Skelton Crew, the fantastic studio we last profiled based on their amazing replicas of Locke & Key's magical keys, just locked up another cult friendly license: Image Comics' Chew.
Though the toys and items won't be available until later in the year, they've already got one in the works... A vinyl version of Chogs, the half chickens, half frogs that make you go a little crazy and trip out if you lick them. Hopefully, the Skelton Crew versions won't breed quite as quickly as the ones in the comic, but if they do? Hey, more to sell back on eBay.
Here's the full press release from Skelton, and be sure to snag one of the rare Locke & Key Omega Keys from 'em if you're down in San Diego:
Something to CHEW on: Replicas from Skelton Crew Studio coming
There will be Chogs.
The creators of the Eisner and Harvey-winning comic CHEW and Skelton Crew Studio have reached an exclusive license agreement for the studio to create a line of prop replicas based on the series.
"We're positively thrilled about this deal. The Skelton Crew Studio's commitment to quality is obvious, and we've been looking for the best way to get CHEW-related stuff into the hands of fans, readers and collections – and this is it,” said John Layman, writer of the New York Times best selling series. “This is going to be a great partnership and one of the absolute CHEW highlights of an already monumental year for the book."
CHEW is drawn by Rob Guillory, the 2010 Harvey Award winner for Best New Talent.
"I've been a fan of Skelton Crew Studio's work for a while, and I couldn't imagine CHEW being in better hands,” said Guillory. “And personally, I cannot wait to have their CHEW merch on my shelves! The fans are going to LOVE what we have in store."
Skelton Crew Studio, a small sculpting house out of Maine, is already the exclusive home of replicas based on IDW’s popular “Locke & Key” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
“CHEW is such a great book and these guys are amazingly creative, so I’m pretty amped,” said Israel Skelton, owner of Skelton Crew Studio. “Can I resist saying it? It’s a comic I’m really anxious to get my teeth into.”
Skelton has plans to tackle Chogs, badges and, of course, fan-favorite Poyo. (Attached is Chog vinyl concept art by Guillory.) The studio will roll out the first CHEW replicas in late 2012. Check out www.skeltoncrewstudio.com and www.chewcomic.blogspot.com in the coming months for updates.
The latest trade paperback from CHEW, published by Image Comics, “Major League Chew,” hit shelves in May. The latest issue, the spin-off one-shot CHEW: SECRET AGENT POYO goes on sale Wednesday, July 11.
The latest release from Skelton Crew Studio is a limited edition Omega Key from "Locke & Key," this year's 2012 San Diego Comic Con International exclusive.
Layman, Guillory and Skelton will all be attending SDCC this week.