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‘Exorcism at 1600 Penn’ Comic Brings Evil to the White House

‘Exorcism at 1600 Penn’ Comic Brings Evil to the White House

Something wicked is coming to the White House this Halloween season, with the new comic book series An Exorcism at 1600 Penn arriving from IDW.

Writer and creator Hannah Rose May is behind the project, which follows Kelly Doyle, who has just become the first woman elected President of the United States. Doyle is balancing global tensions and being a mother to two teenagers. While trying to stave off World War III, she never imagined that the halls of the White House would become a demonic battleground of good vs. evil.

May is a comic book creator known for Rogues Gallery, which Don Cheadle’s This Radicle Act is developing as a TV series. She has also written Harley Quinn for DC and Star Trek: Lower Decks for IDW. As an actor, she has appeared on the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and on CBS’ Ghosts.

May says she has has long wanted to play with the horror genre’s tropes in a new setting.

“The White House is arguably the most famous house in the world and I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be fun to use it as a location to set an exorcism?’” said May in a statement. “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 book has art from Vanesa Del Rey, colors from Jordie Bellaire, with letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou also among its creatives. Issue No. 1, which hits Oct. 16, will have variant covers by Jock and Del Rey. The book will be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con next month at the IDW booth.

May is repped by David Boxerbaum and Chris Noriega at Verve for literary; Ben Carnegie at Luber Roklin; and Scott Goldman at Frankfurt Kurnit. 

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