Since I was a kid, I have dreamed up Godzilla stories. Anyone who reads my novels knows that the big G had an influence on my storytelling, resulting in novels like PROJECT NEMESIS (and its sequels), and APOCALYPSE MACHINE, not to mention the upcoming UNITY. Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to blaze a trail for a new literary sub-genre, the Kaiju Thriller. Creating and building this new sub-genre led to big sales, and the PROJECT NEMESIS comic book, which is closing in on the amazing sixth and final issue. With Nemesis, I was fortunate to be teamed up with artist Matt Frank, who helped design Nemesis for the novels, and Bob Eggleton, who created six amazing variant covers. And all this is just the beginning for my own kaiju creations.
The amazing cover image for the PROJECT NEMESIS comic book was leaked last night and is already getting shared via social media, so I am here to confirm the rumors and supply the details. First and foremost, yes, PROJECT NEMESIS is being faithfully adapted into a 6 issue comic book series. The first issue will be released in late Sept/early Oct (I don’t have any exact date yet) and then released as a collected graphic novel. And I have a feeling this will be the first of many comics to come.
So, who is on the team? First, the book is being published by Famous Monsters of Filmland’s new comic book imprint, American Gothic Press. Famous Monsters has been immensely supportive of my monster fiction and our teaming up makes all kinds of monstrous sense. The interior art is being done by none other than Matt Frank himself, famed Godzilla artist and the the guy who lent his expertise to the design of Nemesis. His work has appeared in every Nemesis novel to date, and no one can draw her more authentically than Matt. Matt will also be doing covers for all six issues.
“Bob Eggleton!” I blurt, unable to contain my excitement. I’ve been a fan of Bob’s ever since I snagged a copy of Who’s Afraid of Godzilla with my kids. And now I get to work with him. So cool. Bob is doing variant covers for all six issues of PROJECT NEMESIS, meaning there is a lot more amazing art to come.
As for the writer, that’s me. So while some things had to be trimmed from the story to fit the format, have no fear. Anything cut or added remains true to the story and spirit of the novel. And the additions should add a few nice surprises for those who have already read the books.
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It’s hard for me to explain how pumped I am about this. Long before writing novels, I was a comic book illustrator. I majored in illustration in college, and after college worked on illustrating and writing (briefly) some indie comics. While I eventually became more writer than artist (though I still design covers for myself, as well as other authors and publishers) I never gave up the hope that my work would one day be fully realized in the comic book format. That day has finally come, and I’m amazed at the results so far. Big thanks to Matt, Bob, Phil, Ed and the rest of the gang at Famous Monsters!