Serial killers have never been hotter it would seem with a renewed interest in the likes of Richard Ramirez, Ted Bundy (thanks in no small part to Netflix unhealthy obsession with them) and now… Ed Gein. Although he never reached the heights of serial killing as he never did kill the requisite three people to make it onto the list. But, his legacy certainly has left its mark on popular culture as the twisted inspiration for Leatherface in A Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffolo Bill in Silence of the Lambs and Norman Bates in Psycho. That’s quite the list. But if there was any creator I felt could do this subject matter the grisly justice it deserves, it’s Eric Powell, creator of The Goon.
Powell is collaborating with Harold Schechter, serial killer expert and author of true crime classics including Deviant and The Serial Killer Files.
Called Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? it will be a 200-page original graphic novel illustrated by Powell and researched and written by Schechter.
“This book takes Gein’s gruesome crimes out of the realms of exploitation and delivers a powerful, fact-based dramatization of the tragic, psychotic, and heartbreaking events. Because, in this case, the truth needs no embellishment to be horrifying.” – Eric Powell
“Obviously Ed Gein’s story has been fictionalized many times in the movies. In no visual medium, however, have the bizarre inner workings of his mind been explored and portrayed. The graphic novel is the perfect medium to conduct such an exploration. Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? will not only bring the factual details of Gein’s crimes to vivid, compelling life but draw the reader into the phantasmagoric realm of his uniquely deranged psyche.” – Harold Schechter
To fund a special signed edition of the graphic novel Powell’s Albatross Funnybooks has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the signed edition and exclusive paperback edition of the book with a cover by acclaimed horror artist William Stout, a hardcover edition with a Kickstarter exclusive dust jacket by Eric Powell, limited edition prints, and more.
For anyone keen to get the book without the additional postage and packaging that Kick-start can rake up, then look for the standard edition in comic shops on Wednesday July 21st.
“The case of Ed Gein is terrible, tragic and fascinating.” said Powell. “This story is not just about Gein and his crimes, but also how a society tried to deal with the shocking facts of these crimes and the idea that the quiet neighbor next door could be a real life bogeyman. The after effect it had on our culture, especially pop-culture, cannot be overstated.”
Here’s the link to the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gein-graphic-novel/eric-powell-and-harold-schechters-ed-gein-graphic-novel?ref=6ok5b1