tale of a young man, The Son, who tattoos a list of words down his torso, claiming them to be the New Commandments given to him by an Angel in exchange for the life of his mother. He then stalks the streets seeking to fulfil each of the commandments (slicing them off as he does so) and subsequently plunging his city into a state of terror.

Along the way he visits some people from his past who weren’t so pleasant to him, is guided by his dead parents, and speaks with the Angel who chose him for this quest. However, the execution of the story is not so straight forward as it may sound. It comes to you in the form of a waking nightmare; it is surreal and heavy with menace and dread. It taps into your shadow and makes you want to stop reading while compelling you to see more.

And then it will hit you with a revelation throws you back through the story to leave you, like the multitudes of readers before you, questioning the veracity of all you just experienced. Aside from The List, I have written a few minis (life-observation stuff), and contributed stories spanning a variety of genres to several anthologies. When not writing, I’m a warehouse manager, proud dad to a maniac son, loving hubbie and dog owner (the stupidly spoilt Noodle Mcdoodle). Oh, and I’m stupidly addicted to Total War Warhammer.

Untitled2How did you become involved with Project-Nerd Publishing?

I was previously with a publisher that collapsed, falling right onto its underbelly. Galo of Project-Nerd, who is a fan of The List, saw this, and was good enough to welcome me into the PNP family. I am most glad and proud to be here among a passionate and talented bunch. I look forward my book’s particular brand of insanity corrupting many more minds.

Why are indie comics so damned important?

More so than most commercial works, indie comics are unrestricted by corporate mandate, and thus, their stories are free to contain content that challenges us. Being challenged by story is its most vital role.

Who are your favourite three comic book artists, and why?

Bobby N (an Aussie writer/artist): Oxygen. Powerful, subtle, amazing observation on individuality vs. conformity. Shook me to the core. James O’Barr: my primary influence. Those who read The List will see its tip of the hat to The Crow; more with regards to the art and atmosphere than premise. The Crow is such a dark and personal story. Such rage and heartbreak. Incredible. Darren Close: Another Aussie writer/artist who produced one of my favourite comics of all time last year, Struggle — which was, amazingly, a 24-hour comic. A confronting, heart-wrenching, brutally honest account of one man’s battle with his personal demons who, in this telling, take on the form of his creation, Killeroo.

DC, Marvel, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, all of these — or something else?

Hmm. Can’t say I have brand loyalty. Never really thought of a publisher I prefer. I tend to go for the story. I will, however, take note of a publisher who is willing to take a risk with the stories they will release.

What style/genre of comics do you prefer to read?

Personal stories. I don’t mind if it is wrapped up in spectacle and plays before a grand backdrop, it just has to be personal; the plot must serve the character’s journey. Get me with your character’s plight, and I’m in.

In terms of your creativity, which styles/genres do you prefer to work with?

I write across a range of genres, and often they are mixed. Going firstly with my main work The List — when I was writing it, despite it having a few spooky moments, it didn’t feel like a horror to me; it felt incredibly personal, though it did bring up so much stuff that I would often feel nauseous while writing it. It was only when people started labelling it as psych-horror that I decided I’d go with it for the sake of convenience. Aside from that, I have written philosophical gear, fantasy, straight drama, and comedy. Of all genres, I’d say that fantasy it the one I enjoy writing most. Because I’m a great big f**king nerd.

13450792_10154248224376449_6531988040936640643_nWhat are your creative plans for the future — what can we expect from you?

In April of this year [2016] Henry, Tom and I were proud to release the first book of The List 2. It’s been great to see the response to it and already be receiving positive feedback. It’s also confirmation that people enjoyed The List. The sequel explores different themes to the first and ultimately reveals the true nature of the story.

The future of comic books — what’s really going to happen in this industry?

I can only see it getting bigger. With publishers and creators learning how to exploit the internet to get their work out there (and make it more readily available), more and more comic to movie adaptations, and geek/pop culture exploding and being accepted with no sign of slowing up, the future looks very good indeed for the medium. To support my contention, you should go and buy The List right now.