Cat’s out of the bag, AGP readers — we’re putting together a massive anthology of comics and short stories to celebrate Famous Monsters founder Forry Ackerman’s 100th birthday! It’s going to be truly awesome. We’ve got writers, musicians, directors, artists, and creators of all types honing their skills and putting their imaginations to tales that Forry would have loved.

Kickstarter details and additional contributors will be coming soon. For now, here’s the official press release:

Famous Monsters of Filmland, the world’s longest running genre magazine, and its comic book imprint American Gothic Press are preparing to honor their late founder’s centennial birthday by releasing a hardcover comic anthology at the opening Halloween gala of Alien Con™ in October.

FAMOUS MONSTERS PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE ACKERMANSION is a salute to Forrest J Ackerman, who was instrumental in fostering the careers of so many luminaries, including Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Rick Baker, Stephen Spielberg, and many others. Ackerman was also known for enthusiastically encouraging creative pursuits such as conventions and cosplay.

Not only are comic books an integral part of Ackerman’s history and career, the medium allows a truly impressive roster of creators to honor him. Amongst the talent set to participate are filmmaker/composer John Carpenter, science fiction author William F. Nolan, writer Richard Christian Matheson, musician John 5, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, horror writer Joe R. Lansdale, and countless others, including Cullen Bunn, Ray Fawkes, and Buzz Dixon.
Famous Monsters and AGP will be launching a Kickstarter in June to facilitate this once-in-a-century celebration at the first ever Alien Con™ in Silicon Valley on October 28, 2016. Alien Con, in partnership with HISTORY® and ANCIENT ALIENS™, is a celebration of all things science fact and science fiction in honor of the man who coined the term “Sci-Fi”.

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