Alan Robert

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Alan Robert
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Background information
Birth name Alan Robert
Genres Thrash metal, heavy metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Labels Roadrunner, Epic
Associated acts Life of Agony

Alan Robert is a singer/songwriter and comic book creator, known as the bassist in the New York-based band Life of Agony, and for his work on his graphic novels, Wire Hangers, Crawl To Me and Killogy. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York's School of Visual Arts, where he studied cartooning under teacher and famed Thor artist, Walter Simonson.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Robert is credited as being one of the original members of the band, Life of Agony, in 1989,[1] and was the primary songwriter for the band's River Runs Red.

In 2006, Robert announced the creation of a punk rock band Spoiler NYC, which he formed with long-time friend, "Junkyard" Silletti and Tommy Clayton. The band released the full-length record Greasefire in Hell's Kitchen in 2008 and toured Europe with Life of Agony. Best known for their high-energy live shows which regularly feature dedications to their merch coordinator, Guy Bannister, Spoiler NYC released two songs in 2009.

Comics work[edit]

Robert is currently active in the comic book industry, having first created a four-part horror/conspiracy miniseries, Wire Hangers, which he also wrote and illustrated. The series was published in 2010 by IDW Publishing.[2]

The first issue of the comic series won ComicMonsters.com's 2010 Best Cover Award.[3]

On March 29, 2011, Alan Robert announced a live action feature film version of the Wire Hangers graphic novel, which to be produced by Robert's production company, Wasted Talent Entertainment" in connection with Zam Entertainment.[4][5]

Robert announced the four-issue miniseries, Crawl To Me, which was published by IDW Publishing, whose story follows a young family who are confronted with a series of disturbing events in their rural home.[6] The first issue was released in July 2011.

The series won the Mini-Series Of The Year from ComicMonsters.com and TheSickHouse.net's 2011 Golden Gore Award for Best Graphic Novel.[7]

The first printing of Crawl To Me sold out within a week of its publication and a second printing was quickly announced. A hardcover version, titled Crawl to Me: Evil Edgar Edition was later released in various formats. At the same time, Robert announced that a full-length movie based on the graphic novel was in the works. Screenwriters T.J. Cimfel and David White signed on shortly afterwards to adapt a screenplay based on the property. [8] In December 2012, IDW Limited released two limited-run hardcover versions of the comic series in a black and red label options, featuring original artwork by Alan Robert included within each package.

On December 29, 2011, Robert appeared on second series premiere of the TLC television show, NY Ink, in the episode "Kings of NY", in which he received a tattoo based on the cover art from the first issue of Crawl To Me.

In "Wolf and Cub", the February 9, 2012, episode of the CBS show Person of Interest, several IDW Publishing books and posters are featured on the set, including Alan's Crawl to Me, Wire Hangers and Killogy. A Crawl to Me poster painted by artist Menton3 was featured in a pivotal scene inside a comic book shop near the end of the episode.[9] The graphic novel will be adapted in a full length film produced by Robert and screenplay will re-written by David White and T.J. Cimfel.[10]

On May 10, 2012, Robert announced he was teaming with IDW Publishing again for his next comic series, Killogy, a four-issue series depicting the stories of three murderers who share a prison cell who are depicted with the likenesses of Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone and Brea Grant. The first issue was released in October 2012.[11][12][13][14]

Upon its Halloween 2012 release, Killogy became a hit series and received rave reviews from respected horror and comic book critics. Fangoria hailed it, saying, "Killogy is an INSTANT CLASSIC... it finds its way into your head and stays there!" while Giant Fire Breathing Robot praised "With Killogy, Alan Robert has not only earned his place amongst the big names in comics, but he can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best horror creators in any form.[15]

Killogy won a Horror Comics Award from ComicMonsters.com for "Best Scene of 2013" and was nominated for Best Mini-Series by The Ghastly Awards, a prestigious honor as nominees are chosen by horror comic book professionals. [16] [17] Additionally, Bloody Disgusting named Killogy in its Top 5 Best Mini-Series of 2013. [18]

On July 2013, it was announced that Robert had teamed up with IDW again to produce his next comic series, The Shunned One, which focuses on an Angel of Death who goes rogue after being ordered to take several innocent lives.[19] The release date for the comic series is listed as early 2015.

In May 2014, Robert announced he was teaming up with ex-Misfits guitarist, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, for a special Halloween 2014 Killogy issue which centers on a character based on Doyle. Robert said that this was a continuation of the original Killogy series but that he did not expect any of the characters from the previous IDW published series to appear in this issue. At the same time, it was announced that Robert had teamed with award-winning writer and producer Rodney Barnes to develop an animated television series based on the Killogy comic series.[20]

Movies[edit]

On July 19, 2013, it was announced that Robert had signed a movie deal with the Spanish film production company, Rodar Y Rodar, to produce a full-length feature film based on the Crawl To Me comic book series. It was also announced that Robert would be co-producing the movie along with Jeff Mazzola and Chris White. The director of the film will be Victor Garcia.[21] While no release date was provided, it was said that studio work will be filmed in Spain and exteriors in Canada.

On July 9, 2014, Alan announced that his upcoming Shunned One comic was being adapted for a movie. The film adaption is being scripted by writer Jack Reher, and being co-produced by Robert's Wasted Talent Entertainment firm along with The Coalition Group. At the time of the announcement, no scheduled release date for the movie had been listed.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Life of Agony - Music Biography, Credits and Discography. AllMusic. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "IDW Presents Wire Hangers". wirehangerscomic.com. September 28, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "Cover of the Year 2010". ComicMonsters.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Wasted Talent Entertainment. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Alan Roberts' Wire Hangers Official Movie Website. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Alan Robert's Crawl To Me - Comic Book Series (IDW Publishing). crawltomecomic.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  7. ^ The 2011 Golden Gore Awards. The Sick House. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Life of Agony Bassist Alan Robert's Hit Graphic Novel Lands Screenwriters (Noisecreep).
  9. ^ Person of Interest. Season 1. Episode 14. February 9, 2012. CBS.
  10. ^ "Life of Agony Bassist Alan Robert's Crawl to Me Adaptation Finds Writers". Dread Central. April 24, 2012
  11. ^ Marshall, Rick (July 3, 2012). "Alan Robert’s “Killogy” comic casts famous faces from stage and screen in dark horror story". IFC.
  12. ^ "Alan Robert’s "Killogy" Coming Halloween 2012 From IDW". Comic Book Resources. July 15, 2012.
  13. ^ "Alan Roberts' Killogy - A New Comic Series From the Creator of 'Crawl to Me' and 'Wire Hangers'". killogycomic.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  14. ^ "Goodfella's Frank Vincent, Legendary Drummer Marky Ramone & Heroes' Brea Grant Team Up In Alan Robert's Killogy Comic Series (IDW)". killogycomic.com. May 10, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  15. ^ "Alan Roberts' Killogy - A New Comic Series From the Creator of 'Crawl to Me' and 'Wire Hangers'". killogycomic.com.
  16. ^ "ComicMonsters.com 2013 Horror Comic Award Winners Announced..
  17. ^ "The 2013 Ghastly Award Nominees Announced!.
  18. ^ "Bloody-Disgusting.com List of The Best Comics Mini-Series of 2013".
  19. ^ IDW announces new Alan Robert series, “THE SHUNNED ONE”. fangoria.com.
  20. ^ DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN To Star In 'Killogy' Comic Book; Animated Series In Development. Blabbermouth.net
  21. ^ "Rodar, Alan Robert Team On "Crawl To Me" Variety.com
  22. ^ "IDW Comic ‘The Shunned One’ Getting Big-Screen Adaptation From ‘Grizzly’ Writer Jack Reher (Exclusive)" TheWrap.com

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