Albany’s Clay Persons uncover rock music, comics a perfect match

From KISS pouring vials of its members’ blood into the ink of its inaugural Marvel Comics line in 1977 to Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance’s acclaimed “Umbrella Academy” collection, the worlds of rock music and comedian publications have extended been intertwined. Now, The Clay People have additional a area connection to that legacy.

On March 16, the long-jogging Albany challenging rockers unveiled “The Clay Men and women: Colossus” in conjunction with nationally renowned imprints Major Cow and Ep1t0me. It is a reimagining of the band’s 2018 track “Colossus,” having frontman Dan Neet’s lyrics of own strife into a story about a biracial boy in the Midwest utilizing a supernatural gift from his grandfather to push back in opposition to two older bullies.

Ep1t0me is producer of a forthcoming video activity dependent on the “A Silent Place” horror movies and focuses on tale-driven content material for video games and comics. Major Cow is one particular of the nation’s foremost comedian publishers, accountable for the well-known “The Darkness” and “Witchblade” titles. A pair many years back, “Colossus” ended up on the radar of Ep1t0me and an option arose.

“Richard Leibowitz, the principal of Ep1t0me Studios, despatched me a backlink to the movie for the music and questioned if I believed it would make a amazing comic,” Matt Hawkins, President of Leading Cow emailed. “I examined the online video and pondered the lyrics for a couple of times and for whatsoever cause the Jewish golem myth caught in my head and I pitched the tale.

“I’ve experienced my personal demons with dependancy and own trauma, nearly universally self-triggered,” he famous. “The lyrics grabbed me with their dark emo nature and I was in.”

Hawkins was so in that he penned the one particular-shot difficulty himself last year and recruited Chris DiBari, a Top Cow illustrator with credits that include things like DC Comics’ Robin and Marvel’s Deadpool, for the artwork. Whilst the idea of the “Colossus” was created and prepared by the Top rated Cow crew, the Clay Folks was actively engaged in the resourceful and creation approach.

“They required us included throughout and the band obtained to be producers,” reported Clay Men and women drummer Dan Dinsmore. “Dan, our singer, is a large comic book lover it’d be like for me, if I was in some way asked to function with John Bonham.

“They really cared and would ask if specified matters ended up Alright with us,” he included. “We didn’t publish the comedian we have been section of the unique resourceful component by possessing the notion of the song and recognizing what it was about. They had been equipped to consider that and be ready to action again, dig further and expand on the first creation and meaning.”

For Dinsmore, who also owns community resourceful expert services agency Overit Studios, the collaboration with Top Cow presented a unique chance for the Clay People. It is also a little something he feels the band can recognize much more now than it could have 20-plus years in the past, when the primary goal would have been to use it as a springboard to rock supremacy.

“At this issue in my vocation, I appreciate the encounter for what it is and really don’t assume about expectations, Dinsmore said. “If this happened 20 many years back, there would have been a good deal far more discussion about legal rights, who’s going to make money.

“Now there is no agenda, we really do not imagine this will make us rock stars,” he ongoing. “There’s just general excitement for what it is. When you in fact get a actual physical duplicate of the comedian in your arms, you go, ‘Whoa, this is actual.’”

The “Colossus” comic is very first in what looks to be an lively yr for the Clay People today. The band is looking to drop some “Colossus” remixes that will paid out with “an interactive experience with artwork from the comedian.” Dinsmore estimates that they’ve “recorded over 4 albums of material” that they are lining up for release and strategy to set out a new online video within the next few of months.

And all events concerned program to continue on the “Colossus” storyline in both of those the print and electronic realms in the long term.

“We’ve currently talked over a sequel and it’s in the functions,” Hawkins famous.

“We’re really psyched about the new record, about the comic and having out in front of persons and enjoying,” Dinsmore stated. “We’re starting off our approach, there’s converse about a comic book keep tour and meet-and-greet and signing. And there is other huge programs with the storyline there is the foundation for a video recreation and film around the following two decades.”

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