Heavy Metal to Publish Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward's The 49th Key!
THE 49TH KEY FROM AUTHOR ERIKA LEWIS AND ARTIST J.K. WOODWARD TO BE COLLECTEDON NOVEMBER 30!
“A twisty conspiracy epic, The 49TH Key… has been one of my favorite Heavy Metal serials since it started.” - Grant Morrison
OCTOBER 3, EASTHAMPTON MA – For nearly 40 years, Heavy Metal has been the leading anthology of science fiction and fantasy, breaking new talent, and providing a platform for legends in comics and genre to push the boundaries of visual storytelling. This tradition continues in The 49TH Key, an original story from Erika Lewis (Firebrand, Game of Shadows) and artist J.K. Woodward.
49TH Key is based on the 16th century legend of Enochian magic, which tells of a secret language of angels. The first chapter in an expansive fantasy series tells of a rogue archeologist and a young autistic and mute boy on a treacherous journey through England to bring the boy home. The boy turns out to be the key to a gateway between our world and that of Enochia, a magical society that exists below the Earth's surface, filled with fantasy creatures and highly advanced humans.
“Heavy Metal has been an incredible partner, and getting to work with a creative genius like Grant Morrison is truly a dream come true,” says author Erika Lewis. “Whether you followed it in the magazine, or are entering Enochia for the first time, I am so excited that we can now offer this story all in one place!”
Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward’s The 49TH Key is a beautifully painted 120 page original graphic novel, which was initially serialized in Heavy Metal Magazine from 2015-2016. This special collection features 12 never-before-seen pages! Value-priced at just $9.99, the graphic novel will arrive on shelves on November 30.
Erika Lewis spent fifteen years in television development and production with stints at Sony, Fox, and finally at NBC Universal as the Vice President of Programming and Production at G4 before turning to writing fulltime. Lewis is in production on FIREBRAND for Legendary Comics with her partner Jessica Chobot. Her first novel GAME OF SHADOWS will be released in 2017 from Tor Books. Lewis is represented by Sally Wofford-Girand at Union Literary, Rob Wolken and Dalip Sethi at Rain Management Group and Darren Trattner at Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.
J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 and went on to work on several titles for IDW, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, Archaia and Marvel. He’s worked on such titles as X-Men Origins:Beast, Star Trek, Doctor Who,Peter David’s Fallen Angel, Mars Attacks and more. He currently illustrates Peter David's Fallen Angel as a reoccurring miniseries for IDW as well as various cover and sequential work for multiple publications. His most current projects include illustration for the Star Trek/Doctor Who, 8-issue mini series, Assimilation2 and Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever, the Harlan Ellison original Teleplay.