The popular and pioneering series HIGH MOON by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis returns online today. The Harvey Award winning webcomic combines the western and horror genres to create a “Stephen King vs. Sergio Leone mash-up” (Rue Morgue) that impressed fans and critics alike when it originally launched eight years ago as part of DC Comics’ initiative ZUDA Comics.
The HighMoonComic.com site officially launches today with the first 8 pages of the story and will now be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, the creative studio run by Gallaher and Ellis, with 4 new pages running every Monday. Later this year, the site will debut original content continuing the HIGH MOON saga.
Acclaimed writer/artist Molly Crabapple praised the horror western webcomic, “With werewolves, gunslingers, and the sumptuous artwork of Steve Ellis, HIGH MOON will change everything you thought you knew about the Old West.”
In HIGH MOON, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.
“It’s a thrill to have HIGH MOON back online,” said artist
Steve Ellis. “I could not be more excited to illustrate stories about
Macgregor as he explores the weird and wild west.” In addition to
illustrating HIGH MOON, Ellis has been drawing the BETTER CALL SAUL
webcomic for AMC. Ellis is known for his work for Wizards of the Coasts
on Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering as well as for creating storyboard designs and final art for interactive comic role playing games for AMC TV’s Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. This coming weekend Ellis will be appearing at Long Beach Comic Expo
where he will be one of the Special Guests recognized for their
commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide
array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys
and web comics.
HIGH MOON will be available exclusively online and digitally. It is the second webcomic to be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, following the young adult webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY which launched last year. The series will be available on the new mobile-responsive HighMoonComic.com site, Tapastic and Comixology; readers can support Bottled Lightning via its recently launched Patreon Fan Club.
Ellis and Gallaher’s other collaborations include working on the first digital comics in the late 90s, developing the first comic made exclusively for the iPhone with BOX 13 and developing content for Marvel Unlimited. In addition to his work as Chief Creative Officer of Bottled Lightning, Inc., David Gallaher has written for Marvel Comics and served as a consultant for Random House, The New York Police Department, and McGraw-Hill. This spring, DC Entertainment will publish CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN CORPS by Gallaher, Ellis and Ande Parks.
“HIGH MOON was our first collaboration,” said Gallaher. “We have so many more Macgregor stories to tell and fans of both HIGH MOON and THE ONLY LIVING BOY can expect more announcements soon. 2015 is going to be a big year for Bottled Lightning.”