The creative team behind Gearhead, writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Kevin Mellon, have a new original graphic novel coming from Image Comics this September. Lovestruck is the story of a group of people employed by the Roman god Cupid, who has turned his matchmaking prowess to profit in the modern world.
Both Hopeless and Mellon are local Kansas City comics creators. Hopeless has also written Hack/Slash Trailers 2. Mellon’s work has appeared in Comic Book Tattoo, Hack/Slash, and Marvel Comics’ S.H.I.E.L.D. one-shot earlier this summer.
Mellon says that Hopeless initially pitched the idea to him as a follow up to Gearhead. “It was like a light kind of shone on me and it became something I not only wanted to do, but had to do,” Mellon said. “One of the many joys about working with Dennis is that everything we come up with together, I pretty much have to do. Come hell or high water.”
Lovestruck features a cover by Brooklyn-based Erik Jones. The 192-page graphic novel retails for $16.99. It is currently available for pre-order from comics shops and other book outlets. Westfield Comics has announced that copies of Lovestruck pre-ordered through the service will comics signed by Hopeless and Mellon and will include a limited edition print.
Image Comics has announced that a second volume of the comic book series Screamland will debut in June. The book is written by former Kansas City resident Harold Sipe and Christopher Sebela. It features artwork by local creators Lee Leslie, Hector Casanova, and Buster Moody.
The comic book can be pre-ordered at comics shops now. It is the first issue of an on-going series, and will sell for $2.99.
Screamland is set in a world where movie monsters are real and are mostly unemployed because of CGI special effects. In the initial story of the new series, “Death of the Party,” two monsters cancel their convention autograph sessions to stop the release of a monster porn movie that could destroy any chance for feature creatures to get legitimate work again.
Hector Casanova, who drew the original mini-series run of Screamland, contributes covers to this new series. The regular interior artist is now Lee Leslie, who also creates the Rigby the Barbarian webcomic. Buster Moody provides coloring for the series.