True Believers

By Hex Publishers

True Believers is an idea born from a conversation with Josh Viola of Hex Publishers, Jeanni and Bret Smith, and Smurf about producing a comic book whose story has a cosplaying killer on the loose at Colorado Festival of Horror. Josh then approached Bram Stoker Award-winning writer Stephen Graham Jones with the idea and the two of them created a bone-chilling villain named Killr™ who offers up a scary look at diehard fandom.

To promote the Kickstarter at COFOH 2023, Hex Publishers distributed free previews for attendees to get a first look at Issue #1. In its meta world of horror, the Killr™ film franchise has rising popularity, and devoted fans embrace Killr™ with enthusiastic cosplay at COFOH. However, things get out of hand thanks to the ramifications of being “true believers” and idolizing Killr™’s malevolence.

Issue #2, whose Kickstarter begins in April 2024, has a story that begins on load-in day of Colorado Festival of Horror: Friday the 13th and the mayhem builds from there. Both issues feature cameos of the comic’s creators and COFOH cofounders, as well as multiple cameos of horror celebrities, including Jeffrey Reddick, a guest at COFOH 2023. Each issue will feature interior art by Ben Matsuya and variant covers from numerous talented artists. TRUE BELIEVERS will be a 4-issue comic book series, and issues #1-2 as well as other True Believers merchandise will be available to purchase at this year’s Colorado Festival of Horror: Friday the 13th in September.

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True Believers #2 premiering at

The upcoming second installment of the slasher comic series, TRUE BELIEVERS, written by New York Times bestseller Stephen Graham Jones & Joshua Viola, is set to launch on Kickstarter soon.

There's been quite a whirlwind surrounding TRUE BELIEVERS by Stephen Graham Jones, Joshua Viola and Ben Matsuya. We've unveiled Matthew kiichichaos Heafy of Trivium's participation, along with his original score, and also recently disclosed that actor DEVON SAWA will be joining us. Devon, renowned for his lead role in the original FINAL DESTINATION and his current stint on the hit TV series CHUCKY, boasts an impressive repertoire including appearances in CASPER, SLC PUNK!, and IDLE HANDS – which we've paid homage to on his variant cover. If you haven't already, you can sign up to receive notifications about the comic's launch through the link provided below. Stay tombed, as more cameo announcements may be on the horizon.

Be sure to pick up True Believers #1 at COFOH - September 13th-15th, 2024!
True Believers Issue #2 Kickstarter

True Believers Soundtrack

Matt Heafy of Trivium Composes Graphic Novel Soundtrack for 'True Believers'. Heafy has composed 30 minutes of original music that combines his signature riffage with "John Carpenter-esque" synth for the musical accompaniment to the comic book.

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The Colorado Festival of Horror (COFOH) is brought to you by COFOH Entertainment and will be a highlight for the horror genre and all that it bleeds. COFOH: Friday the 13th will be a platform for the community to unite over the love of horror and everything that creeps in the night!

Where & When?

September 13 - 15, 2024
Denver Marriott South
at Park Meadows Lone Tree