Since its voyage from France to American audiences in 1977, Heavy Metal journal has established itself as a pusher of boundaries. Luckily for outdated readers and new, the Heavy Metal Publishing panel Friday night on the 2021 San Diego Comic-Con assured followers that regardless of a CEO changeup and pandemic restoration in progress, readers can count on the identical degree hype and greatness as they all the time have.
Moderator Leah Palmieri, kicked issues off by asking Heavy Metal CEO Matt Medney how this 12 months has affected him and the work of these on the Heavy Metal workforce.
“I took over right before the pandemic started. It was a pretty wild time and working through it and meeting all of these people was crazy. It was a very crazy, very cool time” mentioned Medney “We banded together around the idea of storytelling and how to get through this unprecedented time through a love of art. It looks like the pandemic is in the rear view mirror […] I feel like it’s a bright future.”
Alongside Medney, the panel featured Fishkill and Brooklyn Gladiator author Dan Fogler; Starward author Steve Orlando; and writer-producer and inheritor to the Romero “Dead” franchise, George C. Romero — all of whom have been eager to agree with Medney’s enthusiasm for ongoing and upcoming tasks throughout the Heavy Metal household regardless of the pandemic-driven setbacks.
“I am a very proud papa with this book,” beamed Fogler, holding up a duplicate of Fishkill, his neo-noir comedian with artist Ben Templesmith. “I’ve been a fan of Ben Templesmith for a very long time and he actually rose to the event. Moon Lake was my first ebook, which was an enormous homage to the Heavy Metal film […] and quantity 3 is definitely coming this October. Romero is definitely contributing to that as nicely! It’s fairly cool”
Romero, whose profession is not any stranger to weird sci-fi ideas and feats of heroism, chimed in to not solely boast his pleasure on contributing to Fogler’s endeavors, however persevering with to inform his father’s tales with The Rise, a prequel comedian to Night of the Living Dead, and the tales of those that would in any other case not have an area to inform them in Cold Dead War — his horror-war collection spanning the previous, current, and future:
“It’s been superb. When [The Rise] first got here out it bought out virtually immediately and we did a second printing. It’s simply surreal. It’s been extra humbling than something. I can’t think about a extra excellent residence for The Rise. Every single particular person on the workforce has their fingerprints on it. It’s been an actual pleasure.”
Palmieri additionally drove the dialog to one of many newer features of the Heavy Metal household by asking Starward author Steve Orlando in regards to the means of taking a YA idea with younger ladies and giving it the sting that Heavy Metal is so typically famous for.
“It’s about threading the needle. We needed to do a ebook that was one half Sailor Moon, one half 300, one half Wonder Woman — which was pertinent to my life since I had simply come off of writing the principle Wonder Woman title with DC Comics — however I needed to do a narrative that didn’t have boundaries this time,” mentioned Orlando.
“[Starward] turned about pushing boundaries in the best way Heavy Metal has all the time been recognized for […] whereas pushing into a brand new style. We simply let the characters be younger adults. The important character Stefanie’s life relies by myself life, and never simply my background of being Jewish however working an abysmal summer time job and wanting any method out. It was a meditation on these years of spending months of your life in the summertime balancing the malaise and expectations from adults with one thing incredible. And it was one thing incredible that I couldn’t do with a personality like Wonder Woman who has lunch containers and high-tops and all of those different issues which might be a part of the deal. I needed to set my very own deal.”
While no tasks have been introduced on Friday’s panel, the creators have been overjoyed to advertise their beforehand introduced tasks, together with Orlando’s Halloween Takeover with a large solid of bigger than life characters, together with the much-beloved Boulet Brothers.
“The Boulet Brothers are the perfect team up with Heavy Metal. In the world of drag they’re the subversives; they’re the truth-talkers,” Orlando mentioned. “Their credo is “‘drag filth, horror, and glamour.’ All of those things are things we offer up in Heavy Metal every month, so it just seemed like the perfect fit. This is going to be icons working with Heavy Metal with a lineup that is just out of this world. Katya Zomolodichkova, Alaska 5000, Evie Oddly, Excel Carolyn, Dan Hausen, and Steve Fox. It’s going to be a murder’s row — every pun intended.”