Cult Classic “Slime City” Director Greg Laberson Launches “Johnny Gruesome” Comic Online
Filmmaker and novelist Gregory Lamberson ( Slime City , Personal Demons) has posted the first of two comic book adaptations based on his upcoming novel, Johnny Gruesome, on the project’s website.
Filmmaker and novelist Gregory Lamberson ( Slime City , Personal Demons) has posted the first of two comic book adaptations based on his upcoming novel, Johnny Gruesome, on the project’s website. The ten page comic was adapted by Toronto artist Kelly Forbes from one chapter of the novel, which is due as a limited edition hardcover from Bad Moon Books in September.
“Some novelists post sample chapters for their new projects on the web,” Lamberson said. “I wanted to do something different. Because the novel is aimed squarely at fans of 1980s splatter flicks like Re-Animator and Return of the Living Dead, I want to promote it the way a film studio might. That’s why you’re going to see comics, masks and the horror rock CD Gruesome in the months leading up to the publication date. I’m partn erin g with some really cool people to create this stuff because I want to have it for myself. Kelly was an ideal artist for this comic; he paints really cool portraits of all the famous monsters.”
Lamberson begins shooting the Gruesome music video, starring Shock-O-Rama seductress Erika Smith, this week. He will be reading from Johnny Gruesome at the World Horror Convention in , where Gi asone and Marc y Italiano will also perform live versions of songs featured on Gruesome, on Friday, Marc h 30th. A second comic installment, drawn by Martin Blanco (www.pitbrosproductions.com), will go live at the end of May.
“When Larry Fessenden produced a series of cool trading cards to promote Habit,” Lamberson said. “Then he created a glow in the dark model kit based on Wendigo. These got me thinking that with a little ingenuity, filmmakers and novelists can create ancillary materials for their characters without the support of a big corporation. I’m just trying to have fun with Johnny, who’s been in my head since 1985. Since the comics are free, everyone is free to enjoy them.”