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Thursday, December 18, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Radical Comics Presents Steve Pugh and Warren Ellis’ “Hotwire”

Ghosts. The cities of the future have grown ankle-deep in them as they graze off the electromagnetic waste of a billion wireless Internet connections. Most can only drift, witless and lost. Rarely, though, something comes through with enough marbles to cause real trouble.

And that's where Alice Hotwire, Detective Exorcist, comes in…

Radical Publishing proudly presents its newest title for February 2009, “Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead”. Written and illustrated by Steve Pugh (Animal Man, Saint of Killers), based on an original story by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Crooked Little Vein), the four-issue mini-series takes place in a near-future when ghosts, or “blue lights”, roam the city streets. Most remain harmless . . . until a break-in at London's Maximum Security Necropolis triggers a surge of violent, brutal hauntings.

Enter Alice Hotwire, the local police force's resident Detective Exorcist—a job her fellow officers hate her for. It's a responsibility she doesn't want, in a world she doesn't understand, but she may be the only one who can save them all from ectoplasmic catastrophe.

“When our Editor-in-Chief
Dave Elliott brought the project to me, I knew I wanted this to be part of Radical’s library,” said President and Publisher Barry Levine. “Steve Pugh’s artwork is incredible, and the Alice character is equal parts beautiful and scrappy. The story itself is the perfect blend of supernatural, science fiction and adventure. I see this as one of our biggest new titles of 2009.”

The series has been a major project for Pugh as well, after years of development and collaboration with longtime colleague
Warren Ellis.

“It’s been an enormous project, but I’ve been determined to get Alice into print for years, and I’m actually pleased it’s taken this long, because artistically, I think I’m at the top of my game,” Pugh said. “It's only through utter arrogance and ridiculous self-belief that I could rewrite a story by one of the most famous comic writers in mainstream publication.”

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #1 appears in the
December 2008 Diamond Previews catalog, to ship February 2009. The first issue hits the stands with four covers, including art by Pugh, Alan Brooks (see bottom), Stjepan Sejic (see inset) and a limited edition variant from Luis Royo (see below), offered as a 1:10 incentive.


Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (Producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula and Executive Producer for the in-development Warner Bros.' Rex Mundi movie, written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp); his protégé Jesse Berger (Executive Producer of Hercules, Caliber and Freedom Formula); and longtime writer/publisher David Elliott (Atomeka Press and Tundra Publishing).

Radical Publishing brings the best writing, storytelling and fully-painted cover and interior artwork to the global comic book market from prominent international talents such as Yoshitaka Amano, John Bolton, Luis Royo, Jim Steranko, Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis, Arthur Suydam, Steve Niles, Marko Djurdjevic, Ian Edginton, David Hine, Rick Remender, Joseph Kosinski, Nick Percival, Steve Moore, Sam Sarkar, Stjepan Sejic, Dave Wilkins, Tomm Coker, Clayton Crain, Bill Sienkiewicz, Nick Sagan, Clint Langley, Nick Simmons, Patrick Reilly, WETA Workshop, Zombie Studios and many more.

Radical Publishing currently has production deals with Universal Studios, Spyglass Entertainment, Peter Berg’s Film 44 and Radical Pictures for Hercules; John Woo's Lion Rock Productions, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil and Radical Pictures for Caliber; and Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry Productions and Radical Pictures for Freedom Formula.


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