Top Cow Productions has partnered with EP1T0ME Studios to co-produce and publish The Clay People’s Colossus. Colossus, penned by Matt Hawkins (Think Tank) and illustrated by Christian DiBari (Magdalena), introduces a bi-racial teenager in middle America who, thanks to his grandfather’s last wish, unleashes an otherworld of hurt onto his tormentors. Top Cow and EP1T0ME previously partnered on the critically acclaimed St. Mercy.
Colossus was inspired by The Clay People’s song of the same name. Richard Leibowitz, EP1T0ME’s President, said: “The song means different things to different people; the more we heard it, the more we envisioned a story about an underdog with newfound, out-of-control power and the ramifications that using it would bring.”
EP1T0ME invites curious readers to visit their website and sign up for updates. The first 100 signups will receive a digital copy of The Clay People’s latest album and the next 500 sign ups will receive a digital copy of the single, Colossus.
“After Rich [Leibowitz] pitched Colossus, I listened to the song and the lyrics really spoke to me,” said Matt Hawkins, President at Top Cow. “My sons are bi-racial, so the story made me think; so much so that I offered to write it myself. Intolerance, drug addiction, poverty, and boredom pave a perfect storm for a revenge tale of grisly proportions!”
Dan Neet, The Clay People’s frontman, said: “I wrote the song during a dark time; I can’t believe it’s coming to life for all of our fans and others to see.”
Colossus #1 will be available for purchase at comic book shops and across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.