UMBRAL #4: And Black Waters Remain goes on sale this week.
I think it’s safe to say this is my favourite cover so far; say hello to Black Rojyr, pirate ghost and scourge of the underworld.
In this issue, with Dalone down and out, Rascal and Shayim are trapped in the Umbral, and Black Rojyr isn’t the only apparition interested in what Rascal’s got up her sleeve… or rather, in her tunic.
The order code for issue #4 is DEC130601, and you can read a five-page preview on tumblr.
As always, digital readers can buy UMBRAL from Comixology (where you can also Subscribe to the series), or you can get it DRM-free directly from Image Comics. You can also follow our Twitter account for all the latest updates.
And if you’re “tradewaiting” the series, rejoice! Because UMBRAL Book One: Out of the Shadows is now available for pre-order.
Now, we want as many people as possible to read this book, so we’ve gone a little crazy. It will feature all of the first six issues, including the extra-long #1 and Chris’ amazing covers, making it a one hundred and sixty-eight page volume… all for the rather silly cover price of $9.99.
The ISBN (for bookstores) is 978-1607069843, the Diamond order code (for comic stores) is MAR140551, and it will go on sale May 28. Enjoy.
Regular readers will know that Kieron and I are old friends, so it was a pretty relaxed conversation (much more so than the COLDEST CITY episode, which was recorded in front of a large audience!) but nevertheless we got pretty in-depth with it all.
So if the idea of us talking comics craft interests you, go here to Kieron’s site (which also contains images of relevant pages, if you didn’t buy the issue) or check out DECOMPRESSED on iTunes. I highly recommend subscribing, it’s a consistently excellent podcast.
Riley loved issue #1 so much he just straight-out asked if he could do a variant for us, and how can you turn something like that down? You can’t, is the answer. So we didn’t.
Please note: this is a fully orderable variant, not some artificially rare 1-in-50 ‘chase’ rubbish. If you want it, you can order it like any other issue, no problem. Just give your retailer Diamond code JAN148144. But be quick, because final orders for issue #2 are due on Monday.
Here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
“THE RUSSIA SHIFT”, Part One
22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS NO BACKUP.
Working homicide 22,000 miles up on an orbiting energy platform, in a five-mile-long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, with no help from your so-called colleagues back on Earth, is more than tough…it’s murder!
Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for a new crime series with attitude!
(And a quick note for retailers: we’ve taken the relatively-unusual-these-days step of overprinting issue #1, so there are plenty of copies available for reorder. We do not intend to quickly sell out and go back to print, because we want to help you get copies in your customers’ hands as quickly as possible. So please, reorder with confidence.)
Finally, Justin will be making two in-store signing appearances on Wednesday to celebrate the launch. If you live around the Bay Area, check his blog for details.
Justin and I will also both be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con in March. I’ll post details about that closer to the time.
UMBRAL #3 goes on sale this week. Look at that cover! You won’t be able to miss it.
‘Blood From a Stone’ finds Rascal and Dalone caught in the smugglers’ caves, hoping for some respite — but there’s not much chance of that, especially when they encounter Shayim…
The order code for issue #3 is NOV130529, and you can read a six-page preview on tumblr.
By the way: the response to #2 was just as awesome as #1, and some readers have even declared UMBRAL their favourite new series. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is also awesome.
But we also heard from some readers whose stores sold out of UMBRAL #2 before they could buy a copy. Not so awesome.
Now, if that happened with issue #1, you simply had to wait for the second printing. But with issue #2 we deliberately printed enough so that stores could order more copies if they sold out, and they still can. We’re doing the same for #3, too.
So if you miss out, don’t be afraid to ask your store to order a copy for you. The order code for issue #2 is OCT130630, and once again, #3 is NOV130529.
‘Thy Kingdom Gone’ is the final Newbegin issue of the series. Really, truly; everything comes to a head right here, and we finally discover the secret Marcus has been hiding for so long.
Here’s the solicit text:
THE END OF NEWBEGIN IS HERE! The final battle is over, and it is left to the survivors to pick up the pieces. Can Newbegin, the city founded as a new beginning, now itself begin anew? Or are its streets too rotten, too cursed, to be worth saving? One man thinks it’s worth the effort… but not without some big changes.
And you can read a preview on Oni’s tumblr.
WASTELAND #51 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code OCT131261. Digital readers can, as always, buy it from Comixology.
UMBRAL #2 goes on sale at all good comic stores this week.
I even heard from at least two retailers who not only sold out within 48 hrs, but also noted that every customer who read it added the series to their subscription pull list. That’s pretty awesome.
It’s also why, after issue #1 sold out, we immediately went back to press. That 2nd printing, with Chris Mitten’s alternate cover seen here, goes on sale simultaneously with issue #2.
Here’s the solicitation for #2:
“FALLING INTO DARK”
The nightmare creatures called Umbral are invading, and only the young thief Rascal knows it! But in this world, where magic and religion are outlawed, does anyone believe her? And is the mysterious hobo Dalone an ally… or a deadly enemy?!
Issue #2 will also feature our first letters column, which we’re hoping to run in every issue. So don’t be shy, write to email@example.com and tell us your thoughts. Maybe even about the comic.
You can read a five-page preview of the issue on Tumblr.
And if you’re into social media, you can follow UMBRAL on tumblr and twitter, where you’ll find lots of news, links, and sneak peeks of upcoming issues (we just posted the rather flippant cover and solicit for issue #5, for example).
THE FUSE #1 is now available to pre-order. Stores have until December 18 to place their initial orders; that means means you have a couple of weeks to ask your store to order it for you.
(As you’re reading this direct on my site, I’m going to assume you know what pre-ordering is. If not, don’t worry; just pop over to THE FUSE’s tumblr, where I explain why pre-orders are so important in comics, and then give you all the same info and links.)
Here are the links you need:
- And there’s a trailer for THE FUSE at the book’s own site.
19th November 2013 / Appearances
It’s that time of year again — the Thought Bubble Festival 2013 is already underway in Leeds, and this weekend will host its usual two-day convention.
Of course, the most important thing you need to know is that I’ll be DJing at the Saturday night party again. Make way for this train, ’cos it’s an express.
[EDIT: We all did quite short stints in the end, to fit everyone in. A playlist of my shameless floor-filling set is now up on YouTube.]
Apparently there’s also some comics thing going on?
LOL NERDS IDK.
Ming Doyle, Fiona Staples, Ales Kot, Brandon Graham, Richard Starkings, Image publisher Eric Stephenson and myself will talk about our work, creative freedom in comics, and all that jazz. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few surprise guests, nudge nudge turn up for that one, too. It’s in the Bury Theatre venue.
Any other time, you can find me behind a table on the con floor; and yes, I will have copies of UMBRAL #1 with me. If you missed getting a copy before the first printing sold out, you can pick one up directly from me instead. I may even run a special offer of some kind…
My table is in New Dock Hall, table 174. There’s a floorplan of the hall here, or just look for the banner with my name at the top in big red letters.
See you there!
WASTELAND #50 goes on sale this week.
‘Burning Inside’ is the penultimate issue of the final Newbegin arc, wherein deceptions are exposed, secrets revealed, and the very survival of the city is at stake…
The streets of the Artisian district run red with blood, as the branded man’s quest comes to an end. All shall be judged… and many found wanting. Who will survive? Is there any mercy in Marcus’ mysterious father? And just how is one noble in particular going to escape the city…?
As always, WASTELAND #50 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is SEP131253) and digital readers can find it at Comixology.
14th November 2013 / Umbral
Image has today announced that UMBRAL #1 is “sold out at the distributor level.”
Now, you hear that phrase a lot these days, and it makes some people panic. Don’t! Don’t panic!
It simply means there are no more copies left at the distributor for them to send out to stores — but that doesn’t mean stores won’t have any copies left themselves.
Because comics is so heavily focused on pre-orders, stores often order more copies than they ‘need’, hoping to sell those copies to people who may not go to the store every week. So if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, don’t despair — with any luck your store will have a copy to sell you.
Aaaaaaand, if not, you still shouldn’t despair, because we’re going back to press. Chris is even planning to draw a funky new cover for the second printing. That new printing of UMBRAL #1 will go on sale at the same time as UMBRAL #2, on December 18.
Part of the reason for this sell-out is because of the frankly overwhelming response we’ve had to UMBRAL. The reviews, fan reaction, and even fan mail (which you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org) have been amazing. You can read a selection of them on Tumblr, here and here.
It’s kind of incredible, and on behalf of the whole team I want to thank everyone who read and enjoyed UMBRAL already. Come with us into the shadows…