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New Comic Book Series Inspired by Local 518 Band The Clay People Launches Today

Christian Dibari

On March 17, The Clay People will join a short list of rock stars who have had major comics feature their work. Some notables with whom the band will share this honor include Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, KISS, and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way whose vision birthed The Umbrella Academy, a blockbuster Netflix series from the comic of the same name.

Top Cow Productions, Inc., the Los Angeles-based entertainment company behind comic series “Witchblade,” “The Darkness,” and “Wanted,” just announced that it has partnered with EP1T0ME Studios, Inc. to co-produce “The Clay People: Colossus,” a comic book inspired by Albany-based heavy metal band, The Clay People’s single of the same name, “Colossus.”

“The Clay People: 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.

Said EP1T0ME’s President Richard Leibowitz: “The song means different things to different people; the more we heard it, the more we envisioned a story about an underdog with new-found, out-of-control power and the ramifications that using it would bring.”

“After Rich pitched Colossus, I listened to the song and the lyrics really spoke to me,” says Top Cow President, Matt Hawkins. “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, frontman for The Clay People, 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.”

In honor of the release, EP1T0ME is inviting curious readers to visit https://ep1t0.me/colossus 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.”

Andy Gregory is a Capital Region native, architectural design professional, and supporter of the local arts. During the day he helps manage construction design and building projects for clients. Most other times he can be found supporting the local musicians in almost any way possible.