PR: Kevin Eastman Kicks Off New “Scratch9” Series with Variant Cover

March 17, 2014

Kevin Eastman Kicks Off New “Scratch9” Series with Variant Cover

Eisner-nominated, all-ages title returns in new, feature-length adventure

March 18, 2014 – Hermes Press is pleased to announce legendary comics creator Kevin Eastman is lending his considerable talents to the all-ages title “Scratch9”. Eastman is providing a variant cover for the first issue of the all-new, monthly adventure series, “Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds,” which launches in June!

When fans pick up this May’s “Scratch9 Free Comic Book Day Special” they’ll meet the next great Scratch9 villain and read the first part of a story that continues directly in the new series. The comic is written by series creator Rob M. Worley and illustrated by Joshua Buchanan (“Scratch9: Cat Tails”).

“If you had told me 30 years ago that the guy who co-created the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ would be drawing my cat characters, I never would have believed it,” said Worley. “It is just the  realization of so many dreams on so many levels.”

Eastman will be joined by a roster of acclaimed cover artists that will each lend their unique styles to the Scratch9 mythos. Upcoming talent includes “Herobear & the Kid” creator Mike Kunkel, Marvel cat cover creator Jenny Parks, “Afterlife of Archie” artist Francesco Francavilla and “Bodie Troll” creator Jay Fosgitt, with more to be announced.

“Cat of Nine Worlds” launches Scratch, a cat with the ability to summon any of his nine lives, into an all-new, monthly adventure filled with surprising twists. Fans who picked up last summer’s “Cat Tails” anthology know that Scratch’s nemesis, Dr. Schrödinger, is back. This time he’s not alone. The mad scientist has allied himself with Strick, who fans will first see in the FCBD special. Strick will prove to be our hero cat’s most formidable enemy.

“Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds” #1 is available for pre-order from the April Diamond Previews catalog (ordering code #APR141255/APR141256). The book ships in June.

As with all Scratch9 products, a portion of the proceeds will go to the S.W.A.H. fund, benefitting animal shelters across the country.

Worley and Buchanan are available for interviews. Please send inquiries to:

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“Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds” Issue #1 variant cover by Kevin Eastman (with color art by Kristen Fitzner Denton)

“Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds” Issue #1 cover by Joshua Buchanan

Six-page preview of Issue #1 (with covers – 14 mb)


Kevin Eastman Variant Cover for Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds #1

Kevin Eastman Variant Cover for Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds #1

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