October 31, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA) – Heavy Metal magazine today announced plans to publish its very first digital comic, Heavy Metal Presents: Gates. The official site of the sci-fi comic – gates.heavymetal.com – also went online today, where fans of the legendary magazine can view a trailer, story synopsis, character biographies and more. The comic will officially launch on 1.1.11.

Heavy Metal Presents: Gates centers on a specially-conceived young man, named Gates, living a wretched existence in an isolated negative utopian society, deep within the caverns of an industrial mountain complex. When he breaks free from his colony he is thrust onto a lush alien world filled with strange creatures, and ruled by Soloman—a nightmarish, god-like overlord. With his organic plant based technology, Soloman captures the humans and is instantly obsessed with the extermination of mankind and all life on the world. With the help of a tribe of intelligent creatures, Gates must learn to use Soloman’s organic technology to defeat him and take back a planet which is rightfully his. Gates is an epic tale of discovery and adventure addressing ideas of identity, society, politics, and philosophy, as well as modern concerns, including environmentalism, evolution, and the unintended consequences of scientific and technological experimentation.

“Heavy Metal magazine is both proud and excited to have Gates be our first digital comic,” said Kevin Eastman, owner and publisher of Heavy Metal magazine. “Hal Hefner has captured the quintessential tone and style of Heavy Metal, not only in terms of his visuals, but also the story. With what Hal has created in Gates, we hope continues the momentum generated from Dan LuVisi’s, LMS: Last Man Standing book.”

Hal Hefner adds, “I grew up loving the Heavy Metal film, and reading Heavy Metal and was heavily inspired by many of the artists featured, with Moebius being the most notable. It is deeply satisfying and an honor to not only have my work published by Heavy Metal, but to be their very first digital comic. “

Additionally, Heavy Metal Presents: Gates will feature a music soundtrack, as did the Heavy Metal film released in 1981. Artists will include Inside The Black, LoveKrafty and more.

For further news and information, please visit http://gates.heavymetal.com

About Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal is a bi-monthly magazine that features art and comics, often focused on the science fiction and fantasy genres, known primarily for its blend of dark fantasy/science fiction and erotica. It was first published in 1977 and has since expanded into films, music soundtracks, video games and more. Artists featured in the magazine have included H.R. Giger, Moebius and Frank Miller, and writers such as William S. Burroughs.

About Hal Hefner
Hal Hefner is an artist, illustrator and writer whose art has been featured in games, websites, print, comic books and more for clients such as the Han Solo Adventures video game, Hero Games/Evil Hat Productions, Spacedog Entertainment, Breygent Marketing, Alderac Entertainment Group, Nifty Comics, Strange Horizons, Nova Eth Publishing and many more.

For a digital press kit that includes images and logos, please download this zip file.

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