Welcome to Hoxford Movie?

Well yeah, just maybe. See, the nice folks over at 1492, Chris Columbus's outfit, have decided to option my little Werewolf prison romance book. News just went up at Variety. Officially the first thing I've ever written to get a sniff of hollywood basically.

I'm also bloody chuffed Variety gives a mention to Wormwood:Gentlemen Corpse too. Heh.

And as a shameless plug ( Hey, I can't grow a beard as well as Billy Mays but at least I'm not as loud ) if you still want to pick the book up you can grab it off Amazon of course, or if you really want to, signed/personalized editions off the IDW Publishing online store.

The Verdict is in.

And so far people seem to like Welcome to Hoxford. Cheers to all who were kind enough to review it or write a few words, good or bad. I don't live my life by reviews ( if you want to believe the good ones, you have to also embrace the bad ones ) but thought I'd show the diverse range of opinion out there.


"This is the first time I’ve read anything written by Templesmith and I was not disappointed. The book seems like a demented version of Oz." Neorama Entertainment

"Ben Templesmith has a frighteningly direct connection to the mind of bad men, something he uses to good effect in the twisted, darkly funny and definitely creepy Welcome to Hoxford."

"This is not a book for everyone. It is a book for me, though. Ben Templesmith may be a genius. Or maybe a savant. I'm not sure, after following him on Twitter for a while. Either way, I loved this book. I loved the use of color, the use of shadow, and the multimedia approach that provides the finishing touches to some of the most liberated and explosive pen and ink work in comics today."

"This has the makings of being up there with the best high concept mash-ups in comic form. Templesmith keeps the language gritty, the story repulsive and the art is a brilliant blend of photo-realism and celebratory gore."

"The book is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of Fell. I feel like it’s a bizarre and twisted version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I love it." James Ferguson,

"Templesmith's characters are almost universally grotesque inside and out. All of the prisoners are monsters, and the guards are even worse"

"As expected, the series is gory and bloody, and certainly will not disappoint those Templesmith fans who are looking for such things from his artwork. I count myself among them, but Welcome to Hoxford is much more. The back-story and mystery set up a much more compelling atmosphere than the action oriented 30 Days of Night."

"There are very few comics that manage to get me to do a gag reflex but…Welcome to Hoxford does just that That sounds really bad…..but really it’s a compliment."

"This was an excellent opening issue of a new series from Ben. As a fan of his art style the book was also great to look at and his art continues to be refined and improved" Comics And...Other Imaginary Tales

The Stack

"You might be familiar with Ben Templesmith as an artist on Fell, 30 Days of Night, and Criminal Macabre.... Or even as an writer/artist of Wormwood The Gentleman Corpse. I also like to think of him as one fo the ones responsible for bringing back horror to comics. And he's done it again with this title."

"All told, this is a fantastic first issue of what I hope is one messed up series. The mystery and apprehension is killing me! I can't wait until next month." Diary of a Grognerd

"But Templesmith has never failed to entertain me with his art, from books like 30 DAYS OF NIGHT to his own property that he writes and draws in WORMWOOD: GEMTLEMAN CORPSE. This seems to have a much more serious tone than WORMWOOD and Templesmith gives promise of something truly horrific looming in the darkness"

"While getting past the confines of the now completely mislabeled format or approaching the more apt “graphic novel", to call Welcome to Hoxford a comic book is like calling Eli Roth’s Hostel a travel video."

"The set up is in place. Now let’s get to the story, and let’s get nuts. (No pun intended.)"

"Steve Niles has developed a strong reputation as the top dog in horror comics in the industry today, but helping him develop that rep all along was his 30 Days of Night collaborator, artist Ben Templesmith. The artist has demonstrated that he’s no slouch when it comes to horror writing as well with such projects as Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and 30 Days of Night: Red Snow. As if the strength of those projects weren’t enough evidence of his skill as a writer/artist, along comes Welcome to Hoxford. "

"Templesmith does an amazing job in introducing us to the characters without sacrificing the story. In only a few panels, I was able to get an accurate feel for each of the major characters, and that is really the basis for effective storytelling in comic books. The fact that the rest of the story was as intriguing as it was shot this issue through the stratosphere."



Tell your retailer it's Diamond Order Code: SEP084111

Ben Templesmith (w, a & c) The politics of the Pack are becoming a problem as the Werewolves continue to pick off what's left of the surviving inmates. Ray and Doctor Ainley are giving as good as they get in a desperate bid to retrieve the master keys to Hoxford. Meanwhile, the Warden makes his move and sides must be taken. Ultimately, the question remains: whose side is Ray on?

Once again, you quite possibly won't find this book in your local comic book store unless you ask for it. You can even give them the ordering code they'd need to get it in for you. Which is: SEP084111 or SEP084112 for the special cover version.

Scheduled to Ship - Mid November




Welcome to Hoxford Signature Editions+Work in Progress

These little suckers found there way into the office yesterday and I had to sign a box full. The special signature editions of Welcome to Hoxford. Only for stores that ordered over..20 copies I think.

Plus here's a little work in progress on a future Hoxford cover. ( And an ad production just did to go in the back of an issue )

You can find all the ordering info for Welcome to Hoxford on

Welcome to Hoxford Signature EditionJail Bait. Ad+ Work in Progress


WELCOME TO HOXFORD #1 preview pages

The first 7 interior pages are now up on Newsarama. Hope you dig.

Remember, if you are so inclined to get the book, go tell your retailer to order it in for you and give them the order code: JUN084025



And if you want to make sure you get a copy, you gotta tell your retailer to order it in for you. Give them the order code AUG08 4155 and pretty much they can't refuse you. Well they can, but they wouldn't be treating their customers very well.

Huzzah huzzah.



Welcome to Hoxford SDCC Exclusive Ashcan

Just landed on my desk while I was away...

Available exclusively from IDW Publishing at San Diego Comic-con. A preview of the actual comic, plus extra content that won't be found in the comic itself.

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Issue #2 of 4

Tell your retailer it's Diamond Order Code: JUN084075

Ben Templesmith (w & a & c) Ray hasn't been taking his medication. No surprises there. Turns out the Hoxford staff don't really have the prisoners welfare at heart... more like their own stomachs. Dr Ainley keeps trying to gain access to her old patients, only to find herself locked in the Warden's office with a strange old man as night falls, the full moon lights the sky... and the screaming begins.' Eisner-nominated writer/artist Ben Templesmith (Wormwood Gentleman Corpse) offers up two bloody good covers to go along with chapter two of his latest opus.

Scheduled to Ship - 9/24/08


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