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- Tuesday, October 22, 2019Vault Comics Launches New Vagrant Queen Series For 2020, Alongside TV ShowAs Vagrant Queen becomes a TV show from Syfy next year, so the publishers and creators of the comic book it is based on are going back to the well… Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom is a new Vagrant Queen series by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith and published by Vault Comics in January 2020. Coloured by Harry Saxon, lettered by Zakk Samm, and designed by Tim Daniel is both a direct sequel to the original series as well as designed to be a very easy jumping on point for new readers who may have just heard of this new TV show… Vagrant Queen is the story of former child queen Elida who was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue. In 2020, Vagrant Queen will debut as a TV show from Syfy, produced by Blue Ice Pictures, staring Adriyan Rae, Tom Rozon, and Paul du Toit. The TV show was created and developed by Jem Garrard, and based on the original comic book series by Visaggio and Smith. Copies of the first issue are going for around $20 on eBay and may go a lot higher… Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1 hits stores in January 2020, and will have a B cover variant drawn by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. You can read the solicitation below… and watch the trailer for the TV show. Get ready—Vagrant Queen is BACK! Elida Al-feyr has finally managed to build a happy life… until a mysterious man in an ancient white ship shows up and takes it all away. And hey, where the hell is Isaac?
- Tuesday, September 24, 2019Vault Partners with ComicHub to Promote Money Shot, Looking for that Once & Future MagicConventional wisdom in the comic book industry goes that if a publisher wants to sell more copies of a comic, the best way is to use gimmicks to convince retailers to purchase as much stock as possible, regardless of whether or not that stock will ever end up in the hands of actual readers. Gimmicks like incentive variant covers, which convince retailers that they should order more copies of a comic no one will ultimately buy in order to get their hands on a rare variant that can be sold for more than the price of those comics on eBay, are combined with gimmicks like #1 issue relaunches or super-mega-crossover event tie-ins to make a comic seem more in-demand than it actually is. This works because, in most cases, once a retailer buys the comics, the publisher’s job is done. They have their money, they can tout the big sales boost at the next quarterly stockholder meeting, and the retailer is left figuring out what to do with the stock if nobody buys it. That’s not good for retailers. More importantly, it’s not good for readers. With the release of Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s Once & Future, explosive publisher BOOM! Studios tried something different. They partnered with ComicHub, a company that targets actual readers with direct-to-reader marketing to increase demand for comics with customers and drive them into comic book stores to purchase the product. BOOM! also made the comic returnable, showing faith in the product by accepting some of the risk rather than pushing it off to retailers. Common sense? Sure. Revolutionary in an industry that has defied common sense for decades? You betcha. Bleeding Cool reported on BOOM!’s partnership with ComicHub back in June. In July, we reported that the comic had 31,000 orders with no variants. In August, we reported on the comic selling out two weeks before going on sale. Then came the second printing. The third printing. Eventually a sixth printing. And a second and third printing for Once & Future #2. By September, Once and Future was the benchmark for hot creator-owned comics. Maybe Once & Future’s success had nothing to do with ComicHub. Maybe it’s just a great comic by well-known creators that just happened to find an audience. Certainly, its sales can’t solely be attributed to marketing. A lot of factors go into making a comic successful, and it would be insulting to the creators involved to claim that promotion is the most important one. But maybe, if the comic itself is really good, attempting to actually get readers, rather than just retailers, interested in a new comic does play an important role. And certainly there are a lot of great comics that die on the vine for lack of good promotion. Vault Comics will be testing the theory for the release of Money Shot, the upcoming comic by writer Tim Seeley, comedian and co-scripter Sarah Beattie, artist Rebekah Isaacs, colorist Kurt Michael Russell, and letterer Crank!. From the press release: The new partnership will see the two fast-growing start-ups continue to take the industry by storm to expand the audience of what will be one of the year’s most exciting new series. ComicHub’s cutting edge direct-to-reader marketing & pre-order tools will expand Money Shot’s presence in the mind’s of retailers and readers internationally. ComicHub’s “Available At” map feature will be a key part of Vault’s strategy to help retailers in a sweeping sell-through campaign.Further, retailers who participate in Vault Comics’ BOOK IT pre-order system will receive a special $100 discount when they sign up for ComicHub at Retailer.Comichub.com. ComicHub is so much more than a Point Of Sale system. It is the only POS in the comics industry that integrates Subscriptions, Customer Portal, modern Email Marketing tools, Integrated Web Store, Multi-Store Tools, International Store integration, Rewards, Gift Certificates, Layaway and Bounce Back programs. Not to mention the features in the Publisher Portal and Creator Portal. All seamlessly integrate to ensure the print comic industry continues to thrive in the digital era. Said Vault Publisher Damian Wassel: ComicHub aims to provide the software solution the comics market has always wanted, a single platform to manage orders, handle payments, and track data, for vendors, retailers, and customers. It could be altogether revolutionary. Vault will be working hard to make sure we make the most of this bold new tool.Said ComicHub VP Atom! Freeman: We have worked with a lot of publishers since beginning ComicHub, and few have impressed us the way that the team at Vault have. Their commitment to building quality books and growth in the Direct Market have been fun to watch and a joy to collaborate on. The ideas and innovation they bring to projects like Money Shot guarantee them a place as a powerhouse in this industry.Will it work? That remains to be seen. Money Shot #1 is in stores on October 23rd, with final order cutoff on September 30th. Money Shot is set in the near future where space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device. Her big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT, a story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind-and money.
- Wednesday, September 18, 2019Vault Comics to Bring Luxurious “High-End” Exclusive $100 Variant for The Plot #1 to New York Comic ConFollowing the announcement last week that Vault Comics would print a variant for These Savage Shores in gold ink for Local Comic Shop Day, the fancy-pants publisher has now announced an even more luxurious variant catering to the ultra-elite 1% of comics collectors for The Plot #1, to be sold exclusively at New York Comic Con. The cover, which will feature “design filigree printed in a special metallic-gold ink, with the central image printed using a special spot-gloss finish,” is touted as being “hyper-limited,” as only 100 copies of the comic will be printed, more than justifying the cover’s $100 price. “I say, that variant cover seems like a fine investment, old chap,” said Richtholemew Q. Johnsington III, a Bleeding Cool consultant specializing in high-end variant covers and usury. “This is the most extravagant variant cover I’ve come across since Valiant Entertainment produced a Bloodshot variant that was passed through the digestive tract of an elephant and extracted from its feces, the enzymes producing a mild, nutty flavor that makes a suitable addition to any collection. Tally-ho!”
- Wednesday, August 14, 2019Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha, Launch “Black Stars Above” From Vault Comics in NovemberVault is launching a new series part of Vault’s annual autumnal horror imprint, Nightfall. Black Stars Above by Lonnie Nadler, Jenna Cha, Brad Simpson and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou will be published in November. The year is 1887 and a storm brews. A young fur trapper flees her overbearing family only to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat. The fur trade is dead and the nation is changing. Yet, Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family’s trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she has.Nadler is quoted as saying, “While the horror in this story is deeply personal in its exploration of family, Black Stars Above, as the title implies, is above all else, a cosmic horror story. I’ve always found this subgenre appealing because it deals with sublime threats that are by definition undefinable. These stories are terrifying because in exploring that which we cannot know, we come to learn more about ourselves and our place in the cosmos. How can we continue to survive in the face of the unknown? This project is very much an attempt to tell a story that fits in line with Lovecraft and his contemporaries, while also coming to terms with the author’s unfortunate xenophobia and hopefully telling a story that addresses those issues by seeing these ‘horrors’ through the lens of a character who cannot help but be impacted by them.”While Chu adds “As an artist, Black Stars Above has been a gift. It’s a story catered to exploring the craft of visual storytelling founded on a marriage of beauty in nature and horror of the unknown. For a story that allows an artist to reap from such a landscape, I’ve found that the world rather prefers to illustrate itself. The pitch for Black Stars Above intrigued me for how the face of its world immediately unraveled in my head, which was indicative of the care and research invested in the storytelling. It was pretty clear after first talking to Lonnie Nadler that we share the same visual creative bank and we share the same amount of love for visual storytelling in both comics and film. Black Stars Above, for how artistically challenging it can be as my first publication, is a dream project.”
- Monday, July 08, 2019Creature Feature: Vault Comics Follows up Cult Classic With New MiniVault Comics has announced a follow-up to Cult Classic in Cult Classic: Creature Feature, a new 5-issue miniseries from Eliot Rahal, John Bivens, Hannah Jerrie, Iris Monahan, and Taylor Esposito. ComicBook.com had the EX-X-XCLUSIVE reveal, along with a synopsis of the book: Eons ago, visitors from outer-space buried an item of unimaginable power in the primordial swamps of King Lake located outside what would become the town of Whisper. Millions of years later, an orbiting comet’s radioactive waves strike the Earth’s atmosphere. The extraterrestrial object hatches. And from the deep an alien murder monster that secretes brain slugs which causes their human victims to throw up their of near-unkillable zombie skeletons. But at its heart… Creature Feature is about payback. Jarrod Parker is an All-American Scholar Athlete all set to graduate when the body of his little brother, Issac Parker, is discovered on the shores of King Lake. His corpse mangled, Issac’s death was brutal. And Jarrod makes a vow of vengeance. He’ll find out who murdered his brother. Even if it takes him to the end of the world. Little does he know… that’s not too far away as the alien brain slugs descend upon the town of Whisper spawning a horde of screaming undead. It’s contemporary notologia. A made-up term that we are using because we’re assholes who make things that shouldn’t be allowed. Creature Feature is like: Return of the Living Dead/Attack the Block meets Moby Dick plus The Outsiders. It’s Spread/The Wilds/Swamp Thing/Sin City/The Beast at Wolfs Bay/The Runaways rolled into one five-issue miniseries.Check out the covers and preview pages for Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1 below. No release date was listed in the article, but the cover says September.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019Michael Moreci Signs with Vault for Wasted Space Audio Drama, More ComicsMichael Moreci is expanding his relationship with Vault Comics, the company revealed through an access journalism piece with Graeme “Graham” McMillan at The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. In addition to continuing to produce issues of Wasted Space, Moreci and artist Hayden Sherman’s creator-owned comic book series, Moreci will be working with Graphic Audio on an audio drama adaptation of Wasted Space. Wasted Space is expected to run for 25 issues as a comic book. Moreci will also work on brand new projects at Vault, including one co-written with a “high-profile movie screenwriter,” as Moreci has previously teased on Twitter. In addition, Moreci will join Tim Seeley and Eliot Rahal on an unnamed video game tie-in comic. The press release Vault gave EX-X-XCLUSIVELY to THR also included quotes from Vault Editor-in-Chief Adrian Wassel and Moreci, so here they are, first from Wassel: Simply put, Michael Moreci is among the most talented, dedicated, and versatile storytellers working today. He’s written nearly every contemporary icon out there, from Luke and Leia to Batman and Wonder Woman. He’s worked in comics, prose, video games, and audio, across every imaginable genre, to glowing commercial and critical success. All of those accolades are stunning, truly, but the heart of the matter is this: Despite his rich history of excellent storytelling, Moreci has recently found a new voice — his voice — unlike anything in the market today. And from Moreci: Becoming part of the Vault family has been a transformative experience in my life. Their faith in me and passion for work has not only brought me a lot of happiness, but it’s also made me a better writer. I’m absolutely thrilled to be building this partnership with them and collaborating on new, engaging stories for many years to come. Wasted Space #10 will hit comic shops later this month.
- Wednesday, April 24, 2019Vault Comics Explains What’s Going On With Cult Classic: Return to WhisperCult Classic: Return to Whisper, by Eliot Rahal and Felipe Cunha, launched at Vault Comics last year to quite a bit of fanfare, but only three issues of the five-issue series ended up seeing print by last April, with the fourth issue removed from Diamond’s website. In July, Vault will bring Cult Classic: Return to Whisper back to print in the Vault Vintage format, followed by a double-sized reprint of issues #2 and #3 in August, and finally the conclusion of the series with a double-sized print containing issues #4 and #5 in September. Second time’s the charm? Vault promises there will be “no interruptions in your scheduled programming” this time. After that, Vault says it will launch another comic set in the Cult Classic universe. Check out the press release below for a more detailed explanation: Missoula, MT (04/24/2019): Vault Comics has announced that Eliot Rahal and Felipe Cunha’s Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #1 will return to print in July, 2019, as the series gets an updated release schedule.The second printing of Cult Classic #1 receives the Vault Vintage treatment honoring Johnny Craig and his iconic 1954 cover for EC Comics’ Crime SuspenStories #22. In August 2019, Vault Comics will republish Cult Classic: Return to Whisper issues #2 and #3 together as a double-sized special issue. September 2019 will see the release of another double-sized issue that wraps up the entire miniseries, just ahead of the launch of another, as yet unannounced new series set in the Cult Classic shared universe. The Cult Classic series bring to life a dark, chilling, creator-owned shared universe set of stories. Return to Whisper draws you in to a terrifying tale… In 1997, a group of teenagers discover a treasure of immeasurable wealth. Fearing that their newfound fortune will be stolen from them, they make a pact: One day they’ll all come back as adults, divide their riches, and live happily ever after. Now…fifteen years later, they have returned. Not to uncover a fortune, but to bury a friend. From Eliot Rahal (Hot Lunch Special, Quantum & Woody) & Felipe Cunha (Flash Gordon, Turok) comes the finale to the first full-length series in the much anticipated Cult Classic Universe! Cult Classic: Return to Whisper Vault Vintage second printing will hit store shelves on July 31st, 2019. Preview pages can be found on the Cult Classic: Return To Whisper page of the Vault Comics website. The official synopsis can be read below: The return of the return—this time, with no interruptions in your scheduled programming! In 1997, a group of teenagers discover a treasure of immeasurable wealth. Fearing that their newfound fortune will be stolen from them, they make a pact: One day they’ll all come back as adults, divide their riches, and live happily ever after. Now…fifteen years later, they have returned. Not to uncover a fortune, but to bury a friend.
- Saturday, December 08, 2018Vault Comics is Gifting Readers a Free Wasted Space Holiday Special This WednesdayIn a move that’s sure to make for a happy holidays, upstart publisher Vault Comics is dropping a Wasted Space Holiday Special in stores — well, some stores — next week. It’s not quite a Kirkman-drop, as the comic was announced over the Thanksgiving holidays, but it was apparently not solicited and will instead be delivered to shops in the dead of night by a fat man in a red suit driving a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. Either that, or just shipped out to the top 500 stores who stock Vault Comics.Here’s what the solicit sent out by Vault Comics says:Wasted Space Holiday SpecialWriter: Michael MoreciArtist: Hayden ShermanCover: Hayden ShermanColorist: Jason WordieLetterer: Jim CampbellDesigner: Tim DanielA surprise between-arcs mini, the Holiday Special hits shelves Dec. 12 in 500 stores – totally free!Release date: December 12th, 2018Though the comiXology solicit has a better description: “It’s free, b!tches. Happy holidays!”Irving Berlin himself couldn’t have put it better.The comic will be totally free, so you might as well pick one of these up.The book will also be free on comiXology, in case your shop sucks and doesn’t stock Vault Comics (even though they make it so easy).
- Tuesday, October 23, 2018Vault Comics Launches Myriad, a Young Readers ImprintVault Comics revealed the next phase of their plan for world domination Tuesday with the announcement of Myriad, an imprint focused on middle grade and young adult stories “delivered in a wide range of unique and convenient formats” and featuring “an array of new and established creative voices poised to make a strong impact in the MG and YA space,” according to a press release. MYRIAD will offer a bevy of titles in a variety of unique sizes and formats, spanning original graphic novels, one-shot graphic novellas, prestige-format graphic albums, and serialized graphic stories packaged in robust formats beyond the traditional 22-page floppy comic book. MYRIAD is headed by Vault Editor-In-Chief, Adrian Wassel, and Vault’s Vice President of Branding & Design, Tim Daniel.Said Wassel: Myriad is a place for emerging and established creators alike to reach the broadest possible audience. The idea is simple: Tell stories just as daring, just as beloved, and just as relevant as those coming out of Vault, but for an even wider audience. Current Vault fans will enjoy the selfsame care and craft in Myriad—and now their kids can, too. These are hilarious, heartbreaking, jaw-dropping stories for everyone.And Daniel: Young readers want to make their own heroes—so our heroes must be equally reflective of all of us, representing who we are broadly and as individuals. A seismic shift in readers’ attitudes and expectations requires a myriad of choices—both in format and content. The name of our new line expressly conveys our goal, and what we we are delivering to readers.”Announcements of the titles and creative teams for books coming in 2019 will be announced “in just a few short weeks,” according to Vault.
- Monday, May 14, 2018Vault Comics Thanks Readers, Retailers, and Creators in Open LetterVault Comics has issued a press release containing an open letter from Editor-in-Chief Adrian Wassel addressing the growing pains the company has experienced and thanking readers, retailers, and creators for sticking with them. As the letter notes, Vault has been on something of a roll lately, not only announcing or releasing a ton of new series (one of which snagged a Netflix deal), but also disrupting the comics business in other ways. Check out the letter from Wassel below: Vault has been publishing comics for fifteen months. This March, at Emerald City Comic Con, we celebrated our one year anniversary with our very first panel, ‘New Blood: A Year in the Life of a New Publisher.’ Some wonderfully kind people showed up, but it was not a big crowd. (Thank you to everyone who did, and thank you especially to Katie Proctor, our intrepid moderator. Go support her store Books With Pictures the next time you’re in Portland, Oregon.)If we hosted that same panel today, just two months later, we have a suspicion quite a few more folks would grab a chair, eager to hear about the most amazing and terrifying year of our lives. It’s no mystery why we have that suspicion. We’ve been on a run of some pretty incredible announcements. The kind of announcements about the kind of deals that loudly say: We are here to stay. But our rapid growth has come with growing pains, and we want to acknowledge that. We want to acknowledge every reader, every creator, and every store that has stuck by us through release delays, through slow payments, through sometimes glacially slow communication as our small team scrambled around the office trying to keep up with deadlines. We want to thank everyone who ever had a reason to doubt us, but chose instead to give us a chance—to march beside us and boost us higher than we ever expected to reach in such a short time. Thank you. Here are some things few people know: When we began, Damian was finishing his doctorate at the University of Michigan. Adrian worked at a nearby ranch, helping with everything from clearing fence lines to doctoring calves. Tim worked full time at the University of Montana. Nathan drove for Uber. Kim ran her own design studio while raising her daughter (she still does both; she’s obviously the coolest). Now we work together every day in an office with a big, encouraging Vault sign on the front window. We’ve moved from the necessarily touchy first year of a business into the even more defining second year with an exhilarating upsurge. We have many more milestones to clear. They are endless, actually, and that thrills us. We will always embrace the readers and creators that this industry has had among its ranks from day one, but has not regularly elevated, because you have embraced us—through thick and thin. Here’s to fifteen more months, fifteen more years, fifteen more decades. Thank you. Sincerely, Adrian Wassel, Vault Comics Editor-in-Chief
- Monday, April 30, 2018Warning: Don’t Let Your Preteen Children Anywhere Near Vault Comics’ ‘Maxwell’s Demons #1 FCBD Special`Vault Comics has issued a consumer alert about the Maxwell’s Demons #1 Free Comic Book Day Special, available for free in stores on Saturday, May 5th. Though the title was printed with an All-Ages rating, that turns out to be a mistake, as the title is actually rated Teen (13+). The issue, it seems, features “mild language and violence” not suitable for children under 13. “First and foremost, we want to give our deepest apologies to the retailers, our partners-in-comics, who have been inconvenienced by this mix-up,” said Vault Publisher, Damian Wassel. “We know how taxing it is to run Free Comic Book Day events at your stores, and the last thing we would ever want is to create problems for you and your customers. We are working with the teams at Diamond Comics Distributors and Free Comic Book Day to do everything we can to help ensure Maxwell’s Demons #1 is given out to the proper audience. We hope these new labels will enable our retail partners to have a smooth and enjoyable Free Comic Book Day.” To help set the record straight, Vault has released digital assets including shelf flyers and stickers to help retailers ensure that audiences are properly informed of the book’s rating, which can be downloaded here.