Back in the 90′s it seemed as if everyone and their Aunt Petunia had their own publishing company. One of those publishers was a dark place called Chaos! Comics. They were known for having monsters, demons, devils and no heroes. The bad guys were there to do whatever they wanted and the humans were there because the body count was important.

Of the Chaos! cast, my long-time personal favorite was always Ernest Fairchild, better known as Evil Ernie. His was the story of a boy abused by his parents, and even though the whole town knew about it, no one helped Ernest because his parents ran the lumber yard that employed nearly everyone in town. His only friend was a rat he named Smiley.

In his original incarnation, Ernest began to develop psychic powers, the ability to read people’s minds, and become moreEvil Ernie withdrawn as the abuse got worse. Eventually, he would meet Lady Death in his dreams and fall in love with her. This would lead to Ernest becoming Evil Ernie and in turn to a massive body count and more Chaos! than we’d ever seen in comics.
(For more about the original Evil Ernie miniseries check out my review HERE)

Some time ago Dynamite Entertainment, home of many licensed properties, announced they had picked up publishing rights for the Chaos! characters, minus Lady Death and a few others, and would begin to publish new stories featuring old fiends. It’s been far too long since anything else was announced, but this year at San Diego Comic-Con Dynamite made a major announcement and here it is, along with variant covers by some very talented artists and an early look at some amazing interior art by Jason Craig!

Evil ErnieDynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the classic Chaos! character Evil Ernie returns to comics from the creative team of writer Jesse Blaze Snider and artist Jason Craig!  In the world of Evil Ernie, an eternal conflict has existed for all time, a war between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil.  And with Ardian Syaf, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Seeley, and Dan Brereton on covers, make sure to jump on board Evil Ernie for this wickedly-wild ride this coming October 2012!

In Evil Ernie #1, Ernest Fairchild was a kind and gentle soul…until one day something in him snapped, leading him to one of the most notorious killing sprees in American history. With 665 kills to his name, “Evil Ernie” requires ONE more murder to complete the ritual he started and seal his deal with the Devil. Problem is: he’s just been EXECUTED! What led an ordinary boy to become a leather-clad angel of death? How does he wield such blasphemous power? And what is the secret behind his hideous smiley-face button?  Make sure to pick up Part One of “Origin of Evil” in Evil Ernie #1 this October!

“It’s pretty surreal to be working on Evil Ernie,” says writer Jesse Blaze Snider.  ”We’re definitely stayingEvil Ernie true to the spirit of the character, but those who want a little more substance from your Heaven & Hell opus are going to be surprised by the powerful concepts and ideas that serve as the bedrock of this new series…and this new Chaos Universe.”

“It was pretty clear from our first meeting with him, that Jesse would have done ANYTHING to write this book; and that kind of passion and dedication – along with his writing chops, of course – go a long way to making this one of our most anticipated launches later this year,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt.  ”Evil lives in 2012!”

“With Dynamite’s Chaos! characters, we are in possession of some of the most frightening horror characters in comic book history,” adds Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  ”Evil Ernie is possibly being the most iconic of the Chaos! characters!”

Evil Ernie is the fruit of Hell’s labor: A psychopath hell-bent on riding the world of the evil that twisted his soul, never knowing that his killing spree is actually a recruitment drive for Hell’s armies that will quickly bring us to the brink of Armageddon! Though he thinks that he is doing “good” Ernie is actually performing the greatest evil.

Jesse Blaze Snider is a comic book writer, voice over actor, TV/radio host, semi-pro football player, and rock musician. He is the eldest son of Twisted Sister front man and vocalist Dee Snider, with whom he appeared on the MTV reality show Rock the Cradle. Snider also created the Dead Romeo graphic novel series. He has also writing an ongoing Toy Story series from Boom! Studios. He also wrote a four-issue prequel to the motion picture Strangeland for Fangoria Graphix called Strangeland: Seven Sins.

 

Jason Craig started his career in Chicago, in 1991, working on and off for various publishers before moving away to pursue a full time career in advertising. Craig’s most notable work in the comics’ industry has been for Wildstorm Comics, drawing Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash and its sequel.
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011! The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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