|"Strange Cases" #1 on sale this month|
What happens when you take the brainchild of Steve Niles and entrust it to writer Dan Wickline and artist David Hartman? You get "Strange Cases," a multi-media monster-hunter mash-up that will not only be released as four-issue miniseries by Image Comics, but also be made available electronically in conjunction with the "Strange Cases" video game by D2C Games. CBR News sat down with Dan Wickline to get all the details on this multi-headed monster.
"It's good old-fashioned monster-mash fun," Wickline told CBR News. "If you could buy a story with Kolchak, Van Helsing, Buffy, Mulder and Ash, don't you think it would be a blast to read?" Wickline likened "Strange Cases" to the era of the Universal monster films, when it was commonplace for their franchises to overlap. "We're playing on the icons of the monster-hunter genre and putting them together like 'The Avengers' combines Marvel's heroes."
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In addition to the "Strange Cases" video game, D2C games is branching into providing other content for the Sony platforms. "So they're taking 'Strange Cases' and a couple other comics, and putting them into a format for the Sony PSP and possibly the Playstation 3," Wickline said. "The beauty of this is it produces the physical book for the comic fan and creates a digital format for a market that prefers to read things electronically."
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"David is amazing to work with," Wickline continued, in all seriousness. "It's rare that you can just start working with an artist and have them get everything immediately. David gets everything on the page I ask for and about 200% more. And he keeps dropping hints of things he wants to draw and I find that they improve the story immensely. So I am really enjoying working with him."
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In addition to "Strange Cases," Wickline just finished a "30 Days of Night" sourcebook to be release concurrently with the release of the film this October. "I also have a short story coming out in Moonstone's 'The Phantom Chronicles' that should be out shortly, which will be my first officially published prose work," Wickline said.
The first issue of Image's "Strange Cases" hits comic shops later this month.
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