AHOY Comics is celebrating their fifth anniversary later this yr with the debut of a brand new anthology collection devoted to the world’s strangest creatures. Undertaking: Cryptid will debut in September, with every challenge that includes what the writer calls “unbelievably hilarious and hilariously unbelievable” tales about legendary creatures from around the globe. The primary challenge will characteristic two tales from the artistic groups of Paul Cornell & PJ Holden and Mark Russell & Jordi Perez, and can sport a fundamental cowl by Rob Steen (that includes art work by Holden & Perez) and a variant cowl by Taki Soma.
Right here’s how AHOY describes Undertaking: Cryptid:
That includes comics and brief tales from well-established creators in addition to new voices, PROJECT: CRYPTID will transport readers from the depths of Loch Ness to the wilds of the Yeti’s Himalayan Mountains to the Ohio backroads the place the Loveland Frogman lurks, asking the vital questions like are any of those mysterious, unthinkable creatures really actual? And extra importantly, are they humorous?
(As an Ohio native, I’m glad to see the Loveland Frogman represented right here.)
Together with Cornell, Holden, Russell, and Perez, the brand new collection will characteristic work from creators together with Alisa Kwitney, Alex Segura, Bryce Ingman, Paul Fixed, Liana Kangas, Henry Barajas, AA Rubin, Joe Illidge, Melissa Olsen, Zander Cannon, Gene Ha, Hanna Bahedry (hey I do know her!), Matt Ligeti, Stuart Moore, Madeline Seeley, Mike Spicer, Mauricet, Steven Bryant, Peter Krause, Richard Tempo, Jamal Igle, Ted and Ro, Lew Stringer, Lane Lloyd, and extra.
Undertaking: Cryptid is the newest anthology from AHOY Comics. The writer has beforehand launched 4 iterations of the Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror/Blood/Loss of life horror humor anthology collection, in addition to the anthology one-shot Metal Cage, the voting scandal round which continues to vex the comics trade to today (and hey, the place are Noah Zark and Vivid Boy?).
In an announcement asserting the brand new collection, editor Sarah Litt and creators Russell, Kwitney, and Cornell all expressed their enthusiasm at engaged on the brand new collection and described their very own histories with cryptids:
“Everyone wants one thing to imagine in, particularly nowadays,” stated editor Sarah Litt. “We right here at AHOY imagine that something is feasible — and presumably, every thing is feasible. From mothmen to chupacabras to Mongolian deathworms, the creatures in PROJECT: CRYPTID will take a look at the bounds of your religion in actuality. You’ll imagine one thing is on the market, though possibly not the reality.”
“I’m excited for this. And never simply because they let me write a narrative about Yeti justice,” stated author Mark Russell. “AHOY has assembled a murderers’ row of writers and artists and parachuted them right into a forest of bizarre. That is the sort of comedian I’d wish to learn as a fan.”
“Combining horror and critters is the peanut butter cup of comedian deliciousness,” stated author Alisa Kwitney. “Additionally, cryptids exist. I had a Bigfoot encounter in Davie, Florida, after I was staying in a single day on the Sunny Daze Nudist Camp again in ’76. Mauricet, my inventive accomplice in crime, claims to have saved a small mandrake in his drawer for years however lastly needed to throw it out when it grew massive and its screams might be overheard within the neighboring residence.”
“I’ve at all times beloved my pet Mongolian deathworm, Dave, and maintained barely indignant diplomatic relations with the fairies on the backside of my backyard, so it was a delight to work with the good monster artist P.J.Holden and the doyen of traditional British cartoonists Lew Stringer on these two hopefully comedic tales of creatures that ought to exist, however don’t or vice versa,” stated author Paul Cornell.
AHOY Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer additionally described the upcoming celebration of the writer’s fifth anniversary, and teased a return for previous creators together with The Unsuitable Earth‘s Jamal Igle, Captain Ginger‘s June Brigman, Excessive Heaven‘s Greg Scott, and even Grant Morrison:
“5 years of AHOY?! It doesn’t appear potential!” stated editor-in-chief Tom Peyer. “Like sands via the hourglass, so are the comedian books of our lives. September ’23 will mark the fifth anniversary of THE WRONG EARTH #1, the primary comedian we ever shipped. Jamal Igle, June Brigman, Stuart Moore, Mark Russell, Greg Scott, Grant Morrison — these artists and writers who helped launch AHOY — will return, and new creators will be a part of them within the wildest celebration this younger century has seen! The boisterous bacchanalia begins with our bestial new anthology PROJECT: CRYPTID and continues with a wave of tasks, acquainted and new, via the top of the yr.”
AHOY has but to launch a nasty comedian, and this new collection seems like that streak gained’t be ending anytime quickly. Take a look at Taki Soma’s variant cowl for the problem beneath, and search for the primary challenge of Undertaking: Cryptid to reach in shops on Wednesday, September sixth.
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