Sunday, April 24, 2011

Archaia Teases About "Mr Murder Is Dead"

Sneak peaks get me all tingly.

And I tingled when some visual teasers were tweeted by Archaia's robust PR and Marketing Manager, Mel Caylo, earlier this week.

These teasers relate to the comic project called "Mr Murder Is Dead", which is jointly produced by Before The Door Productions and Archaia Comics.

Ever since the graphic novel was formally announced in 2009, fans have been waiting patiently for the graphic novel to be released. This will finally happen this year, with the book's launch supposedly taking place at SDCC 2011.

I can't wait for my SDCC-going friends to help me nab an autographed copy!!

So who is this Mr Murder, and why is he dead?

Created by Victor Quinaz (writer and a long-time friend of BTD trio Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa), the graphic novel is about Gould Kane - a tired, retired cop who becomes a #1 suspect when his nemesis Mr Murder ends up deader than a doornail, and found himself with little choice but to get his investigative chops back on.

Set in the 1950's, "Mr Murder Is Dead" is said to have a pulp-'noir' feel to it. Kinda like Dick Tracy.

It also seems that there is a story within a story, for Gould Kane's flashbacks will be seen in a separate visual arc on a comic strip format featuring a character called "Spooky" Cadet Kane.

Oh, yes.. I forgot about the visual sneak peak. Here it is:

These aren't the final art but the definitive retro pulp-ish art by Brent Schoonover and the spot-on colour palette by Mark Englert are already a feast for my eyeballs!

Mel also tweeted that "Mr Murder Is Dead" is going to be a horizontal book of 9" high by 11" wide in size. I believe it is also in hardcover format. Knowing Archaia's love for beautiful presentation, I could just imagine how marvellous the entire packaging would be.

I feel all tingly *again* just thinking about it.

Dear Archaia/ BTD, could you tease us some more, please?

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