Official Press Release
For the first time ever, fans have had a hand in actually creating their comics, as readers got the chance to vote on the look of each of the characters in Aspen’s newest series, "IDOLIZED", debuting in 2012. Thousands of votes were cast, many of the races were incredibly close, and the winning designs have now all been revealed.
For each character, "IDOLIZED" artist Micah Gunnell gave Aspen three different ‘looks’ to choose from. But for this series, instead of Aspen selecting among the looks, Aspen decided to open it up to the fans, and let them decide.
In Week Five, the final week of voting, fans had the chance to vote on the designs for TROOPER. Trooper is a former police officer recovering from a nearly-fatal shooting and seeking to prove himself as a true hero despite his lack of powers. Fans certainly didn’t have any lack of certainty as to their favorite look for him, though, as the winning design prevailed in a landslide.
"We’re truly thrilled with the incredible amount of attention that this brought to IDOLIZED," said Aspen President Frank Mastromauro. "It’s a series that I believe without a doubt readers are absolutely going to love, and I’m so happy that we were able to give our fans a chance to really interact with the series and help have a hand in shaping it."
And, according to Aspen’s Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez, "we have some even bigger IDOLIZED events happening in the next few weeks. Stay tuned, and, if you haven’t already, make sure to "like" the IDOLIZED page at www.Facebook.com/IdolizedComic in order to hear the news first, before anywhere else."
"IDOLIZED" is Aspen's first-ever superhero series. It tells the story of girl with super-powers and a dark past, who seeks revenge, and ultimately finds redemption, over the course of competing in a televised super-hero competition show. Essentially, it’s "True Grit" meets "American Idol"…with capes. The series is written by David B. Schwartz (acclaimed writer of Image Comics’ "MELTDOWN", "Aspen Showcase: Ember" and "Fathom: Blue Descent"), with explosive art by Micah Gunnell ("Shrugged", "Executive Assistant: Orchid", "Dellec") and colors by David Curiel ("Executive Assistant: Orchid"), and will debut in mid 2012.