Los Angeles, CA, March 29, 2017 –
Dark Planet announced today that its award-nominated graphic novel series SILVER returns with the ComiXology and Dark Planet Digital release of SILVER #8 “Revenants”, a new 42-page extended-issue which may be the series’ most haunting chapter yet.
An extension of Bram Stoker’s Dracula set 40 years after the seminal novel’s events, SILVER is told as a classic heist story. It features James Finnigan, a morally ambiguous, pulp-era conman, Rosalynd “Sledge” Van Helsing, who carries on her famous grandfather’s handywork, Tao Leu, a 10 year-old boy with the gift of second sight, and their team of grifters, as they attempt to steal The Silver Dragon--a massive treasure hidden in a castle full of vampires. Staying true to its literary origins while creating its own expansive and wildly original mythology, SILVER is both faithful homage and exciting reinvention.
In SILVER #8 “Revenants”, Dracula must contend with the return of his great love Mina Harker, while Sledge is forced to revisit the night her sister was taken. Both must confront the ghost looming large in their past, each coming to a fork in the road that may offer a chance for redemption or seal their fate.
Following Rosalynd to her mind’s darkest corner also allowed Franck to experiment outside the series’ established visual style. “I approached Sledge’s ‘mental journey’ differently, using abstraction to distil the moments to their raw emotion, as they exist frozen and out of time,” says Franck. “This was probably one of the funnest and most affecting thing I’ve done on the series so far.”
Since the series’ inception, SILVER has counted some of the most original contemporary voices in comics among its fans:
An indy grassroots sensation that came up through the convention scene, SILVER has connected with a passionate and diverse audience, including readers new to the comic book medium. “Coming from a movie background, I try to apply my film-language instincts to the comic book page, which means highlight a dramatic sense of point of view while keeping the audience oriented at all times,” says Franck. “I think that type of formalism has had a lot to do with making Silver’s storytelling accessible to people who had never picked up a comic book before. I am super proud of that.”
While Dark Planet releases SILVER’s single issues directly to digital, the series’ collected editions--SILVER Volume 1 and 2--are also distributed in print to comic shops everywhere, on Amazon, from the Dark Planet Webstore and from the Dark Planet booth at comic book conventions across the US, where the company maintains a dynamic presence. SILVER is also licensed internationally to foreign publishers around the world.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephan Franck is an award-nominated animator/writer/director/comic book creator. He was a supervising animator on the cult classic THE IRON GIANT, and contributed story to DESPICABLE ME. He co-created the animated TV series CORNEIL & BERNIE (Nicktoons - Hub Network), and received an Annie Award nomination for Best Director In a TV Program for the featurette SMURFS: THE LEGEND OF SMURFY HOLLOW. Stephan has closely collaborated with talent as diverse as George Lucas and Adam Sandler, and in 2013, founded comic-book publishing and production company DARK PLANET. SILVER, his graphic novel debut under the Dark Planet Imprint, earned a nomination for the prestigious Russ Manning Award at San Diego Comic Con 2014, and a 2015 Geekie Award nomination for Best Comic/Graphic Novel. SILVER also landed on ComiXology Submit’s ESSENTIAL READS list and is now distributed around the world.
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SILVER Vol 1 trailer
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