Image Comics and Syzygy have advised all four issues of MOONSHINE BIGFOOT will feature moonshine, muscle cars, and mayhem.
The press release follows:
Media Release — IMAGE COMICS and SYZYGY bring you Moonshine, Muscle Cars, and Mayhem in this 4 ISSUE mini-series called MOONSHINE BIGFOOT! This 100-page series is jampacked with high octane fun, high revving motors, car chases, and tons of mayhem as we follow Moonshine Bigfoot and his girlfriend Amethyst as they outrun a pack of unruly characters!
“One of my earliest creative partnerships in this business was with Zach Howard, and in the intervening 15+ years since we first worked together, I have repeatedly told Zach I was such an admirer of him and his work that I’d crawl across a forest covered in Sasquatch scat just to get to work with him again, and finally, he’s taking me up on that! And I couldn’t be happier to see what I assume is Zach’s life story take shape on these gorgeous pages from the monstrous pencil of Steve Ellis, with inks, finishes, and overall brilliance added by Zach, and then finished off with gorgeous colors by the supernaturally talented Nelson Daniel.”
– Chris Ryall, Writer/Publisher at Syzygy (Imprint of Image Comics) and former Editor-in-Chief at IDW
Moonshine Bigfoot thought it was a typical day at the ol’ office. Dodging the law, running his shine, and most importantly trying to figure out what to have for dinner. Up until now his biggest problem has been the ghost that inexplicably haunts his still. What our hirsute hero doesn’t know is that his latest batch of moonshine has attracted the attention of an ancient conspiracy with unlimited resources. Now Bigfoot, Amethyst, and Uncle Pineapple must unravel the mystery of Big Level and find out why they are suddenly being chased by Robots, Monsters, and a seemingly endless supply of Goons. Can they outwit an enemy unlike any other, or is Bigfoot going to end up as just another lost legend?
This is a universal tale of growing up, escaping your comfort zone, and becoming the best version of yourself you can be. Just so happens it also has a Bigfoot driving a muscle car.
Join Bigfoot and Company for 4 issues of mayhem and excitement!
This is just the story of a humble Bigfoot just trying to make his way in the world, and the ancient conspiracy determined to ruin his fun.
HOW THE GREATEST CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL ACTION-ADVENTURE-COMEDY OF ALL TIME BEGAN!
“It is 1981, and somewhere ’round the Alabama/Georgia border, a simple Bigfoot & Friends are just trying to make their way in the world by peddling Moonshine and good times in a bad-ass ride. It’s an easy-going life of outwitting local law, hapless Bigfoot Hunters, and rival moonshiners until the evil organization that secretly runs the world comes a-calling! Suddenly our favorite humble cryptozoological phenomenon holds the world’s fate in the back of his car!”
It all started somewhere in the middle of the desert. Professional Comic Artists Zach Howard and Clara Meath were road-tripping with professional layabout Mike Marlow, and a legend was born. The legend of Moonshine Bigfoot!
An outlaw posse was quickly formed: Industry pros Steve Ellis and Nelson Daniel jumped on board this wild ride to bring you an adventure the likes of which you have never seen before!
WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY SAYING ABOUT OUR BIG HERO?
“There’s high concept, and then there’s “HOLY MOLEY” high concept. That’s what you have with Moonshine Bigfoot! It’s big, ballsy fun wrapped in a gorgeous package by Steve Ellis and Zach Howard.”
– Jamal Igle, artist of Molly Danger and Supergirl
“Zach Howard is a true artistic maestro! Prepare your eyes for this visual Symphony of Chaos!”
– Dan Panosian, Dream Works, artist on ‘Canary.’
“A top-shelf creation! Upon first taste, you’re struck by a symphony of aromas, from the remarkable smoothness of the dynamic pencil work to the depth and complexity of the inks and finishes. With rich and layered notes of color, offset by a subtle hint of spice, this blend of action and comedy is impeccably crafted to impress even the most discerning connoisseur.”
– Nick Runge, Gallery Painter
“I’ve admired Zach Howard’s work for a number of years now, ever since I first laid eyes on it, actually. His pictures seem not to be drawn so much as carved out with ink: bold, rich, and dark. Beautiful work. Suddenly I want a cup of coffee, preferably Sumatra.”
– P. Craig Russell, artist of Sandman, Gotham by Gaslight, and Coraline: The Graphic Novel
“Steve’s pencils and layouts are excellent, and then the inks make these signature Zach Howard. He’s like this generation’s Terry Austin.”
– Mike Kennedy, writer/publisher for Magnetic Press, Ghost, and Star Wars.
“Steve Ellis has created more worlds than almost anyone. And every story breathes action and imagination and, of course, crazy monsters! He’s bent genres and combined creations for decades, and I can’t wait to see where he takes this latest romp!!!”
– Ben Caldwell, writer, and artist of Dare Detectives, artist of Dracula
The team of Mike Marlow (writer), Steve Ellis (pencils), Zach Howard (co-writer, inks), and Nelson Daniel (colors) come together to bring us this octane-filled, mayhem-inspired tale of a Bigfoot, his girl, and his passion for doing what’s right in all the wrong ways. Not to mention an uncanny ability to outsmart the law and those pesky Bigfoot hunters.
Zach Howard – Co-creator, Inks/Finishes
Zach Howard is a freelance professional comic book artist of 23 years. His most notable employers include Marvel, DC Comics, Nickelodeon, Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Boom, Simon & Schuster, and Steve Jackson Games. Zach’s most popular projects are Hellboy, Wild Blue Yonder, Shaun of the Dead, Venom, Wolverine, GI Joe, The Cape, Aliens, and Batman. He has been nominated for an Eisner Award, multiple Indie awards, and received an Amazon Book of the Month selection for Wild Blue Yonder. In addition to his professional work, Zach is passionate about supporting young artists and has dedicated much of his time to helping nurture the next generation of creators.
Steve Ellis – Co-creator, Penciler
Steve Ellis is an artist, comics storyteller, writer, and illustration instructor. He has won Harvey Awards for his work on High Moon and The Only Living Boy with co-creator David Gallaher, as well as for his work on AMC’s Breaking Bad: The High Cost of Living comic book game. Steve’s previous work includes comics, covers, and illustrations for Marvel, DC, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast. He has worked on a diverse array of properties, including Lobo, Green Lantern, Darkstar, Winter Guard, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic the Gathering. He also continues to develop his world of Thornclaw Manor, the story of a family of mythical monsters that live on the edge of our reality.
Mike Marlow – Co-creator, Writer
Mike Marlow is ok at writing jokes and terrible at writing bios. A general nuisance to the Denver art community for almost 20 years, he has been a guest on a handful of podcasts, the star of several YouTube Shorts, and now proof that if you follow your dreams, you too can stumble into co-writing a comic book. Mr. Marlow is also a veteran of live performance, holding a BFA in Theatre Production from The University of Colorado.
Clara Meath – Project Manager
Clara Meath has been working professionally in comics since 2014. She graduated from SCAD Atlanta in 2016 with the honor of Valedictorian. Her credits include two independently Kickstarted graphic novels–‘ Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm,’ and ‘Mother47’ both of which are now published by Comics Experience Publishing.
Nelson Daniel – Colorist
Nelson Daniel has worked for over 15 years in films and commercials as an art director, production designer, and storyboard and concepts artist for films like Aftershock and Eli Roth’s Green Inferno and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, among others. Nelson lives in Santiago-Chile, where he published his graphic novels Durmiente, Lucca, 1899 and 1959. For IDW, he also did all art and colors on The Cape: 1969, the monthly series Judge Dredd, Dungeons & Dragons, Clue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Stephen King/Joe Hill collaboration, Road Rage, in addition to the single issues and covers of Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe, Transformers and more. He has also worked with Legendary Comics on the Detective Pikachu and Pacific Rim graphic novels. He has also worked as a colorist for Marvel and IDW on The Cape, Wild Blue Yonder, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and the 2015 Eisner Award-winning best-limited series, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, where he was also nominated for best colorist.
Thompson Knox – Letterer
A long-time industry colorist, letters man, and general design and production utility player, Thompson has worked for most of the major comic book publishers, including Dark Horse, DC, IDW Publishing, Image, Metron Press, Moonstone and others, on titles and properties that include Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Detective Comics, Joss Whedon’s Angel & Buffy, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Outer Orbit, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek, The Phantom and others. Thompson is also a digital technology and solutions specialist and runs his own digital agency in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Jack, who both put up with his late nights working on comics after working long hours at his agency.
“This project had us at ‘Moonshine, Muscle Cars, and Mayhem!’ For our team it has been a real pleasure to work with the Moonshine Bigfoot team. For me, especially to work with Zach, as I have been a long-time fan of his work. I soon learned that their entire team was as gracious as they are talented when I attended C2E2 to help with the launch.”
– Kevin Guillotte, Founder/Creative Director of Inked Studios