Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 ~ The Year of THE BLACK BEETLE!

Hello Pulp Friends,

That's right: the new year (just around the corner now) is shaping up to be a great year for Pulp fans and - in particular - for THE BLACK BEETLE fans! :)
If you don't know what I mean, check out the following Dark Horse press release :D


Francesco Francavilla Unleashes The Black Beetle!
12/15/2011 3:59pm

Adding an exciting new layer to Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a new three-part story by New York Times best-selling artist for Batman, and current Captain America artist, Francesco Francavilla: The Black Beetle!

The Black Beetle is centered on a pulp-noir character and takes place in a fictional universe that’s based in Colt City. Francavilla published several stories online and even put out an ashcan. When the ashcan sold out, Francesco quickly realized that many fans were interested in exploring this world with him. It was only a matter of time before Dark Horse approached him about bringing some Black Beetle tales to Dark Horse Presents!

“I’m working on a 24-page story, titled ‘Night Shift’ that will be spread over three issues of Dark Horse Presents. I am hugely influenced by pulp stories of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and wanted to develop a series that used that influence as a jumping-off point to explore some modern storytelling with fun twists. I think this will be a great introduction to readers who are new to this character and universe, but will also be an exciting new adventure for those who’ve been reading the online stories over the years,” Francesco states.

“As a huge fan of pulp and noir, working on my own characters and stories really gives me free reign to explore this world and create lots of fun scenarios and thrilling situations. The stories are definitely full of mystery and intrigue, plus I get to give The Black Beetle lots of cool and funky gadgets. ‘Night Shift’ promises to be full of action, excitement, danger, and double-crosses, so I am overjoyed to see this new tale in print, and hope this is the first of many more to come in Dark Horse Presents.”


I am so excited I can't even start to describe how much :D
More details coming soon.

PLS feel free to bookmark this blog and to refer to it for all The Black Beetle news, sneak peeks, previews, and updates.

Have a wonderful Happy New Year, everyone, and look for tons of The Black Beetle in 2012! :)


Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla
KARA BOCEK, BLACK BEETLE & COLT CITY created by, ™ and © 2006-2012 Francesco Francavilla


Igor said...


km said...

love yer style, Francesco. I know you're like a god out there in fanboy land but access to your work is,...well, very constricted to collectors like me. Where are your sketch books, collected works, books? You gotta realize that cheap ass comic books pays the rent but the art is what it's all about. Come on, man ... let the art rule.

SIMON said...

I haven't been in touch for quite some time mate as there has been a lot going on in "real" life... but as you know i'm a HUGE fan of Black Beetle so i'm really excited to see the character getting the love he deserves. Congratulations sir and i wish you all the best with this!