EP1T0ME w/ Top Cow
Los Angeles, California - December 7th, 2021 - Top Cow Productions, Inc., the company behind Witchblade,The Darkness and Wanted, announced today that it has partnered with EP1T0ME Studios, Inc. to co-produce and to publish The Clay People’s Colossus.
Colossus, penned by Matt Hawkins (Think Tank) and illustrated by Christian DiBari (Magdalena), introduces a bi-racial teenager in middle America that, thanks to his grandfather’s last wish, unleashes an otherworld of hurt onto his tormentors.
Colossus was inspired by The Clay People’s song of the same name; Richard Leibowitz, EP1T0ME’s President, said: “The song means different things to different people; the more we heard it, the more we envisioned a story about an underdog with new-found, out-of-control power and the ramifications that using it would bring.”
EP1T0ME is inviting curious readers to visit https://ep1t0.me/colossus and sign up for updates, the first 100 signups will receive a digital copy of The Clay People’s latest album and the next 500 sign ups will receive a digital copy of the single, Colossus.
"After Rich pitched Colossus, I listened to the song and the lyrics really spoke to me," says Top Cow President, Matt Hawkins. "My sons are bi-racial, so the story made me think; so much so that I offered to write it myself. Intolerance, drug addiction, poverty and boredom pave a perfect storm for a revenge tale of grisly proportions!"
Dan Neet, The Clay People’s frontman, said: “I wrote the song during a dark time; I can’t believe it’s coming to life for all of our fans and others to see.”
Top Cow and EP1T0ME previously partnered on the critically acclaimed St. Mercy.
ABOUT TOP COW COMICS:
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (http://www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Currently, Silvestri and Matt Hawkins publish a line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The TNT Witchblade TV series was one of the first indie comics to be adapted for cable networks. The cult classic Japanese anime Witchblade and the two The Darkness video games for XBOX 360 and PS3 are all based on Top Cow properties. The company has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mousepads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games, and roleplaying games.
EP1T0ME Studios, Inc. (http://www.ep1t0me.com), is a video game company headquartered in Austin, TX with locations in Los Angeles and Montreal, Quebec. We are focused on delivering story-driven game experiences across multiple platforms, including PC, console, mobile and VR. We work with exceptional independent game developers and experienced creative talent on both original and established IP. We are developing original IP specifically for multiplatform storytelling, including games, comics, film, television, audio drama and podcasts.
ABOUT THE CLAY PEOPLE:
The Clay People is a rock band hailing from Albany, NY. The band's self-titled debut album was released on Mercury/Slipdisc records; their furiously propulsive lead single Awake climbed the radio charts and launched the band into an international touring act with the likes of Disturbed, Stained, Clutch, Rob Zombie, Static X, Stabbing Westward and Filter. Colossus (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T56hUU-ZjpE) is from The Clay People’s latest album, Demon Hero. The band, featuring Dan Neet (vocals), Brian McGarvey (guitars), Dan Dinsmore (drums), Jared Weed (guitars) and Eric Braymer (bass), will be on the road in Spring 2022 to support its upcoming release.