FRENCH SPAWN COMIC COMING TO THE U.S.
'Spawn: Simony' Available in May ... in English
Friday, January 16, 2004
Semic, the company which publishes the Spawn comic book in France, worked with Todd McFarlane Productions to create its own Spawn story outside the regular arc. This is unique, as Todd rarely approves ventures of this nature.
The story came as a result of Semic seeking to continue the special events they have organized around Spawn since 1999. "For nearly 10 years, Todd McFarlane Productions and Semic have enjoyed an exceptionally good relationship, which has led to various joint projects, such as a cover drawn by renowned French artist J.Y. Mitton for Spawn #46 [French edition] in 2000," said Jeff Porcherot, Semic editor. A year later, Semic published Spawn #57, which included the U.S. edition of Spawn #100. The same year, Spawn artist Angel Medina was Semic's guest for the Angoulême International Comics Festival. In 2003, Todd McFarlane was Angoulême's Guest of Honor during its 30th festival.
It was there that the "French Spawn Project" was officially launched.
The project originally came to life when Semic Editor-in-Chief Thierry Mornet met with Todd McFarlane at the San Diego Comic Con International in 2002. At the meeting, Mornet pitched the idea to McFarlane, based on the plot by Porcherot and art samples by Aleksi Briclot.
"Todd gave his agreement and all the details were worked out when he came to Angoulême in January," Porcherot said. The story, titled "Simony," is 44 pages long, and fully drawn, inked and painted by Briclot, while Alex Nikolavitch developed the story based on Porcherot's plot. It was initially published in June and August of 2003 in France in the Spawn bimonthly comic there.
The story involves former Hellspawn and current Spawn mentor Cogliostro in a scheme to rid himself of his Hellspawn curse. The events depicted in the story take place after issue #100 and before Al Simmons became "separated" from his Spawn counterpart.
Cog -- with the help of a young woman -- gathers ancient religious artifacts which played a major role in human history 2000 years ago. The action shifts from the Far East to Paris, where the French government's security service is also looking for one of the artifacts to breed its own super-soldier and eventually sell the technology. That secret project is located in the Paris catacombs and combines science and sorcery. Some religious orders seek to destroy this project, because it could cast a new light on the true identity of one of Christianity's most sacred icons. Cog must have the artifact to obtain redemption and Spawn wants to stop the madness of it all. These characters and their conflicting agendas eventually collide in Paris under the eye of Mr. D, the man-in-white in charge of Hell.
"My company and Semic have had a great long-term business relationship," said McFarlane. "When they came to me with this story and I took a look at the artwork, it was a done deal. I was really impressed with the textures and depth of the art and the story; very unique, but still very appropriate to our idea of what the Spawn universe should be."
Spawn: Simony has been translated into English and will be available in the United States for the first time in May. This 64-page book features a double-length story as well as added editorial content and pinup art (by Todd and Greg Capullo). It will retail for $7.95.