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Comic News:
Snake Returns...And Autographs Comics
By Brian Jacks

04.24.03


The return of Snake Plissken to the world of pop culture has many people excited, but none more than his creators, director John Carpenter, producer Debra Hill, and actor Kurt Russell. In celebration of the renowned anti-hero's return, CrossGen Entertainment and Hurricane Entertainment have arranged for all three Hollywood superstars to sign copies of JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #1, on sale June 25th, as a special retailer incentive.

"Initially we offered a free copy of issue #1 signed by John Carpenter as a special incentive to the first 100 retailers who ordered 150 copies," stated Jan Utstein-O'Neill, CEO of Hurricane Entertainment. "However, when we did a grass roots campaign, polling retailers on their response to the preview copies of SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES that reached them just last week, we found that order activity would be higher than anticipated. Therefore, we would like to thank the retailing community by altering the incentive criteria. We have decided to entirely eliminate the 'only the first 100 retailers to order' requirement and lower the minimum order from 150 to just 90 copies. This will now allow the incentive to be available to smaller stores."


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"We only recently found out from Debra that Kurt Russell himself would be pleased to sign copies to help draw attention to new stories starring Snake," explained series writer William O'Neill. "How cool is that? This has got to be a first for the comic book industry."

"Snake Plissken is John Carpenter's favorite character that he created," stated Hill. "He's also Kurt Russell's favorite to play, and my favorite to share with many generations of new fans."

JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES, phase one of a much larger Snake launch, is the result of a partnership between Hurricane Entertainment and Carpenter, Hill, and Russell. The debut of the comic book series will be followed by a new release of Escape From New York on DVD from MGM Home Video, with a plethora of bonus materials, including pages from the comic itself. There will also be a series of novelizations, an anime feature from Production IG (producers of Ghost In The Shell), and an electronic video game due out summer of 2005.

"Snake still has a lot of fans," added Tony Panaccio, CrossGen's Senior Vice President of Product Development. "Retailers can expect many of the top entertainment magazines to cover his big return."

The complete set of Incentives now include:

JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #1 (in solicitation now for June release) Incentive - buy 90 (any combination of three covers) and get a free issue #1, Tone Rodriguez Cover, signed by director John Carpenter (Big Trouble In Little China, The Thing).

JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #2 (August release) Incentive - buy 60 (any combination of two covers) and get a free issue #1, Kurt Russell Photomontage, signed by actor Kurt Russell (Backdraft, Stargate).

JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES #3 (October release) Incentive - buy 50 (any combination of two covers) and get a free issue #1, John Van Fleet cover, signed by Producer Debra Hill (Halloween, The Fisher King).

As a bonus, writer William O'Neill and artist Tone Rodriguez will also sign all of the free issues.

 

 
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