It’s been awhile since I posted and it’s not for having nothing to say. Because let me tell you friends I do. I’ve been anxiously waiting to make an announcement. An announcement you say? Go on.
Well unless you happen to follow my wife on Twitter you are not aware that Deadhorse has found a publisher. We’re happy to say we’ve signed with 215 Ink. I really dig the kind of books they’ve been putting out so this was an easy decision to make. I recommend checking out The Price and Vic Boone. Also, it’s no secret I like Sasquatches, so if you feel the same do check out Footprints.
Also in Deadhorse news- we’ve added a new colorist. David Halverson will be taking over for Phil in that area. Nobody loves Phil’s coloring more then I, but it’s very time consuming and the poor guy is literally doing all of the pencils and inking himself. Adding the coloring on top of that isn’t something Phil ever wanted to do, but I can be pretty persistent. This isn’t a new idea either, from the start we always talked about getting a colorist. We had just never quite found the right match. That problem has now been solved.
Somehow, I’ve managed to find two great artists to work with. David has already sent back pages and they look amazing (the image above is from one). If you haven’t seen his comic “Tales of Armstrong" you should. I can’t speak more highly of it. It’s really wonderful.
So if you made it this far you are probably wondering, does this means issue #4 will be out sooner? Well. No. Because the first book is only 6 issues, having the book jump from one color style to another mid story would be too distracting. We’ve put far too much time into this thing to let something like that happen. Instead, David will be re-coloring the first three issues.
Oh no, does that mean you’ll be re-releasing Deadhorse #1?!? Didn’t you do that like three times already?
Well, yes. I guess we did. For those following along at home, we released a black and white version on the web when we first got started, a two tone version appeared on Graphicly for a period, and of course the current full color version launched last October. #2 and #3 followed. The only thing I can say is, it’s going to make for a better book. We want the book to come out at a steady clip now that we have a publisher behind us and in order to do that, and complete the book this year, we needed to do two things:
1) Get a dedicated colorist
2) Delay the launch until Phil and David get far enough ahead to pull it off
Now that we’ve done those two things, here is the plan for Deadhorse going forward:
- May 12th: Release Deadhorse #1 under 215 Ink at Asbury Comic-Con (full color print version!)
- June 13th: Release Deadhorse #2
- July 11th: Release Deadhorse #3
- August 15th: Release Deadhorse #4 (Finally! Wait till you meet KeNT!)
- September 19th: Release Deadhorse #5
- October 31st: Release Deadhorse #6
- Sometime after: Release “Dead Birds” collected edition
What about the people that already bought 1-3? First off. THANK YOU. So many people downloaded the issues for free, but of the ones that paid- you paid well above what we initially asked. I do not expect, or want, you to buy it again. Obviously the PDF is still good and DRM free. The story will not change, only the new 215 Ink logo and coloring. As far as getting a new version, I will see what the implications are if I send you a new PDF. I can’t guarantee I can do that (at this point) but I will try. If you bought it on Graphicly, I’ve been told it should automatically transfer over without any issue.
And please, if you have any questions I’ll gladly answer them.
Thanks for sticking with us, I hope you are as happy with how this book turns out as I am.
UPDATE: The good folks at 215 Ink feel the same way. If you bought a PDF from us before, I will gladly send you an updated PDF free of charge when it’s released.