LOS ANGELES – July 11th, 2023 – Top Cow Productions, Inc., the company behind The Darkness and Cyber Force, announced today that it has partnered with EP1T0ME Studios, Inc. to co-produce and to publish Destiny Gate, a new horror, noir thriller series.
Destiny Gate, a blend of Inception and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, is an action-packed, immersive series based on the game concept by Paul Limon and being penned by Ryan Cady (Haunt You to the End, The Joker, Magdalena), illustrated by Christian DiBari (Revolvers, The Clay People: Colossus, Tales Told in Techni-Horror) and colored by Simon Gough.
Richard Leibowitz, EP1T0ME President, says, “I told Paul, an ex-Blizzard artist, that his Destiny Gate game pitch was one of the best I’d ever read; we’re happy to work with Paul and Top Cow to make the comic and look forward to making the game next.”
The debut title’s solicitation for issue #1 states:
Life, for the most part, is the product of the decisions you make. For some, a “wrong” decision or two (or more) leads to a crossroads on the other side of the Destiny Gate. Do you fight for a chance to survive and to start anew, or do you succumb to your inner demons and end it all for you and, worse, yours? In this opening tale, we meet Mitchell Slate at the height of the Great Depression. Down on his luck and heading home to a disappointed and desperate family, Mitchell’s train ride veers off the rails and transforms into a macabre and darkly fantastical journey into his own fragile soul.
This complex storyline is why Top Cow President Matt Hawkins exclaims “Destiny Gate is one of the more interesting supernatural stories we’ve ever done. Ryan Cady and Christian Dibari deliver on this one. I love this book!”
“The narrative and artistic elements playing out in Destiny Gate are among my favorites – mind-bending horror, surrealist psychological architecture, and of course, radical art deco design. “ says writer Ryan Cady. “With everything to play with here, it’s been a thrill to translate the immersive horror of a game like this into comic book form.”
Artist Christian DiBari adds, “It is great reuniting with Ryan Cady who, like me, is a huge horror fan. Inspired by films like Dark City and Jacob’s Ladder and Ryan’s scripts, I use heavy shadows and different kinds of brushes to push the visual look more in a noir direction with nightmarish images.”
Horror fans with interests beyond comics are going to enjoy the new noir world that Cady and DiBari have developed.
Destiny Gate is the fourth project between Top Cow and EP1T0ME; previously, the two companies launched the critically-acclaimed St. Mercy, The Clay People: Colossus, and Revolvers.
Destiny Gate #1 Cover A by Christian DiBari and Simon Gough, and Cover B by Rahsan Ekedal, will be in comic shops on October 11th, 2023, and also available for purchase on digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.
Top Cow Productions, Inc.,(http://www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades.
EP1T0ME Studios, Inc., (http://www.ep1t0me.com), is a video game company headquartered in Austin, TX with locations in Los Angeles, CA and Montreal, Quebec. We are focused on delivering story-driven game experiences across multiple platforms, including PC, console, mobile and VR. We work with exceptional independent game developers and experienced creative talent on both original and established IP. We are developing original IP specifically for multiplatform storytelling, including games, comics, film, television, audio drama and podcasts.