Friday, May 3, 2019

Casper's Spooksville

Tomorrow, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day across North America. Comic book shops everywhere will be hosting events and signings.

Comic book publishers traditionally offer special comic book issues available for free. This year American Mythology offers a free issue of Casper's Spooksville, with a cover drawn by me.

So find your local comic book shop participating in Free Comic Book Day, grab your friends and family, and head there tomorrow to pick up your free copy of Casper's Spooksville and other special Free Comic Book Day comics.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

At Long Last: Age of Bronze #34

Finally! It's published. Yesterday the long-awaited new issue of Age of Bronze went on sale. Age of Bronze issue #34 contains the episode of Achilles and Helen meeting on the highest peak of Mount Ida. Here's the link to the issue.

In the original tradition, Helen was carried to Mount Ida by the goddess Aphrodite, so for Age of Bronze, which eschews the supernatural, I had to do a lot of behind-the-scenes manipulation to get Helen out of Troy and to that mountain peak in a natural manner. I planted early seeds for the solution way back in issue #24, pulling threads from other Trojan War episodes and weaving them together with as few knots and puckers as possible.

Achilles was a little easier to place on Mount Ida, but even for him I had to design the route using bits of the Trojan War tradition that had never to my knowledge been strung together in the way I chose.

Issue #34 of Age of Bronze also features the (I hope) unexpected return of a character unseen since issue #3. This won't be the last we see of that character, nor of the new character introduced in the same scene.

Also featured are short appearances by Troilus, Cressida, Hektor, Priam, Agamemnon, Odysseus, and Palamedes. One panel features a shot of most of the Trojan royal family. Keeping all those characters and their likenesses consistent is a painstaking but pleasant task. And now that Age of Bronze is in full-color and John Dallaire, Age of Bronze colorist, has assigned specific colors to all the characters in that scene, there's another level of consistency to maintain.

Click here to read Age of Bronze #34 on Comixology. Only $1.99!

Click here for a three page preview of Age of Bronze #34.

ADDENDUM - The Official Word on Age of Bronze Publication Formats
I'd assumed that anyone who follows this blog already knows that new Age of Bronze single issues are going digital with this current issue. But clearly there are readers who haven't read previous posts. So for everyone's benefit, here's the skinny again:

All Age of Bronze single issues will be published only in digital format for the foreseeable future.

The exception to that is a small number of print copies I'm privately printing for Age of Bronze subscribers. No new subscriptions are being accepted. When all current subscriptions run out, I'll stop these small print runs. Don't contact me asking how to get a copy if you're not an Age of Bronze subscriber.

Age of Bronze graphic novel collections will continue to be published in print form. So if you don't want to read electronic comics on a screen, all you have to do is wait for the graphic novel collection. As in the past, forthcoming Age of Bronze graphic novels will collect all the story pages from several issues, along with extra material such as maps, pronunciation guide, and bibliography.

In addition to print, Age of Bronze graphic novel collections will be published in digital form.

All new Age of Bronze comics—that means digital comic books, print graphic novels, and digital graphic novels—will be in full color.

All old Age of Bronze graphic novels are being reprinted in full color. A Thousand Ships (book 1) was published last fall. Sacrifice (book 2) will be published in 2019.

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Age of Bronze and all character likenesses are trademarks of Eric Shanower.