D.J. Coffman launches a website for his forthcoming (Spring 2007) Platinum Studios comic book Hero By Night. The website will not run the actual comic but features additional material about the character.
Update: I've added the official press release from Platinum Studios – click read more to check it out.
Platinum Studios, Inc. Launches â€œHero By Night Diariesâ€
on Drunk Duck.com
Comic Book Challenge winner DJ Coffman will start publishing the prologue to his winning entry Wednesday, October 18, 2006
LOS ANGELES, October 19, 2006 â€“ Platinum Studios today announced the launch of the â€œHero By Night Diariesâ€ on the webcomics community, DrunkDuck (www.DrunkDuck.com). This prologue, by Comic Book Challenge winner DJ Coffman, introduces the world that appears in the â€œHero By Nightâ€ print book in March.
This comes hot on the heels of Platinumâ€™s recent massively-successful release of â€œCowboys & Aliensâ€ on DrunkDuck and shows again Platinumâ€™s dedication to the webcomics medium.
â€œPlatinum has a real belief in webcomics and from the moment I won the Challenge, having a web component to the story was a necessity to them,â€ said Coffman. â€œThe Diaries, while theyâ€™re a stand-alone story of their own, are an integral part of the story line, bridging web and print comics in a way Iâ€™ve never seen before.â€
The â€œHero by Nightâ€ comic story revolves around Jack King, who uncovers the lair of a long-vanished superhero in his apartment building and also finds the ring that gave that hero his powers. But when he tries to become the new Hero By Night, he runs afoul of the originalâ€™s arch-enemies, and learns that being a real hero is tougher than he thought.
The prologue introduces readers to the original Hero By Night, from a diary that he kept.
â€œWe were blown away by DJâ€™s work from the moment we saw it at the Comic Book Challenge,â€ said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Platinumâ€™s Chairman and CEO. â€œâ€™Hero By Nightâ€™ has all the making to be one of the iconic books of the new century.â€