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After years of horror, mischief and mayhem, the long running series-of-miniseries 30 Days Of Night is pulling out the stops and becoming a full-fledged ongoing series. IDW has announced co-creator Steve Niles is returning to write the series and is joined by epic illustrator Sam Kieth, as they take the original story of Alaskan vampires into the bright lights and big city of Los Angeles.
According to the press releases, the ongoing begins when a cryptic letter carrying a postmark from Barrow, Alaska lands in the mailbox of a curious woman who begins delving into the vampire mystery.
“I’ve been wanting to get back into the 30 Days of Night universe and shake things up for awhile now,” said Niles in a press release. “I’ve just been waiting for the right moment and the right artist. I have the right artist in Sam Kieth, and the time is now.”
Best known for his work on The Maxx and various projects for Marvel and DC, Sam Kieth is no stranger to the 30 Days of Night universe; the artist illustrated the recent 30 Days of Night: Night, Again miniseries and has been doing a flurry of work both in the indies and at the Big Two.
Although he’s the writer and co-creator of the series, Niles has been in and out of the 30 Days of Night world, which is co-owned by him, IDW and artist Ben Templesmith. There’s no word on Templesmith’s involvement in the series as of yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he popped up with a variant cover down the road.
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.
If I had $15 this week, I’d immediately go for Flashpoint #1 (DC Comics, $3.99) – I am very, very unsure about the number of tie-ins DC are pushing out for the new crossover event, but with Geoff Johns in charge, I’m suspecting that the main book will be worth a look at least. I’d also grab the relaunched GI Joe #1 (IDW, $3.99), if only to follow up on the “Cobra Civil War” storyline that I admit has completely caught my attention unexpectedly. Curiosity would also get me to pick up both Moriarty #1 (Image, $2.99) and Total Recall #1 (Dynamite, $1.99), two new launches that will hopefully take familiar ideas and characters in directions I wouldn’t expect…
Horror writer Joe Lansdale and artist Sam Kieth (The Maxx) are taking over the series, which was created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith and was the bases for two feature films and countless spinoffs. In the original, published in 2002, vampires came to Alaska to take advantage of the 30-day-long night of the Arctic winter, using it for a prolonged feeding frenzy. In 30 Days of Night: Night Again, a group of survivors comes to an Alaskan research facility, where scientists are puzzling over a strange object found in the ice. It’s probably safe to say that bloody carnage results.
The press release is deliberately vague, but IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall shows off some of Davide Furno’s variant covers at his blog that hint at the nature of the story.
IDW Publishing will launch a new 30 Days of Night series next spring by author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Sam Kieth.
The comic, announced this morning in a very brief statement on the publisher’s Formspring account, will be at least the 13th title spun out of the popular 2002 miniseries by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.
In the original, which was the basis for the 2007 film, vampires flock to Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets for about 30 days, allowing them to feed on the residents. Although several of the sequels, such as Dark Days and Return to Barrow, center on the city or the survivors of the attacks, others are expansions of the “30 Days universe.” A six-issue X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover, by Niles, Adam Jones and Tom Mandrake, debuted from WildStorm in July.
Lansdale is an award-winning author known for his “Hap and Leonard” series of mystery novels, the novella Bubba Ho-Tep and comics like Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such, Conan and the Songs of the Dead, and Pigeons from Hell. He also wrote episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, as well as the screenplay to the animated DC Showcase: Jonah Hex.
Kieth is best known for his comic turned animated series The Maxx, Zero Girl, Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious and Arkham Asylum: Madness. He provided a variant cover for The X-Files/30 Days of Night #1.
The first-ever C2E2 — Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — is all but over, and no doubt Brigid and Michael will have more to say about the whole experience here soon. For now, here’s a roundup of news and info coming out of various panels from today, to go with our roundups from Friday and Saturday.