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Exclusive first look: Comic anthology Full Bleed Vol. 3's macabre The Underdream

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Dec 11, 2018, 1:54 PM EST

As hard-copy magazines return to the forefront of media with genre-specific titles like Fangoria making a comeback, the world of comics isn’t far behind. The third volume of Full Bleed — a gigantic hardcover comics edition full of deep cuts, new stories, and exciting interviews for the diehard comic geek — is launching its Kickstarter, and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive first look inside the IDW Publishing offering.

The edition (subtitled Heavy Rotation) is curated and edited by the company’s creative director Dirk Wood, and includes interviews with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and comic legend Grant Morrison (who gets into his animosity with Alan Moore).

Full Bleed is like Rolling Stone, the old Comics Journals, and an art book had a baby,” said Wood in a release. Locke & Key writer Joe Hill added that, “Full Bleed #1 was a hell of a book. I’m excited to see the series continue. Jump in. The water’s great.”

On top of those endorsements, the book features stories from Joe Lansdale, Roger Langridge, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Steve Beach, Benjamin Percy, Adam Knave and Andrew Losq, Shannon Wheeler, Jennifer Hayden, Noah Van Sciver, and Jon Raymond — in between more essays than the hottest take could burn through.

But we know what you're here for: the sneak peek. SYFY WIRE is excited to show off The Underdream, a new comic from Josh O’Neill and the Eisner-winning Gideon Kendall. Judging from the preview pages below, the story looks to be a morbid and macabre combination of The Giving Tree and Winnie the Pooh, as a scary and eye-patched cartoonish bear talks of other worlds, while a talking tree enacts some nightmares upon a poor victim. Full Bleed might not be for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly ready to offer up some awesome and weird ideas.

The Full Bleed: Heavy Rotation Kickstarter will run for 30 days and, if funded, will start delivering next year.