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…
12th November 2013 / Fuse
Today I announced my next new series from Image Comics, THE FUSE, which will launch in February.
- Here’s the book announcement from Image;
- Here’s an interview I did for the Image website;
- And we’ve also made a trailer comic to introduce the series, and you can read it at the FUSE website.
Here’s a link to the book trailer, which explains… well, not a lot, actually, but that’s kind of deliberate. It does, however, give you a really good idea of what you’re letting yourself in for.
And here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
“THE DAY DAWNED TWICE”
A NEW DARK FANTASY FROM THE CREATORS OF WASTELAND! The young thief called Rascal witnesses a horrific crime against the royal family — now the world’s dark legends will be relived, and only Rascal even knows it’s happening!
Master worldbuilder Antony Johnston (DEAD SPACE, DAREDEVIL) and his WASTELAND co-creator Christopher Mitten (BATMAN, CRIMINAL MACABRE) bring you a new fantasy world rich in mythology, history, and blood! Extra-long #1 for the regular price of $2.99!
…So now you know. There’s loads more info at TheUmbral.com, including links to twitter and tumblr, which themselves contains loads of sneak peeks and links. There’s also a preview over at Comic Book Resources.
And if you’d like to get a signed copy, you’re in luck:
As the day dawns twice, come with us into the shadows…
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s better known, is fast approaching.
I’ve never taken part — by the time it took off worldwide, I’d already written a couple of novels — but I’ve always liked the idea of NaNoWriMo, for one very simple reason; it teaches you to finish. That’s something every writer worth their salt understands.
But NaNoWriMo also has its critics, not least those who think rushing to meet an arbitrary word count only teaches you how to produce hacked-out dross.
Well, I call poppycock, and this year I wrote a short piece in defence of NaNoWriMo, called Just Write. You might enjoy it.
(If you’re more of a Tumblr type, you can also read it there.)
Time for a WASTELAND news round-up…
During the Oni Press panel at New York Comic Con last week, we announced two big pieces of news regarding WASTELAND artists.
First, the legendary Sam Kieth will draw issue #52, our last-ever ‘interlude’ issue! You may know Sam from having created a couple of small indie titles, SANDMAN and THE MAXX… (!) I’m geeking out over having Sam work on WASTELAND, frankly. It’s amazing.
Also amazing, as you no doubt already know, is the inimitable Christopher Mitten, the man who created WASTELAND (and the upcoming UMBRAL) with me. Well, UMBRAL isn’t all we’ve been working on together recently, because…
Chris is returning to WASTELAND to draw the final story arc!
He’ll continue to supply covers, too, never fear. We’ve actually been planning this for some time, so I’m very happy we can finally tell the world. Chris has already begun work on these issues, and I can’t wait for you all to see them.
Issue #49 is now on sale. This is ‘Forever Failure’, as the final Newbegin story arc continues, people die, secrets are revealed, and even now, new alliances are forged.
As Marcus retreats to the safety of council chambers, the branded man wades through the Disciples trying to stop him, led by Jakob! Can anything slow him down? Will Jakob survive staging this defense? And when Marcus and his father finally meet… who will prevail?
The order code for this issue is AUG131392, available from comic stores everywhere and digitally through Comixology. Don’t forget you can now Subscribe at Comixology, too.
Also released today is the much-anticipated Apocalyptic Edition, Volume 3, the latest in our series of gorgeous hardback collections.
Michael and Abi have left the city of Newbegin to the mercy of the Sunners and their rebellion, but they won’t find themselves welcome in the next town they stumble into. Reprinting issues #26-#39 of Wasteland, this second volume also includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” stories and features a color art gallery of covers by Ben Templesmith and Christopher Mitten!
The order code for that is MAY131219, and of course it’s also available from comic stores everywhere, and from better book stores too.
There’s still just about time to pre-order Issue #50, the penultimate issue of this story arc, titled ‘Burning Inside’ (order code SEP131253).
And while you’re about it, you can also pre-order issue #51, ‘Thy Kingdom Gone’, which is the last ever Newbegin issue. The end of an era, or the dawn of a new beginning…? Either way, The order code is OCT131261.
(Can I just say how amazing it is that we’ve even reached issue #50? When I first started WASTELAND, I wasn’t even sure it would last past issue #6. I had no idea if anyone else wanted to read the kind of bleak, epic post-apocalyptic story I’d always wanted to write, let alone enough people to sustain the series through to its end.
But there were, and are, and new readers continue to find it all the time. Because of them, seven (!) years on from our humble beginnings, WASTELAND is now reaching a milestone that not only eludes most indie comics, but frankly eludes most comics, period — even at the largest publishers.
That’s pretty incredible, and it’s all because of our loyal readers. Thank you.)
Finally, Book 09: A Thousand Lies is in next week’s edition of PREVIEWS.
This volume actually collects the final Newbegin story arc — yes, the one we’re still publishing right now! — so you already know what’s going on in it. Apart from the end. Because we haven’t published those issues yet.
Man, comics can be confusing.
Anyway, the order code for this collection is NOV131167. Go forth and pre-order.
CSR CLASSICS is now available to download from the iOS app store (I assume it’ll also be out for Android soon).
Once again, I worked closely with the team in Brighton to develop and expand the world of CSR. CLASSICS is all about restoring and racing vintage automobiles, rather than modern supercars, but everything else you’ve come to expect from CSR is there — amazing graphics, compelling gameplay, memorable characters, some great one-liners, and even a story with a twist…
Basically, CSR CLASSICS is even better than original CSR, and I have no doubt it’ll be just as big a hit, if not bigger. I had a great time writing it, and I hope you all enjoy playing it.
5th October 2013 / Appearances
Once again, I’ll be attending New York Comic Con this year for signings, panel appearances, the usual. If you want something signed, or just want to chat, this is where I’ll be.
NB Oni Press will have a limited number of copies of WASTELAND: THE APOCALYPTIC EDITION, Vol. 3 available for sale at their booth (#1844) throughout the weekend.
The book goes on general sale a week or two after the con, but if you want one signed, this is your best chance for a while — I may not hit the east coast again till NYCC 2014.
WASTELAND #48 goes on sale this week.
‘Watchfire’ is the mid-point of the final Newbegin story arc, as the branded man finally reaches the city. Violence and chaos ensue…
The branded man is at the gates! Can anything stop him? Perhaps Marcus knows more than he’s letting on… Not that it will matter, if Jakob succeeds in assassinating him during the Festival! But cracks are appearing in everyone’s plans, as the branded man wreaks havoc in the city, and Brother Bryn finds his faith tested… for the last time.
Justin is still posting regular sneak peeks of this arc on Twitter, although it’s getting more and more difficult to find panels that aren’t massive spoilers!
As always, WASTELAND #48 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is JUL131216) and digital readers can find it at Comixology. Don’t forget that you can now also Subscribe at Comixology, ensuring that you never miss an issue.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may recall a while back I hinted at some “exciting doom metal things” that were going on. At last, all can be revealed.
I’ve been working with indie doom metallers Waves of Mercury, writing all the lyrics for their new concept EP release, AS SEASONS FLEET (yes, it’s a line from Shakespeare. That should give you some idea of the kind of music we’re talking about, here). I also worked on vocal arrangements with Waves frontman David Richardson.
I’ve known David for some years, now — after hearing the original WASTELAND theme song, he sent me a CD of their music, which I loved, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. It was surely just a matter of time…
AS SEASONS FLEET is a pay-what-you-want digital exclusive, available from Bandcamp. Enjoy!
The first issue of UMBRAL is in this month’s Diamond catalogue. That means between now and the order deadline of September 18, comic stores will place their orders for UMBRAL #1.
If you’re reading here on this website, I’m going to assume you know what pre-ordering is, and just give you the info you need.
If you’re not familiar with pre-ordering, don’t worry; hop over to the UMBRAL Tumblr, where everything’s explained (including why pre-orders are so important in comics), and you’ll still get all the info you need.
(Digital readers can’t technically pre-order, but you can now subscribe to digital series if you’re a Comixology user. Hopefully more digital services will offer this feature in time.)
So, here are the links you need:
- Download a PDF of the preorder form here, or click the image above and grab the full-sized version. Then print it out, fill in your details, and give it to your local comic retailer.
- You can see the UMBRAL preview trailer here (click the arrows to move through the slideshow).
- And here’s the full solicit for UMBRAL #1.