It’s Alive! and So What? Press are two comic book publishers both based in Brooklyn.
And for this very Brooklyn-based project, they have decided to join forces to bring Tales of the Night Watchman to direct market distribition through Diamond as well as announcing a crossover with Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook.
For this book, So What? Press will operate as an imprint of It’s Alive! to produce issues of the series about baristas who fight monsters. This fall will see the release of a two-part mini-series, “The Final Kill”, and a crossover one-shot with Dean Haspiel’s Line Webtoon/Image Comics character, The Red Hook, entitled “The Untold Legend of Luna”.
Night Watchman began in 2011 after co-creator Dave Kelly‘s recovery from cancer inspired him to change careers. He met series co-creator Lara Antal at a Think Coffee holiday party, and the NYC-based coffee chain plays a prominent role as the day job for the main characters. The series is most known for its popular “It Came from the Gowanus Canal” storyline and for the issues drawn by Molly Ostertag (Scholastic’s Witch Boy series). A story from the series appeared in the Eisner-nominated and Ringo Award-winning Mine! anthology, published by ComicMix. A serialized version runs quarterly in Brooklyn’s Park Slope Reader newspaper. It was also featured in the 2015 book, Blood in Four Colours: A Graphic History of Horror Comics, written by Pedro Cabezulo and published by Rue Morgue.
“The Final Kill” involves a race against time as the Night Watchman is hired by a mysterious woman to protect her family from an ancient flesh-eating god called Zahal. “The Untold Legend of Luna” is a crossover event three centuries in the making as the Night Watchman and the Red Hook team up to travel back in time to save Brooklyn’s first superhero, a woman of mystery named Luna, who has been erased from history.
Dave Kelly wrote “The Final Kill” and co-wrote the crossover with Dean Haspiel. All three issues will feature art by Brett Hobson, colours by Sonia Liao, and lettering by DC Hopkins.
Tim Hamilton (Copra #25, Rabbit Who Fights) provided covers for “The Final Kill”. Haspiel will provide a cover for the one-shot. These and future issues will be edited by Rachel Pinnelas (Marvel, DC Comics, Image’s Black Cloud).