Official Press Release
Secret Lab Studios, in association with Thrill House Comics, and the
world renowned award winning Weta Workshop Design Team of New Zealand
have announced that they are currently collaborating on designs for
CRYPTID, a new and original intellectual property that is currently in
development as a feature film, video game, graphic novel and toy line.
Richard Taylor, one of the original founders of Weta, has personally
overseen the initial designs for the environments, creatures,
characters, armor and weapons involved in CRYPTID.
"Working with Richard Taylor and his Oscar winning design team is a
dream come true for all of us involved in CRYPTID. Their conceptual
designs have a breathtaking style and aesthetic quality that bring a
sense of gritty realism to the project while retaining the romantic
elements of fantasy" said Michael Todd, Creator of CRYPTID and President
of Secret Lab Studios. "Obviously these artists are the best in the
film industry and I feel honored that they have joined us as part of the
CRYPTID is an intellectual property created in the spirit of the classic
pulp fiction action adventures of Tarzan, The Shadow, Doc Savage and The
Phantom. KIPLING MCKAY is a soldier/safari hunter who is recruited by a
secret society of CRYPTOZOOLOGISTS to hunt down and capture creatures
not yet known to science, also known as CRYPTIDS. The Brainchild of
Michael Todd, CRYPTID has been in development for over a decade with
some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. But the
project has picked up a tremendous momentum with the completion of the
graphic novel script and Weta completing the initial phase of their
production designs. The CRYPTID license is a universe of stories to be
told across multiple forms of media developed by Michael Todd and Ronald
Shusett, co-Creator of the "ALIEN" franchise. The saga begins with a
six issue graphic novel, Co-Written by Michael Todd, Ronald Shusett,
Michael Town and David Elliott, utilizing the designs produced by Weta.
As well as Weta, Secret Lab Studios also boasts the talents of Frank
Frazetta, Simon Bisley, Mike Mignola and Alex Horley to the team of
artists and designers working on CRYPTID.
Thrill House Comics will be showcasing Weta's designs at this years San
Diego Comic Con, July 20-23. Thrill House will also be giving away
5,000 copies of a Cryptid preview book highlighting the comic artwork
from the graphic novel, sculptures, computer game renderings and a
selection of Weta's production designs. The 5,000 are part of a print
run of 10,000 with half of those going directly to comic store retailers
through Diamond Comics Distributors. Thrill-House Comics can be found
at booth number 2103 in the main hall at San Diego Comicon.