Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tooth and Claw Changes Name Starting with Second Issue


The second issue of a series is largely uneventful when compared to the first issue or maybe even the 100th. Sure, it continues the story and generally brings some balance to whatever crazy events unfolded in the first issue, but other than that there's really not much more of note that stands out. When a series changes its name entirely with the second issue, well, then you'll pay attention. Image Comics has announce that starting with the second issue, Tooth and Claw will now be named The Autumnlands. Nothing else to worry about in regards to the creative team, as writer Kurt Busiek, illustrator Benjamin Dewey, colorist Jordie Bellaire and letterer John Roshell are sticking around.

"The launch of our new series has gone beautifully," said Busiek. "We couldn't be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I'm still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops. So as of #2, the book will be titled The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw," he went on, "and we'll do our best to make sure people won't miss it on the racks, or think it's some wholly-different series. As you'll see, we did make sure the logo will still be recognizable to the readers who snapped up #1."

"We're also thrilled that #1 sold through as fast as it did, because that means a new printing," said Busiek. "Retailers have been asking me since #1 sold out how soon a new printing would be available, and I'm very pleased to be able to say it's on the way. Plus, it'll have the new logo on it, so that gets us the right title on the book, even on a printing of #1.

"Plus," Busiek added, "the idea of the 'autumnlands' is central to how the series works and is going to progress. Now readers can get a jump on figuring out just what that means..."

In The Autumnlands, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. The story features swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, sprawling animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny.

The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #2 is available now (and can be ordered with Diamond Code OCT140609, cover B by Alex Ross is available with Diamond Code OCT140610). The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #3 will introduce readers to Goodfoot the Sly. And The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #1 second printing will be available on January 7 as a double-sized 44-page issue with no ads for only $2.99.

Full press release below.
TOOTH & CLAW gets new printing and new title:
THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW 
as of second issue
 

The breakout new hit series from Busiek & Dewey features
alternate cover by Skottie Young on issue three

The first issue of the richly written and drawn fantasy TOOTH & CLAW will go back to print, but under a new title: THE AUTUMNLANDS. The bombshell launch by bestselling writer Kurt Busiek (MarvelsAstro City), artist Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat, Tragedy Series), Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, PRETTY DEADLY), and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft will also boast an alternate cover on issue three by artist superstar Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz).

"The launch of our new series has gone beautifully," said Busiek. "We couldn't be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I'm still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops.

"So as of #2, the book will be titled The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw," he went on, "and we'll do our best to make sure people won't miss it on the racks, or think it's some wholly-different series. As you'll see, we did make sure the logo will still be recognizable to the readers who snapped up #1.

"We're also thrilled that #1 sold through as fast as it did, because that means a new printing," said Busiek. "Retailers have been asking me since #1 sold out how soon a new printing would be available, and I'm very pleased to be able to say it's on the way. Plus, it'll have the new logo on it, so that gets us the right title on the book, even on a printing of #1.

"Plus," Busiek added, "the idea of the 'autumnlands' is central to how the series works and is going to progress. Now readers can get a jump on figuring out just what that means..."

Best described as Conan meets Kamandi with a Game of Thrones-style storytelling experience, Comic Book Resources says of THE AUTUMNLANDS, “each panel is worth the cover price all by itself, but combined this is a comic book that simply cannot be missed,” while Multiversity Comics raves, “This is the beauty of creativity and collaborative storytelling.”

In THE AUTUMNLANDS, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. The story features swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, sprawling animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny.

In the AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #3, readers will meet Goodfoot the Sly. But is she really here to help the wizards... or herself?

THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT148281) will be available on 1/7 as a double-sized 44-page issue with no ads for only $2.99.

THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #2 Cover A by Dewey is available today, 12/3, and can be ordered with Diamond Code OCT140609. Cover B by Alex Ross is available with Diamond Code OCT140610.

THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #3 Cover A by Dewey will be available with Diamond Code NOV140692 on 1/21/2015. Cover B by Skottie Young will be available with Diamond Code NOV140693. 

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