We all know cats can be jerks, but what if your pet cat was literally trying to kill you? That’s the premise behind Hairbal, an inventive new horror series that’s the latest addition to Dark Horse’s Flux House imprint.
Hairball is written by Flux House creator Matt Kindt and drawn by Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust), with colors by Hilary Jenkins (Grass Kings). can exclusively debut a new motion comic trailer for the series. Check it out in the video player above or embedded below:
Hairball is a story influenced both by acclaimed Japanese storytellers like Junji Ito and Hayao Miyazaki and by Western novelists like Stephen King. The series follows a girl named Anna who starts to believe that her cat is actively causing all the pain and misery in her life. But when she decides to kill her cat, she begins to learn that it may be the only thing standing between her and an even greater evil.
“I’ve written stories of international intrigue and locked room murder mysteries, but in twenty years of making comics, I’ve rarely been compelled to create a horror story,” said Kindt in Dark Horse’s press release. “And for good reason. I was actually sick to my stomach when I finished writing the end of issue 1. I grossed myself out. I knew that I’d need someone fearless to draw it. (There was no way I was going to.) I knew that Tyler was the perfect artist and co-creator for the story. And when Tyler and Hilary started sending his pages in, it was just as horrible as I’d imagined —in the very best way.”
“The best horror stories peel back and slowly reveal the horrors of everyday life,” said Jenkins. “At its heart, Hairball is a story about a family, one that treats each other horribly. Is there a reason for their terrible behavior? Could the cause of all their problems really be Bestie?”
Hairball #1 will be released on April 1, 2023.
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