Role: Writer and Co-Creator
Project: Original Comic Book Series
Publisher: Image Comics
Screamland from writer Harold Sipe and artist Hector Casanova, published by Image Comics.
“In an era of films shot against green screens and fixed in post, where have the iconic creatures gone,” Sipe asks. “Screamland is a love letter to old Hollywood using monstrous metaphors, while not whitewashing over any of the ugly bits. The characters’ fall into unattended convention signings, failed romances and dot-com busts is only the beginning of the story.”
The 152-page collected edition, retailing for $16.99, includes an introduction from Jason Aaron (Scalped), eight never-before-seen pages, a behind the scenes look at Casanova’s artistic process and a pinup gallery featuring artists such as Nathan Fox, Steve Sanders, and Kerry Callen.
Praise for SCREAMLAND Volume One
Screamland received honorable mention in Publishers Weekly’s 2008 Critics’ Round-up and was named Best Horror Series of 2008 by Fangoria Magazine and Best Satire of 2008 by Wizard Magazine.
Screamland gives these monsters a humanity that’s brilliant and bitterly funny
- Wizard Magazine
first-time writer Harold Sipe nicely captures the cranky attitudes of some self-loathing big-screen has-beens, and the exchange between “Frank” and Count Dracula when they’re reunited in their agent’s office is worth the price of issue #1—their blend of mutual veterans’ respect and the antipathy of old co-workers who know each other too well is particularly touching. And Héctor Casanova’s bleary watercolorwashes and heavy black lines give the whole enterprise a charmingly dreamy quality…
- The Onion A/V Club
SCREAMLAND is a gorgeously-drawn, expertly-dialogued work of razor sharp satire and all around hilarity. Read SCREAMLAND, and I promise you’ ll laugh. You might even guffaw. Maybe a cackle or two as well, if you’ re lucky. If you don’ t laugh, then you most assuredly have no soul and should immediately seek the advice of a priest or learned occultist.
– Jason Aaron
A superbly resurrected take on the original Hollywood scare-fare. Chock full of Sarcasm, Whit, Sex and Alcohol, I want more and I want it now…
– Nathan Fox
Wow, Screamland is sharply written, beautifully illustrated, it’s funny as hell, has monsters drinking heavily…I dunno, I mean, what ELSE could you possibly want?
– Jim Mahfood
Screamland, from the minds of writer Harold Sipe and artist Héctor Casanova, is a wonderfully biting satire along with a melancholy remembrance of a lost era all in one great package
– Jonathan P. Kuehlein, MetroNews Vancouver
Beautiful, brilliant, brutally hilarious and hilariously brutal. I wish MY first comic was this good.
- Matt Fraction