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Blood Bowl Goes Boom!

Bloodbowl 1 CoveraBoom! Studios today banged out a press release for my upcoming Blood Bowl comic-book miniseries: Blood Bowl: Killer Contract. See below for the full text.

While we’re at it, here’s the concept art for the one of the three variant covers for issue #1. That’s #7 Dunk Hoffnung sailing over the crowd, with M’Grash and Spinne opening the way. Lads Helloven provided this piece and handles the interiors too.

BLOOD BOWL COMING TO BOOM!

Los Angeles – February 18th, 2008 – BOOM! Studios is putting the fantasy back into fantasy football (as in elves, dwaves, orcs, and ogres) with the release of BLOOD BOWL: KILLER CONTRACT #1. The five-issue mini-series brings together best-selling BLOOD BOWL novelist Matt Forbeck and his trademark twisted blend of humor and action with soon to be fan-favorite artist Lads Helloven for the first-ever BLOOD BOWL comic book.

The new miniseries, BLOOD BOWL: KILLER CONTRACT, brings to life the world-renowned Games Workshop’s tabletop fantasy football game, BLOOD BOWL.

“This miniseries is a natural fit for BOOM! after doing the WARHAMMER 40,000 and WARHAMMER series,” said Ross Richie, Co-Founder of BOOM! Studios, “BLOOD BOWL combines the best parts of fantasy and football: gore and guts.”

Bestselling author Matt Forbeck kicks off the BLOOD BOWL miniseries with a throw-down between the legendary Bad Bay Hackers and their hated rivals: the Orcland Raiders. Artist Lads Helloven’s detailed and hilarious illustrations will make readers both cringe and laugh at the on-field violence.

BOOM! Studios adds BLOOD BOWL to its already-existing line of hugely successful comic books and graphic novels based on Games Workshop properties, including the worlds of WARHAMMER and WARHAMMER 40,000.

“I love games, I love BLOOD BOWL, and I love comics,” said Matt Forbeck, writer of BLOOD BOWL: KILLER CONTRACT. “Working with BOOM! on this has been a dream: a funny, twisted, violent dream about humans, ogres, and orcs fighting over a prized pigskin decorated with sharp and shiny spikes.”

Besides the best-selling BLOOD BOWL series of novels for the Black Library, Matt Forbeck has written numerous novels and comics including EBERRON: MARKED FOR DEATH, DRACULA’S REVENGE, DEADLANDS: ONE SHOT, SECRET OF THE SPIRITKEEPER, and the novelization of the upcoming MUTANT CHRONICLES film.

Matt Forbeck is also a leading game developer with twelve Origins awards and five ENnie awards, having developed and co-wrote THE LORD OF THE RINGS ROLEPLAYING GAME and REDHURST ACADEMY OF MAGIC, and designed the games BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME and MARVEL HEROES BATTLE DICE, among countless others. He also co-wrote the recent HARVEY BIRDMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW video game for the PS2, the PSP, and the Wii.

BLOOD BOWL: KILLER CONTRACT #1 is featured in this month’s February 2008 Diamond Previews catalogue and will ship in April of this year. BLOOD BOWL: KILLER CONTRACT #1 Cover A has a Diamond Code of FEB083594 and Cover B has a Diamond Code of FEB083595.

There will be an extremely limited C cover for BLOOD BOWL: KILLER CONTRACT #1 available as a 1-in-10 retailer incentive. Fans should check with their retailer for details on availability.

About BOOM! Studios

Winner of Wizard Magazine’s “Best New Publisher,” BOOM! Studios (http://www.boom-studios.com) is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects from some of the industry’s biggest talents. Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

BOOM! Studios co-founder Andrew Cosby’s television series EUREKA recently finished its second season at the Sci-Fi Channel, having launched to impressive ratings this past summer and consistently winning several key demographics on basic cable. EUREKA is the highest-rated series in the Sci-Fi Channel’s history.

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  1. This looks really good. The art fits nicely, if the cover artist will do the interior art as well. I can’t wait to read them. I’m just finishing the third book, and my question for you, Matt, is, “Does the Emporer like Blood Bowl?”

  2. This looks really good. The art fits nicely, if the cover artist will do the interior art as well. I can’t wait to read them. I’m just finishing the third book, and my question for you, Matt, is, “Does the Emporer like Blood Bowl?”

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  4. Looking good Matt.

    What is the ETA on the series?

    I saw that cover on the Boom website, and it didn’t strike me that it was Dunk. Must be a kinda internal visualisation thing. I am sure the artist will get in a flow with the character and the different perspectives on him will add up.

    Did the artist do different renderings of the characters for you to approve?

    I noticed the other day whilst translating a website at work into German that quite a lot of the naming comes from it (One of the words was beauty, and it got me checking other names…).

    It’s nice that there is another angle to the names. I know Blood Bowl has great humour and satire in it which is used a lot. I know you being a fan of Brett Farve and all, I liked Bavid Deckham. That made me chuckle.

    Hope all is well.

    Mark

  5. Looking good Matt.

    What is the ETA on the series?

    I saw that cover on the Boom website, and it didn’t strike me that it was Dunk. Must be a kinda internal visualisation thing. I am sure the artist will get in a flow with the character and the different perspectives on him will add up.

    Did the artist do different renderings of the characters for you to approve?

    I noticed the other day whilst translating a website at work into German that quite a lot of the naming comes from it (One of the words was beauty, and it got me checking other names…).

    It’s nice that there is another angle to the names. I know Blood Bowl has great humour and satire in it which is used a lot. I know you being a fan of Brett Farve and all, I liked Bavid Deckham. That made me chuckle.

    Hope all is well.

    Mark

  6. Thanks for the kind words. The last I hear, the first issue should be out in April, but that might have been pushed to May.

    Lads did create several sketches of the characters. I didn’t have final approval, of course—that’s GW’s bailiwick—but BOOM! has been fantastic about soliciting my input.

    And, yeah, most of the names have some sort of angle on them. For the Germanic names, my editor asked me to make the names more Germanic to fit with the Empire in Warhammer, which is the basis for the Blood Bowl world. So I ran words through a translator until I found ones I liked. Dunkel Hoffnung means “Dark Hero,” for instance.

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    Thanks for the kind words. The last I hear, the first issue should be out in April, but that might have been pushed to May.

    Lads did create several sketches of the characters. I didn’t have final approval, of course—that’s GW’s bailiwick—but BOOM! has been fantastic about soliciting my input.

    And, yeah, most of the names have some sort of angle on them. For the Germanic names, my editor asked me to make the names more Germanic to fit with the Empire in Warhammer, which is the basis for the Blood Bowl world. So I ran words through a translator until I found ones I liked. Dunkel Hoffnung means “Dark Hero,” for instance.

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