The Living Corpse - Annual
By Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson, covers by Haeser/Hasson and Tim Seeley.
The giant-size annual guest-stars Cassie and Vlad from D.D.P.'s Hack/Slash! Something dark and evil lurks in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey called the Jersey Devil. Can the Living Corpse and Cassie and Vlad stop beating the crap out of each other long enough to deal with the demonic menace? Probably not, but at least it's bound to be a good fight! Features a back-up story by Willow Creek's Josh Medors!
Crossovers are something common for Hack/Slash. Now, for the first time ever, the Hack/Slash team of Cassie Hack and Vlad, will be appearing in a comic besides Hack/Slash. Coming in December, Hack/Slash will be appearing in The Living Corpse annual #1. We talked with Hack/Slash creator, Tim Seeley, and The Living Corpse co-creators Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson about the book.
The Big Bad Wolf: Tim, what are your thoughts on having your Hack/Slash team meet up with the character, The Living Corpse?
Tim Seeley: I figure, since I've been lucky enough to have a lot of creators let me borrow their characters over the years, it was about time I returned the favor. Cas and Vlad have had a lot of guest stars, but this is there first guest star role.
The Big Bad Wolf: Ken and Buz, how do each of you guys feel about The Living Corpse crossing over with Cassie and Vlad?
Excited as hell! We've both been fans of Hack/Slash for a while now
and we're having a lot of fun playing in Tim's world with Cassie and
Vlad. Both comics (Living Corpse and Hack/Slash) are in the same kinda
vein--- horror and comedy so it was a natural to get them together for
Buz Hasson: It's awesome really. Hack/Slash has been around for a while and I've always picked the book up. I think when I read the Chucky crossover stuff I was like "Hey..I wonder if they'd ever cross over with The Living Corpse"?
The Big Bad Wolf: How did you guys hook up to make this crossover happen?
We got hooked up from our art rep, Paolo Belfiore who runs Cadence Comic art (www.cadencecomicart.com). He's been selling our original art for a few years now. He just recently started representing Tim and as soon as we heard that we knew he needed to hook us up!
Buz Hasson: Like Ken said, he's ours and Tim's art rep, so as soon as I heard he picked up Tim I was like "Hey Paolo, what do think of a Hack/Slash vs. Living Corpse book?". He thought it was a cool idea and hit Tim up. Tim was into the idea and from there the gears started rolling.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you guys reveal any of the storyline at this time?
It's The Living Corpse, Cassie and Vlad fighting the Jersey Devil in the
wilds of south Jersey. It's not just you're normal crossover--- meet,
fight, team-up--- there are some twists and turns you won't see coming.
It's a lot of fun!!
Buz Hasson: Thats right, it will be big, in your face action, with good jokes and some nasty ghoulish things happening.
Ken Haeser: As always, there where will be lots of blood and gore. No boobies but we do something with a vagina that's never been done before--- and that's saying a lot!!
Buz Hasson: Expect blood, guts and disgustingness.
The Big Bad Wolf: All three of you are writers and artists, so just who will be writing this series?
Ken Haeser: I wrote it with input from both Tim and Buz. Tim has been great letting us do what we are doing to his characters. I had a lot of fun playing with Cassie and Vlad!
Buz Hasson: Yeah, we all threw some ideas around. Ken put it on paper and from there we just rolled with the ideas.
The Big Bad Wolf: What about the artwork?
Ken Haeser: Artwork is by Buz and me.
The Big Bad Wolf: Will there be any alternate covers?
Ken Haeser: We've got two covers. One by me and Buz and we were lucky enough to have Tim bust out a kick ass second cover for us.
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?
Ken Haeser: Scheduled to be released this December/January. It should be in this month's Previews along with The Living Corpse vol. 1 trade paperback.
The Big Bad Wolf: How many pages is this book?
Ken Haeser: The main story is about 30 pages but we're going to have a whole bunch of extra in there like pin-ups and stuff. I always liked in the old Marvel annuals where they had a few pages of Spider-man or someone explaining how their powers work and where they work and stuff. We're gonna try to do something like that in there. And maybe a back-up story--- not too sure yet.
The Big Bad Wolf: How much is the book?
Ken Haeser: Not sure yet--- less than five bucks, I hope!
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about The Living Corpse annual #1?
Ken Haeser: If your are a fan of either Hack/Slash or The Living Corpse you will dig this book. It's sick as hell!!
Buz Hasson: If your a Hack/Slash fan, give the book a shot. I think the art alone will be fun as hell to see Cassie and Vlad pulled off in a more dark and animated style.
Tim Seeley: Glad to be a part of it. Looks like a blast.