Like free stuff? Then Image Comics has something for you. The comic book titan has teamed up with Tim Seeley to present a free digital download of Seeley’s hit series Hack/Slash. And with the recent release of the Annual issue of Hack/Slash and an upcoming trade paperback about to hit store, the timing is spot-on. “Liked the free issue we gave ya? There’s these books on the stand you can check out.” It’s a great marketing tool. Check out the press release below.
Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley has a gift for you — a gift of horror! A free Hack/Slash short, available as a digital download at ImageComics.com, serves as a good introduction to the fan-favorite series and a gesture of good will from a man who’s made the creation and slaying of comic book serial killers his job!
Have you been looking for a good way to get a taste of the Hack/Slash series, but weren’t sure where to start? Maybe you’re already a fan, but want a good way to share the series with a friend? Well, Tim Seeley’s provided the perfect opportunity by giving fans the gift of a free digital comic this holiday season!
Though he usually works with artists like Daniel Leister to illustrate his ongoing series, this free digital comic features art done entirely by Tim Seeley himself. “Since this is my personal gift to the fans, I felt it was only right that I do the art for these pages myself,” explained Seeley, “The style is very similar to the regular series though, since Dan and I work so closely together on art production.”
The Hack/Slash series appeals to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Scream, as well as many of the classics like Friday the 13th, Chucky, and Halloween. Regularly featuring guest appearances and references to horror, cult, and pop culture favorites, Hack/Slash both uses and mocks the tropes and codes of horror films in the ongoing series. Starring former victim turned serial killer slayer, Cassandra Hack, Hack/Slash has been described by Fangoria as mixing “the horrors of adolescence with the scares of slasher movies.”
The Gift of Hack/Slash introduces the main characters and themes of the series in a 4-page story. Seeley, along with Image Comics, encourages readers to share the free download link with friends and wishes everyone happy holidays!
Hack/Slash: My First Maniac, TP Vol. 1 (SEP100462, ISBN: 978-1-60706-338-7), a 112-page novel for $9.99, is the perfect collection to pick up if you like The Gift of Hack/Slash digital short. Hack/Slash: My First Maniac, TP Vol. 1 is on sale now and available for reorder, along with the Hack/Slash Omnibus Vol. 1, 2, and 3.
Seeley and Image are using the free issue as a stepping stone into the world of Hack/Slash, hoping that the taste of a dynamic story and great characters will help draw new readers to the book. Nothing wrong with that. In our culture, there’s so much noise around us everyday that it’s difficult to find something to catch our interests off the bat and draw us in. And when money’s tight, no one wants to invest in something that they may not enjoy. But a free comic is the perfect remedy to that. No money means no investment means more chances people will at least try it. It’s guaranteed that not everyone will run out and buy the entire series, but if Image and Seeley pick up a handful of converted fans, then good for them.