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Ploog Returns For Abadazad By Brian Jacks
In their continuing quest to create all-ages entertainment for a worldwide audience, CrossGen Entertainment has announced that, after spending years in Hollywood as a designer and storyboard artist, legendary artist Mike Ploog (The Monster of Frankenstein, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night) will return to comic books to pencil ABADAZAD, his first monthly title in over 10 years.
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Created and written by fan-favorite writer J.M. DeMatteis (Formerly Known As The Justice League, Moonshadow), ABADAZAD is an all-new coming-of-age fantasy tale launching in December 2003 through CrossGen's Code 6 imprint.
In the tradition of The Wizard of Oz and The Chronicles of Narnia, ABADAZAD reveals the story of Kate, a teenaged girl riddled with guilt over the mysterious disappearance of her younger brother five years ago. Now, given a glimmer of hope, Kate must travel far from home and undergo dangerous and terrifying trials in order to rescue the person she holds most dear.
"ABADAZAD is a dream project that I've nurtured for years," said DeMatties. "It's a chance to tell a rich, character-driven fantasy tale in the tradition of L. Frank Baum, J.M. Barrie, C.S. Lewis, Dr. Seuss, Madeleine L'Engle and so many other great writers whose work has touched and inspired me--and stuffed my children's heads full of wonderful dreams. A story that can nurture an eight year old imagination-and be accessible and entertaining to adults, as well."
"At a time when so many comics seem to be about limiting the audience, about creating an 'adult' and 'edgy' image, I am delighted to find that CrossGen understands the need for material accessible to a broad audience," continued DeMatteis. "I'm also happy to see that CrossGen is wildly enthusiastic about finding new and innovative ways to reach that audience."
"At times funny, touching and exciting, ABADAZAD will appeal both to adults and younger readers who enjoy contemporary fantasy," said Code 6 Managing Editor Ian Feller. "J.M. has long dreamed of writing this story, and it's clearly showing in the work he's submitted. As J.M. wrote in his original pitch, this is the type of story that he can read with his eight-year-old daughter. As for Mike Ploog, he's coming back to comics to illustrate ABADAZAD--he's that enthusiastic about it. And any time a legend the likes of Mike Ploog is excited about a project, you have to stand up and take notice."
ABADAZAD, a monthly comic book series published by CrossGen's Code 6 imprint, will debut in December 2003 and will be available for ordering in the CrossGen section of the October issue of Diamond Comics Distributors Previews catalog.