In a new press release from Image/Skybound, the new graphic novel imprint titled Skybound Comet will be aimed at Young Adults (12+) and Middle Grade (ages 8 through 12) will launch next year where ever books are sold.
Skybound Comet officially takes flight on July 2022, bringing with it a trilogy set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead bringing back the fan-favorite character Clementine from the hit-game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead, titled Clementine: Book One will have the award-winning artist and writer Tillie Walden (known for her work on “Spinning, on a Sunbeam“.) And following with the original graphic novel by Tri Vuong and Irma Kniivila titled “Everyday Hero Machine Boy” coming September 2022. Then it is Sea Serpent’s Heir, a Fantasy Trilogy by acclaimed creators Mairghread Scott and Pablo Tunica coming October 2022.
“The goal of Skybound has always been to create the best comics that bring new readers to the medium we love so much, and Skybound Comet is the next step in that mission, We’ll be not only exploring pop culture phenomenon like The Walking Dead from a whole new perspective, but also bringing you entirely new worlds and new characters that we know will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.”Sean Mackiewicz, SVP, Editor-in-Chief, Skybound Entertainment
“These three launches are only the beginning of our long-term graphic novel plan, We’re committed to igniting the imaginations of young people with exciting new genre adventures from diverse storytellers for many years to come.”Alex Antone, Senior Editor, Skybound Entertainment
Let’s take a look at what’s coming your way, with the help of these amazing creators:
“It’s a new beginning for Clementine, the star of the bestselling video game franchise TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD, in Clementine Book One, as she’s back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge a new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos with his head in the clouds, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement. As friendship, rivalry, and romance begin to blossom amongst the group, the harsh winter soon reveals that the biggest threat to their survival…might be each other.”Synopsis
While Clementine makes her first comic book appearance in Skybound X #1 on July 7, 2021. Walden had this to say about writing everyone’s favorite zombie-killing teenager: “Starting out with a character like Clementine is both a huge responsibility and joy. Clementine is a person who brings adventure with her everywhere she goes, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to take her beyond the world of the games, to somewhere new and thrilling (like the top of a mountain!), She is a force and drawing and writing her story has been one of the best experiences in my cartooning life.”
“This titular hero falls from the sky to the domed city of Mega 416, leaving a wake of destruction in his path…until Karate Grandpa is able to turn on his heart. Now, Machine Boy wants nothing more than to become a hero! Whether he is fighting giant bugs in the school’s basement, rescuing cats from trees, or making the perfect spaghetti sauce, Machine Boy is always looking for the best way to help others. But when his heart begins to interact dangerously with other debris from space, Machine Boy wonders if he can be a power for good after all.”Synopsis
Machine Boy will be making his Comic Book debut in Skybound X #2, coming up on July 14th, 2021. Here are what Kniivila and Vuong had to say about their newest hero:
“Machine Boy was initially inspired by ’80s anime, 16-bit video games, and kung fu movies but as Irma and I delved deeper into his world, we found ourselves telling a story about the pain and joys of growing up, hopefully, it touches on those collective childhood memories and experiences that we all seem to share.“Tri Vuong
“The world of Everyday Hero Machine Boy kept getting more ludicrous as we worked on the story, but somehow more real. I wanted to live in Mega416 and could relate to the characters, even though that character might be a chicken jock, We had a lot of big feelings while working on this story, and hope that it inspires big feelings too!”Irma Kniivila
“The end of the world is coming in Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One as a teen named Aella on Kinamen Isle spends her days fishing and minding her aunts, dreaming of life beyond the horizon. Everything changes, however, when she awakens an ancient evil within herself as it’s revealed that she’s the reincarnation of Xir, the serpent that almost destroyed the world. Worse yet, a fanatical religious organization has arrived on Kinamen Isle in search of Xir.”Synopsis
Aelia is ready to make her Comic Book debut in Skybound X #4, coming your way on July 28th, 2021, Scott and Tunica had this to say about their newest series:
“Adolescence is about finding yourself. Like finding out you’re destined to destroy the world, or that your whole village is made up of blood-thirsty pirates, or that… Okay, adolescence isn’t usually like this, There are a lot of books about young women discovering they’re destined to save the world. This book is about a young woman who learns she’s destined to destroy it, and what exactly she does next.”Marighread Scott
“In this strange world, with its stormy nights, tropical islands and ruthless magical pirates, I see echoes of the darkest Jim Henson or Arthur Rackham but I also see the mystery of the first kisses and the tenderness of mythological beasts, And if I mention the horror of the dark and the curiosity about magic, it is because that is precisely the feeling of growing up.”Pablo Tunica
The Information and Images were provided by and are the property of Image/Skybound. All Skybound Comet releases will be available at comic book shops, bookstores and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play in 2022.
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