Fancy a blizzard on Christmas Day? A nice, cold snow covering the ground. A rich fire burning in the fireplace. Krampus reprising his role as the child-punishing demon of holiday lore. Yeah, the last one may not exactly be indicative of a great Christmas, but when The Secret Society of Santa Clauses discovers their powers have been stolen, there’s no one else to turn to for help but their worst enemy. Enter Krampus!, written by Brian Joines and illustrated by Dean Kotz.
“I liked the idea of the Krampus beholden to an organization greater than he was something that lent itself to the portrayal of the Krampus as a put-upon protagonist," Joines explained. “Given that Santa has so many names around the globe, I thought it would be fun to make each name an individual working that particular territory. It shakes the paradigm up a bit.”
The new monthly ongoing series feature Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, Hoteiosho, and the rest of The Secret Society of Santa Clauses must rely on Krampus’ help or risk not being able to deliver gifts on time. It's a darkly comedic adventure series launching just in time for the holidays and for fans of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! It is sure to boost any reader’s Yuletide cheer, all year long.
“I've always had a darker sense of humor and liked the idea that all the stories and legends we knew as kids had darker underbellies… like the Grimm's Fairy Tales,” said Joines. “When I found out that there was this demonic thing that used to ride around with Santa and punish wicked children… I knew I had to do something with that someday. It took a while to figure out how to use him, but once I did, the Krampus wrote himself.”
Krampus! #1 arrives in stores, just in time for holiday window displays and Christmas gift shopping, on 12/11 and is available for $2.99. Final orders are due from retailers on 11/18. Krampus! #1 can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code OCT130448. Full press release below.