YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Store Features Denver’s Daniel Crosier’s Comic Book 'Distortions Unlimited'

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YesPleaseMore Denver's Pop-Up Store Features Artist Daniel Crosier’s Comic Book "Distortions Unlimited"

I grew up near the Distortions studio in Greeley. I used to tour the studio when I was a kid and was fascinated by their creations. I suggested my publisher to partner with Distortions to develop a horror comic.

The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) announces the next temporary retail space, YesPleaseMore Pop-Up Store. Powered by the Denver Theatre District, Create Denver and Denver Pavilions, YesPleaseMore kick-offs Denver Design Week (June 5-9) with a grand opening celebration. The store, located on the second floor of Denver Pavilions by Barnes & Noble, will be open through September 15. The pop-up store concept was originally introduced as part of Create Denver Week.

One of the local artist featured is Daniel Crosier. Crosier has created a unique horror comic that revolves around existing full-scale monster and alien animatronics in the new series titled “Distortions Unlimited.” Signed copies are currently available at YesPleaseMore.

Distortions Unlimited comic book is based off of licensed characters crafted by Distortions Unlimited located in Greeley, CO. Distortions is world-renowned for creating shocking props, masks and animatronics that have been the mainstay of the dark amusement industry for the last 30 years. The company is best known for reproducing the 16ft queen alien from the film “Alien” cast from the original molds, as well as designing the stage props for music industry icon Alice Cooper’s Brutal Planet tour.

Daniel Crosier, writer and illustrator on the series, has a unique connection with the project. “I grew up near the Distortions studio in Greeley. I used to tour the studio when I was a kid and was fascinated by their creations. I suggested my publisher to partner with Distortions to develop a horror comic.”

The comic focuses on Distortions’ Rage animatronic. Described as half Neanderthal, half beast, and all fury, the Rage is one of Distortions’ most popular characters. Ed Edmunds, president of Distortions elaborates of the protagonist of the books. “Rage has been a fan favorite for years. The sheer size of the piece commands attention and really gives people a good scare. He’s a great character to base the series on.”

The first issue of the series delves into the horror unleashed on the earth with the collapse of a mine. The plot was crafted with multiple, intertwining layers that combine fantasy and true-life events ripped from today’s headlines. Local Denver celebrities, Uncle Nasty and Matt Need from Clear Channel's KBPI and Allana Rizzo from Rocky Mountain Fox Sports Net have lent their likeness to the project.

Crosier brings a unique look to the books by illustrating with his watershed technique. All covers and interior pages of the series will be created with graphite on wood poplar panels. Crosier’s influence for the series is Dark Horse’s “B.P.R.D. 1946”. The books will have a high contrast, distressed, organic look.

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