Free Comic Book Day 2016

imageFrom the desk of Dan Johnson, Editor of Cemetery Plots:

Fiends! Goblins! Lend me your fears!

Ears! Sorry, I meant lend me your ears!

Empire Comics Lab is proud to announce that we will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day in a very big way this year — with a special ashcan edition of Cemetery Plots: Issue #1.5! This issue features two brand new stories: “Red Need,” with script by Lou Mougin, art by Andy “Shaggy” Korty, and lettering by Brandon Bullock and “No Solicitors,” a prose story by Larry Underwood, aka Dr. Gangrene, with illustrations by Andy “Shaggy” Korty. This special issue also sports a brand-new cover by Rodney Bennett as well.

Cemetery Plots #1.5 is going to be a very, VERY limited print edition of Empire Comics Labs’ premiere horror comic. It will only be available at shops hosting ECL writers and artists (although both stories will be available for free download from Friday, May 6 to Monday, May 9 at our website, empirecomicslab.com).
ECL will be representing at the following comic books shops on Free Comic Book Day*:

Bluemoon Comics
2405 South Earl Avenue
Lafayette, IN 47905

ECL guest will be Andy “Shaggy” Korty, Cemetery Plots artist.

The Comics Conspiracy
108 North Street
Asheboro, NC 27203

ECL guests will be Dan Johnson, head writer and editor of Cemetery Plots, and Rodney Bennett, Cemetery Plots cover artist.

Heroic Adventures Comics
126 Gnau Avenue, SW
Massillon, OH 44646

ECL guest will be Daniel Gorman, Cemetery Plots artist.

Comics and Collectibles
2606 S. 14th Street
Abilene, TX 79605

ECL guest will be Lou Mougin, Cemetery Plots writer.

*Also at these shops on Free Comic Book Day: our Free Tombstone Contest! Enter the drawing to win the chance to have your name appear on a tombstone in an upcoming issue of Cemetery Plots! You’ll also get a copy of the issue your tombstone appears in. This is a $15.00 value and you’ll be the envy of every horror and comic fan if you win.

Cemetery Plots 2 preview… nah, we’re saving this one

From the desk of Dan Johnson, Editor of Cemetery Plots: “While we are wrapping up Issue Two, which is going to kill you all by the way, D.O. has been looking ahead to content for upcoming issues. The old geezer nearly lost what is left of his mind when he saw the pencils for a three-pager that Brian Postman is doing for an upcoming issue. It’s a new spin on the old dilemma of monsters hiding under your bed that was penned by Alexter Albury and it really has teeth.”

Preview from Cemetery Plots #2

From the desk of Cemetery Plots editor, Dan Johnson:

“Cemetery Plots #2 is almost ready to go to press. Man, it feels good to be able to say this issue is almost a wrap. 🙂 But the work never ends for an editor. I’ve already got stories in the works for upcoming issues and they are looking GOOD! One such story is “Pack Men” by Lou Mougin and Eric Bowen. Check out this first page that Eric is working on right now. When this story is completed, it is gonna be a real HOWL.”

  

Empire Comics Lab Celebrates Free Comic Day!

Everyone here at the Empire Comics Lab is super excited about Free Comic Book Day, which will be Saturday, May 7, 2016. As you can probably tell, all of the editorial staff, writers and artists at the ECL love comic books. While we can’t wait to get our hands on all the awesome books that will be offered this year, we believe it is just as important to give as it is to receive. That is why Empire Comics Lab is proud to announce that we will be offering not one, but TWO free Cemetery Plots stories during this year’s Free Comic Book Weekend.

Our first story is a terror tale with a lot of a bite that will chill your blood. And that’s A-OK because the star of this story hates warm drinks. Cuddle up with someone you wouldn’t mind necking with for the vampire story, “Red Need,” with script by Lou Mougin, art by Andy “Shaggy” Korty and lettering by Brandon Bullock.

A page from "Red Need,” with script by Lou Mougin, art by Andy “Shaggy” Korty and lettering by Brandon Bullock.
A page from “Red Need,” with script by Lou Mougin, art by Andy “Shaggy” Korty and lettering by Brandon Bullock.

We also have a story about a door-to-door life insurance salesman who ends up visiting the wrong house. He had better hope his own policy is paid up after he encounters the devilish brood at this residence. Heed the warning signs! “No Solicitors” is a killer prose story by Larry Underwood, aka Dr. Gangrene, with illustrations by Andy “Shaggy” Korty.

Larry Underwood as Dr. Gangrene
Larry Underwood as Dr. Gangrene

Both stories will be available as free downloads at the Empire Comics Lab website at http://empirecomicslab.com/ starting at midnight on Friday, May 6, 2016 and throughout the weekend. Also, as an incentive to get our friends, families and fans to spread the word, we will be holding a special contest throughout the weekend.

If you share the link to our Free Comic Book Day offerings on Facebook and tag Cemetery Plots editor Dan Johnson in the post, you will be entered into a special drawing to have your name featured on one of three tombstones in Cemetery Plots #3. Along with your Graveyard Shout-Out, you will also get a complimentary copy of the issue featuring your tombstone. This is normally a $15 value, but this is your chance to win this honor for FREE. And what the heck, Dan will even sign your comic book. But remember, you must post our link during Free Comic Book Weekend and you must tag Dan Johnson in the post to be eligible for the drawing.

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Cemetery Plots #2 will be here soon!

Things have been busy here in the Lab. Editor, Dan Johnson has coerced our amazing creators into producing the second issue of Cemetery Plots! He barely had to threaten them! Featuring work by Gary O’Donnell, Barbara Johnson Kaalberg, Marvin Mann, Larry Underwood, Andy “Shaggy” Korty, Brandon Bullock, the aforementioned Dan Johnson…

… and introducing Roger McKenzie!

What? What do you mean, “he wrote for Daredevil and Captain America”? Plus “Charlton Neo”? What’s he doing here?? Someone should warn this poor guy.

We are so excited to feature a cover by the legendary Paul Tuma from Heroic Publishing, Now Comics and Cracked Magazine! (again, he knows who we are, right?)

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