Pages from Sparrow & Crowe #3, out now from Hermes Press and available for download at ComiXology! Learn more about Crowe’s past, even as Amanda Marino escapes her bonds at the Marino estate! Meanwhile, Sparrow has tracked down the Ring of Solomon, but… just who is Simon Peck?
Sparrow and Crowe Halloween Special Digital Release Only!
From writers David Accampo, Jeremy Rogers and artist Jared Souza of Sparrow and Crowe, Hermes Press will release the Sparrow and Crowe Halloween Special only available through Comixology starting October 17, 2012. This four-story anthology showcases a collection of artists’ and writers’ different visions of Sparrow and Crowe with stories ranging from comedic, gothic ghost and melancholy noir—perfect for newcomers, fans, or Halloween fanatics!
The San Diego International Comic-Con, one of the largest comic book conventions, where artists and writers from across the world gather in hopes of having their dreams come true- to have their work published and make a name for themselves. For three talented people, this dream came true.
For years, Publisher Daniel Herman of Hermes Press has held a portfolio review at the San Diego International Comic-Con meeting numerous artists and writers- three in particular stood out. Writers David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers and artist Jared Souza who presented their idea of Sparrow and Crowe- a dark, paranormal story with intriguing art work was simply irresistible. Today is proof their dreams came true, making them another Comic-Con success story!
Today marks the first release of Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles Issue 1!
Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles, written by David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers and art by Jared Souza- Sparrow and Crowe is nothing short of amazing!
Based off the online audio series Wormwood, Sparrow and Crowe brings the characters to life, visually. This dark story begins in the city of Los Angeles where mysterious happenings involving demonic entities are engulfing the city. Dr. Xander Crowe, a once popular psychologist and best-selling author, and his sardonic hacker-magician assistant, Sparrow, is just what Los Angeles needs to rid the city of evil spirits lurking around every turn! Performing seances and minor exorcisms, Sparrow and Crowe have seen it all- but one spirit keeps showing up…
Follow along with Dr. Xander Crowe and his assistant Sparrow as they investigate the possession of the Los Angeles Mob Boss’s daughter and the risks they take to destroy the evil in her!
The Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover creative expenses on the upcoming Sparrow and Crowe comic book met its goal of $4,000 last Sunday, and currently has six days remaining. It will be the first creator-owned comic book at Hermes Press when it launches in 2012.
“We’re thrilled by the response,” says Jeremy Rogers. “Fans of the audio show returned to show their support, as well as a lot of comics fans who saw our pitch and the art and want to get behind this new series.”
With a commitment to publish Sparrow and Crowe as a creator-owned comic book mini-series by Hermes Press, writers Accampo and Jeremy Rogers, and artist Jared Souza began the Kickstarter campaign as a way to cover marketing and production expenses. Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles is a comics prequel to Accampo and Rogers’ successful Wormwood audio show, which ran as a podcast from 2007 to 2011. Many of the devoted Wormwood fanbase came to their rescue and donated money through buying exclusive CDs of the show’s soundtrack, signed copies of the upcoming first issue, bound copies of the first Wormwood script, and other Wormwood rarities.
Hermes Press had also donated several books for the team to sell at a discounted price and, with only a week left, they are hoping to sell off the remaining items:
· Two full sets of The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies, featuring the first three volumes. With volume 1 currently out of print, they are still selling the set for only $100 (a cover price value of $150 each set)
· An entire set of Buck Rogers: The Complete Newspaper Dailies, volumes 1 through 5, being sold for $175 (from a $250 value)
· One copy of Buck Rogers: The Complete Newspaper Sundays—Volume One for only $50
· Both volumes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Complete Series for only $50 (half off from cover).
The books can be purchased with a pledge at the Kickstarter page, along with the other Sparrow and Crowe items, including original art pages from Jared Souza.
“We’re offering Jared’s original art for issue one as a series of tiered pledges—the more you pledge, the earlier you get to select from the pages of issue one,” says David Accampo. “On top of that, we’ve added something very special for our final week: for $75 each, you can buy Jared’s original ‘adapted’ pages of Wormwood art. These are scenes from the audio drama, adapted to comics by Jared that he used to approach us. Totally unique and very, very cool!”
With the first issue of Sparrow and Crowe set to debut in summer of 2012, the creative team are already in a better-than-expected position to comfortably deliver the caliber of comic book they feel worthy of the fanbase that are helping to make it possible.
“The Kickstarter has not only built up anticipation with Wormwood fans—it has the creators fired up,” says Jared Souza. “David and Jeremy are delivering script pages that, as both an artist and a Wormwood fan, are surprising, tightly paced and very fun to draw.”
“And we couldn’t be happier with Jared’s visualization of these characters – the perspective and atmosphere he creates has inspired our scripts as we progress,” adds Jeremy.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on Thursday; you can donate here.
Hermes Press launches its original comic book line in Spring 2012 with Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles, the spin-off of the successful Wormwood audio drama podcast. Dark, suspenseful, funny, and action-packed, Sparrow and Crowe promises to kick the new Hermes Press comics line off in its own inimitable fashion.
Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery debuted in 2007 and ran for three seasons, following the supernatural adventures of Doctor Crowe, a washed-up exorcist haunted by his own demons, and his sardonic Goth girl partner Sparrow. The transition from audio to visual was sparked by artist Jared Souza, according to co-creators David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers:
"We created Wormwood as an audio drama because we knew we could cut loose and tell a long-form, serialized story with a modest budget and a big imagination-not unlike what comics do best. I’m a lifelong comics fan, so when Jared Souza-as a listener of the show-contacted us and asked us about collaborating on a comic book adaptation, it seemed like a no-brainer,” says David Accampo.
"As soon as we looked at Jared’s first penciled pages it was clear that transferring Wormwood into a visual format was going to be a fun new way to tell our devious horror-infused story. With years of intricate character and plot development already done, we began to think about the structure and pacing of comics. As a result, our approach suddenly evolved into something visually dynamic, and we discovered we could flex different muscles and create a scope would be simultaneously unique to print while still maintaining the essence of what had come before in our audio productions.”
"I wanted to bridge the gap between comics and audio drama, feeling the two art forms complimented each other nicely and felt like Wormwood would be the way to do it,” Jared Souza reflects. “In choosing to watercolor this story I hope to convey the surreal paleness of the atmosphere in Los Angeles and to capture some of the feeling of 1970s cinema. Obviously, Sparrow and Crowe is set in the present, but I feel like the mood and cinematographic style of the ’70s is well suited to this type of horror/suspense.”
Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles combines old-school horror with modern cinematic storytelling, as they face off against Crowe’s biggest failure and greatest enemy when a powerful demon possesses the daughter of a Los Angeles crimelord. It’s a catch-22 for the duo, as they’re stuck between both hell and the mob, with the girl’s life hanging in the balance.
Tentative plans are to follow up the Demoniac storyline with the further adventures of the occult pair.
"Fans of Wormwood know we’ve created a big universe for Sparrow and Crowe. They’re not just modern occult detectives, they’re rich characters tormented by the past-and a knack for getting into the worst kinds of trouble. So we’ve still got all kinds of stories to tell, looking both forward and back in the mythology we’ve created,” Jeremy reveals.
As the comic book mini-series begins production as a creator-owned series at Hermes Press, the creators will also launch a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter to help with costs associated with the project in the coming weeks.
"As most comics fans know, it’s a difficult market out there," said David, "so we’re hoping that Wormwood fans and comics fans will help us bring this next chapter to fruition. We’re trying to make it worthwhile, with some excellent rewards for contributors. Hermes has also really stepped in here, donating some great books to the cause, which we’ll be giving away to donors.”
As the comic book mini-series begins production as a creator-owned series at Hermes Press, the creators have also launched a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter to help with upcoming costs associated with the project. Full details and links to the campaign can be found at the comic’s website, sparrowandcrowe.com.
"As most comics fans know, it’s a difficult market out there," says David, "so we’re hoping that Wormwood fans and comics fans will help us bring this next chapter to fruition. We’re trying to make it worthwhile, with some excellent rewards for contributors. Hermes has also really stepped in here, donating some great books to the cause, which we’ll be giving away to donors.”
Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles will be available in both print and same-day digital via iVerse next Spring.
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