Friday, January 25, 2008

Un-Locke'd







I've been beating the bushes about LOCKE & KEY #1, a new series we have starting in February (issue 1 is in stores on 2/20) and want to continue that here. It's a new series created and written by NY Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with amazing art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Issue 1 is 32 full pages of story and art with no ads (at no more cost), and really, in my opinion is is one of the very best things we've ever published. Here's a new page from issue 1, b&w and then the colored page (colors by Jay Fotos, colorist over Gabe's stuff on LAND OF THE DEAD, CLIVE BARKER'S THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, and BEOWULF). Can't recommend this one highly enough.

One addition to this--if any retailers are reading, we created a printable "shelf-talker" for you for this book, too. It looks like the attached; if you want a printable version, just drop me a line and I can get it to you.


Kurt Busiek already had this to say about the first issue, too, if you want to hear from someone less biased than me:
"That is some kinda wonderful comic, sir.

The art's distinctive, atmospheric and welcoming, and the writing is astounding! I liked HEART-SHAPED BOX a lot, and the story "Twentieth Century Ghost" is even better, but this shows a confidence with the comics form that's rare in a newcomer to it. Heck, it's rare in anyone. The suspense, the way he uses words and visuals together, the pacing...wonderful stuff.

A great debut issue. I want more already."