'Snake Plisken' wrapped up in a Hurricane, goes solo

Wed, November 12th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

[Snake Plisken Chronicles 3, cover A]Hurriane Entertainment, the people behind "Violent Messiahs" and "John Carpenter's Snake Plisken Chronicles," has announced that the company has decided to remove "John Carpenter's Snake Plisken Chronicles" from CrossGen Entertainment, who had been publishing the series for Hurricane, due to the ongoing money troubles and reorganization CrossGen is going through.

Some confusion arose when the press release, which was written by Hurricane Entertainment, was actually disseminated to the comics press by CrossGen's Senior V.P. of Publishing Bill Rosemann. Usually in these circumstances Hurricane would distribute the PR themselves. Hurricane's Jan Utstein-O'Neill explained that since Hurricane has been publishing through other company's for about five years now, their PR list was a bit out of date and Rosemann offered to distribute the release as a favor to the company. Utstein-O'Neill also told CBR News that the split from the publisher was an amicable one.

"The split was a joint decision, just made more sense for CrossGen to concentrate on CrossGen right now," Utstein-O'Neill told CBR News Wednesday afternoon. "Both our companies are still on very good terms. Hurricane will finish out the current story arc by self-publishing Snake. We are talking with several publishers about future story arcs."

[Snake Plisken Chronicles 3, cover B]This news comes on the heels of MVCreations announcement that they, too, would be going the self-publishing route, removing "Masters of the Universe" from CrossGen.

The full text of the Hurricane Entertainment Press Release follows:

Studio City, Ca: Taking on full publishing responsibilities of their critically-acclaimed action series, Hurricane Entertainment announces the upcoming release of issues 3 and 4 of JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES.

Jan Utstein-O'Neill, Publisher for Hurricane Entertainment said, "Rumors of Snake's death are greatly exaggerated. Here's a perfect example of life imitating art. As any Snake fan knows Mr. Plissken is not dead."

[Snake Plisken Chronicles 4, cover A]The entire series will ship exactly as solicited at 32 pages, $2.99 each, written by William O'Neill, penciled by Tone Rodriguez and colored by Chris Blythe. All previous orders through Diamond will be fulfilled.

"It was a dream to bring John Carpenter's vision to comics and I'm proud to say this story arc will be completed as originally intended. Same creators, same printer, same paper and even more thrills," said O'Neill.

Rodriguez added, "My dream was to have an original Michael Golden masterpiece grace our fourth cover. Wait till you see this beauty. Pencils, inks and colors by Golden. It's just awesome. Even Snake film Producer Debra Hill was blown away."

[Snake Plisken Chronicles 4, cover B]SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #3 (Diamond Comic Distributors item codes: AUG032130 and AUG032131) is at Quebecor Printing right now and will ship at the end of this month. Issue #4 (Diamond Comic Distributors item codes: OCT032293 and OCT032294) is penciled and entering the final phases of production. As for future story arcs, Hurricane is currently speaking with several publishers.

"We thank our friends at CrossGen for helping us launch this series," stated Utstein-O'Neill. "We've believed in this book from the very beginning and I'm proud to say we deliberately over-printed the first two issues so that every fan could jump aboard at any time."

"While it's been a challenging Autumn, it was also great to hear from so many people interested in Snake's future. The best way to help is to ask your local comic shop to restock SNAKE PLISSKEN issues #1 and #2 so that issue #3 can be received by its widest audience yet," said Utstein-O'Neill.

JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #1 (Diamond Comic Distributors item codes: APR032100, APR0320299, and APR032098) and #2 (Diamond Comic Distributors item codes: JUN032165 and JUN032164) are available for immediate reorder.

 
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