21 Sep

Bunny Mask Returns to AfterShock Comics for Volume 2 (Exclusive)

Paul Tobin, Andrea Mutti and Taylor Esposito reunite for Bunny Mask: The Hollow Inside, the second volume of their AfterShock Comics series.

The AfterShock Comics horror series Bunny Mask is gearing up for a comeback in the spring of 2022.

CBR can exclusively announce Bunny Mask: The Hollow Inside, the second volume of writer Paul Tobin, artist Andrea Mutti and letterer Taylor Esposito’s hit comic. The series finds Bunny Mask free from her cave while still dishing out her signature brand of justice.

“As AfterShock’s second highest-selling title of all time, bringing Bunny Mask back for a second volume was a pure no-brainer,” AfterShock Comics editor-in-chief Mike Marts said. “Writer Paul Tobin and artist Andrea Mutti have rewritten the rules on what a horror comic can actually be. And if you thought the first volume was full of turns, twists and terror, you haven’t seen anything yet.”

Bunny Mask is the story of how Tyler Severin, a doctor, accidentally unleashes Bunny Mask herself – an eerie supernatural woman with uncanny powers – into the world. With his more-than-reluctant aid, she seeks out ‘sickness,’ as defined in her own unfathomable mind, and deals with it in her own creepy and often fatal manner,” Tobin said. “It’s basically as if you became friends with the girl from The Ring. In the first volume, Tyler attempts to deal with Bunny Mask, meanwhile getting to know (and fall for) a woman named Bee Foster, who is supposed to be dead, and who has some strange connection to Bunny Mask herself. The second volume continues to focus on the theme of identity, now with a new character called the Hollow, a bizarre creature who devours the very existence of his victims, leaving no memory or mark of the person behind, wiping away any memories or physical evidence the person ever existed at all! This is something Bunny Mask DEFINITELY defines as sickness!”

Tobin also gave his thoughts on who could direct and star in a Bunny Mask feature film. “Oh! Good question! I’d love to see a film or tv adaptation! As for director, someone like Takashi Miike would be amazing, though there’s an amazing wealth of other people I’d love. I’ve an affinity for Japanese and Korean horror directors, as I feel they work with the pure tension of horror in interesting ways,” Tobin opined. “Wouldn’t have to be a horror director, though, because I think a good comedy director has the chops to make a horror film. The two genres have such focus on precise timing that if you can do one, you can do the other. For that reason, people like Olivia Wilde (who I thought was amazing with Booksmart) or Rian Johnson with his impeccable Knives Out would be fantastic. There’s a lot of others, though. And, an actress to portray Bunny Mask? Hmm…I’d probably go with someone new who could really make her mark. Someone who can exude presence even while just standing still. A Veronica Lake. A Theda Bara. A Josephine Baker.”

When asked if Tobin has a favorite page or panel from either the first or second volume, he replied, “There’s a page in the fourth issue of the first volume that I’m particularly proud of, one where Bunny Mask speaks a line that I’m proud to have written. I won’t spoil it by blathering about it here. And the sequence we chose for the preview of the second volume, with Bunny Mask speaking with a dying woman in a hospital bed, is one I really like. There’s another scene in the first volume where Bunny Mask reads the future of a young girl by holding her teeth, and I like that one, too. Honestly, I like any of the scenes where Bunny Mask feels otherworldly and eerie, a creature that you can feel you’re on the verge of understanding, but never will.”

He concluded with his thoughts on what he hopes readers take away from the new volume. “A sense of dread,” Tobin concluded. “A feeling that they’d like to meet Bunny Mask, and the knowledge they’d regret it if they did.”

Bunny Mask: The Hollow Inside #1 goes on sale in spring 2022 from AfterShock Comics.

BUNNY MASK: THE HOLLOW INSIDE #1

  • Writer: Paul Tobin
  • Artist: Andrea Mutti
  • Letterer: Taylor Esposito
  • Cover: Andrea Mutti w/ Colleen Coover
  • On sale Spring 2022
  • Her footfalls don’t exist. She leaves no marks. Her eyes are a white abyss. Her name is Bunny Mask, and she’s free from her cave and moving through the city, searching for sickness and enacting her own unfathomable sense of justice. Can Tyler Severin control her? Does he want to? The answers to that are still hidden, but what’s clear is that Bunny Mask is back to grab you by your teeth, and never let go.

18 Mar

Tobin, Mutti, and Esposito To Set “Bunny Mask” Free at AfterShock in June

AfterShock Comics have announced “Bunny Mask,” a new horror series from writer Paul Tobin (“Colder”), artist Andrea Mutti (“Hellblazer”), and letterer Taylor Esposito (“Red Hood and the Outlaws”).

Cover by Andrea Mutti

“Bunny Mask” will see the titular ancient being set free by protagonist Tyler Severin after he is involved in a traumatic incident. Tyler will be forced to confront the mysteries that surround Bunny Mask, such as what she uses her supernatural abilities for, and what her connection to Bee Foster, a girl who was murdered by her own father fourteen years earlier, is, whilst contending with the impact Bunny Mask has on his own life now that she is imprinted on him.

In the press release, Tobin stated that his inspirations for the series include “the films of Dario Argento, the old Warren magazines, particularly ‘Vampirella,’ some of Junji Ito’s work, the strange art of Toshio Saeki, William Mortensen’s photography, and so much more! Anything that treads that line between horror and the somewhat sensual, it’s probably been a spark for this series.” Tobin continued, saying that the series will feature a “mixture of overt and sublime horror,” and “[play] with the aspect of how encountering the unknown, dealing with terrible forces beyond understanding, can change someone.” “Bunny Mask” #1 is scheduled for release on June 9 with a main cover by Andrea Mutti. On release there will also be a variant cover by Charlie Adlard (“The Walking Dead”), and a Bunny Mask Mask Variant by Mutti.

The Adlard variant cover, out-of-sequence preview pages, and full press release are as follows.

 

Bunny Mask #1 / $4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 6.09.2021
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Andrea Mutti
Incentive Cover: Charlie Adlard
Bunny Mask Mask Variant: Andrea Mutti

A new horror series from the creator of the Eisner-nominated Colder!

Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what’s her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In order to save his life – and his sanity – one man will have to discover the truth of what waits behind the mask.

Writer Paul Tobin (Colder) and artist Andrea Mutti (MANIAC OF NEW YORK, Hellblazer) unleash an eons old legend upon an unsuspecting world – one that’ll make your most horrific nightmare feel like a walk in the park!

PAUL TOBIN ON WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT AND WHY HE’S EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:

“Bunny Mask is the story of Tyler Severin, who—due to traumatic incident—uncovers and releases Bunny Mask herself, an ancient, supernatural creature, incredibly powerful and possibly evil, but the thing is…she likes him. It’s almost as if she’s imprinted on Tyler, since he helped her “hatch.” The series is about the ripple effects, or more honestly the tsunami effects, on Tyler’s life and the world.”

PAUL TOBIN ON SOME OF HIS INSPIRATIONS BEHIND CREATING THE BOOK:

“Ooo! There’s plenty of inspiration for Bunny Mask in my head! The films of Dario Argento, the old Warren magazines, particularly Vampirella, some of Junji Ito’s work, the strange art of Toshio Saeki, William Mortensen’s photography, and so much more! Anything that treads that line between horror and the somewhat sensual, it’s probably been a spark for this series.”

PAUL TOBIN ON RECALLING THE FIRST COMIC HE READ, AND HIS MOST FAVORITE COMIC HE’S READ TO DATE:

“The first comics I can ever remember reading were a stack of old Marvel and DC comics from the 1960’s. My cousin Denny had helped clean a neighbor’s garage and ran across them, and gave them to me. There were issues of Spider-Man, and Superboy & the Legion, and X-Men, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, Strange Tales. A lot more. Thanks, Denny! As far as favorite comic ever? Maybe Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese adventure stories, particularly the Africa and Siberia stories. I’m also a huge fan of the works of Richard Sala. I miss that guy.”

PAUL TOBIN ON (3) REASONS WHY COMIC READERS SHOULD PICK THIS BOOK UP:

“We’re hitting on that mixture of overt and sublime horror that I love and that I played with in my last foray into horror, the Eisner nominated Colder series. And we’re playing with the aspect of how encountering the unknown, dealing with terrible forces beyond understanding, can change someone. And I like to think that in the character of Bunny Mask herself we’ve created a character that, much in the same manner as Tyler Severin, people will be drawn to her. I think those are all elements that should convince readers to come along with us on this ride!”