31 Aug

AfterShock First Look: Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #1

The bloody saga of Maniac Harry continues!

After the tragedy of The Death Train, Detective Zelda Pettibone and mayoral aide Gina Greene have lost the trail of the Maniac — and the support of the city. Copycats are springing up, tensions are high and traffic is a nightmare. So, what happens when your favorite unstoppable, mindless killer resurfaces in a Bronx high school? Can Zelda and Gina get there before Maniac Harry adds to his body count? Will the students tear their attention away from their phones long enough to notice there’s a monster in the halls?

Writer Elliott Kalan and artist Andrea Mutti return for the next chapter of the hit horror-satire that’s somehow even scarier than the world we actually live in!

Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Andrea Mutti
Maniac Harry Mask Variant: Andrea Mutti
Incentive Cover: Jonathan Luna
$4.99 / 32 Pages / Color
On Sale 12.01.21

ELLIOTT KALAN ON AN OVERVIEW OF THE FIRST ARC:

“In Volume One, Maniac Of New York: The Death Train, we were introduced to the masked, seemingly undead slasher-killer Maniac Harry. He’s spent four years terrorizing New York because the city government found him so unstoppable that it was easier to just let New Yorkers live with the constant threat of sudden, bloody death. That is, until Gina Greene, a driven and idealistic mayoral aide, takes on the job of stopping Harry for good — if she can convince Detective Zelda Pettibone, the jaded outcast cop on the Maniac beat, to help her. The arc centers around Harry slaughtering his way through a subway train as Gina and Zelda try to save the people onboard. We learn that Gina was the only surviving camp counselor at the scene of Harry’s first massacre, years before, and that Zelda feels guilty for testifying against her ex-partner when he shot an unarmed young man. By the end of the arc, the Maniac is still on the loose, and in order to keep her job Gina has taken the public blame for the Death Train disaster. That should catch everybody up!”

ELLIOTT KALAN ON A FEW THINGS THAT READERS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO DISCOVERING IN THIS NEW ARC:

“The new arc, The Bronx Is Burning, will give us more glimpses of how Maniac Harry has really insinuated himself into the fabric of New York life: copycat criminals, school Maniac drills, rap lyrics… We’ll also be following the Maniac into parts of the city we haven’t seen before, culminating in a huge scene at a public event that I’ve been wanting to include ever since the first series and which I can’t wait to see Andrea draw. We’ll also see Gina and Zelda’s relationship develop further, as Gina becomes more coldly obsessed with stopping the Maniac, pushing Zelda away from her. And Lena, final girl of the Death Train, will return on a quest of her own.”

WITH FRIDAY THE 13TH PART Vlll: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, AND TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE WERE SOME OF THE LAST ARC’S INSPIRATIONS, ELLIOTT KALAN ON HIS INSPIRATIONS FOR THE NEW ARC:

“This series has fewer overt movie influences than the first one, but I’m sure there are plenty in there that I haven’t noticed and will be pointed out to me when the books come out. With MANIAC VOL. 2, a lot of my thinking was in trying to broaden the landscape of the series. Vol. 1 spent so much time in the subway, but New York is a whole world, with lots of spaces we don’t get to see in movies too often: schools, bodegas, stadiums. The places New Yorkers go, and where the Maniac is bound to follow. The problem is, New York is just too damn big a city to do justice to in a handful of issues. Hopefully, we’ll just have to do even more someday.”

MIKE MARTS ON WHY A SECOND ARC IS HAPPENING:

“Going back for a second volume on Elliott and Andrea’s MANIAC OF NEW YORK was a no-brainer…five issues and one borough weren’t enough to tell the complete story of Harry and his maniacal rampage.”

 

12 May

How a Former ‘Daily Show’ Writer Crafted a Slasher Comic

Elliott Kalan’s ‘Maniac of New York’ debuts in early 2021.

New York can be dangerous at the best of times, but in AfterShock Comics’ latest title, Maniac of New York, that reaches a new height — not that the New Yorkers in question seem that bothered, all things considered.

The series, for which The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive first look, is “a horror story about how crisis situations become our new normal,” according to writer Elliott Kalan. (Hellblazer veteran Andrea Mutti provides art.) “A slasher movie-style unstoppable killer is marauding through New York City, and since nobody knows how to solve the problem, everyone in power has given up and decides to just live with New Yorkers occasionally being hacked to death by an ax-wielding maniac. The series will look at how life changes, and doesn’t change, in the city from different angles — starting in our first arc with a story about an idealistic mayoral aide, a jaded police detective, and a very bad day for commuters on the subway.”

As timely as the idea of settling into a new routine during trying times may be, Kalan said the roots of the series come from a far less likely source.

“The original inspiration for the series was my extreme adolescent disappointment with Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, which promised a citywide metropolitan bloodbath and delivered a couple shots of Jason walking through Times Square in a bad mood,” he admitted. “But beyond that, the New York movies of the ’70s and ’80s, when the city was gross and ugly and exciting and felt like it was full of real people and not just wealthy hedge fund managers. The first storyline is heavily indebted to my favorite movie of all time, the original Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

Maniac of New York is a far cry from Kalan’s Emmy award-winning work on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and Mystery Science Theater 3000 — there’s a lot more death, for one thing — but the comparison comes to life in an unexpected way for the writer.

“The biggest difference is I never have to worry about the budget. Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Not a problem, we can shoot there. Get a whole subway train? Done, no permits necessary. And casting is a snap, because we can just invent whoever we need.”

Kalan said the series is a labor of love. “I’ve been wanting to tell these stories for a very long time. I love New York in the way only a true New Yorker can — with a burning desire to see it fictionally destroyed,” he said. “I’ve never felt previous horror stories really took advantage of the nightmare opportunities the city has to offer, so it’s been exciting to play with all that. And I’ve loved watching Andrea bring it to life with his art after years of the idea living in my head.”

Maniac of New York is scheduled to launch in February 2021.