215 Ink has announced GoryBooks, a series of children’s book-style adaptations of iconic horror properties that explore the foundations of fright through poetic prose and intriguing illustrations inspired by the children’s classics of yesteryear. In this children’s book-style take on George A. Romero’s classic horror film, a group of strangers barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to ward off an encroaching plague of flesh-eating zombies. Featuring charming illustrations by 215 Ink’s very own art director Will Perkins and hypnotizing prose by editor-in-chief Mike D. Perkins, Night of the Living Dead is the debut installment in the GoryBooks series.
The main cover is also by Will Perkins (Dark Horse Books’ “Gregory Suicide”, and “Goblin”), with variant covers by Giles Crawford and ibTrav Artworks – AKA Travis Falligant, known for his Disney-characters-gone-horror pieces, as well as his Horror Babies lineup.
Follow the adventures of Z – the last human in existence, as he bounty hunts his way across the universe in this critically-acclaimed space opera/sci-fi adventure. Darryl Knickrehm‘s The Immortal is a unique take on comic storytelling – 64-page issues in an 8-issue series, to be released bi-monthly starting in August.
The Immortal follows a human bounty hunter with the ability to be resurrected when killed in the line of duty. The only drawback? Each time he resurrects, another piece of his memory falls away. This monumental, character-driven mystery will center around Z and his hunt for those responsible for the annihilation of the human race. Written and illustrated by Knickrehm, The Immortal shows off an illustrative style that’s clean and full of depth paired with evocative gray scaling.
WRITER / ARTIST: MICHAEL DAVID NELSEN
PUBLISHER: 215 INK
DIAMOND PREVIEWS CODE: OCT171818
IN SHOPS: DECEMBER 2017
Supernaut is a cosmic story of astronaut Stephen Haddon’s discovery of the mysterious “Oortum Bands” hidden on the moon and the transformative journey that occurs afterwards. These artifacts transmute him into a highly evolved consciousness – a Supernaut – and with his newly-achieved cosmic awareness and power, he works with a team of extra-dimensional thieves to assemble five artifacts. Once brought together, these various devices and weapons will allow him to stop “God” from destroying reality. In the end, Supernaut realizes he must let go and allow Armageddon to happen so that something better and new can form. Armageddon always comes. We all have an end. Some of us get a new beginning. This is Supernaut. Ragnarock n’ Roll.
215 Ink’s critically acclaimed, award-winning graphic novel series Flutter wraps up with the release of its final volume later this month. Flutter, Volume Three: Rid of Me will be released on October 21, making its debut at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). In this final volume, teenage shapeshifter Lily gets trapped in the body of the President of the United States who is also Lily’s estranged mother. Forced to see the world through her mother’s eyes, and through the eyes of someone with great responsibility, Lily finally embraces who she is and what she’s capable of doing.
MICE is the first comic convention where Jennie Wood exhibited Flutter five years ago so it’s the perfect place for her to debut the final volume of the series. MICE is free and located at University Hall in Porter Square, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. Jennie will be exhibiting at MICE both days, October 21 and 22, with copies of this brand new 110-page full color graphic novel. A limited number of signed Flutter prints will be available for free with a purchase of any Flutter graphic novel.
Flutter, Volume Three will be featured in Diamond previews in November along with the two previous volumes so tell your favorite comic stores to order copies.
Flutter is currently being developed for television by Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. Featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and on Law & Order: SVU, Flutter is one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and 2015, according to The Advocate. Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous is an INDIEFAB Book of the Year finalist and a Virginia Library Association Diversity Honor Book. Flutter can be found in The New York Times best-selling, Eisner award-winning anthology Love is Love.
215 Ink has announced that Dr. Crowe#1 has sold out at the distributor level. It seems some stores still have a few copies on hand, but they’re going fast!
Unrelenting otherworldly terrors lay hidden in shadows of our world, but one man dares to stand in their way…in the name of science! Follow the harrowing adventures of Dr. Victor Crowe, an adventuring scientist, expert on the occult and all-around pulp hero as he travels the globe using advanced technologies to battle gruesome, supernatural horrors.
This Corey Fryia project has many talented contributors adding their special stamp to the book – like Matt Horak, Tony Gregori, Joshua Jenson, Taylor Esposito, Doug Garbark, Mark Dale, and Felip Cunha.
215 Ink has a lot going on this year for NYCC, with special covers and exclusives from their biggest books, as well as some fresh content they can’t wait to show off. Stop by booth #1050 in the Small Press section to check out all their exclusives and surprises, including a unique cover for Enormous #9 and their newest Kaiju creation – Kodoja #1.
This will be the ONLY chance to grab this cover, so make sure to stop by.
They’ve also got some big Enormous news coming your way, with exclusives galore! Grab their newspaper print NYCC exclusive as well as some secret covers coming your way!
And don’t forget, the Enormous Vol. 1 trade is heading back into print after a very quick sellout first edition! They’ve got that in Previews this month (OCT151704) as well as Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey‘s Flutter, Vol.1 (OCT151705) and the collected trade of David Liss and Allen Byrns‘ Angelica Tomorrow as well (OCT151703)
It’s all happening at booth #1050 in the small press section, so stop by to pick up your exclusives, find out about some special extras, and meet the creators of your favorite books. The teams from Kodoja, Flutter, Enormous and Angelica Tomorrow will all be hanging at the 215 Ink booth, so think Small Press … THINK Bigger!
215 Ink has announced that Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous will be released on Sept. 25, 2015. Don’t Let Me Die Nervous is the second graphic novel in the Flutter series. In Volume Two, Lily learns that even a 15 year-old shape-shifter can’t run away from her problems. With her loved ones in danger, she returns to St. Charles to live as Jesse and try to repair the damage she’s done. But knowing her capabilities and potential, can Lily be content as a popular high school varsity quarterback?
To celebrate Volume Two’s release, three members of the creative team behind Flutter, Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey, and Jeff McClelland will do a signing together at Baltimore Comic Con, Sept. 25 – 27, 2015. The exact time and location of the signing will be announced in September.
In the meantime, Flutter, Volume Two, can be preordered here at a discounted price for a limited time. The preorder discount and a mini comic preview of Volume Two are also available at Boston Comic Con, July 31 – Aug. 2. If you’re at Boston Comic Con, stop by the Flutter table (# D321), which Jennie Wood is sharing with Boots & Pup creator John Yuskaitis. Along with a preview of Flutter, Volume Two, Jennie will have copies of Flutter, Volume 1, A Boy Like Me, and a limited edition FUBAR Jennie Wood collection comic.
This is the seventh issue published in this series, but the first in this volume. Enormous is structured in seasons, much like the way television feeds us our yearly schedule, and as such it is an excellent jumping on point for new readers. Although only released on the 22nd, the first issue has already sold out. But fear not, as a second printing is on it’s way! Set in a world where giant monsters have pushed humanity from the top of the food chain, leaving cities and towns in ruins, a scant few survivors try to stay alive amidst the monsters – both the giant ones and the human ones.
Enormous Vol. 2 #1 is probably one of the best looking comics I’ve read in a long time due largely to the fantastic colouring work of artist Mehdi Cheggour. The colours are smooth, and feel very Alex Ross like; a beautiful tableau against which this post apocalyptic tale is set. Tim Daniel deserves high praise for understanding when less is definitely more; while there are narrative driven pages, he also allows Mehdi Cheggour to tell the story through the comics’ art work. The lack of text in many panels both encourages you to follow the story at the pace that the scenes demand while simultaneously allowing you to stop and focus on the beautifully illustrated panel.
The story told in this comic takes place over a relatively short period of time, and although there isn’t much back story given, the recap page brings us up to speed enough to be able to enjoy this comic for the thrill ride it is.
Whether you’re a fan of giant monsters and post apocalyptic tales or not, publisher 215 Ink has something special on their hands here. Don’t let it pass you by.
Story: Tim Daniel Art: Mehdi Cheggour
Story: 8 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
215 Ink provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.
Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings announced this week.
The publisher has announced that Enormous Vol. 2 #1 sold out before it even hit shelves. They are taking it back to print with an all new cover.
Invader Zim #1 has sold out at the distributor level. The comic, based on the popular animated series, will get a second print that arrives the same date as the second issue, August 19.
Rick and Morty #1 is going back for a third printing! They have also announced the comic is now being offered in the United Kingdom. The series is written by Zac Gorman, art by CJ Cannon, and colors by Ryan Hill, with extras by Marc Ellerby. The third printing is in stores now.
Bloodshot Reborn #2 and #3 by writer Jeff Lemire and Lemire and Mico Suayan on art has sold out. Both will get second printings that will hit shelves August 26.
Valiant has announced that Book of Death #1 has sold out of its 70,000 print run. The issue from writer Robert Venditti and artists Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite will get a second printing that will hit shelves on July 15.
Ninjak #4 by writer Matt Kindt and art by Juan Jose Ryp, Marguerite Sauvage, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice will get a second printing. It will hit shelves August 26.
20th Century Fox Television and New Regency Television are teaming up with producer Adrian Askarieh‘s Prime Universe Films to embark on the development of an event-series based on the best-selling action/horror comic book Enormous from publisher 215 Ink.
Set in the near future, the comic book series finds the world suffering a planetary resource crisis when a vast ecological cataclysm spawns The Enormous, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Displaced from atop the food-chain, humankind struggles to stave off extinction, and a shattered society scrambles for refuge in the wake of the monstrous rampage.
Amid the ashes of Phoenix, Ariz., Ellen Grace, a former school teacher who lost everything and everyone she loved in the uprising, leads a search and rescue team into the ruins of the city in hopes of locating children orphaned by the cataclysm. But not all the remaining humans seek salvation, and in a world dominated by monsters, man is still the most dangerous animal of all.
Enormous debuted to critical praise in July 2014 and has achieved repeated release-day sellouts in its first six issues, with the first issue requiring a second printing. Strong secondary-market sales have driven interest in the series that continues to defy industry sales trends, with the final issue of the first arc outselling the initial offering.
Andrew Poltkin of New Regency Television and Adrian Askarieh of Prime Universe Films will serve as executive producers for the series. The search is on for a top show-runner.
Enormous originally debuted as an oversized one-shot graphic novella in 2012 and later served as the basis for a groundbreaking live-action short web filmfrom Machinima – written by André Øvredal, director of “Trollhunter;” directed by BenDavid Grabinski, and produced by Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films, Pure Imagination Studios and Machinima.