Life of Agony bassist/Spoiler NYC front man, Alan Robert, will sign the first issue of his four-part horror/conspiracy comic series, Wire Hangers (IDW Publishing) this Friday, April 23rd at 6:30PM. Forbidden Planet is located at: 840 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (corner of Broadway and 13th Street). Telephone: (212) 473-1576.
To make the event really special, Robert teamed up with ArtGuitar to create a limited-edition Wire Hangers Riffmaster™ controller. ArtGuitar's world renowned RiffMaster™ is the guitar controller for any Rock Band® or Guitar Hero® aficionado who wants to rock in style. Offering unrivaled performance, and wireless freedom, this is no cheap plastic toy controller, but a full-sized wood controller! Add custom artwork from IDW's Wire Hangers comic, and you've got yourself one wicked lookin' axe!
One (1) Wire Hangers Riffmaster™ will be given away at the Forbidden Planet signing! If you purchase a copy of Wire Hangers at the store, you will receive a raffle ticket. A random drawing will be held at the event!
Wire Hangers, debuts with a 32-page, ad-free first issue! A series of abductions plagues New York, leaving no one safe. When Anna Davis, a feisty young female reporter, goes undercover to try and snag the big exclusive, she stumbles upon clues that give us a glimpse into what could be the most disturbing government conspiracy of our time. Pill-popping detectives, corrupt secret agents and a mysterious, disfigured homeless man are all inter-connected in this horrific tale of revenge and redemption.
"Jack-of-All-Trades, Alan Robert not only paces things perfectly through the issue, ramping up the mystery page-by-page turning page, but the ambiance created with his color and lighting is perfect."
- Paul Nolan, The Comic Addiction April 2010
"WIRE HANGERS was gestating in Alan Robert's head for some time, and in a way, it shows. It feels like a comic conceived by a veteran of the form. It's spooky, bloody, and a lot of fun to read!"
- Royal Nonesuch, The Outhousers April 2010
Robert states, "I've wanted to tell this story for as long as I can remember. I came up with the Wire Hangers concept a few years back, when Life of Agony was on the road supporting Ozzy Osbourne. It has haunted me ever since! Whenever we were touring or in the recording studio, I would find myself sketching out characters on the back of lyric sheets and leaving myself voicemail messages with scene dialogue. By the time I presented the idea to IDW earlier this year, the story was completely fleshed out. Visually, it's dark and gritty with tons of textures and atmosphere. The artwork really sets a tone for the series and plays an equal part in telling the story.
"I really can't express how excited I am to finally see this idea come to life. I've been a huge comic book fan since I was just a kid and went to art college in the hopes of becoming a penciler one day. During my graduation year, LOA landed the record contract with Roadrunner to record River Runs Red and once it came out, I found myself touring full-time and focusing on my music career. So, for me, all these years later - to finally create my own original comic series is a dream come true. Releasing it through IDW is the icing on the cake. They've put out some of my favorite books, like 30 Days of Night and Welcome to Hoxford. It's a real honor to have Wire Hangers appear alongside those titles."
"Wire Hangers is going to hold its own up against the IDW titles that Alan has long admired," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Publisher/Editor-in-Chief. "When he brought me the story, both his storytelling sense and artistic skills were fully formed and ready to roll on a comic series. In much the same way Alan went from playing bass for one band to fronting another, his talents will be front and center on his comic, too."
Wire Hangers will make its debut with a 4-issue miniseries in April 2010.
About Alan Robert
Alan Robert is currently recording a new Spoiler NYC album titled "Banned in 38 States" with Grammy Award winning producer Ken Lewis (Lenny Kravitz, Beastie Boys, Fall Out Boy). The album will be the sophomore release for the NY based punk-trio, following their 2007 debut, "Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen" (SOS Records/I Scream Records).
Robert's other band Life of Agony, recently celebrated their 20 year anniversary with a successful European tour where they performed in front of crowds as large as 50,000 people with Faith No More and 50 Cent. I Scream Records will release a live CD with bonus DVD titled "20 Years Strong" later this year, featuring performance footage, interviews, backstage antics and looks at Robert's art process for Wire Hangers. Information on Robert and his bands can be found at LifeOfAgony.com and SpoilerNYC.com.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renown for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.
IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
The Art Guitar® was developed by Colorado artist and technology entrepreneur Steve Spurgeon in 2005. Using an exclusive, patented process, Art Guitars have the beauty and uniqueness beyond hand painted instruments, but are also offered as one of a kind or limited editions. Every Art Guitar® is a collectible modern masterpiece-the blending of one's imagination and the state-of-the-art technology. This process was redirected to the music gaming industry in 2007 when Art Guitar® and the California based Music Gaming Enterprises LLC were merged to create the ArtGuitar company.
The RiffMaster® guitar controller was creation of the two companies merging. The same, exclusive, patented process that was once used on real guitars is now being used on RiffMaster® guitar controllers. Gamers are now able for the first time to rock out to Rock Band® and Guitar Hero® games with a guitar controller that is not only a full-sized, wood, wireless game controller, but also has their favorite band, sports team, or other custom image on it. No more cheap, plastic, generic controllers when playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but the real deal complete with a custom image on it. More information about the company can be found at ArtGuitar.com.