Author, filmmaker presents graphic novel, screening of cult classic movie

June 16, 2014

CHARLESTON - Mountain state author and filmmaker Danny Boyd’s timing is uncanny; just days after the Obama administration ratcheted up it’s “war on coal” by slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from coal fired power plants, Boyd will appear with his new graphic novel “Carbon” at the West Virginia Writers Roundtable and Reading. The FestivALL feature event takes place Sunday June 22nd at Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St East in Charleston from 3pm-6pm. Boyd will appear apart of a panel with other noted West Virginia based authors for book signings and fan Q&A for their respective works. The panel will be hosted by Boyd’s good friend Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Radio.

Set in the Southern West Virginia coalfields, “Carbon” tells the story of what happens when an evil coal operator unwittingly awakens then releases a cursed and banished underground civilization onto the surface. The only thing that stands in the way of the end of the world is a disgraced, ex-pro baseball pitcher and a community of courageous coal miners. Boyd dedicated “Carbon” to coal miners and said that “whatever side of the debate over the industry you fall on, miners are the often unseen heroes.” Boyd says that his graphic novels “primary goal is to entertain, but the story also reflects many real and complicated issues that face the coal industry today.”

Danny does double duty at this years FestivALL, with a Monday night June 23rd screening of his 1990’s cult classic movie “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers” at Park Place Stadium Cinema, 600 Washington Street East in Charleston. Danny will be joined by the original cast and crew for Troma Entertainment’s special reunion screening of the over-the-top sci-fi comedy adventure. Boyd’s movie received national late night TV airings and international distribution. Critics called the movie “an exciting, bizarre, and extremely funny sci-fi parody, in the tradition of John Waters and Mel Brooks.” The screening starts at 7pm; Boyd and the film’s cast will be available afterwards for photos and autographs, in anticipation of his new double feature DVD release coming soon. Screening tickets are $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and students and are available in advance at the Park Place Stadium Cinema box office or their website, and at the box office prior to the screening while supplies last. The movie is rated PG13.

For more information on Boyd, visit www.danielboyd.com. For media interviews with Boyd or movie cast members, contact Allen Media Strategies Erika Schaefer at (703) 589-8960 or erika@allenmediastrategies.com.