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Eternal Descent Ascends To Space Goat
(February 18th, 2016 – Bellingham, WA) – Eternal Descent, the long-running and hard rocking demonic-metal-fantasy series moves to Space Goat Publishing in July with the launch of Eternal Descent: Lyra #1. It’s the first of four all new character-focused one-shots that continue the Eternal Descent saga and sets the stage to kick off a new regular series later in 2016.
Creator Llexi Leon credits the move to his relationship with Space Goat CEO Shon Bury and the shifting market place embraced by Space Goat. “Over the years, I’ve worked with Shon and his creative team on a number of projects and we share a similar vision for the future of comics.” Since launching its publishing imprint in Spring 2015, Space Goat has carved out a respectable market share and built a successful, well-received universe around the Evil Dead 2 property, expanding it to dozens of digital platforms to support its ongoing print program.
Eternal Descent: Lyra #1 is the first of the new one-shots that will launch Eternal Descent at Space Goat. The story is a creative collaboration between ED creator Llexi Leon and screen writer Adam Hamdy. According to Leon, “Adam and I recently collaborated on a screenplay adaptation of Eternal Descent which I’m very excited about. During that process we dug deep into the world of the ED comics and questioned what it was that made these characters tick and what choices brought them to the nexus point conflict we’ve seen in the books to date. I was keen to channel that exploration of the characters back into the published continuity. Adam has done a fantastic job of expanding Lyra’s story.”
Lyra Constance is the vocalist and lead guitarist of fictional heavy rockers, Constellation 9. The new one-shot will explore Lyra’s unconventional upbringing, the mystery surrounding her parents’ death, and a strange connection to the supernatural that has haunted her since childhood. According to Hamdy, “It’s a kick-ass version of the backstage pass.”
Hamdy found Lyra a fascinating character in the ED Universe, and was eager to expand her story. “Llexi has created a great universe and characters. There’s real depth and humanity to Lyra. Her past makes her vulnerable, but also gives her tremendous strength, and she embodies the perpetual struggle between good and evil.”
Artwork for Lyra #1 is from Pericles, Jr., an up-and-coming artist who has really impressed the series’ writers. According to Llexi, “There’s this wonderfully natural and fluid approach to his illustration that really helps inject a lot personality into these characters and helps them emote. His work is quite stylized and perhaps a departure from the look of previous Eternal Descent titles, but it felt like a very natural fit for a Lyra-centric issue. There’s an urgency and attitude to his inks that always cuts through, so we’re able to explore Lyra’s youth and a full range of emotion without sacrificing her signature strength and effortlessly tough demeanor.”
Covers for the four one-shots will be by artist and 4-time Chesley Award nominee Tom Fleming. Fleming’s artwork has appeared on Marvel, DC and Dark Horse titles as well as World of Warcraft and Magic The Gathering.
To launch the new line of Eternal Descent titles, Space Goat will be working with Llexi to expand the brand and tap into Eternal Descent’s already-sizable fan base. “Llexi has a wonderful outreach program across social media, and a gaming community built around the Eternal Descent mobile title, Heavy Metal Heroes,” said Space Goat’s Bury. “The fans are eager to see these new titles and we’re launching a site dedicated to pre-orders news, previews and updates. Keep an eye out on Eternaldescent.com. It’s going to get hot.”
In addition to the new Eternal Descent books, the archival Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be ported over to Space Goat’s digital program. “We want to keep all the Eternal Descent titles in one place for new readers to have easy access.”
Eternal Descent: Lyra #1 will be solicited for July release from Space Goat Publishing.
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More About Space Goat Productions:
Established in 2006 by comic-book veteran Shon C. Bury, Space Goat Productions, Inc., is the comic book industry’s premier talent management and production company, specializing in Custom Comics, Commercial Art, and Concept Design. Space Goat Publishing is a division of Space Goat Productions focused on bringing entertaining comics to readers all over the globe.
More About Llexi Leon:
Llexi Leon is the creator of the heavy metal fantasy series Eternal Descent and Interactive Creative Director for British music legends Iron Maiden. As a game producer, comic book writer, session musician, and animation director, Llexi has helmed a diverse array of productions from music videos to video games, collaborated with many of the world’s greatest rock and metal musicians, and worked on fan-favorite film and television properties from Bill & Ted to Evil Dead.