Award winning writer/director Phil Mucci launches his adult animated series Professor Dario Bava, Paranormal Playboy, with a 100 page graphic novel prequel illustrated by Mike Dubisch with variant cover the legendary Italian horror maestro Emanuele Taglietti.
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ROME, 1967: a Vatican exorcist turns on, tunes in, and drops out to fight the monsters of the patriarchy with Future Chick, time traveling super-hippie from a heavy tomorrow, and Major Bitch, far out freedom fighting yeti-slayer. Murder Vibes From The Monster Dimension delivers 100 throbbing pages of psychedelic horror carved from the sexy imagination of Phil Mucci, conjured by the black arts of Mike Dubisch!
The first Professor Dario Bava graphic novel, Murder Vibes From The Monster Dimension contains three complete tales: "Blood Puppets of the Fiendish Manitou", in which Father Bava conducts his last and deadliest exorcism for the Vatican, "The Future Blows, Dude!" in which Future Chick discovers her powers in a world of ravenous horrors, and "The Bastard Birthright of Major Bitch" in which an American army brat runs away in post-war Europe to fight for justice against men and monsters. All three characters join forces in the thrilling climax to battle a vampire warlock coven in the Paris catacombs! Righteous!
Living Legend, Variant Cover Artist
The godfather of Italian comic books, since the early 70's Emanuele Taglietti's work has adorned the covers of erotic, crime, fantasy, and horror fumetti (Italian comic books). Inspired by the work of Frank Frazetta and Averado Ciriello, he created striking art for Zora the Vampire, Belzeba, Cimiteria, Sukia, Stregoneria (“Witchcraft”), Gli Spettri (“The Spectres”), Il Sanguinari (“The Blood”), Lo Schelectro (“The Skeleton”), Ulula (“Howls”), Vampirissimo and Wallestein. His worldwide reputation continues to grow to this day, culminating in 2015 with the gorgeous Sex and Horror: The Art of Emanuele Taglietti, a book by Mark Alfrey, celebrating Taglietti’s work.
Creator, Writer, Lettering, Color
An award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Phil has self-published 3 other books covering the process behind the scenes of his first two short films and photography work. On the urging of Diabolik LLC, the production company created by Ian Mackay, Phil began developing the far out world of Professor Dario Bava (PDB) in 2015. With the support of producer Dan Simpson, PDB has expanded from a series of interrelated stories, into scripts for films, graphic novels, and more
Producer, Temporal Weirdener
The newest official member of Diabolik, PDB is Dan's baby! Dan suggested Phil start developing a project that spoke to their mutual love of B-movie monsters and sexy European horror and sci-fi films from the 60's and 70's. Dan embraced PDB wholeheartedly, reaching out to Italian funkmeisters Calibro 35 to compose the theme song, and pairing the Murder Vibes graphic novel script with the incredible art of Mike Dubisch and Emanuele Taglietti
Professor Dario Bava
The founder of Diabolik, and the source of Professor Dario Bava! Ian has appeared in almost every project Phil has shot as a filmmaker, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes as a stop-motion animator and executive producer. He first played Professor Dario Bava in the short film / music video for Huntress "Sorrow", where he kept the entire crew laughing through brutal night shoots by improvising in character between takes. We knew then that the Professor's adventures had to continue!
Illustrator, Main Cover Artist
The visual wellspring of Murder Vibes, internationally known fantasy illustrator and graphic novelist Mike Dubisch has his roots in golden age horror comics and pulp science fiction. A student of the legendary cartoonists Will Eisner and Walter Simonson, Mike has worked for DC, MARVEL, Image and Dark Horse comics. Considered “one of the grand old men of horror comics” by comic art historian Stephen R. Bissette, Mike's art and stories have been featured in horror comic anthologies since his teens, currently appearing in internationally distributed “The Creeps” magazine with the finest artists working in the genre
SUSPIRIA (Susana Vilchez)
Guest Artist, "Camila"
Born in Barcelona, multimedia artist Suspiria is inspired by female anatomy, 70’s and 80's horror flicks, dark comics, and the holiest of holies, Halloween! A student of art, fashion, and graphic design in Barcelona and the Canary Islands, she's had many solo and group art shows in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Her spooky handmade Terror Tots, created for cuddling, are all uniquely hand-painted on a variety of supple fabrics. Suspiria currently has a studio in Toronto, where she's a custom tattoo artist while working on multimedia projects and shows.
One of Diabolik's longtime collaborators, Jill Janus of Huntress is as rad as they come! To celebrate Professor Dario Bava's first appearance in "Sorrow", Jill Janus crafted a special witch box just for you! We're also adding 3 Huntress "Sorrow" posters to the package, including a limited edition of the painting of Jill and the Baroness Karnstein that appeared in the video! Check out the update for more details, and see more of Jill's witchy delights at Heshette!
Guest Artist, "Professor Dario Bava vs. The Thing"
Dallas based illustrator/designer Rob Israel spent 13 years in the licensed apparel business before branching out on his own. He's designed t-shirts and posters for established musical acts from the world of edm, punk, and metal. His style ranges from low-brow, psychedelic work to more traditional comic art. He's inspired by everything - from pop culture, to comics, horror art, and politics, and has built a strong social media following where he features new work every day.
NICK "THE HAT" GUCKER
Guest Artist, "Dario Bava vs. Legions"
We're proud to announce our third collaboration with Nick The Hat! Diabolik fans might remember Nick's work from Das Muerte "All Those Delicate Cuts", and Monster Magnet "The Duke", but he's most well known for his creepy, psychedelic posters, book covers, and HP Lovecraft illustrations. Winner of the Pickman’s Apprentice Iron Artist challenge, Nick had the honor of creating artwork for the 2013 HP Lovecraft Film Festival posters and merchandise. His work has appeared in group shows from Alaska to Rhode Island, and his first solo show, “A Compendium of Curious Creeps” ran for two months in 2014 at Spectrum House in Seattle.
CAROLINA RODRIGUEZ FUENMAYOR
Guest Artist, "Miranda"
Based in Bogotá, Colombia, Carolina's unique visual style combines line drawing illustration with digital art and graphic design. "I would like my work to be able to show universes in which the human figure, galaxies, and nature become one... subverting everyday life and boredom, providing them with fantasy, surrealism, and science fiction." We first discovered her work on Brut Magazine's Instagram feed, and we were thrilled when she agreed to do her own interpretation of the graphic novel's villainess, Miranda Korday.
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