Between his successful Kickstarter initiatives and the upcoming 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking Nocturnals comic franchise, writer/artist Dan Brereton is one busy guy. His appearance at Terrificon 2019- his first convention ever in the state of Connecticut- delighted fans, who showed up in droves to shake hands, seek autographs, and support the Hero Initiative (a program designed to provide financial support and emergency medical aid for comic creators in need) with cash donations. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Brereton on the first day of Terrificon to discuss the world of horror which has greatly influenced his work, and his own artistic process.
Brerton’s latest project is a deluxe, monster-sized edition of his 1999 cult classic comic book, Giantkiller, which captures all of the kaiju-themed mayhem of the original release with some added extras and a format worthy of the title. The new hardcover edition measures an impressive 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 -inch volume with 240 pages, and “…additional story art in the form of a new Epilogue, a big concept gallery of sketches, a large Rogues’ Gallery of guest artist pin-ups and more!” According to the official press release, “Brereton feels it’s one of the coolest things he’s done in comics, ‘It was something that made me ridiculously happy while I was working on it for two years. I can’t believe it’s been two decades. I still think about those characters and still want to do so much more.” read more
If one were to ask any comic fan the following question: “Name a pulp-noir monster hero that combined suspense and hard-boiled action with a distinct artistic style?”, the vast majority of fans would quickly answer with the name “Hellboy”. While this answer is undoubtedly true, there was a team of “monster-men” who debuted around the same time as “Big Red” who would also fit this description to a tee: Dan Brereton’s Nocturnals.
Originally published by Malibu Comics’ creator-owned Bravura imprint in 1995, The Nocturnals was like a delicious Halloween treat for fans of Universal Monsters, pulp-era detective stories, and film noir. Made even more unique by the beautifully painted art of Dan Brereton, the Nocturnals made an impression on many a discerning fan in a decade that was infamously known for trading cards, holofoil covers, and the great comic book crash which forced more than half of the comic book stores in America to close their doors. read more