A concept that made its début on AMC’s Comic Book Men is finding its way into your local comic shops thanks to Dynamite Entertainment. The four-issue series launching in October is done by the stars of the reality show and Jay and Silent Bob alum Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanaghan.
Cryptozoic Man focuses on a man searching for his missing daughter who may have been kidnapped by Big-Foot, then the man is abducted by aliens and learns the fate of the world depends on him capturing the Sasquatch and defeating a psycho in a pig-shaped leather bondage mask.
Johnson described the series this way:
What do you call a man who’s lost everything, a race of creepy extraterrestrials, a psychopath who sports a bondage-style, leather pig mask, a dimension choc-a-bloc full of nightmarish creatures, as well as Bigfoot, El Chupachabra, and a host of other cryptids? You call it Cryptozoic Man! It’s a delicious monstery stew coming your way just in time for Halloween!
I am so psyched about the Cryptozoic Man project because it has a little of everything I love about comics. It has action, science fiction, and horror elements, plus my favorite type of comic book hero: the monster hero. Cryptozoic Man is the story of a man who will stop at no lengths to find his missing daughter… even going so far as allowing himself to be transformed into a horrifying patchwork monster made up of the creatures of legend: Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil.
The concept debuted on an episode of Comic Book Men as a project for Johnson and Flanaghan to pitch to Dynamite’s CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci and Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt. Dynamite already had an existing relationship with Kevin Smith, producer of the series and owner of the comic shop the show takes place in.
Barrucci had this to say about the day they came to pitch the series:
When Bryan and Walt came to our office to make the pitch, they did so in style, with more flair and imagination than we could’ve anticipated. Although they did have a leg up with Kevin, there is the flipside. I think you can imagine how much ribbing that Kevin, Ming, and Mike would give them if we gave the thumbs down, right? They definitely had an edge with Walter having drawn a few Batman series at DC. The pitch was fun, intriguing, and out-of-the-box different, and we enjoyed it a lot. How could we not publish their new project? Cryptozoic Man is wild and offbeat, humorous and terrifying. It’s a great addition to our line, perfect to place alongside our Army of Darkness or Dresden Files comics.
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