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Politics and horror combine in ‘The Exorcism at 1600 Penn’

An exorcism takes place at the White House in ‘The Exorcism at 1600 Penn’ out this Halloween.

Press Release

IDW has announced a new horror series coming this October titled The Exorcism at 1600 Penn. Written by Hannah Rose May (Rogues’ Gallery) and drawn by artist Vanesa Del Rey (with letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou), the series blends horror and topical themes.

“As someone who has always loved horror, I wanted to tell a story that let me play with the genre’s tropes but in a setting we haven’t seen before,” remarked Rose May. “The White House is arguably the most famous house in the world and I thought it would be fun to use it as a location to set an exorcism. At its core, this is a story about family and faith but it also addresses the intensity of the 24/7 news cycle, the noise of social media, and the expectations put upon the First Family.” The spine-tingling scribe added, “I’m thrilled to be partnered with IDW on this series and I can’t wait for readers to dive into THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN which has been so hauntingly brought to life by the killer artwork of Vanesa Del Rey.”

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So what’s The Exorcism at 1600 Penn about?

Kelly Doyle has been elected as the first woman president of the United States at a time when political and international tension is at an all-time high and could spill over at any moment. As the new President works tirelessly to avoid World War III while also balancing being a mother to two teenagers and navigating a rapidly changing media landscape, little does she know that the nation’s hallowed halls will also become the ultimate demonic battleground for good versus evil.

IDW Group Editor Heather Antos couldn’t be prouder of what the creative team has built and is confident this is a horror comic that will stand the test of time. “Hannah Rose May has already made waves in comics with the action-packed social commentary in her breakout hit Rogues’ Gallery, but in THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN is where her skills as a story and character craftsman really shine, weaving harrowing real-world issues with devilish drama… all inside the most important house in America.” Antos continued, “Meanwhile partnered with industry icon Vanesa Del Rey – who is doing the best work of her career, by the way – and Eisner-award winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, 1600 PENN is already turning out to be one of the most visually and terrifyingly stunning comics of this century.”

Check out covers by Del Ray and Jock below.

Politics and horror combine in 'The Exorcism at 1600 Penn' Politics and horror combine in 'The Exorcism at 1600 Penn'

For more on this news read the press release below.

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 6, 2024) – From 30 DAYS OF NIGHT to BENEATH THE TREES WHERE NOBODY SEES, IDW Publishing is known for acclaimed horror titles that grip readers and send shivers down their spines. Now, the award-winning publisher is incredibly proud to present a new terrifying tale: THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN.

Kelly Doyle has been elected as the first woman president of the United States at a time when political and international tension is at an all-time high and could spill over at any moment. As the new President works tirelessly to avoid World War III while also balancing being a mother to two teenagers and navigating a rapidly changing media landscape, little does she know that the nation’s hallowed halls will also become the ultimate demonic battleground for good versus evil.

From rising star writer Hannah Rose May (Rogues’ Gallery) and astonishing artist Vanesa Del Rey (Scarlet Witch), THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN is a true passion project for the creative team as they unleash a nightmare filled with topical themes. “As someone who has always loved horror, I wanted to tell a story that let me play with the genre’s tropes but in a setting we haven’t seen before,” remarked Rose May. “The White House is arguably the most famous house in the world and I thought it would be fun to use it as a location to set an exorcism. At its core, this is a story about family and faith but it also addresses the intensity of the 24/7 news cycle, the noise of social media, and the expectations put upon the First Family.” The spine-tingling scribe added, “I’m thrilled to be partnered with IDW on this series and I can’t wait for readers to dive into THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN which has been so hauntingly brought to life by the killer artwork of Vanesa Del Rey.”

“It’s been a thrill to work on this book with a team of talented women,” stated Del Rey. “I hope you fall into this dark tale with our First Family as they fight to survive a menacing evil lurking in the White House. I’ve put a lot of myself into this project and cannot wait to share the scare!”

IDW Group Editor Heather Antos couldn’t be prouder of what the creative team has built and is confident this is a horror comic that will stand the test of time. “Hannah Rose May has already made waves in comics with the action-packed social commentary in her breakout hit Rogues’ Gallery, but in THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN is where her skills as a story and character craftsman really shine, weaving harrowing real-world issues with devilish drama… all inside the most important house in America.” Antos continued, “Meanwhile partnered with industry icon Vanesa Del Rey – who is doing the best work of her career, by the way – and Eisner-award winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, 1600 PENN is already turning out to be one of the most visually and terrifyingly stunning comics of this century.”

THE EXORCISM AT 1600 PENN #1 (of 4) is lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and will also feature a variant cover by Jock. The debut issue goes on sale 10/16/24 and fans will have until 9/9/24 to pre-order at their local comic shop. IDW will be offering limited copies of a special preview edition of the comic at San Diego Comic-Con 2024.

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