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March 21st, 2008

Studio 407 Launches NIGHT & FOG

Santa Monica, CA – March 13, 2007 – Studio 407, the newly established Santa Monica-based writer-driven creative lab, will publish its first comic book title NIGHT & FOG, hitting comic book stores on May 27, 2008. The scrappy creative house, which made news recently when they announced their first-look deal with film indy Myriad Pictures, are the creators of Bluewater Productions’ smash series TIGER & CRANE.

NIGHT & FOG is a six-issue miniseries that takes its cue from classic horror literature and turns it on its head, reinventing the monster comic for a new generation. On an island off the coast of Canada, a military science experiment, linked to a terrible secret from the past, infects a nearby village, turning the inhabitants into bloodthirsty, rampaging creatures. Even armed with the state-of-the-art weaponry, the military personnel on the island are helpless against creatures who are almost impossible to destroy and can adapt under almost any attack. They’ve created the perfect killing machine that can survive under any conditions, but they no longer have the means to control them. For the small band of survivors, it’s one terrible, endless night, which they must somehow survive until an elite rescue team can arrive to save them.

NIGHT & FOG is written by Alex Leung and Matthew Bradford, with stunning artwork by Argentine artist Roberto Castro. Castro’s gritty, realistic style, hearkens back to the classic look of ’70s horror magazines Eerie and Creepy. Colorist JM Ringuet, whose evocative, painted coloring style adds to the sense of dread and excitement, rounds out the creative team.

Leung cites James Cameron’s seminal Aliens as a primary inspiration, saying, "I’ve always loved the idea of creatures so potent they render even the most cutting-edge military technology utterly useless. I like putting the most highly-trained, elite commandos in situations even they cannot comprehend."

Bradford compliments Leung by taking his cue from another generation of fear. "I listened to wall-to-wall Hammer soundtracks while writing NIGHT & FOG. Nothing sets the tone for spine-tingling terror like the music of James Bernard."

After NIGHT & FOG, Studio 407 will be coming out with three more books in the summer including HYBRID and THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, and have ten more books in various stages of production. "This book will set the standard for the kind of quality that we represent," promises 407 Editor-In-Chief Chad Jones. "We tell stories we love and hope others feel the same way about them."

Earlier this year, Studio 407 and Myriad Pictures, helmed by President and CEO Kirk D’Amico, formed a firstlook partnership to make full-length live-action motion pictures. The first project, HYBRID, is scheduled to begin shooting later this year.

NIGHT & FOG #1 (of 6) hits shelves late May.. It’s featured as a Staff Pick on page 338 of the March 2008 issue of Diamond Previews. The Diamond Code is MAR 08 3955. Retail support for NIGHT & FOG includes a fold-out poster featuring the cover on one side, and a preview of interior pages on the other, which will be included in the March 19 issue of retailer newsletter Dateline. A nine-page preview can be viewed at:

Short for "40 Guns and 7 Swords," Studio 407 is an East-meets-West company that brings together the imagination and talents of writers and artists from North America and Asia to generate distinct and kinetic stories. In addition to developing its own in house material it will also be publishing graphic novels from Europe and manga and manwha titles from Asia. For more information about Studio 407 and its titles you can check out their website at studio-407.com.

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