Friday, January 31, 2014

Red 5 Comics Promises Bad Dreams


If you've ever played Maniac Mansion, then things like Purple Tentacle and feeding a man-eating plant soda and fertilizer makes perfect sense. If you haven't then boy, did you miss out. Maniac Mansion had a special type of atmosphere that made the game memorable and Gary Winnick was one of the reasons for that tone. Winnick was one of the co-designers on the game and fortunately for comic book fans he also makes a living as a comic book writer and illustrator, putting those talents to use for a new, five-issue comic book series from Red 5 Comics called Bad Dreams.

"BAD DREAMS truly resonates from my creative core," said Winnick, "that's why I've spent all these nights and weekends on it. I think it's my best work. I hope the audience agrees."

Mary doesn't remember being afraid of the dark. In fact, since waking up in a dream world of eternal day, she doesn't remember much of anything. When night vanished, so did her memory, and now maybe it's time to be afraid of the light...
BAD DREAMS -- a somewhat twisted tale of whimsy -- chronicles the adventures of an odd group of Dreamworld characters: Mary, Nimrod, Sir Spanks (a Night Mouse Knight), Spide, and Shroom. Mary wakes to discover both her memory and Night have gone missing from the land. Mother Night's absence is causing havoc as everyone slowly goes insane from lack of sleep. The friends must pool their resources, working together to uncover the strange secret of their past and exactly who's behind it all.

"During my time at Lucasfilm and LucasArts in the 2000s, Maniac Mansion was considered one of those legendary titles that we were inspired by and aspired to," said Red 5 Comics co-founder, Paul Ens. "When I heard that Gary was completing his graphic novel passion project, I knew it would be a perfect fit for Red 5 -- imaginative, clever and fun."

As Red 5 is an independent publisher, the best way to ensure your copy of Bad Dreams this spring is to pre-order it before February 28 from your comic shop using order code FEB141419. Bad Dreams #1 of the five-issue series is set for release on April 23, 2014. Full press release below.

Comic Promises BAD DREAMS for All Ages 
New Series from Red 5 Comics by Former Lucasfilm Designer
January 31, 2014. Calgary, AB --

Mary doesn't remember being afraid of the dark. In fact, since waking up in a dream world of eternal day, she doesn't remember much of anything. When night vanished, so did her memory, and now maybe it's time to be afraid of the light...

BAD DREAMS -- a somewhat twisted tale of whimsy -- chronicles the adventures of an odd group of Dreamworld characters: Mary, Nimrod, Sir Spanks (a Night Mouse Knight), Spide, and Shroom. Mary wakes to discover both her memory and Night have gone missing from the land. Mother Night's absence is causing havoc as everyone slowly goes insane from lack of sleep. The friends must pool their resources, working together to uncover the strange secret of their past and exactly who's behind it all.

BAD DREAMS is a five-part fantasy adventure by Gary Winnick, a comic book writer, illustrator, and game designer best known for co-designing Lucasfilm Games' Maniac Mansion. The lavishly illustrated tale will capture the imagination of all comic readers, in the tradition of Red 5's ATOMIC ROBO and BODIE TROLL.

"BAD DREAMS truly resonates from my creative core," said Winnick, "that's why I've spent all these nights and weekends on it. I think it's my best work. I hope the audience agrees."
"During my time at Lucasfilm and LucasArts in the 2000s, Maniac Mansion was considered one of those legendary titles that we were inspired by and aspired to," said Red 5 Comics co-founder, Paul Ens. "When I heard that Gary was completing his graphic novel passion project, I knew it would be a perfect fit for Red 5 -- imaginative, clever and fun."

As Red 5 is an independent publisher, the best way to ensure your copy of “Bad Dreams” this spring is to pre-order it before February 28 from your comic shop using order code FEB141419. “Bad Dreams #1” of the five-issue series is set for release on April 23, 2014.

About Gary Winnick
Gary Winnick served as Lucasfilm Games' Art Director for most of the company's first decade and co-designed Maniac Mansion. He created Defenders of Dynatron City, a comedic superhero adventure game, animated special on Fox and comic series by Marvel Comics. He is a co-founder of both Lightsource Studios and Suddenly Social.

Visit www.garyart.net for art samples from Gary's Lucasfilm years and current projects.

About Red 5 Comics
Red 5 Comics creates and produces cinematic-style comic book entertainment. It earned the 2007 Gem Award for Best New Publisher and its titles have been nominated for three Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards. It was founded by Paul Ens, former Director of Lucasfilm’s Lucas Online, and Scott Chitwood, co-founder of TheForce.net.

For updated information on Red 5 Comics and their titles, visit www.red5comics.com 

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