COMING SOON: The Raven Lunatics

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Logo Illustration by Dave Youkovich

The Raven Lunatics Web Show Will Premiere February 28th, 2018

Harvey-Nominated Comic Creator Joins forces with Poe Museum Curator

Lakeland, FL:  Hocus Pocus Comics Publisher, Dwight L. MacPherson, is teaming with Author and Artist, Chris Semtner, to produce a weekly web show. The Raven Lunatics will launch on Youtube on Wednesday, February 28th.  Together, MacPherson and Semtner will be discussing nineteenth century poet, author, and Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, his work, and his impact on popular culture. This announcement comes on a significant date: Edgar Allan Poe’s 209th Birthday.

For more information contact theravenlunatics(at)gmail(dot)com.

author_photoHarvey Award-nominated comic creator, writer, and editor Dwight L. MacPherson has been one of the most prolific writing professionals for more than 10 years. A longtime advocate of webcomics and digital media, his steampunk webcomic, Sidewise (DC Comics), won the June 2009 Zuda competition. He has also seen his creator-owned properties published by Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and many others. His publishing company, Hocus Pocus Comics, is an independent publishing company specializing in digital comics, webcomics, and graphic novels. They have three series currently available on ComiXology and Amazon Kindle The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, Elevator, and I-TEAM. For more information: http://www.hpcomics.net

chris_semtnerThe Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Chris Semtner has written, co-written, or edited several books about Edgar Allan Poe, art, popular culture, and history. He has provided articles for Biography.com, Crime Writers’ Chronicles, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Resources for American Literary Studies. His most recent book is The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection, which is now available at Amazon.com. Semtner regularly speaks to groups around the United States about Poe, visual art, horror, and dark history and has been interviewed for documentaries airing on PBS, C-Span, BBC4, Military History Channel, and other networks. An award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist, Semtner has works in public collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland. He has also curates exhibits for museums, libraries, and art centers across the country with his most recent exhibit dealing with the scientific analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair.

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The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe is Nominated for Comic Book of the Year!

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The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe has been nominated for a BareBones Award for Comic Book of the year! Voting is now open! Please vote for us and show your support and love for this special story and our amazing creative team! Voting ends January 5th, so don’t delay!

From Bare Bones Entertainment:

Welcome to the 2017 BareBones Awards! We are very excited to welcome you to the 6th annual awards. It blows my mind that we have been hosting these awards for 6 years now and all of the amazing talented bands and people we have had the opportunity to honor! This year we are bringing you even more talented bands that have been nominated for awards. Take a look below and cast your votes!

How awesome is this?! We launched our book in May of this year, and it is already up for an award! We can hardly contain our excitement! Everyone is jumping around fist-bumping each other right now. Thank you SO much, BareBones Entertainment, for enjoying our book enough to nominate it in your 6th year running the awards! We are so honored!

Dwight, Rebecca, and the Poe Team

More Press for Poe (and Me)

Happy Friday, friends! We made it!

Before you start what I hope is an amazing weekend, I have a couple things to share with you…

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Please check out my new interview with Nicole D’Andria of Comic Frontline. Nicole asked some excellent questions and I gave, what I hope, are excellent answers.

READ IT HERE!

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John McGuire of Tessera had some kind words to say about our Little Poe Kickstarter for his “Steampunk Friday” post! You can read that:

RIGHT HERE! 

Have a great weekend, friends! I hope you will be safe and happy, surrounded by the ones you love.

-Dwight

Edgar Allan Poe Exclusive Kickstarter Printed Edition is 194% Funded!

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Wow! You guys are knocking it out of the park with your support! We are over the moon about the response to our campaign! As soon as we hit our next stretch goal of $2,000, we will be adding an Irving the Rat solo story that has never been seen before as bonus content! Thank you again so much for your support and if you have not pledged yet, you can HERE

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Our Edgar Allan Poe Exclusive Kickstarter Campaign Funds in 30 hours!

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Wow! We launched our campaign for the exclusive print edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe on Monday and today, it is not only fully funded, but it continues to gain support! We can’t thank our supporters enough for believing in us and our story, which we feel is very special!

We are not stopping there–we will be posting stretch goals to keep this journey going. Please continue to spread the word and again, thank you so very much! If you have not pledged yet, you can HERE

Dwight and Rebecca

I’m Bringing The 80’s Back!

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Photo Credit: Dwight L. MacPherson. All Rights Reserved.

We took some time off in the middle of a busy week to catch the U2 Joshua Tree show in Tampa on June 14th. Rebecca goes back a long way with these guys, from her time living in Dublin, Ireland, through her years of working in the music biz and hanging out with the band–which is another blog post in itself, one I have been trying to get her to write for ages!

The show was phenomenal in every way! I’ve always been told that U2 is a band you have to experience live, and they were right. This was my first time seeing the band I’ve loved since I first saw the video to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on MTV when I was a teen, so it was really a special experience. Rebecca and I danced and sang along as the band played a grueling set that lasted more than 2 hours. We were in the pit, so we could see the sweat dripping from Bono’s hands. At one point Bono remarked that it was “Muy caliente!” And it was. Hot and humid and Bono was–well–classic Bono, dancing and gesticulating through the Joshua Tree set (and especially during the encore). We were spent after the show, so I’m sure the band was as well! We are now all much older. This isn’t the ’80s, after all!

This experience was made even more awesome because I’m working on a comic that takes place in the 80’s–a time Rebecca and I feel very nostalgic for as pop culture and music was so unique, fresh, and fun. I am having a blast writing the story and I’m sure you are really going to really dig it. Especially if you are a child of the 80’s.

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Speaking of my ’80s superhero team, we are sharing our awesome artist’s, Emiliano Correa‘s, I-TEAM character designs exclusively with our patrons. So if you’d like to become an HP Comics insider, you can do that  RIGHT HERE! 

Dwight

 

HP Comics is Kicking Booty!

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What a morning! Woke up to an email from one of my favorite writers, Kurt Busiek, saying The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 is “quirky and magical, a pell-mell adventure into nightmare, and I’m not afraid to say so!” I’ve been a fan of Kurt’s work since the ’80s, and Rebecca’s become a fan of his work though the most excellent Astro City, so this really made our day!

And then…

We found out a graphic novel illustrated by our artist for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, Luis Czerniawski, won a Bram Stoker Award! (Congratulations, James Chambers!)

And then…

We found out we’d received a glowing review of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 on Amazon!

If you haven’t purchased your copy of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 yet, you can download it on KINDLE or COMIXOLOGY!

So I think it’s fair to say our weekend is going pretty well. Hope yours is, too!

-Dwight

 

Emmy Nominated Director David Hartman Joins Hocus Pocus Comics!

Emmy Award nominated Director, David Hartman (Transformers Prime, Phantasm 5: Ravager), has joined the collective publishing group, Hocus Pocus Comics, as Production Consultant. In his new role, Hartman will advise and consult MacPherson on all of Hocus Pocus Comics’ projects as well as the TV/Film/Animation licensing and option deals for the comic publishing company. David and Dwight L. MacPherson, Founder and President of Hocus Pocus Comics, have been friends for more than 10 years, and MacPherson is thrilled to have his friend onboard in this important capacity.  They look forward to developing HP Comics’ properties together in the future.

David Hartman is a 19-year veteran of television animation, the multi-talented Hartman has worked as an Emmy Award-nominated director, producer, illustrator and character designer throughout his career. Hartman’s directorial credits include the live-action horror film  “PHANTASM 5: RAVAGER” and animated series “TRANSFORMERS PRIME”, “My Friends Tigger & Pooh”, “Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles”, “Astro Boy”, “Jackie Chan Adventures”, “Godzilla” and many more. Additionally, Hartman directed two animated music videos for rock musician Rob Zombie. Hartman’s other credits include visual effects supervisor for the cult film “Bubba Ho-Tep”, animator and vfx artist for “John Dies at the End” and production consultant for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series. In addition to his television animation work, Hartman is an award winning illustrator whose artwork graces numerous comic books, magazines and music albums covers. For more information on David Hartman: www.sideshowmonkey.com.

On Hocus Pocus Comics’ mission, MacPherson says, “I believe that telling incredible stories is fundamental to a successful publishing company. We believe that good stories are magical, and we will do everything in our power to conjure some truly unforgettable magic.”  To that end, MacPherson has put together several stellar teams working on projects of several different genres. Hocus Pocus Comics’ motto is Imaginatio est Magicae (Imagination is Magic). Their goal is to create the future’s myths and legends, one comic at a time. For more information on HP Comics: www.hpcomics.net.

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It’s Almost That Time of the Year Again!

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Photo © Rebecca MacPherson

We are always honored to be a part of our friend and talented author,Dr. Amy Sturgis’s, Annual October Countdown! This morning I caught Dwight answering interview questions for Amy’s upcoming seasonal blogfest of macabre loveliness, so I thought I’d share it with you. Amy manages to outdo herself each year with unique articles on all things Halloween and the things that inspire and/or scare us. Of course, the soundtrack Dwight was listening to while typing was ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas!’

Please check out Amy’s blog and join the fun this October! I’m off to go make another pot of coffee for Dwight…

Rebecca