The Rocky Horror Picture Show
One of the key factors in starting Transfuzion was to collect a lot of my material into graphic novel form. However, soon after Transfuzion started, I was getting contacted by a lot of creators, mostly from the Caliber days, to get their material back in print. Transfuzion wasn't designed to compete with the big guys in presenting all new material in comic book format and then collecting trades, it was primarily to take older series and establish a more permanent version that would always be available.
Transfuzion grew. And now we find that not only are we doing all new material (i.e.- Assemblers, Ferrymen, Savage, etc) but also collecting titles not originating from me, or Rafael (my partner in Transfuzion) or even just Caliber. Things seem to be moving ahead in many different directions.
Now we have THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. This is unusual for us because it is a full color series geared towards mass distribution. Not that we haven't always wanted something like that but we weren't structured that way.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show as originally released from Caliber Comics in the early 1990s and was our biggest seller ever in the comics market...by far. We had a number of good selling books but the only ones that outsold Rocky relied on sales to Walmart or something other specially designed outlet. It was the official adaptation and later we collected a version into a thick comic which just reprinted the comic material only. In the original series, each issue was 48 pages with 24 of art/story and the remaining 24 were background material for the film.
This collection will be trade paperback and include not only the comic material but much of the background material as well. It will be a complete package and is available to order through Diamond in the month of August for an October release. Look for a special hardcover version at the Detroit Fanfare as they are producing a limited edition with a new cover.
The book was written and drawn by Kevin VanHook. At the time he started it, Kevin was at Caliber but he was only there a short time as he moved on. He soon landed at Valiant where he eventually became the Executive Editor and if you remember Bloodshot #1 that came out to enormous numbers, Kevin not only co-created that issue but wrote and drew it.
Kevin was always into film and he moved to Hollywood where he started on special effects before ending up writing and directing a number of films including some for SyFy Network. He returned to comics as a sideline a few years ago and wrote Red Tornado and a Batman/Superman crossover book.
Below is a preview page of Rocky Horror and you can see Kevin felt it was important to go after a realistic look to the book. Some of the comic fans may have disagreed but to the fans of Rocky, they appreciated the close similarities to the characters.
128 pages, Full Color, $17.99 978-0-9857493-1-6
Gary Reed is the publisher of Transfuzion Publishing and was the former publisher of Caliber Comics. As a writer, he has written a number of graphic novels and comics including Saint Germaine, Deadworld, Baker Street, Renfield, Raven Chronicles, A Murder of Scarecrows, and others. Outside of Talking Transfuzion, he has his regular blog covering a wide variety of topics at reedgary.blogspot.com and his website www.garyreed.net
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