Holidaze is a comic book series about the bar where holiday and mythical icons like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Cupid, and all their friends go to unwind, commiserate, and often get into trouble.
Finding its audience primarily through digital outlets like comiXology and Amazon Kindle, or very small print runs for a handful of convention appearances or online orders, one of the questions we’ve constantly received is “When are you going to do an issue with Krampus?”
For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Krampus is the hooved and horned being that’s often seen as the antithesis of Santa Claus, punishing the wicked children of the world, be it beating them with birch rods, dipping them in ink, or carrying them off to the underworld in a wicker basket.
Not content to tell just one story about Krampus, we decided to tell three, and to give each one its own particular art style all its own, bringing in some incredible indie comic talent for the ride.
Heading up the charge is Holidaze co-creator Andrew Cieslinski. While he’s had his hands full with the all-ages superhero title Lacey & Lily as of late, he returned to the bar to illustrate our first tale – Beer Run. When hell runs out of beer, Krampus (like you’ve never seen him before) heads to the surface to find some at a bar he’s heard about called Holidaze. Poor Krampus has no idea what he’s getting into.
Andrew also did the heavy lifting of inking the rough pencils of Holidaze scribe Dave Dellecese for our second tale – Twas the Night Before Krampus. Modeled after a storybook tale, a family wakes in the middle of the night to the sounds of hooves making their way toward them. Krampus has arrived!
In Tall Tales, our third story, illustrated by Edward Yancey (Tales from the Sketch Club, and a staple at numerous conventions throughout the East Coast), the Holidaze gang tries to one-up each other with what each believes is the “true story of Krampus.”
Our back cover was designed by Patrick McCuen, the brains behind the hilarious comic series The Devil and Mr. Gandhi. Modeled after Harper’s Weekly and the iconic depiction by Thomas Nast of St Nicholas, Patrick has brought Krampus to life in all the 19th Century glory we could ask for. If you think the idea of the Devil and Gandhi being roommates is as absurd as a bar where mythical icons hang out together, you’re in luck, as some of our prize tiers include the Holidaze meets the Devil and Mr Gandhi crossover special.
Our comic jam wouldn’t be complete without a front cover, and our 1950s tribute to EC horror comics comes courtesy to Holidaze co-creator Andrew Cieslinski.
While digital books and comics are certainly convenient, we understand that there’s just something about that new comic smell and holding it in your hands. That’s why we’re looking for your help to fund a print run of the All-Krampus Spectacular, and to give you a chance to pull up a stool at Holidaze for a few laughs this yuletide season.
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