Day Men Pen & Ink #1Media Release -- Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the May release of the inaugural issue in its new program to spotlight comics artists who are at the top of their craft. DAY MEN: PEN & INK #1 is an oversized, 11" x 17", prestige format book that contains the first two issues of the hit vampire noir series from writers Matt Gagnon (FREELANCERS) and Michael Alan Nelson (Supergirl, HEXED), and shines the spotlight on critically acclaimed master artist Brian Stelfreeze's (Wednesday Comics) original line art. Every page contains annotations from the entire creative team, giving a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

"We have the good fortune to be working with some of the best comics artists in the industry, so what better way to spotlight their work than to present their art in its purest form, complete with insightful commentary that peels the curtain back on their creative process," said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. "Brian Stelfreeze is an industry luminary and this Pen & Ink edition features his first monthly comics work since 2005. Kicking things off with his breathtaking work was a no-brainer. Future editions will go behind the scenes with more master artists like Humberto Ramos and George Pérez, and upcoming breakthrough artists like HIT's Vanesa R. Del Rey."

In DAY MEN, for thousands of years, the world has been controlled by the "50 Families"—a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power. But when the sun rises, the vampires are forced to employ the services of a human who acts as their daytime fixer and protector. Trained for centuries to be the mortal soldiers of their vampire employers, the Day Men go forth at sunrise, alone into the world, to do the bidding of their sleeping benefactors.

DAY MEN: PEN & INK #1 arrives in comic shops on May 7th with an introductory cover price of $9.99 under Diamond order code OCT131001. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use or to find one! It's also available for order directly from

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